When looking for home décor, refurbished furniture, and antiques, the best deals are found away from the beaten path. Perhaps that’s a no-brainer. But that money-saving tip came alive for me today.
My sister-in-law is a photographer, and her clients love her for many reasons, one being that she owns great props for them to use in photos. Through facebook group connections, she discovered a family that runs a store out of their home of all their great finds. It’s reminiscent of the show American Pickers. Sarah loves to buy items from them for props.
Sarah, my mother-in-law, and I loaded into her SUV and drove an hour to get to this store. As we drove deeper and deeper into the country, seeing only horses and white-picket fences zoom by, I wondered where she was taking us. A garage-sale-like sign pointed up a driveway towards a house that was hidden by dense trees. This was The Barn. As we drove closer, it was surprising to see all the items displayed on the lawn and in a shop so far out in the country. It turned out to be a great place to find cute pieces at great prices.
Sarah bought an awesome red tricycle and kids’ bench, and I got a pretty mirror. After eating Chinese food for lunch, Sarah showed us another store she likes with similar kinds of pieces at a main-street location much closer to her house. This place was great, too! It makes me wish I knew how to buy old pieces from garage sales and then paint them to look trendy and nice. But the prices? Not terrible … but still, twice as much as The Barn’s prices.
So the lesson is to keep your eyes open for less-centralized stores that spend less on overhead costs. They are harder to find, and take a little longer to get to, but it may be worth it!