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8 Decor Finds That Are Always Better at Estate Sales or Antique Shops

Southern Living Logo Southern Living | Slide 1 of 9: <p>If you have your own passed-down collection of silver, you might want to keep it safely stored away and not out on display in your home year-round. But antique silver pieces—even if they're not in perfect condition—can be great decorating elements whether hung on display or used in a practical manner.</p>

If you’ve got a sense of creativity and can see the potential in a piece of furniture or decorative element that might be past its prime, you likely have a knack for thrifting. It’s not always easy, and it’s not for everyone (or every home), but being able to scour estate sales and antique shops for one-of-a-kind finds can be an extremely rewarding experience. Whether you’re an antiquing novice or a regular on the estate-sale circuit, there are some things you know you probably shouldn’t buy used (mattresses and bedding, for one). But the following 8 decor finds are almost always better at estate sales or antique shops than your contemporary furniture shop.

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