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Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 | 2 a.m.
Las Vegas is a adolescent city, but it’s flush in history. Aloof about everywhere you turn, there are reminders of our past: old neon signs, mob memorabilia, cowboy collectibles, Art Deco adornments and charcoal from the gold rush.
Vegas Vic smiles Downtown. Best aperture machines afterglow at Main Street Station. Frank Sinatra’s keepsakes flash at Encore. Gangster accoutrements annoyance at the Mob Museum.
But boilerplate in Southern Nevada does history amalgamate and appear calm as in the Valley’s endless buzz aliment and lesser-known customer spots. Acceptable boilerplate abroad in the country can you acquisition best bank soaps, Paiute jewelry, ’50s beat skirts and Victorian adornment all accomplish abroad from one another.
In a burghal that’s generally fast to blast and alter the old with the new, our aged malls, best aliment and austerity shops are amid the best around. And they accord accustomed Las Vegans a adventitious to accompany a allotment of history into their homes.
Whether you’re attractive to animate an era continued gone, accouterment a refurbishing project, save a bit of money on home adornment or artlessly reduce, reclaim and recycle, Las Vegas’ shops are a thrifter’s dream appear true.
Finding a abundant antique—or alike a acceptable reproduction—takes time and research. Learning the characteristics that ascertain eras, ability and affection will accomplish your acceding abundant easier. Pay absorption to the capacity aback analytical a allotment of appliance that appears to be an antique. Analysis online and allocution to experts to apprentice some of the abounding beheld giveaways that abstracted a affection allotment from boilerplate items, and you’ll be on the aisle to abundant discoveries. Actuality are a few hints to get you started.
Workmanship clues can advice you actuate aback and how a allotment was made:
• Try to acquisition a mark, characterization or tag. Best automated appliance items will accommodate some array of identifier.
• Remove a drawer if accessible to abstraction breadth the advanced and aback of the drawer are absorbed to the sides. Duke dovetails will be basal and uneven, and announce a allotment was fabricated afore 1860 aback joints began to be apparatus cut.
• Attending for saw marks. If they are annular or arc-shaped, rather than straight, the copse was acceptable cut by a annular saw, which acquired boundless use afterwards about 1880.
• Small nicks and cuts abreast the central joints of a allotment announce it was apparently cut with a plane, spokeshave or drawknife. In added words, it was fabricated by hand.
Identifying added items:
• Aged pottery, ceramics and glassware pieces additionally generally affection a maker’s mark. Guides abound online to advice break the shapes, belletrist and symbols.
• Pay absorption to the patterns on glassware, which can advice date an item.
• Expect some abrasion and tear, such as birthmark or fading. Alike an account that’s sat on a shelf for decades will acceptable accept scratches on its base.
• Awakening Vegas, 1131 S. Main St., Las Vegas, 702-384-2700. Awakening Vegas is a mid-century modernist’s dream. The abundance is abounding of best furniture, lighting, art and collectibles, including memorabilia from imploded casinos and long-ago shuttered Vegas sites. Upstairs is a huge alternative of best clothes, shoes and accessories. Fun fact: Best of Awakening Vegas’ pieces are accessible for concise rental.
• Charleston Aged Mall, 560 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas, 702-228-4783. A bewilderment of all things aged and collectable: jewelry, furniture, toys, crystal, accouterment and more. The mall’s 60-plus vendors banal items that run the agenda of eras, from Victorian adornment to best pinups to ’90s kitsch. Best items are analytic priced, vendors generally are accommodating to accommodate and the capital offers common sales, best afresh 15 percent off during President’s Day weekend.
• Sherman’s House of Antiques, 1228 Arizona St., Boulder City, 702-293-1818. Analyze a advanced array of antiques from beyond the state. A mainstay in Boulder City, Sherman’s stocks best clothing, accomplished china, aged furniture, best and accoutrement jewelry, archetypal toys and abundant more. There’s article for everyone!
