When it comes to trying something new, I think of it as taking a leap, or “setting SAIL” into something new. The settingSAIL series is all about what I’ve found or learned that I think you might find helpful too. Be sure to share your comments below or via social media!
I’ve heard of a few friends being able to find some of the most amazing pieces (and at great prices) just around the corner at flea markets and smaller scale garage sales. So I was super pumped a few weeks ago to start “garage sale-ing”… and then I heard about one that I thought would be perfect to kick-start the season – a MASSIVE TRUNK SALE.
What I learned about “collecting” (as my husband puts it) for our home is the potential for recycling older furniture for the following reasons:
1) Many older pieces are great quality and made of solid wood
3) You don’t feel guilty changing it (re-staining, painting, reupholstering, getting rid of) to make it better suit your decor
4) There’s so much added value when it’s a unique or handcrafted piece
What I didn’t consider was that this “MASSIVE TRUNK SALE” with paid vendors would be more “JUNK SALE” than trunk, which brings me to one of the most important aspects of “sailing for steals” –> Research! Research! Research! In this particular case I had relied on the marketed points of the event and totally didn’t think to look into information about the event further. *Big mistake!
Here are some other tips I found:
– research the event – did it happen last year? If so, what was the feedback?
– go early! If there was any “good stuff” I missed it going 3 hours after it started in this case, as they say “there ain’t no rest for the frugal…” 😉
– Bring cash (maybe obvious, but I never keep much on me)
– go with a friend (the voice of reason) and for good company
– Embrace the opportunity to wear what you’d like. (Sometimes I feel so restricted with my everyday work wear and I love being able to break out distressed denim and vintage tees whenever possible!)
– bring an open-mind
One of my favourite things when my husband and I hit up the popular Sunday Flea Market in Berlin this past summer was making an event of it. We dedicated the day to mozeying around, stopping to chat with vendors and taking breaks with good food too. We came home with some wonderful souvenirs that are so much more personal because we were able to connect with local artists and find unexpected gems.
Most importantly – set SAIL and try it!
For more great tips I would recommend reading the following articles:
Lauren Conrad: How to Shop A Flea Market
Readers Digest: 10 Things you should never buy at a garage sale
Have you had any luck at a garage sale/flea market? What did you score? Where do you find the best stuff?