Interview: Ati's Tips on Finding Home Accessories at Flea Markets

Interview: Ati's Tips on Finding Home Accessories at Flea Markets

Rachael Grad
Aug 21, 2008

Ati is a successful DC real estate agent who regularly stages open houses and advises on home decorating. We were lucky to meet her during the recent Dog Days of August Sale and she agreed to let us do a house tour (soon to come). Shown above are some of Ati's finds from a recent flea market in Shenendoah, Va. See more of her fantastic finds (all purchased for a total of under $45!) and get her shopping tips below the jump...

Ati's Tips for Flea Market Shopping and Finding Great Accessories:

1. Always take a friend for reassurance and a second opinion.

2. Keep in mind that stuff always looks better and more expensive outside of a flea market (when it's not next to old baby clothes). Try to have a vision of how it would look in your home.

3. Shop at the end of the day when sellers drop prices. Regular flea market shoppers in rural areas may have different taste that a city dweller, so the items you are interested in could still be around at the end of the day.

4. Avoid markets in the city because they are usually too expensive. Take the lovely country drive, stop by Virginia vineyards and enjoy cheaper flea market prices.

5. Carry lots of change, including $1 bills.

6. If you think something is unusual and an excellent price, grab it. You can always regift if it doesn't work in your home.

7. Always think of how you can repurpose stuff, for example, a vintage blanket can be hacked in something else like pillows.

To find out more about Ati and her expertise, check out her website.

[All glass pieces were under $10 total; light stands were $1 each]

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