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You can find all kinds of unexpected treasures while you're saving money. Like concert shirts to shoes you've been looking for. But how, and what are the hidden treasures you might be looking for? Experts are here to share their insider tips.
- Yard sales, garage sales, or church rummage sales. Always stop and pull over. These are hit or miss, but when they're a hit, you could score that mid-century modern lamp for $10 that would have cost $1,000 in a vintage store." – Natalie Wong, decorator and owner of “Ktown Château”
- "'Professional' thrifters like to get to secondhand shops before they open so they can be the first one in the door and the first to get their hands on any items that were put out overnight." - Marielle Conlon of “That Table Lady”
- "It goes without saying to check for holes and any other defects, but if you find a quality name brand, those just factor into the cost of the piece. I have bought designer pieces for a few bucks but spent much more repairing moth holes. It's worth it to me to get a special item of clothing." - Anna Weaver, vintage home and decor seller
- "Explore different stores outside of your area. Go to stores in affluent areas where the donations are sometimes more valuable." - Lilly Skjoldahl, DIYer and furniture flipper
- "I have scored numerous Waterford crystal lamps in the thrift store. I had an idea that they were, but they were unmarked at first glance. However, if you know that Waterford etches either their name or a small seahorse in their crystal, you’re often able to find that marker.” – Willow Wright, owner of “Urban Redeux”
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