• Aged Capital of America, 9151 S. Las Vegas Blvd. #344, Las Vegas, 702-933-2791. Acquisition your abutting abundance here. Vendors ample 43,000 aboveboard anxiety of arcade amplitude and affection antiques and collectibles from about the world. Account a quick arrangement or save for a top-shelf prize. Rare items accommodate collectible badges, aged abridged watches and aged furniture.
• Modern Mantiques, 1300 S. Main St. #120, Las Vegas, 702-445-7081. What are mantiques? Best tin toys, aged coin-operated machines, taxidermy animals, Apple War II memorabilia, celebrated firearms, best fishing lures, ceramics signs, cigar memorabilia and added collectibles that accompany aback memories of dads, grandpas and abundant grandpas. This abundance is abounding of them and able-bodied account a visit.
Not abiding breadth to go? Check out the valley’s altered aged abode arranged with back-to-back shops. Las Vegas’ 18b Arts District houses Aged Alley, lined with about two dozen antique, best and awakening boutiques. Head to Main Street, from Charleston Boulevard to aloof arctic of the Stratosphere. Boulder City, acclaimed for its antiquing, draws all-embracing visitors to its all-embracing stores. Don’t absence Goatfeathers Emporium, Aback in Thyme and the Boulder Burghal Aged Market.
• Fantastic Indoor Bandy Meet, 1717 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas, 702-877-0087. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Celebrating 27 years in business, Fantastic Indoor Bandy Meet offers a accumulation of shopping. You’ll acquisition your archetypal clothing, furniture, handbags and toys here, but there’s a ton more: flowers and plants, pet supplies, covering goods, antic equipment, aroma and cosmetics, baggage and electronics, to name aloof a few. There additionally are booths for services, including window tinting, approach reading, alterations, block and acreage planning. The majority of items awash actuality are new, although aged alleyway does affection some best and buzz goods.
• Broadacres Marketplace, 2930 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Arctic Las Vegas, 702-642-3777. Hours: 4-11 p.m. Friday, 6 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Set on 44 acres, Broadacres Exchange includes added than 1,100 bell-ringer spaces, featuring antiques, collectibles and crafts, as able-bodied as new and acclimated toys, shoes, clothing, domiciliary items, accessories and tools. Dozens of aliment vendors serve up a array of multicultural fare, and concerts comedy assorted times a day.
If you plan to appear an centralized bank liquidation, go the aboriginal day and access early. Choice items, abnormally those that are branded, will go actual quickly. You may accept to delay in line, but it will acceptable be your alone attempt at accepting assertive goods.
As anyone who has lived in Southern Nevada for at atomic a few years knows, Las Vegas casinos change their attending and branding often. That can be abundant account for arrangement hunters. To accomplish way for new accoutrement and decor, bank operators about arrangement off or advertise the items they no best need.
Fairly regularly, online clearinghouses advertise top-shelf TVs, couches, beds and chairs, ahead housed at Band resorts, to the accomplished bidders for a atom of the retail cost. Sometimes casinos accessible their doors to the accessible for a grab-and-buy free-for-all, as the Sahara did aback it closed.
There are several bounded go-to arrangement sites for these types of online sales. Try nellisauction.com, morphy auctions.com, lvliquidators.com. Alike if you don’t blunder on a bank liquidation, you’ll acquisition bags of added fun items to peruse.
How do you apperceive aback an arrangement will occur? Pay absorption to the news. If you apprehend a adventure about a resort closing, alteration buying or accepting a renovation, affairs are, a defalcation is coming. Alpha blockage online for advice and abrade bounded arrangement houses for listings.
Online arrangement houses tend to be a bit cryptic with their titles. You’ll about never see a advertisement that absolute states the name of a bank or resort. Instead, attending for admonition hints: “Five-star auberge advance auction” or “Massive hotel/casino surplus defalcation auction.”
You don’t charge a brick-and-mortar boutique to account a acceptable find. Online aged houses, austerity aliment and marketplaces accredit buyers to chase civic for their absolute picks.
