Big Thrift Energy: The Art and Thrill of Finding Vintage Treasures—Plus Tips for Making Old Feel New

Virginia Chamlee. Blue Star, $29.95 (208p) ISBN 978-1-950968-61-9

“Just like the early days of any good crush,” vintage shopping is “all about the chase,” writes People magazine contributor Chamlee in her jaunty debut. Focusing on home goods, Chamlee arms readers with what they need to score antique treasures. First there’s a “know before you go” section with tools to identify one’s sense of style, lists of flea markets across the U.S. and of vintage sites to check out online, and a quick historic overview of design styles. A “checkity checklist” of “things to have on your person at all times when vintage shopping” includes a tape measure, sold tags, and blankets or towels for wrapping fragile items. As for style, Chamlee urges making function a priority in any room, and choosing a mood to guide the look. Readers interested in turning a profit will find advice in a final section on selling. A list of Chamlee’s own vintage scores is impressive: she picked up a Goyard trunk worth $10,000 for $90, for example. The wealth of resources plus Chamlee’s friendly tone make this a handy one-stop-shop for new thrifters. (July)
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