Fine Finds!

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The Styled team is in LOVE LOVE LOVE with this brief! Such a steal!

This weekend was garage sale mania for the Styled team! We found some awesome finds! (Pictures of our finds in this article! Totally Anthropologie inspired!) Garage sales, flea markets and estate sales are fantastic places to find amazing pieces for the house, vintage clothes, and timeless accents.  But its sometimes hard to distinguish between what’s vintage, antique, or just plain junk.
There are some amazing deals to be mined at thrift stores, garage sales, and estate sales, but it can be a bit overwhelming at first. Here’s how to work the racks and aisles.
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You’ve always wanted to go treasure hunting but the thought of the unknown has deterred you. Thrift stores can be overwhelming. Most are large, with racks and racks of clothing, shoes and housewares. When walking into one of these stores you need to have a mental game plan. Especially, if you’re a newbie at these types of shopping excursions.  One of the biggest perks to shopping at these market places is saving money. Most thrift stores offer very affordable pricing. Accessories such as ties, jewelry, scarfs and gloves range from $1 to $5, while clothing ranges from $4 – $10, and winter coats go for under $15. Talk about a budget friendly store.  While saving money is great, the very best perk is the hunt. There is no bigger excitement than finding that one-of-a-kind 1920’s vintage trunk. Basically, you never know what you will find. Never! This is the number one reason why you may soon love shopping vintage!
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We found that this lace table cloth was so soft so we decided to drape it over a throw blanket on the bed! Hello! Anthro-inspired bedding for less!

We found that this lace table cloth was so soft so we decided to drape it over a throw blanket on the bed! Hello! Anthro-inspired bedding for less!

So, to help get you started, here are my rules to shopping vintage.
1. Have No Expectations
When walking into any thrift store, it is important to have no expectations. Go into the store, garage sale, etc with a carefree and easygoing attitude. Never have a pre-notion as to what you may find. If you do, you may end up disappointed.
2. Buy Quality Clothing
You may be in a thrift store, but that is no excuse to buy sub- par clothing. Inspect each piece of clothing for rips, stains, missing buttons and broken zippers. Check out the labels to understand where the article came from. For example: A sweater from L.L. Bean is going to last a lot longer than a sweater from Forever 21.
3. Try Things On
Most of the time, there is no return policy at thrift stores. Whether you bought the item for $5 or $105, if it doesn’t fit, you won’t wear it. Don’t waste your money – make sure it fits!
4. Ask About Sales/Discounts
Numerous thrift stores have daily and weekly sales. It is important to ask a sales associate and plan ahead. For example: At the Goodwill, on Mondays, all the blue tags are just $1.
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5. Have Patience
Plan to go through racks and racks before finding that diamond in the rough. That one-of-a-kind piece is not going to throw itself at you. So get ready to hunt for it.
6. Shop Affluent Towns
Head to a town that is known for its wealth. Check out their local thrift store and you’re more likely to find quality clothing and designer pieces.
7. Get Creative
Pick-up a festive belt to spice up that little black dress. Buy a pair of jeans and cut them into shorts. Purchase a stack of mis- matching plates and give an edge to your next dinner party. Take an old bread box and turn it into a new planter. The possibilities are endless!
8. Have fun!
Make a date out of it! Invite your girlfriends! Our Styled team loves afternoons of hunting, it’s exciting!
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Check out the video! Our Style team put together a little ‘vintage picnic’ with their finds of the day!
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