I have had a few questions come my way regarding shopping for interior items.  So… I figured I’d divulge a few of my tips in tricks when it comes to finding the perfect accessory, furniture piece, fabric, etc.  None of these sites are new to anyone, but I’m sharing my favorite uses for sourcing items.

By this point I’m sure everyone knows about Craigslist.  The good, the bad & the ugly.  If you use it with an open mind (& take a buddy with you!) Craigslist can be a great source.  Even though some designers are saying that painted furniture is on its way out, I still am blown away when you can breath new life into an old dark beat up piece of furniture with some hard work & paint.  Especially when you can get it at a steal!
{ Image via Sheridan French of The Southern Eclectic }

 My favorite new thing about Craigslist is this fantastic app called CraigsEasy.  CraigsEasy allows you to search the images (at a viewable size… what a concept!)  You download their app to your bookmark bar (or your iPad) & just click it whenever you are searching the site.  

So you go from this:

To this!!
Etsy is an amazing online market place.  You can basically find any sort of handmade item that you could ever imagine.  I think it is an awesome source for pillows & vintage finds.  You can usually find exactly what you are looking for in the price point you need it.  Be sure to look around too.  For example, if you know the pattern fabric you are looking for on a pillow, type it in, chances are multiple shops will have options for you.
For Designer Throw Pillows I usually hit up these shops first:
Trina Turk Trellis in Watermelon - Designer Pillow Cover 17x17
{ Trina Turk Trellis in Watermelon Designer Pillow Cover $70 }

Designer Decorative Greek Key Pillow - Squares - Orange and White - 18 inch - BOTH SIDES - Decorative Pillow - Throw Pillow - Orange Pillow
{ Greek Key Designer Pillow Cover $28 }

For Vintage Furniture & Accessories I go here first:

Tangerine Art Glass Bowl Figurine Fire Orange Glass Sculpture Decorative Home Decor Retro Mid Century Home
{ Tangerine Art Glass Bowl $48 }
Vintage Glass Horse Bookends. Equestrian Men Centric Retro Mid Century Unisex Office Library Study
{ Vintage Glass Horse Bookends $48 }

Furniture on Etsy can get you with the shipping costs, but did you know you can search for local shops?!?  Most will allow you for a Local Pick Up in order to save on shipping.  Luckily for me, Rhapsody Attic is in the Atlanta area!

Hardware, Hardware, Hardware.  I only buy my hardware on eBay now.  You can find vintage, new, retired, obscure, gold, silver, burnished… seriously, you will find what you didn’t even know what you are looking for.  I typically don’t have the patience for the auctions, but you can still score a great deal with the Buy It Now options.
How great would these look on a Craigslist dresser?!?!
{ 10 Vintage Brass Hardware Pulls $25 }
{ 8 Vintage Brass Tear Drop Pulls $20 }

New hardware will give an instant facelift to a piece of furniture, a kitchen or a bathroom.  And these pulls will add so much more character than the generic big box store options (plus they are so inexpensive!)


Fortunately, I live in the Atlanta area which means I am close to my favorite fabric store Lewis & Sharon.  If I am in need of some inspiration I will take a stroll through the aisles.  Luckily for you, they also have a great online store too.  You can even order swatches if you need to see it in person first.
I am currently loving this new Suzani they just got in.  This might just end up being some pillows for the little’s big girl room.
{ Satara Skittles $45 a yard }
My other favorite fabric resources online are:
Hopefully some of these tips will help you the next time you are looking for a new item for your home.