One of the best (and most frugal) ways to add a unique touch to your home is to decorate with handmade or vintage items. Handmade and vintage items are fun to find, too. There aren't many people who don't enjoy scouring the occasional estate sale, flea market or craft fair, and some have made it into a full-fledged hobby.
The great thing about decorating with handmade or vintage items is that it can keep your home from looking like a generic home catalog photo.
Adding unique artwork and decor that you love transforms a once-common room into your personal space.
Buying vintage or handmade can be very affordable also - if you know where to look. When decorating on a budget, it pays to shop around. To save you time, we've listed some popular online listings to help you find your local estate sales, flea markets, and craft fairs. Some of these also offer online stores.
For more resources and for buying salvaged, vintage or used goods online, also check out our listing of vintage furnishings, used goods, and architectural salvage shops.
American Flea Market
Find a flea market near you with American Flea Market's state by state listing. If you prefer to shop online, they also offer a list of vendors. Search by location or by vendor.
Just the name of this site invites smiles. Click on your state to view a listing of local flea markets. If you are in the flea market business, you can also add your listing for free.
Art & Craft Show Yellow Pages
Offering an extensive listing of art shows, craft shows, home and garden shows, trade shows and more, these "yellow pages" have been publishing festival and event information for more than 26 years. This portion of their organization focuses on the Eastern U.S., but a link is provided to their western U.S. division site.
This is the official website of the Association of Collecting Clubs and the National Association of Collectors. What this really means is that Collectors.org offers many ways to find the vintage home goods that you are looking for. The website features flea market and restoration directories, as well as information for collectors. You can even test your collection IQ.
EstateSales.net is a nifty website that allows you to search by state or zip code, and also will notify you of estate sales in your area.
Festival Network Online
Festival Networks is a great way to find a wide variety of shows in your area. From arts and crafts to home and garden, this site has an extensive listing. They also have an online marketplace.
Search throughout the U.S. and Canada to find your local Habitat ReStore location. Though each ReStore is different, most carry all types of home goods, from kitchen cabinets to furniture to home accessories to appliances. Proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization.
Donations are also accepted.
Renegade Craft Fair
One of the coolest craft fairs around with hundreds of vendors, Renegade Craft Fair also offers online shopping. Visit their website and blog to learn more and to peruse their tour schedule.
Rustic Crafts Online Magazine has comprised an online state-by-state listing of websites to help you find local craft fairs. While you are there, check out their neat online store and a huge resource of crafting ideas.
Sunshine Artist offers a listing of arts and crafts show throughout the U.S. and Canada. They have an advanced search option to help you narrow your choices to specific shows or wares.