Step 1 ~ Identify the rooms that need to be furnished and then make a list of what furniture or pieces you are looking for.
Step 2 ~ Google consignment and antique stores in the area that the new residence is in within a particular radius. Read reviews about the stores you find so that you do not drive half an hour to get to your destination to find that their idea of vintage is military paraphanalia. Don’t shake your head, it could happen to you.
Step 3 ~ Head out with an empty car so you have plenty of room to jockey in and fit the goods you find. Try to look differently at pieces when you see them to see if they could serve a purpose other than what they were intended for.
Step 4 ~ Buy, buy, buy!! Look for the bargains and what economically makes sense.
Step 5 ~ Enjoy! for it is the thrill of the hunt! Make time to eat for that helps keep you and your partner from growling at each other.
Step 6 ~ After you purchase all of your finds, take a break, access what you have and then make a supply list of all the materials you need to gather to transform your items. For fear of getting snagged at security for harboring a glue “gun” (for that would be my luck,) I decided to purchase most of the supplies I needed down there. I would then leave them in the apartment for the girls to continue to use throughout the year to add on accessory items that they retrofit from junk!
Here are some of our finds and how we transformed them into a much prettier version of their old selves.