Many of you are probably like me…. you cannot pass up a good antique barn… flea market… repurpose and reStore… auctions… tag sales…yard sale… or even great trash left out on the sidewalk!

It’s a little… okay… a lot addictive!
If you are planning a fun day out to do some shopping therapy and looking around you will want to be prepared so your day is fun and stress free and you are in top form!
To get the most out of these hunting adventures here are a few tips to help you as you navigate the wonderful world of vintage shopping!!!!

1. Wear comfortable clothes! Especially shoes… you generally spend a lot of time on your feet. Function takes a front seat to fashion.  I also like to wear layers. Many places are not air conditioned or heated.
I don’t take my usual purse with me. I usually take a “travel-type” purse that is small and has several compartments. It also has a very comfortable across the body shoulder strap.
If I am comfortable I can look and shop longer!
2. Do a little prep work before you head out.
 Know what you are looking for and write it down. Measure spaces in your home that you need to fill and write it down. It is so frustrating to get a piece home and have it be the wrong size! I carry a little notebook with all kinds of helpful notes.

Take pictures of the spaces in your home you need to fill. I use my phone’s camera. Then I have an image with me.

Also measure the inside of your car! I recently bought a piece that we just barely squeezed into the car. If it had been one inch longer it would not have fit! I now know the car’s measurements too!
3. Take a measuring tape. I carry a small pink one in my purse at all times.
4. Take fabric swatches and paint chips with you.


5. Take a snack and a bottle of water… or two! I like to have a little protein on hand…  a few cheese sticks or some peanut butter crackers work for me. And I usually pack an apple or a couple of clementines for a little jolt of energy.
Stay hydrated. It will give you more energy.
6. Don’t forget a small camera or your phone with a camera. Take lots of pictures of things that inspire you.
7. Take any medication. I always have a couple of Aleve on hand to ward off “shoppers headache”!
8. Negotiate… but be sweet. There is nothing that is worth being snarky about!


9.  Make it an event! Include family and friends that appreciate the hunt too! Take a break and go to lunch… celebrate great finds together. Take pictures of everyone with their treasures!
10. Be a wise shopper!  Know what you can spend and know when the piece is one you cannot live without!
Set limits and only get what you LOVE!
Now that you know… go out and find that fabulous, must-have bargain!!!
You might want to add this post to your Pinterest vintage or diy board! You can follow me and see my vintage finds by clicking HERE. And follow me on Insgagram as I chronicle my shopping travels HERE.


  1. says

    GREAT tutorial on how to shop till we drop – especially hydration – which many don’t realize is usually the CAUSE of a headache.

    And I usually just wear a purse backpack when I am power shopping – or many times leave my purse in the trunk. That way I for SURE know I want what I pick out – to go back and fetch the purse, haha.

    I LOVE their wares, WOWZA – gotta go check them out!

    Thanks, Yvonne,


  2. says

    I am a huge treasure hunting fan and especially love these adventures with my mom and aunt. The pictures of the things you posted had me drooling. 😉

  3. says

    OK, I want to know what you GOT:):) Hoping that will be a future post. Good tips, especially the small purse that goes over the shoulder. I used to wear one of those “fanny packs” but in front when I shopped craft fairs etc.

  4. says

    WoW!!! What amazing pieces and tablescape!!! So~o~o dear friend, WHAT did you bring HOME??? I agree on all of your tips! One thing I haven’t done is measure the inside of my car…first thing tomorrow morning!!!

  5. says

    Thanks for the tips Yvonne, you have such a knack to make your finds look like treasure! You have such a great vision for things, I always look forward to seeing what you come up with! I am buying a mini tape measure today! Thanks, Jenna

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