You can enjoy antique home decor in your apartment if you know where to find it. An increasing amount of online stores are specializing in antiques for decorating. However, if you’re an antique lover and want the pleasure of looking at the decor in person, then you should consider local places to find antique home decor. Here’s a list of 4 places to look:
1. Estate Sales
Check your newspapers for local estate sales. You’re bound to find antique home decor at many of these sales. In some cases, you can walk away with valuable items for your apartment for not much money. Some people who run estate sales want to get rid of valuables as quickly as possible, and either don’t know the value of the antiques they have or don’t care. To increase your chances of finding the right items you want for you apartment for as little as possible, make the rounds to all estate sales in your city and nearby cities. Don’t just watch for estate sales during the summer, but during “off seasons” as well, such as winter time.
2. Yard Sales
Finding antique home decor items at yard sales can be hit or miss. However, if you like to go to yard sales or plan to buy other items anyway, then add this to your list of places to find antiques. Every once in a while, you’ll stumble across a single or multi-family yard sale with great finds. Check www.craigslist.com and your local newspaper ads for descriptions on what will be sold at the yard sales. Sometimes they won’t list a description, but some do list bullet points of what they’ll sell, including antiques.
3. Flea Markets
These have decreased in popularity, except in rural areas, but flea markets are still one of the best places to find antique home decor. Do you have a flea market in your area? Check out what’s available. There might be a vendor who specializes in antiques, who has the perfect antique home decor item you’re looking for. However, look at the items sold by every vendor, because you never know what someone will put up for sale on a weekly basis. You can also ask the owner of the flea market for leads on which sellers are most likely to sell antiques. The owner has a relationship with the vendors, and can point you in the right direction.
4. Rummage Sale
Rummage sales don’t happen as often as the other sales mentioned above, and therefore it’s important to keep track of the annual ones in your city. Make a list with dates of rummage sales that are upcoming, and do what you can to attend them. You’re bound to find many items for decorating, because all sorts of people donate to the rummage sale, for fundraisers and other purposes.
You should be able to find many antique home decor items at all of these places locally. However, if you’re looking for something specific and cannot find it, then check specialty stores online.