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My name is Erika. I'm in love with making art, collecting old things & chasing after my two kiddos. This blog is a peek into my happy accidents & plots of total world domination.

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Tips on Buying Vintage

I have been doing a ton of thrifting lately and I just can't get enough. I think it might be me being able to find a hidden gem in pile of junk.  :) I previously talked about some thrifting pointers here.   I wanted to talk about some pointers on knowing if you have a treasure and some tips on haggling for your prize.
1.  I know when I go into an thrift store or a garage sale- sometimes it can be overwhelming and crowded or there might not be much at all.  Take your time and look carefully.  Sometimes when you go into a garage/estate sale- don't be afraid to look in a drawer or open a cupboard.  If they want everything gone- and there is a lot of stuff- look slowly and look in all the corners. :) I found this vintage map behind a bookcase and they wanted everything gone- so I got it for 12 bucks.

2.  You found something you want to buy.  Determine your item's condition.  Look and see if the item is damaged and how damaged.  Sometimes when you go to a thrift store or a garage sale the person selling it might not realize it's damaged and don't be afraid to ask for a discount.   Even the big chains- like Goodwill will give you more off the item if it's damaged and they didn't note it.  Also think about the time it's going to take for you to fix it.  Sometimes your time might be more valuable then the item.

3.  How to know when you are getting a good deal?  If you are looking for a specific item- do a little bit of research and see how much an item is worth.  I will check ebay for a really specific item and see how much that item is going for- then I know for sure it's a good deal.  If the item is marked high at a store or a garage sale- let the seller know it's high and see if they are willing to come down in price.  

4.  Always ask for discount.  Sometimes I will ask is the best price you can give me for this? Antique malls run different discounts that they advertise and some they don't.  Estate sales/Garage sales always ask for a reduction and if you are buying multiple things- ask if they will throw in something for free- for example- if you are buying a piece of furniture and see some books you want. Ask if they will throw in the books. Be creative when you haggle. :) The worse they can say it no.

Happy thrifting!

23 comments

Annika said...

The discount thing is a great point. I went to my local goodwill constantly and never realized until recently that they have a student discount! All the 15% I could have been saving!!!!

Angela said...

GREAT tips!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that map and it was a killer deal!!

Elizabeth and Kyle @ Love Is the Adventure said...

Totally agree. And that map is so great. I'm so jealous!

I've gotten braver about haggling but I always try to remember that people need to make a profit so I try not to go too crazy (esp at flea markets where my inner haggler goes a little nuts). I also try to imagine the item in my home. If it's easy to visualize in a particular place, it's much more likely to come home with me. Sometimes I'll buy things without really thinking about their viability in my apartment and I usually regret those purchases.

Ajax said...

The map looks great with that shelf you refinished!

The Dainty Doll's House said...

This is great! Thrifting is the best..I do it all the time & would say these are fantastic tips! Have a great day doll :) x

Monica {bohemian twilight} said...

oh i'm BIG on haggling, lol.

in UK, the thrift stores are charity shops though, so obviously, as the money is going to a good cause, i would never ask for a discount. but get me in a car-boot/fle market and watch out! :D

Mandy Crandell said...

Love that top! So cute on you. Great tips.

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YeamieWaffles said...

Thanks for the tips. You're right about there being a good aspect to thrift shops, I'll certainly be shopping at places like that more often from now.

Kristen said...

I love that map!!

Jenna (SewSavoirFaire) said...

Great tips! I'm such a wuss when it comes to asking for a lower price...I never do! Maybe I should start!

debbiecutieface said...

I wish I was a better haggler! Great tips though! That map is amazing!

Jessica Wray said...

You always have the best tips and advice! Maybe you should write a book of random tips ;)

bobbi said...

I can't thrift. I have tried and tried, but I can't. The stuff I would like to buy are always sooo expensive!! I have never been lucky with thrift stores.

Alexa said...

These are great tips. I love vintage shopping...there are some great treasures out there!

randomcreative said...

Great advice, thanks!

Wander.Lust said...

great pointers, i love thrift shopping specially for furniture and home decor :)

bigBANG studio said...

SUCH. GOOD. TIPS.

and love the gentle highlighting. thanks, lady! any favorite vintage shops in NY? do tell! and i love that you insist on haggling- india turned me into SUCH a haggler, but it almost always pays off, especially in this economy. i was buying succulents today and as i was asking about prices, i said, listen, i'll buy four plants if you can give me a 10% discount. and sure as day that what happened. xoxo

M. Flynn said...

Good tips! I hardly ever buy vintage stuff because I'm always so overwhelmed. I just need to take my time and really look!

Jenn @ Live Love Life Now! said...

I WANT THAT MAP!!! I have been looking for a roller map forever and I cannot believe you bought that gorgeous thing for $12!!! Soooo jealous :)

I'm starting to get more comfortable with asking for a discount but I still feel a little awkward about it.

I really need to start trying the garage/estate sale circuit but am not much of a morning person :) And i'm worried that I'll become addicted and turn into a hoarder - ha!!

Awesome post though, these tips will definitely come in handy :)

Jenn xo

Kristin H said...

I used to be such a great thrift shop girl... No I am more an outlet woman... Although I crave for these vintage details... I have found a great little store for it here in London.

mel said...

Don't forget the sale days!
My goodwill has 1/2 price every Friday, and my Salvation Army has an email blast with coupons and sales like "$2 dress day." For reals.

Janette said...

Great tips! I just want to know how to get the old lady perfume smell out of my clothes??? Maybe not buy old lady looking stuff huh? lol

Janette the Jongleur

It seems pretty obvious. said...

I LOVE that vintage map! I think a vintage map is one of my dream finds :)

Great post! //Niina

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