It’s all about knowing what type of seller is on each site.

By Tamara Kraus
September 24, 2018

Have you ever wanted to know what a decorator thinks about while choosing fabrics, picking a color palette, or even haggling deals online? This month, the Real Simple editors got to find out as they worked with designers and professional organizers to transform a four-bedroom penthouse in the Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Jessica McCarthy, the Creative Director of Decorist, transformed the guest room in the apartment into a chic, yet cozy oasis with quite a few tricks up her sleeve. While the room boasts an outstanding book collection and many art-gallery-worthy sculptures, you’d be surprised that some of the pieces were scouted on second hand sites like eBay and Etsy. In fact, she says most of her own home is vintage, so we asked her to share her insider secrets for shopping vintage items online. 

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