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Furnishing Your Apartment from the Flea Market

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Designer’s Hint: flea markets are a treasure trove for finding unique, one-of-a-kind, rare décor for any space. They’re too often overlooked but if you’re willing to dig a little deeper, then the treasures will be obvious.

A designer’s story…Every time someone walks into my apartment, the response is always the same. Dimly lit lamps, soft touches of draping, an eclectic blend of furnishings and neatly arranged knickknacks; it is truly a representation of who I am and what I love. Flea marketing is the epitome of treasure hunting. You have an idea of the treasure that you desire but no idea what you’ll actually find. I think that’s one of the most exciting parts. Waking up and getting ready to go to the markets is always an adventure.

Flea markets in New York City are such a wonderful resource for furnishing your home or office. They’re a testament to the fact that despite the growing cultural norms of the city this is one practice that has not been abandoned from our lives.

Knowing what to look for is simply about knowing what you like, knowing what you already have, knowing the space that you have to work with and knowing the budget that you have to stay within.

Know what you like: this is simple; it’s whatever catches your eye. The things that make you stop and swoon. These are the items that will stand out and “speak to you” while you’re browsing through the market.

Know what you Already Have: like grocery shopping, it’s good to take a brief inventory of what you already have and what you need to complete the “recipe” of your home décor. By doing this you’ll ensure that you end up with not just the things you want but the things you need.

Hint: This is especially important when you’re working with a particular color scheme. Consider bringing the paint chips or fabric sample with you to ensure that you create a balanced color scheme.

Know the Space that You Have to Work with: you may want to take measurements in your home or office for areas that you might like to fill or an object you want to replace with a vintage flea market purchase.

Know Your Budget: like all shopping experiences it’s good to have a budget and stick to it. If you’re willing to splurge a little on one item, be willing to cut back on another.