• Everything but the House: This acreage auction exchange appearance bags of items in about two dozen categories, including art, jewelry, collectibles, ball and fashion. The aggregation sorts, catalogs, photographs and authenticates every account sold, so there’s an added band of aegis for consumers. Bigger pieces charge be best up (the website lists locations and allows visitors to chase by zip code); abate items can be shipped.
• Ruby Lane is home to bags of basic boutique owners who specialize in antiques, accomplished art and best items. Sellers are captivated to actual specific standards for listings. For instance, aged ceramics and ceramics charge be at atomic 100 years old and admired at $50 or more, and reproductions are not permitted. The armpit receives 1.1 actor altered visitors anniversary month.
• Every allotment is vintage, and every one has a story. This artist clearinghouse pulls from clandestine collections and includes advice about the history of anniversary allotment and its seller. Prices are college than acceptable online austerity aliment but still a arrangement because the high-end labels and altered pieces featured.
Now added than anytime may be a acceptable time to alpha thrifting. Thank Marie Kondo. The Japanese acclimation expert, columnist and newly-minted Netflix brilliant has aggressive throngs of bodies to booty banal of their backing and abolition any items that abort to “spark joy.” As a result, austerity abundance operators beyond the Valley and country accept appear contempo surges in donations and huge increases in inventory.
In a celebrated and brief boondocks like Vegas, it’s no abruptness our burghal is home to endless austerity stores. From accumulated giants (Goodwill, Savers) to mom-and-pop shops (Castaways Resale Store, House of Bargains Austerity Store) to flush haunts (Closet Couture High End Appearance Consignment Boutique, Trading Labels), Southern Nevada is a thrifter’s dream.
1. Don’t be abashed to leave empty-handed. You won’t acquisition a gem every time.
2. Be able to advance some time. This applies to visiting altered aliment as able-bodied as perusing the racks. Some of the best finds ability be tucked abroad or shelved in the amiss place.
To account a accurate bargain, never pay added than 20 percent of the full-price retail bulk of an item. If article costs $20 retail, don’t pay added than $5.
3. Be strategic. Abounding ardent thrifters focus on shops in added flush areas, breadth they say affection and alternative is better. Aloof be warned: Prices tend to be higher, too.
4. Attending anxiously and be selective. Are you accommodating to fix that broken the covering or wonky drawer? If not, pass.
5. Time your trips. Abounding aliment action added discounts for seniors, veterans and students. Some affection colored-tag canicule with alike added savings.
6. Don’t get discouraged. Abundance hunting takes time!
Great buzz finds:
These are about foolproof buys from any austerity store, either for your own claimed use or for aggravating to cast for a profit.
• Copse furniture. Acrylic or refinish a annoyed allotment of appliance to accord it new life. Accumulate it or try to advertise it. Add new accouterments to change the look.
• High-end or cast name accoutrement or accessories, abnormally if the tags are still attached.
• Kids accouterment or toys
• Account frames. Don’t get angry off by an animal account or painting. The anatomy ability still absolve the buy.
• Athletic accessory or supplies
• Vinyl records
• Halloween costumes
• Board games. Check to be abiding no pieces are missing.
• Gently acclimated tools
• Specialty items that are rarely or occasionally used.
Items to abstain second-hand
• Mattresses: Bacteria or bed bugs could be lurking.
• Car seats and bike helmets: There’s no way to acquaint whether the assurance systems accept been compromised. Car seats additionally appear with cessation dates.
• Nonstick cookware: Flaking nonstick coatings can be baneful and affectation a bloom risk.
• Cribs: With abundant recalls and alteration standards, it’s safer to buy new.
• Halogen lights: Halogen bulbs bake hotter than LED and beaming bulbs and can affectation a blaze risk.
• Shoes: They accommodate to a wearer’s feet, and everyone’s anxiety and amble are unique.
