The Savvy Scavenger — Smart Impulse Vintage Shopping and Picks of the Week

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You don't know much I wanted to take this cool sculptural piece home.

You don’t know much I wanted to take this cool sculptural piece home.

When you’re scavenging, you gotta go with your gut. But sometimes, your gut is bigger than your 500-square-foot Brooklyn apartment. Last weekend at the Atlantic Antic, a huge neighborhood block party, I made a beeline for a sculptural globe made from intertwined tree limbs. I knew immediately that this statement piece (priced at $70!) would look so cool in our living room. But my heart sank when I did a quick measurement — it was too big for the space. So I had to step away, leaving this cool find for the next lucky shopper.

Even if it’s love at first sight, you’ve got to be prepared to shop smart when you shop secondhand. There are a few things you should have on hand to make the most of your shopping experience. After all, when there’s only an inventory of one, you don’t get second chances on a great find. Here are a few things I carry on me when scavenging:

  • tape measure
  • notebook with home measurements
  • color swatches
  • phone with camera (are there any other kind?)

If you’re in the market for a specific piece for a specific room, carry measurements on you. And be sure to get more than the measurements for where the piece will rest, you’ll need to be able to get it through the doorway. Most vintage sellers don’t have a return policy so you’ll want to make sure your impulse buy is one you can live with.

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The Savvy Scavenger — Smart Impulse Vintage Shopping and Picks of the Week

Fall TV season has just begun and these “snax” plate sets are perfect for munching on treats while watching Homeland. The burnt orange color is retro chic!

The Savvy Scavenger — Smart Impulse Vintage Shopping and Picks of the Week

I’ve been on the hunt for a fun DIY shelving project and these industrial metal drawers could be it! The sea foam green paint makes these durable drawers unique. I’m thinking of hanging them up in my closet as a jewelry storage.

The Savvy Scavenger — Smart Impulse Vintage Shopping and Picks of the Week

I have such a soft spot for Mid-Century chairs. Even though I recently picked up a chrome Z-chair, I’m sure I could find space for a Plycraft Pretzel arm chair. The vinyl is in great shape and with a little elbow grease, the whole piece could look as good as new.

 

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