Use these tips to score the best deals on vintage flea market furniture.
Furniture is a perfect item to shop for at the flea market. It’s versatile and can transform easily with a DIY makeover—whether you’re painting, staining or reupholstering. Here are our three top tips for shopping for vintage furniture.
Know the Market
If there’s a particular piece, furniture designer or style you want, do some research to know what the price range should be. For example, midcentury furniture is hot on the market right now, so high-quality pieces from the 1950s and ’60s will cost more. If you want to paint your new credenza or dresser, stay away from expensive pieces that will do better with their original stain anyway. On the other hand, if you’re not looking for a particular style, you can avoid more expensive pieces and transform an item no one else wants.
Look at Shape, Not Color of Flea Market Furniture
Especially if you’re not afraid of a little paint or fabric, it’s easy to upcycle furniture to be the color you want. Base your purchase on the shape and the quality of construction. Then you can paint or reupholster it to match your home’s palette. But be aware of yourself and your own limitations. If you’re not a DIYer and have no interest in redoing a piece, take professional upholstery or painting costs into consideration when you buy.
Have a Game Plan
It might be fun to buy furniture without knowing where it will go in your home or how you’ll transform it, but that leads to unnecessary purchases and a cluttered house. Once you find a piece you’re in love with, have a basic plan of how you’ll change it and where you’ll use it before you buy it.
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Victoria is the editorial director of American Farmhouse Style. She shapes the editorial direction of the brand, both through the physical magazine and digitally on the brand’s website and social media platforms. As a home décor enthusiast and DIYer herself, she knows what a little paint and patience can do for a room! Victoria is also a wife and mom to three little ones: two on earth and one in heaven. With any (not so spare) time, she devours book and dabbles in fiction writing. You can follow her on Instagram @victoriavanvlear