Many people head over to a big box store to furnish and decorate a new apartment, but a more eco-friendly and stylish alternative might just be vintage. You can go vintage shopping at your local secondhand store, on Craigslist or eBay or even at an estate sale in your neighborhood, but finding the good stuff among the not-so-good stuff can be a little daunting.
We spoke with India Shannon, a seasoned vintage shopper and owner of the handmade and vintage home goods store Apartment 528, to get some tips and advice for how to make the most of the time you spend seeking out decor for your apartment.
Shannon admits her first apartment had quite a few Ikea furnishings, but over time she realized she not only prefers the style of vintage items, but she can also save money by buying secondhand.
“The thing about vintage is you can find it affordably,” Shannon told Earth911. “It’s just as cheap and sometimes cheaper than Ikea. It’s very well-made. It’s extremely durable. You can bang it, drop it, do all kinds of things.”
Because of that durability, vintage decor probably won’t need to take a trip to the landfill anytime soon either. Keep reading to learn how you can start finding vintage furniture and decor for your apartment.