In this post you’ll learn some tips for shopping vintage online and where to look. Whether your design aesthetic leans towards modern, transitional or farmhouse…vintage pieces give your home a stamp of its own!
Firstly, I’ve received so many wonderful emails and comments on social media about my decor over the years. I truly thank you for that and it keeps me going, knowing that I provide some inspiration. And this mirror! I just found this beauty last week online, and it inspired ME to write this post that could potentially help YOU to find a special piece. Plus…readers have been requesting this kind of post, so ask and I do my best to deliver!
At this time with most of us being home we are looking to further feather our nests. As I sit out on the back patio with coffee in hand to sharpen my brain, I’m thinking back to when we first purchased this home. We have been here for over thirty years now and raised our family in this house. Things haven’t always been easy as life tends to toss in both the good and the not, but it’s been a haven and place of familiarity. Of comfort and of joy.
In terms of decorating I compare it to the undulating waves of life. The tides change and tastes change as the days and years ebb and flow. A color that may have been an obsession in our twenties may not bring peace in our fifties. A collectible craving from our thirties may be relegated to the basement in our sixties. Disorganization and chaos of our forties may give way to quiet in our eighties. And so on. In my own family, mom was well known for wanting to give it all away as she aged. Styles change, we change and I think that’s a healthy and natural way to progress in terms of decor.
Be Uniquely YOU
Are you on Instagram and see all of the MODERN FARMHOUSE style? URG! It’s a sea that is somewhat the same. A sea without depth. I think that these are mostly the younger home decorators and they’ll come to a point of change. They might start to question how they can set their homes apart from the rest at some point. Give their decorating some life as well as a more personal stamp, if you will.
My philosophy has remained consistent in that you can have a beautiful and INDIVIDUAL home, regardless of budget. When my husband and I first started out together our budget for decorating was slim to none. I collected, shopped second hand, accepted hand-me-downs, painted, fixed up, mashed up styles and found a way to make it work. Clearly many do this and I’m not alone. Vintage has always been a key element for individuality. Indeed I’ve learned a thing or two about collecting and today I’m talking specifically about tips for shopping vintage online.
Tips For Shopping Vintage Online & Picking Up
Proceed With Caution!
Undoubtedly, there are plenty of scammers while shopping online. Above all, put your safety first and go for a pick up with someone else…preferably a big hunky guy. Hah! If possible do a meetup in a public place, but if that isn’t possible as the seller to meet you outside. Do your research first, not only when evaluating the object’s worth but search the area that you’re headed to. Look at Google Street View and above all make sure that it’s not too sketchy.
Score! I have to admit that although I haven’t been on Craigslist regularly for quite sometime. However, it’s been the source of some of my best finds. Like this exquisite mirror that I found recently!
Clearly this was a fluke! I had been wondering if anyone was selling much of anything, since garage sales have temporary halted in my town. I got on and went straight to the Miami listings, since most Craigslist sellers won’t ship. Then I went into the box that says “search antiques” and put “mirror” in the description box.
I have the gallery view open so that it shows images and pricing too. It’s mostly junk on any given day, at least here where I live.
I’ve also used the terms of other items that interest me, such as “French”, “Louis XV” etc. If you search regularly you can tick the box that says “posted today” so you only see what’s new. There are other categories in my tips for shopping vintage online to follow. Look in the furniture and collectibles categories, as well as garage sales.
I have bought both and sold on Facebook Marketplace. Indeed it’s similar to Craigslist, in that many sellers will not ship and you’ll do better to look locally. There are tons of buy and sell groups on Facebook! You’ll find a bit of everything in the neighborhood groups and there are brand specific groups for resale as well. I have sold rugs that I received in collaborations, a Restoration Hardware sofa and other furniture, Serena & Lily linens (which I shipped), Christmas items and camera gear. Keep in mind that people are looking for good pricing and not retail. There is a certain protocol of suggested rules to be followed. You are supposed to connect with potential buyers down the line as they indicate interest. It can be a great way to sell things, nevertheless it is often exhausting to deal with some of these buyers.
Tips For Shopping Vintage Online With Delivery
Ebay For Vintage
You may (or may not) know that I got my online start in the infancy of the internet over 20 years ago! I had been buying and selling vintage locally prior to that and when eBay came along it opened up a whole new world. As a stay at home young mom I had my spaces in antique malls and not only that, was able to make a full time living on eBay. I quickly became a Power Seller there and those were some great times to buy and sell auction style. As it happens, times change and eventually the eBay auction has seen it’s heyday. However, I’m including eBay in my tips for shopping vintage online because you still can find things and use the Buy It Now feature.
Etsy For Vintage
No longer just the darling of handmade, Etsy has it all! It’s one of my favorite places to shop for vintage online! Contrary to eBay, Etsy was never an auction house style site and you simply use the search feature and go. In addition to sellers in the U.S, there are overseas vendors as well. If you’re searching for European vintage you’re almost sure to find what you’re looking for on Etsy. Keep in mind that shipping from overseas sellers can be expensive, so be sure to check out the cost prior to making a purchase.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention this source in my tips for vintage shopping online (and offline). If you’ve ever looked for estate sales where you live, then you might be familiar with Estatesales.net. Some of the companies that run these sales in realtime have started offering sales on the site as well.
Finally, there are other outlets/sellers/small shops and I could go on and on with other tips for shopping vintage online. You probably have the best chance of getting a good price if you frequent the sites above, but you’ll need patience. If you see something that you simply MUST HAVE, don’t wait or you might lose out. Remember, decorating Rome wasn’t built in a day and it takes time to curate a collective home!