Creating Chic Style from Flea Markets,Thrift Stores and Craigslist

New marriages and new homes often mean a “blending” of furniture and styles.  And a new mortgage rarely leaves extra money for decorating.  But, if you have an eye for a bargain, an eclectic sensibility and love a challenge then this chic style is for you.

Several weeks ago, the Washington Post ran a great article on creating chic style from flea markets, thrift stores and Craigslist.

Author Betsy Lowther noted that DYI (do it yourself style) was often defined by one style – classic, country, maybe modern.  You could pick a few key elements, repeat them throughout every room and voila, you were done.

Now though, home owners  are combing elements to create a style that is both personal and easy on the pocket book.  Start with a few vintage pieces and then re-purpose them in unexpected ways.

Where to find these pieces for your chic style?

Let’s begin with the flea market.  You can visit the Reston-based Web store, Three Potato Four or make your own trip to the best market in the area, the Georgetown Flea Market.  Best Advice“Don’t get discouraged.  It only takes one really great booth to make it a good day.”

Thrift stores – you just never know what you’ll find or where you will find it (again).  For instance, the Red Barn Mercantile in Old Town Alexandria offers a mix of new items and second hand finds – some purchased at another shop just up the street! Best advice:  “Always think outside the box on how to use an item.  In fact, don’t even think about what it was made for; think of what it could be instead.”

Craigslist is the perfect anecdote for those who do not want to leave the comfort of their homes and have no intention of kicking around a thrift store or flea market.

The trick here is to be as specific as possible  in what you are looking for.  Use specific decorator terms and check often as turnover is high.  Best advice: “Everything can be redone.  A coat of bright paint, new upholstery or adding trim or gilding can dramatically refresh an older piece.”

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Michael