The Home Shopping Network (no, not that one)!

 Do you tend to notice especially cool furniture, decor, and little treasures that people have in their homes? Same here. Inspiration is everywhere, and most homebuyers love the idea of sprucing up a new place. With ideas all around us (Pinterest, anyone?), making a house a much-loved nest can easily become a passion.

Where to begin? As a garage sale veteran I strongly vouch for the gems found at estate sales and yard sales, but sometimes a person just doesn’t want to wait for warm weather or spend every Saturday seeking that one elusive piece.

Furnishings with a History

So, if you choose to start your home furnishing hunt with Things with a History, I recommend the Minnehaha Mile. The vintage choices there seem to multiply quickly, but a couple of favorites are E’s Emporium and Turquoise Vintage.

New Stuff with Panache

Try The Foundry Home Goods, Pharmacie, and The Sale Room at International Market Square. Each of these has an interesting and often irresistible array of pieces. (Tip: these are also good stops for housewarming gifts.)

For Authentic Midcentury Modern Musts

FindFurnish and MidModMen+Friends have a rotating and unique selection of 1950s and 60s furniture.

New, Now and Not Expensive

West Elm and CB2 are reliably stylish. And if the idea of changing out of your sweats in order to shop sounds too ambitious, try visiting online stalwarts Wayfair, Hayneedle and Houzz.

Happy hunting!