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Big Thrift Energy

The Art and Thrill of Finding Vintage Treasures-Plus Tips for Making Old Feel New

Virginia Chamlee

Hardcover

List Price: 29.95*
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Description

Learn how to shop for affordable vintage home decor and how to style it in a modern home.

From a Goyard trunk worth upwards of $10,000 (scored for $90) to a floor-length vintage Christian Dior cape (a $10 Goodwill find), Virginia knows how to find deals.

Big Thrift Energy will teach you everything you need to know about shopping for affordable vintage home decor and styling it in a modern home. Antiquing can be intimidating: how do you know if a piece is worth salvaging? How do you navigate the piles of merchandise at a thrift store or estate sale? Part resource, part inspiration, Big Thrift Energy is a comprehensive guide that offers tips for thrifting that you never knew you needed: How to shop for the good stuff, how to upcycle and style vintage treasures in your home, and even advice for flipping your most-coveted items to turn a profit. 

Big Thrift Energy will teach you:
• Where to shop for antique and vintage treasures you'll love
• The best things to buy used, and which items to pass on
• How to upcycle something old into something "you" and make it fit beautifully in your home
• How to tell when something is valuable, and tips for reselling it to make a profit

Author Virginia Chamlee is a writer for People magazine who has spent more than a decade collecting and selling vintage wares. Her home has been featured on Apartment Therapy and Design*Sponge and her original artwork is available via Chairish, Anthropologie, and Artfully Walls.


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

"Virginia has total sage sister vibes, helping you score pieces for a song with tips that are so good, I kind of can't believe she's letting us in on these trade secrets. Vintage shopping can be super-tricky; it's hard to know where to start, how to scout things that look and feel like "you," and what to splurge or save on. With this beautiful and thoughtful book though, you'll feel like you have a field guide for furnishing your best home ever with pre-loved, storied stuff."
- Danielle Blundell, Apartment Therapy

"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 makes this a handy one-stop-shop for new thrifters."
- Publishers Weekly

"Virginia and I both agree that there’s enough thrifting to go around. As every vintage hunter knows, sharing thrifting tips can bring good shopping karma. I follow Virginia’s shopping escapades on instagram and even though I’m jealous of her one-of-a-kind scores; I love that I can bring a piece of them home in the form of her new book. Big Thrift Energy Is a great guide for experts and newbies alike."
-Max Humphrey, Designer, Author of Modern Americana, named one of Country Living’s 100 most creative people

Blue Star Press, 9781950968619, 192pp.

Publication Date: July 19, 2022



About the Author

Author Virginia Chamlee is a writer for People magazine who has spent more than a decade collecting and selling vintage wares. Her home has been featured on Apartment Therapy and Design*Sponge and her written work has been featured in Buzzfeed, Bustle, Byrdie, and other outlets. Her artwork is available via Chairish, Anthroplogie, and Artfully Walls.