Bring Character to a Bedroom With Thrifty Finds

Flea markets, thrift stores, yard sales and auctions are perfect places to find vintage and gently used furnishings for a bedroom. Find out how to bring interest to your space by pulling together mismatched pieces on a budget.

Vintage Bedroom Armchair

Sitting Pretty

Small armchairs are ideal to tuck in a cozy bedroom corner. Look for a piece that is the proper scale for the space and in good condition. A good chair worth buying should have a sturdy frame and soft padding. In your bedroom, pair the chair with an ottoman, comfortable throw and a lamp to create an inviting place to read.

Vintage Bedding

Cozy Up With Vintage Quilts

Bring a handmade feel and sense of history to a space with a vintage crochet bedspread, heirloom quilt or an all-white matlasse or coverlet. Look for spreads that are machine washable and relatively free of holes or stains.

Vintage Bedside Table

Multipurpose Furnishings

Bedside tables are an essential part of a bedroom suite, but don't feel confined to only using furniture pieces intended to be used as side tables. Petite dressers, servers and desks can all be used as side tables that provide loads of storage. For a tight space, use an antique stool, plant stand or even a wall-mounted corbel.

Vintage Lamp

A Bright Idea

Most bedrooms will require at least one or two lamps for task lighting, for reading in bed or getting ready in front of a mirror. Vintage lamps are inexpensive and readily available at thrift stores and yard sales. Choose lamp bases with a stylish shape, and keep in mind that most surfaces can be updated with paint and lampshades are easy to replace. If the lamp is vintage, it is best to rewire before use. Kits can be purchased at home improvement stores, or it can be taken to an electrician.

Vintage Vanity

A Vanity for Luxury

A place to sit in front of a mirror to get ready for the day brings luxury to a bedroom. Use a traditional vintage vanity or look past the obvious and use a desk, farm table or even an industrial cart. A mirror, lamp and a stool or chair instantly define the area.

Antique Wooden Dresser

Furniture Savvy

When shopping for used, vintage and antique furniture, take the time to inspect the piece thoroughly. Look for signs of quality like solid wood, dovetailed joints, sturdy construction and well-known maker's marks. Also, you should inspect the original hardware. If a piece requires specialty hardware that is missing or broken, it may be costly and difficult to replace.

Antique Mirror

Mirror, Mirror On the Wall

Vintage mirrors turn up at flea markets and antique stores regularly and can even be a free bonus with a dresser or vanity. Don't discard these mirrors because the glass is smoked, corroded or aged. Use modern mirrors with clear glass for functional needs and keep the antique mirrors to use as accents that reflect light and bring sparkle to the space.

Red and White Pillowcases

Better With Age

Pillowcases are an ideal thing to source while shopping secondhand. They are generally inexpensive and there are some beautiful examples available. The best thing about quality cotton and linen pillowcases is they get softer with each wash, so they become more beautiful and comfortable in time. Look for cases with crocheted trim, lacework, monograms or embroidery.

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