The Insider: How to find nice junk online
Sunday 06 March 2011
Oh the joy of stumbling across a little second-hand shop, crammed with random tat – and hidden treasures. They're rare these days, and increasingly pricy. The good news? There are lots of ways to get your rummage fix online (and it doesn't begin and end with eBay).
Junk newbie? Get inspired at Tales of a Junkaholic (simetra-junkaholic.blogspot.com). Its author, Artemis Russell, also suggests theseventytree.blogspot.com – "full of ideas" – and hellomrfox.com for "great flea-market finds".
Let's go outside
Plan indoors, shop outdoors: carbootcalendar.com does what it says on the label. Salvo.co.uk does the same for architectural salvage outlets.
Bid there, done that
Game for eBay? Some tips: narrow sifting by bookmarking favourite shops (I love Dotsshabbychicshop). Bid-phobic? Befriend the "buy it now" tab. For surprises, type "vintage" and "used" into the "home and garden" search box. Welcome to junk heaven.
Pre-order Emily Chalmers' ace Modern Vintage Style (Ryland Peters & Small, £19.99), out April. "Nothing has to match," she writes, "your taste will bind it all together." Mix modern and old, Chalmers advises.
Two favourite, affordable rummagy web stores: pips-trip.co.uk and theokcorral.co.uk. Real jumble fans could brave cybergrot.com – if only for the category headings.
Oxfam's online second-hand homewares were a recent, joyous discovery. As is Newcastle-based recycleyourfurniture.co.uk.
Seeking specifics? Try clever search engine shopadilly. co.uk. And relax.
Find Kate's blog on affordable interiors at yourhomeislovely.blogspot.com
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