Do you love hunting at flea markets for vintage and unique treasures?  I totally do. However, I really get overwhelmed when I am there, loving everything I see…  So many times I have bought items that I just don’t have a place for and then they sit in my basement for years.  And the thing is, I still adore them; they just don’t fit into my home.  But I have a little trick, and it really works!!!  It’s called a Vision Board!

Vermont Vintage Market Days

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Photo credit ~ Vermont Vintage Market Days

 I was so excited to be attending the upcoming Vermont Vintage Days Market, as I’m in the process of redecorating our master bedroom, bathroom, and sunroom.  I had so many ideas I couldn’t stand it!  So, I decided to stay focused and create a Vision Board to help guide and focus me.  

Vision Board

A Vintage Market and a Vision Board
Photos Credit: Pinterest

This is a Vision Board that I put together in preparation for my visit to Vermont Vintage Market Days, a large flea market of vendors selling their vintage wares.

How does a Vision Board work?  Well, for me, it starts with Pinterest.  I collect home-inspiring ideas almost daily.  I have over 100 boards that include all things Vintage, Home Decor, Gardening, DIY ideas, etc… It’s a growing collection of all things home decor that inspires me every day. Here’s a sneak peek.

Pinterest Vintage Boards
A Vintage Market and a Vision Board

In preparing for a day at the flea market, I review all my favorite inspo ideas that I have found over on Pinterest and collect those photos to create my Vision Board.


I use an app called CanvaIt’s super easy to use and is literally “drag and drop” technology.  I screenshot each pin that I am focused on and upload them into Canva to create my Vision Board.  You may click here for beginner Canva tutorials.

The hardest part is limiting what I choose…

From there, I download it onto my phone (another super easy process), or you could print it out, etc…. whatever works for you. Then, I have it with me when I am shopping through the sea of treasures. It works like a charm. It keeps me focused on what I want and detours me away from things that I just don’t need.

So go ahead and take a look at my Vision Board ideas, and I’ll share with you a few of my finds and how I decorated them in my home.

Vintage shoe molds and books

A small and large vintage shoe mold with pages of books wrapped in twine on a white bookshelf in our sunroom.  I found both of these at the Vintage Market Days, and the vintage shoe molds were on my vision board!


Turning books around can also be a fun and easy way to brighten up bookshelves!

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A Vintage Market and a Vision Board

I love the idea of a glass cloche and vintage bottles.

An idea that was also on my vision board, all found at the vintage market.

Vintage cloche with bottles and flowers on coffee table.

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Cloche with blue vintage bottles and yellow flowers.

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Cloche with blue vintage bottles.

Of course, I did have to get one item, but it was not on the Vision Board: this wonderful vintage wooden sign with letters from Paris. I thought this would be so fun in my kitchen, and it is a one-of-a-kind experience! What a great vintage market score!

A Vintage Market and a Vision Board
Vintage wooden FOOD sign on top kitchen shelf with other vintage decor.

A Vintage Affair

If you have any thoughts, comments, or suggestions, I’d love to hear from you. Please share in the comments below. And be sure to share this blog post link with your friends who are also vintage enthusiasts.

Do you have a flair for all things vintage, too? I would love to see and feature you in our Reader’s Showcase Series. A place for you to share and be recognized for your talents and passion for all things thrifting, vintage, and antique decor-related inspired by your time here with Dabbling & Decorating. Email me at

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