If you’re decorating your home on a budget (like me), estate sales are a great place to find hidden treasures. You can find truly unique pieces that fit your personal taste and style. In addition to estate sales, I love scouring vintage, antique and consignment stores for affordable furniture, art, and knickknacks. Here in Lexington, NC, we have some amazing little antique stores like Golden Antiques & Treasures and Magnolia Antiques & Gifts, where I have found some wonderful décor accents like mirrors and framed art. Garage and yard sales, along with flea markets, are also good sources for budget-friendly décor.

When you buy something that has been “well loved,” it is often in less-than-perfect condition. When buying pre-owned furniture and bric-a-brac, I try to look for items that are in good, usable condition or only slightly damaged, so they require just minor repairs that I can do myself. When it comes to furniture, I look for pieces that can easily be re-upholstered or refinished. I love wood furniture because it can easily be transformed with just a coat of paint.

According to Good Housekeeping, there are 5 Items You Should Always Look for at Estate Sales. Check out their article to learn more. I also recommend this article from Country Living on the  7 Trendy Décor Items You Should Always Buy Secondhand, and for inspiration, be sure to read: 9 People Share Their Best Estate Sale Finds.

Here are Good Housekeeping’s recommendations for the items you should always look for at estate sales:

1) Wingback Chair

2) Demilunes

3) Settees

4) Dough Bowls

5) Silver

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