I just read an article on Reuter’s that has inspired me to start hitting the garage sales again. A man who has been collecting carved Chinese cups since the 70s just learned on Antiques Roadshow that he holds the most valuable treasure ever brought to the show – his collection is worth a million dollars.
Now, I don’t expect to be that person who finds a Rembrandt in the garage, but many of the items I treasure in my home aren’t the things I spent a ton of money on at a high-end retail store. My prized possessions come from garage sale finds: a gorgeous Limoges vase I picked up for less than a dollar, a delicate plate from Italy painted with colorful birds, an antique rooster from Japan. Sure, it takes some time and dedication to shop garage sales, but it’s like a treasure hunt. There are several dead-ends, but when you find that one special item, it makes it all worth it.
Flea markets are also great places to find those rare, unique items that add flavor to your home. If you don’t enjoy the idea of driving through neighborhoods looking for garage sales, a flea market has everything concentrated in one location. When decorating your apartment, don’t overlook this great resource. You can achieve a stylish look for very little money when you shop at the flea market. Check this list for some of the best flea markets in the country, and then hit the one near you.
Junk can quickly become treasure with a little paint and know-how. And, you may end up with an apartment decor that will be the envy of friends and neighbors. Let it be your secret that you spent just pennies on your wonderful, distinctive style.