I can remember years ago as a child when my mom and grandma would take me to garage sales; I would be interested for a little while and then get bored and want to leave. Now, I could stay in an antique store or go yard sailing for hours. I love looking for pieces with charm and character because there are so many stories behind the items you're grabbing.
I normally love hitting up Target, Homegoods and Hobby Lobby for a lot of my modern decor, but I am always itching to incorporate an old piece into my vignettes and our rooms. Below are a few tips to get you started on the junkin' trail and refresh your home by using old pieces.
Don't Go Overboard
It took me a while to figure out how to incorporate vintage pieces in my decor. I would overload shelves and group things together that didn't make sense as a whole, but eventually I learned the simpler the look the better. I love junk, but there is a line I do not cross when it comes to antiques. I have definitely bought some rusty junk, but it depends on what I am looking for. Don't buy every single lantern you see just because it's a lantern. Make sure it's going to look right when styled with your other pieces.
All or Nothing
Don't be like the old me and create a rustic living room, bohemian bedroom, bright bathroom and romantic dining room. I totally understand if you are trying to find your style, but if you're all over the place you will likely hate your decorations because they do not flow. I've now incorporated the same style in every room of the house, and it feels so much better. I knew I wanted our home to have a cozy, farmhouse-chic vibe, so I brought vintage decor (sparingly) into every space I could!
Have an Ongoing List
I am the type of person who goes through a store and puts everything I want in a cart, only to look through it and put half my findings back before checkout. Have an idea of things you're looking for whenever you go shopping or antiquing so you don't go overboard and clutter your space when you get home. It's okay to make impromptu purchases, but you should have an idea of how to incorporate a piece before you buy it.
Make it Yours
If you find a unique piece but don't like the color or notice something you don't love, feel free to change it. Bust out a smock and some creativity to strip, paint, or rearrange your pieces. Another thing I recommend is to buy vintage items that can be used in versatile ways. I've used a flour sifter as a flower vase, an old picture as the background to a chalkboard and washboards in a basket just for fun. Sometimes you have to think outside of the box and make a vintage piece your own.
There are going to be local antique stores, thrift shops and yard sales that you will want to check out. However, there is nothing like a free vintage piece passed down from a family member. Most of the time people think their old stuff is trash and throw it out, but I can't tell you how many times I've grabbed something off the side of the road in shock someone threw it away! When my grandfather moved, he was about to throw away a bunch of stuff because he said it was junk, and I practically ran over to see what he had. I bet your parents or grandparents have some unique treasures in their basement too!
Don't Give Up
If you are looking for a specific piece and can't find it, don't give up! The world of antiques is insanely huge and has great variance between selections and prices when it comes to different stores. Sometimes you have to decide if you can deal with walking away from an item you love due to an incompatible price, or the possibility of spending too much money and regretting it later. More often than not, you'll be able to find the piece somewhere else, or a lookalike at a cheaper price.
Remember to stay true to your own style when incorporating vintage pieces. Just because everyone is using mason jars, magnolia wreaths and olive buckets doesn't mean that you have to as well. If you want to love your home, fill it with things you are inspired by. Make sure to visit the blogs mentioned in this post for more ideas, and tag us on Instagram so we can see how you're incorporating your pieces!