Shabby chic is a term most people are familiar with, but for the most part there is nothing shabby about have a knack for style while saving tons of money. Many items people sell in flea markets, garage sales, or thrift stores can be found in near perfect conditions for a way less amount of money than you’d spend in a department store, plus you can add your only little touches to make the items more personal. Out of all of the places I’ve mentioned where you can shop for items to make into your own shabby chic decor, the best place to go is definetely to the flea market.
In a flea market, you can find almost anything you want. From newer products like designer fragrances, to old kid toys, a flea market has a wide variety of treasures just waiting to be discovered by someone with a good eye. Whenever I’m at a flea market, I never come home empty handed because there is always something to be discovered. Once I bought a couch for 10 bucks, and granted it didn’t have fabric I liked, but it inspired me. When I brought it home, I had some fabric that was perfect for the couch and I had it re-upholserted in my new fabric. Not bad for 10 bucks.
I’ve also come across these rare flowers that were a collector’s item back in the 19070′s and they only cost a buck, and now they look lovely on my living room stand with the rest of the flowers I’ve managed to find through the years. If you like to decorate your house with knick knacks, even hard to find ones, I find my luck at a flea market.
Many people at flea markets create and design their own items for sale, and sometimes you can find a one of a kind special item that you’d never find anywhere else. On top of that, the items are usually very well priced and if you feel social enough, you can even haggle over prizes on many items. I purchased a handmade blanket that way once, and now it’s hanging over the back of my flea market couch.
The only way to learn for yourself how amazing and exciting it can be to find treasures in a flea market is by going to one yourself. Even if you don’t buy a lot, you will be sure to feel inspiration for the shabby chic look you desire.