Finds at flea markets, thrift stores, or backyard sales don’t have to be antiques to have value. Designers today have found that there is money in thinking out-of-the-box when it comes to old things. HGTV is replete with repurposing, achieving that quirky artisan look, that corner that lends interest to a room, the je ne sais quoi item that draws attention by using “old junk.”
A new development in finding these objects is the rise of retailers to include these one-of-a-kind items for sale online. For example,, Haute Look, an outlet for Nordstrom, has new category labeled “Authentic Vintage Curiosities & Beyond.” Here you will find old shipping boxes with faded manufacturers names or advertising that lend themselves for storage & organization, colored bowling pins to keep stacks of books in line, or a french gymnast bar for your exercise room, just to name a few.
Another retailer dedicated to a certain style, Napastyle, has a new spin-off Barn Door, advertised as a site for one-of-a- kind finds & deals, so you know you are dealing with limited supplies of any item. Napastyle first started bringing in collectibles from Europe a couple of years ago where there was a plentiful supply, and now this new site has expanded to include vintage, rare, deals, and even a “Final Markdown” category that span American eras such as early homestead, depression, to mid-century. Vintage tins, furniture, and home accessories such as scales and more are part of their inventory.
You must know your antiques and collectibles to find a bargain, but these sites are good to find a particular item to complete your collection or for us bargain hunters, this is another reference point to find what is popular, or the retail prices of what we currently own.