VINTAGE homeware is in, and second-hand goods are feeling the love as a new trend sees one in two style-seekers opting for pre-loved gems over new.
Savvy, design loving Australians have saved $3.5 billion by buying pre-loved homewares this past year.
The trend is set to continue next year as 30% of the nation is more inclined to hunt for one-of-a-kind gems now than they were 10 years ago, according to new research by leading classifieds site Gumtree.
Around half of our nation's homes now feature pre-loved items that carry a fraction of the price tag - a trend that has seen vintage bargain hunters save an estimated $500 in the past year.
Australia's Gen Y is pocketing even more, with 83% saving up to $1000.
Award-winning interior designer Dana Tomic Hughes, of Yellowtrace, believes Australians are moving away from brand-new, minimalist interiors to sourcing pre-loved goods that can be refurbished or restored - and 81% believe it is important that their home reflects their personality.
As Aussies become more style conscious, the motivation for buying vintage has changed. Buyers are more likely to do so to add personal style (64%) or to acquire a one-of-a-kind piece (63%).
The nation's most bought pre-loved items: garden items (42%), home decorations (41%), dining suites (34%), lighting and fixtures (32%).
Dana Tomic Hughes' tips for finding a gem online:
Look for the overall shape and good "bone structure". Look at lines, size and proportion of the piece
Examine the images and the specifications of items closely
Think outside the box when searching
Research the specific style and era of pieces you're interested in and use the right terminology
Assess items for quality as well as cost
Keep in mind the theme you are trying to achieve and how items will fit in with your current decor
Source: Gumtree classifieds