Antique Shopping: 3 Ways to Find Hidden Treasures in Vintage Stores

Second-hand fashion is expected to take over and become a $41 billion market by 2022. So we're keeping you ahead of the game by talking to some of the best vintage shoppers in the biz! We met with Lindsey Holt and Coley Arnold – founders of Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market in Scottsdale, Arizona – to learn about more antiquing. Read on for three ways to find hidden gems!

 

1. Discover Vintage Décor

 

The first tip on our list? Discover vintage décor! “We really love taking vintage pieces and re-using them in a different way that maybe it wasn't intended to use,” shares Coley. For example, old furniture can turn into a planter, and vintage car parts can become a statement piece. "One of my favorite pieces that we did at our home was a vintage pedal car, and it had this mint green chippy paint, and we turned it into a light” describes Coley. It may take time to figure that out, how you’ll repurpose your finds – so if you love it, grab it, because these items are usually one-of-a-kind! "If you really love it, you'll find a place for it,” says Lindsey.

 

2. Uncover Vintage Clothing

 

Our second tip is to uncover vintage clothing. “Look the item over carefully,” warns Lindsey. “Look for holes, snags – [and] seams sometimes like coming loose. The other thing I always like to check is the elastic.” If it does need a small fix be honest with yourself. For example, if a jacket is missing a button, don’t promise yourself that you’ll sew a button on it later. "Let’s be honest, we're not going to do it. So don't buy it, because then it will just sit in your closet,” advises Lindsey.

 

And always size up, because those numbers have changed over the years. “A size 12 in the old days would be like a size 6 today, so don't get offended by the tag, and always try it on,” insists Coley.

 

3. How to Find Vintage Furniture

 

And finally, find vintage furniture! "I think one of the easiest places to start in terms of furniture are chairs,” offers Coley. “You can kind of mix and match them; they don't have to be the same.” However, always check the frame – you don't want cracks in the wood! “If there's something that has a great sturdy frame, and maybe the fabric is not your style, or it's kind of faded and worn, that's easy to replace.” If there's drawers, make sure to test each of them. Coley also recommends knowing the size of your space. “Always take the measurements before you come, and bring a measuring tape with you so you can measure when you're shopping as well."

 

Also keep in mind – that piece may not be there next time, so you've got to be prepared. "You never regret anything more than the things you didn't buy,” Coley reasons. “It's truth.”

 

Looking to make some money with your finds? Try our tips on three common vintage items that could make you rich!

 

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