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Tips to going vintage with Anitra Macedon

Here are some of my go to tips and tricks to turn you into an expert thrift store hunter!

I am a firm believer that you don’t have to spend a fortune to create a killer room: you just have to get creative! Going Vintage is the perfect way to add style to your space without breaking the bank. The question is, how do you know if it’s a great find or a piece of junk? Here are some of my go to tips and tricks to turn you into an expert thrift store hunter!

1. When out hunting, always pay attention to the overall shape of the piece: the “bones” if you will. If it has good bones then it has potential, end of story. You’d be surprised how many people will pass right by an incredible piece of vintage awesomeness just because of its current state of disrepute. Silly Hunter! You can change the color, fabric or hardware later! You’d be surprised what a little elbow grease and a bright coat of paint can do to that second hand reject!

2. Does it need work? We can’t all be contractors or upholstery experts: make sure you know what you’re getting into before you buy something. Fabric costs money and an upholsterer costs money. If you don’t have a truck, even the delivery costs money. All I’m saying is, have a rough idea of what you’ll need to put into it financially and physically to get it in shape before you bring it home.

3. Does it smell? No I’m not joking! There’s nothing worse than getting all psyched up about a fresh hunt, only to find out, a little too late, that it smells. Trust me, I learned the hard way so you don’t have to. The nose knows: if it smells keep on walking. When I’m interested in buying a second hand piece of furniture or vintage rug, I get on my hands and knees and smell every single inch of it! I may look a little crazy to a passer-by, but at least my house won’t smell funky!

4. Keep an open mind: It’s not always about what it was made to be, think about what it could be. This trick alone will keep you ahead of the pack. Your grandmas old rug may not be too cool to look at now, but what happens if you have it over-dyed an indigo blue like we did? (See Photo). I’ve used factory parts as table bases, Doors as tables, trash cans as bar stools, rugs as upholstery, car parts as art and pretty much everything as light fixtures: from old farm equipment to vintage decanters.

What I’m saying here is be open to the possibilities. You never know where your next treasure lies. Going vintage can be fun and great way to save some coin if you know what your doing. Don’t become a #DIYfail by passing over that cool piece just because it’s an ugly shade of brown. And for the love of all that is holy, remember, color is your friend: that piece that you would otherwise glide past without a second look will become an absolute show stopper once you hit it with a hot coat of paint!!! Who’s the star…YOU’RE THE STAR!!

-by Anitra Mecadon