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Shopping for Art and Décor

by John McComas 03/24/2019

Binge watching Fixer-Upper might leave you wondering where, in your locale, can you find you find those fantastic antiques and artwork without totally breaking the budget. Never feel, there are lots of options no matter where you live to add in some of those unique designer pieces.

Antique markets

Mastering the art of true antiquing is an expensive and time-consuming process. Training, research, practice, and pure luck stumbling on the perfect "find" might not be within your bailiwick. Wandering through local antique stores might leave you wondering how anyone affords this stuff. The antique mall, however, might be the ticket. A collection of small antique shops or stalls, you'll likely find better pricing there than a private antique store. That’s because two or more vendors may have the same or similar wares and they’re willing to haggle a bit to get your business.

Thrift stores

Bargains to be had at thrift stores are not just for lower-income households. Many thrift stores, especially those that benefit charitable causes, receive goods from upscale homes, leftovers from estate sales and the like. Are you looking for a collection of brass candlesticks? You'll probably score if you visit two or three thrift stores. It might take a little muscle to clean them up, but you'll have a look you want, and for less! 

Buy-back and overstock outlets

Not to be confused with an online retailer of the same name, a true overstock outlet or buy-back store purchases lots (as in by the pound) of out-of-season clothing and items returned to regular retailers in unsellable condition. In addition to clothing, you'll find housewares, dishes, linens and bedding, electronics, and random artwork, decorator items, and frames. It may take a little time, but a quick perusal through a local outlet every other week or so can net some significant finds for your home.

Garage sales

Who doesn't love a garage sale? Well, lots of folks, but you might find what you want. Some municipalities have city-wide garage sales, so check with your city's website to find out the dates in your town and other towns nearby. Plan for a day of it and you might find a treasure in someone else's junk.

Online Marketplaces

Upcycle, Facebook Marketplace, and Craig’s List are all places to look for those random pieces to finish out your décor. When searching, don’t limit yourself too specifically since the seller may not actually know the name of what they’re selling. Want a Hummel figurine? Try the word “statue” or even “knick-knack” when using the search function. Remember to take delivery of items in person in a safe location (or bring someone with you) and never give out a credit card number or send cash or wire transfers for items purchased from sites like these.

Your local real estate professional can be a resource for garage sale events or local thrift fairs and markets in your new community.

About the Author

John McComas

Through his highly professional, informed and diligent approach, John McComas provides outstanding expertise and professional representation to his valued clients.  He is very astute and highly skilled in the Acquisition and Marketing of Residential, Luxury, Investment and Commercial Properties.  Known for his in-depth knowledge and experience in the Greater Denver Metro real estate market, you may rely on John’s expertise and accurate assessment.  Recognized for his integrity, insightful guidance and valued counsel, John is committed to providing his clients with a truly impressive real estate experience. 

John excels at executing on behalf of his clients with very deliberate, strategic and skillful measures that achieve impressive results. Sellers receive a creative and well-organized marketing strategy that maximizes their property’s exposure to the most qualified buyers. In positioning a seller’s home to stand out in the marketplace, he takes great care in clearly accentuating each property’s specific features. When working with buyers, he acts with diligence and dedication to find his clients their ideal property.  He exhibits a fierce commitment to identifying just the right property for each buyer.  In working with investors and commercial clients, he takes great care to and accurately addresses each critical issue and thoroughly research’s the important details needed to make thoughtful and balanced decisions.

As an Owner/Managing Partner of the Windermere Denver Metro office; John through his clear vision and together with his team is highly instrumental in implementing an impressive plan to expand Windermere Real Estate throughout the Greater Denver region and Colorado.   He is extremely generous in sharing his expertise and command of the numbers with the agents in each office as he advises them on their individual business plans and projections. Through his valuable knowledge, resourcefulness and dedication, John clearly distinguishes himself with proven results.

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