Ever see a nicely done piece of furniture for your home and wonder where you can get pieces like that for your next project? I thought I’d share with you the best places to shop because sometimes those beautiful pieces are often hard to find.
This summer is filled with lots of activities for our family. We are so close to closing on our house and we have vacation plans for the end of August. Every weekend it seems like we always have things to do, which isn’t a bad thing. I love to stay busy, especially since I don’t have a 9 to 5 job anymore. In fact, I have a whole 2018 summer bucket list of activities.
But all of these plans and activities that we have going on are not going to stop me from picking up some new projects. I can’t wait to start getting back into some new projects. I have been so busy lately and I have been itching to craft up some new pieces. It has just been so challenging because we live in a small apartment. It’s not very ideal for the things that I have planned to work on.
Once we are able to move into our new home, I am going to try out these best places to shop for old pieces of furniture.
5 Best Places to Shop
1. Thrift stores have the best inventories of old furniture.
Depending on the thrift stores you shop at, you can find a variety of pieces to choose from for your next project. My favorite thrift store is Goodwill. I find that this is the most popular, where everyone goes to drop off their furniture because it is well known. But some of the best thrift stores are the larger ones and it depends on the area as well. Because you still want to be able to find unique pieces.
For instance, I go to Goodwill in this small town called Brookville, PA. It’s a decent sized thrift store and always has some unique pieces to sift through. However, if you really want to find some unique pieces for your next project, look for the thrift stores that are smaller businesses. Sometimes you can find some of the most unique treasures, but don’t expect to find anything every time you go there. I love to check out small towns that have these cute little shops with used goodies for sale.
2. Flea markets are your best bet for budgeted pieces.
One of the best places to shop is flea markets. To be honest, I absolutely love flea markets. You never know what you are going to find there. It’s a surprise each time or it can be a hit or miss. It all depends on which flea markets you go to. I have yet to go to the Hazen flea market in Hazen, Pa. They only have this event once a month for the whole summer. So I feel like this year is my chance to go! The Hazen flea market is popular around our area because it is so huge and they have tons of pop up tents for good food.
But flea markets are the best places to go to if you are wanting to stay within the budget. The reason I say this is so that you have the opportunity to negotiate prices. One time my husband and I went to this flea market down in Virginia. He saw this tripod that he could use for his camera and the guy was selling it for $10. But when my husband said he only had $5 on him, the seller accepted his offer. And my husband was able to get it for half the price. So don’t sell yourself short when looking to buy at flea markets. You never know how much money you can save when negotiating prices.
3. Craft Fairs and Marketing events are great for inspirational finds.
Craft fairs are great for finding accessories to add to your project. For example, you might be able to find paint supplies or stencils. Small businesses like to go here to sell supplies to artists and DIYers. The only thing about these types of events is that they might turn out to be a little more over the budget.
But its great to discover new things to inspire you for your next project, or meet people who are in the same niche as you.
Plus, you can see the latest for what is on the market today. Who knows, maybe you will be able to turn your small crafting hobby into a business and work at some of these events. Check out local facebook groups, or the newspaper to find some events near you. I know that I would love to check out some vintage markets to gather my inspirational ideas there.
4. Facebook groups/pages are great for local sales and shopping.
Sometimes the best places to shop are on Facebook. Have you ever checked out the Facebook marketplace? There are endless finds that you can search for, even if you are looking for something specific. I have never bought anything yet from the marketplace, but I am sure I will be in the near future. You can put in specific keywords to search for the item you are looking for just like Google. It’s pretty neat.
I have a hard time going out when I want to shop. So the internet will have to do when I have new projects coming up. The other thing I like about the marketplace is that it helps you to search for new items within the groups that you are already apart of. So take a look and see what you might find. Also, there might be some local facebook groups for you to join when you start shopping. You just need to search for them with some keywords.
5. Used furniture stores are one of the best places to shop. This is another viable option for new projects.
Start checking around for used furniture stores. I have this one store near me where they get all kinds of old and used furniture pieces that are in great shape and at great prices too!
Like I mentioned before, we have lots of activities going on for this summer. But I can’t wait to start diving into new projects once we move into our new home. I am excited to see what I will be able to find. Converting old treasures into beautiful pieces is what I love to do best. If you want to keep up with my new and inspirational projects, scroll down below to join the Pretty Crafty and Wanderful tribe.