I’ve come to realize I have a eclectic home decor. Not overly eclectic but I like anything refurbished, vintage and antiqued. That means I have a lot of “littles” – all those little decor items that are typically inexpensive. Example A would be the first, and that’s just my mantel. If you take a look at the entire collage you’ll see I’m not kidding about those antiques. I love old things and you know why – my parents. I remember my parents would drive around on weekends stopping in antique stores and dragging my sister and I along. As a young person I, of course, hated it. Look at all these old things! No thanks.
Then I grew up and started exploring again on my own not realizing it wasn’t my idea but my parents influence on me all those years. I also married a man who was reluctant to go to antique stores with me but started to get involved and now really loves it. But for him it wasn’t my influence that drew him to old pieces, but his Dad. My father-in-law is a collector of mostly clocks, his profession, but has quite an eclectic collection. So again, here’s another person who’s been around antiques his entire life and finally came to embrace it as he got older. Lucky us.
I’ll show you where I shop and what events I attend to pick up pieces you can refinish or buy as-is to add excitement to your house. My favorite stops are flea markets and here in Southern California, we have a plethora of them. Almost every weekend there is a flea market with a bazillion items to go home with at great prices! Local antique stores are also great stops to find unique pieces. Remember though, not all antique stores are created equal. If you’ve been in one and didn’t care for it, I encourage you to keep looking until you find a store that matches what you like.