7 Tips for Fancy Finds

area junk hunt pro shares her advice for buying vintage

Lauren Fisher

Tammy Hurt of Sweet Legacy Vintage will never pass over a new piece of old-fashioned furniture or a set of antique china. It’s against her nature to drive by a garage sale without stopping in to look around and chat with the homeowner. Years of hunting for fantastic finds have given her an edge and allowed her to build a collection of vintage wares big enough to occupy an entire store space. Use this matriarch’s tips for your next junk hunt and you’re sure to find the perfect piece to complete your home decor or find the right use for the item that strikes your fancy.

1. WHEN GARAGE-SALING, KEEP AN OPEN MIND

“Just because the front of the garage looks uninteresting, don’t pass it by. Oftentimes the ‘good stuff’ is hidden inside.” Hurt also recommends putting items found at stores in your cart if you’re unsure. You can always decide not to buy them at the register!

2. BRING CASH

“This will help you stay on budget. It is also helpful for the sellers if you bring smaller bills as to not wipe out the sellers’ cash drawer when purchasing that 50 cent item.”

3. KEEP UP YOUR STAMINA

“Neighborhood sales are great because it makes shopping so much faster and you can cover a lot of territory. Wear comfortable shoes, bring your water bottle, some snacks, and hand sanitizer.”

4. TIMING CAN BE KEY

“Don’t be afraid to shop later in the day. You can sometimes find great bargains as most people are ready to get rid of their items instead of hauling them away.”

5. SURF THE WEB

“When looking for a particular item always check Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist. Be ready to purchase and have cash on hand.”

6. COMMUNICATE

“Be courteous. If you decide to forego the purchase, always let the seller know that you are no longer interested.”

7. HAVE FUN!

“It’s nice to meet new people, and it’s always interesting to see all they have to sell. If you are looking for something, always ask. They may have not had the time to bring out yet.”

BONUS TIP

“Always support young entrepreneurs! Buy a glass of lemonade!”

Now go forth and make the most of every thrift store, antique shop, auction, and estate sale you encounter!  

Vintage Wares is sponsored by:

Hope Gospel Mission Bargain Center
2511 Moholt Drive
(off Clairemont Ave, West Side)
Eau Claire

Vintage Wares is sponsored by:

Hope Gospel Mission Bargain Center
2511 Moholt Drive
(off Clairemont Ave, West Side)
Eau Claire