• Accessories or electronics you can’t test: There’s a acceptable adventitious they won’t work.
• Anything that stinks: The aroma could be advancing from mold, chemicals, pet stains or any cardinal of added sources you don’t appetite to acquaint into your home.
• Stain, paint, varnish, lacquer, brighten or decoupage items
• Add chalkboard acrylic accents
• Change out accouterments and knobs
• Alter anxiety or legs
• Remove doors or drawers
• Use emphasis colors to accomplish account pop
• Adorn with metal, twine, bottle or leather
• Recover beanbag or seats
In our consumer-driven, departure society, refurbishing old appliance can be a abundant way to go green, save money and breathe new activity into items. Refurbishing additionally can be a fun and adequate amusement for bodies of all ages. Once your activity is complete, accumulate the allotment for yourself, or try to acquisition a client for it.
Turn your amusement into a business
Most aged and austerity abundance shoppers do it for the adventure of the acquisition and the joy of bringing home a admirable (or anon to be admirable with a little bend grease) piece. For some, the amusement becomes a ancillary hustle. Here’s what to accumulate in apperception if you plan to try to cast your finds:
1. Apperceive the bulk of an item. Do your analysis afore you buy. Be abiding there’s abundant of a advance amid the acquirement bulk and a astute auction bulk to accomplish the buy worthwhile.
2. Be reasonable and unemotional. You may adulation an item, but that doesn’t beggarly buyers will. Be abiding there is a bazaar for what you plan to sell. Compare agnate items to attenuated bottomward a reasonable sales price.
3. Condition matters. Unless you are assured in your abilities to accomplish above repairs, stick to items that charge a simple facelift, not a complete overhaul.
4. Clean, clean, clean. You’ll get a college bulk and a quicker auction if you dust, ablution and brightness items afore you account them. A simple covering of acrylic can assignment wonders.
5. Don’t balloon about shipping. Aback because your abeyant profit, be alert that you’ll acceptable accept to pay aircraft costs or canyon them assimilate the buyer, which may beggarly a lower auction price.
Beware: Refurb with care
Keep these items accessible for your projects:
• Copse cleaner, abrading alcohol, aqueous detergent, rags for cleaning
• Electric sander, high-grit sandpaper, low-grit sandpaper for removing old varnish, bark and paint
• Copse putty, adjustable knife for bushing in dents, dings, cracks and holes
• Album to advice acrylic stick. Pro tip: Use gray album for dark-colored acrylic and white album for light-colored paint.
• Acrylic or stain to accord your allotment a new look
• Adorn to allowance paint, assure surfaces and add shine. Pro tip: Remove white rings on copse acquired by hot mugs or abashed glasses with petroleum jelly. Slather the mark and let the clabber sit overnight. The oil in the petroleum clabber will access the accomplishment and beard the ring.
While aloof about anyone can accouterment a appliance refurbishing project, novices should accumulate in apperception some abeyant hazards that can appear with the job.
The chemicals bare to band copse for refinishing can be acutely noxious. Be abiding to consistently abrasion a mask, careful eyewear and gloves, and assignment in a aerial space.
Ditto for sanding. Dust and accomplished particles of copse are calmly inhaled and can wreak calamity your lungs. If you plan to do a cogent bulk of sanding, accede advance in a dust collector.
Foam cushioning acclimated in sofas and chairs generally are burdened with baneful blaze retardants. Abstain ripping or disturbing the cushions, assignment in a aerial breadth and abrasion a mask.
Steer bright of refurbishing items that you doubtable may accommodate advance or asbestos. Exposure to both can be acutely chancy to your health. The items are altogether safe to sit undisturbed on a shelf or in a anomaly cabinet. Aloof leave them be after a makeover.
Where to acquisition items?
Garage sales and retail austerity aliment can crop some success, but don’t be abashed to anticipate alfresco the box. Action to booty bare items off of your friends’ hands. Check curbs and dumpsters. Attending online for bodies giving abroad items for free.
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