How to score vintage home decor that looks like new

Story highlights

  • New to shopping vintage? Start small for decorative accents
  • Original art from the last two centuries can be found at flea markets
  • Even if a piece is not perfect, it's far more unique than modern manufacturing
The creative team behind One Kings Lane knows a thing or two about unique interiors. Discover your own eclectic vintage and flea-market finds with the help of these tips from Andrea Stanford, One Kings Lane Vice President of Designer and Vintage Sales, and General Manager of Hunters Alley, the shopping site's just-launched vintage- and handmade-home-goods destination.
Have Fun!
Never be intimidated by shopping for vintage; it should be fun! Start by educating yourself. I love learning from people who are experts in their fields and truly passionate about their collections. Always ask questions about an item's maker or history. Visit flea markets and antique shows and browse online. As you become more familiar with certain eras or categories of decor, shopping will become so much more fun --- and you can truly enjoy the hunt!
Start Small
One of the easiest ways to start collecting vintage is to buy catchalls, vases, and books. They're inexpensive and easy to find. Starting with smaller accents is a low-risk way to get a sense of what styles and eras you're most drawn to.
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