Top 5 Places to Find Farmhouse Decor
Flea Markets and Antique Malls
Be prepared to walk... a lot! Look past the junk and you might actually find a jewel or treasure. Alternatively, all you might find is junk. If you go to enough of these, you'll know which booths to spend some time and the ones to just walk by. Best practice is to have an idea of what you will be looking for before you walk through the doors or gate. Sometime you will find what you are looking for, and other times something will find you. Best advice is not to pay as marked. There will be vendors that really like their stuff and price based on sentiment and emotion rather than market. Don't over pay, but be reasonable. Don't be afraid to haggle. The last thing that a vendor wants is to re-pack everything and haul it back. Most vendors will be willing to take your price as long as you are reasonable.
Garage Sales and Estate Sales
Sellers are anxious to clear the clutter; consequently, you can find some unique items and great deals at garage and estate sales. Believe it not, they don't make things like they once did. Garage and estate sales are where I've scored some nice furniture pieces. Look for solid construction, dovetailed drawers, solid vs. veneer. Don't be put off by a bit of grime or dust. Look past the way it is today. Focus on what it can be tomorrow with a little attention. Look for survivors that you can bring back to life. Resources include print ads, word of mouth and virtual garage sales. Check out Facebook Marketplace and the Varage Sale phone app!
Habitat for Humanity Restore
Habitat for Humanity Restores sell home improvement items such as kitchen cabinets, vanities, light fixtures, sinks, furniture, doors, etc at a fraction of the price. Items are donated and proceeds go to back to the community through redevelopment efforts. I found my kitchen cabinet hardware for $0.50 apiece. I also picked up my vintage dining room table along with six chairs for $75! If you have one in your neighborhood, go back often. The inventory is constantly revolving. Not only do you get a deal, you are supporting a good cause and community as a bonus.
A builder warehouse is a retailer/wholesaler that specializes and sells one-offs and surplus home components. Items may include cabinets, hardware, doors, flooring and fixtures to name a few. I found a farmhouse style bathroom sink basin at our local warehouse. There are also warehouses that have made a business of reclaimed construction materials such as bead board, barn wood, glass knobs, furnace grates, doors, windows and lighting fixtures. These are great places to find some unique items or the material that you need to create your own.
Similar to virtual garage sales, Craigslist is a great resource to find treasures online. If you've been looking for a specific item, Craigslist is a great online resource. Be cautious! There have been some sad stories. Unfortunately, you don't always know the true intent of the seller. Never go alone and always pick a public, well lit and busy location for an exchange (e.g. busy shopping center parking lot). Some communities have established safe spaces for the buyer and the seller to meet.