Another Person’s Trash Can Really Be Your Paired Treasure

There has been a new movement in home design recently, which highlights the ability of talented eyes to mesh old with new; hard with soft; warm with cold. But, it doesn’t take a four-year college degree, twenty years of experience, or even unlimited access to the hottest design shops. Trash to treasure takes on a whole new meaning for this décor trend.

Not long ago, MSNBC ran a piece on finding things of beauty and worth when shopping garage sales. Though summer may be drawing to a close in many parts of the country and with it goes the season of roadside specials, the internet has made it possible to get the same sorts of deals year round. Ebay, Craigslist, and similar sites provide you this access. Following the tips of the online article by the news giant, you can be just as successful in finding the “goodies” online that can be mixed and matched with new furniture and accessories.

A new king-sized BeautyRest Mattress and nightstand can be beautifully accented by an antique wrought iron headboard or a new bar and barstools can have added drama by hanging old lanterns overhead. Even the simple act of adding modern shades to a found lamp can create a piece of interest.

There are a few things to keep in mind when buying something used – whether in person or via the web. Pricing things out in advance can often save you a lot of money. Smartphones make it easier than ever to do this while on the go. If you see something of interest, with the push of a button you can get the information you need to negotiate wisely. Discussing price is always recommended. While Ebay changes the format a bit, on Craigslist, at garage sales, and even in antique shops, there is always the option to haggle for a better price. The less you spend on the older element, the more you will have to spend on the new pieces to complete your décor.

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