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Want affordable vintage home items? Here’s how to thrift wisely.

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Virginia Chamlee, a thrifting expert and the author of “Big Thrift Energy,” answered your questions on Thursday about thrifting and buying vintage. She learned the business from her grandmother, who bought and sold furniture and accessories in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Chamlee developed a lifelong passion for design, collecting, and buying and selling vintage wares. She is also an artist whose work is sold at Anthropologie, Chairish and Artfully Walls. Here are some of the questions she answered:

Every Thursday at 11 a.m. Eastern time, Jura Koncius helps you in your quest to achieve domestic bliss. She and weekly guests — whether it’s Martha Stewart, Marie Kondo, Jasmine Roth of HGTV, Paula Sutton of Hill House Vintage or TikTok’s Folding Lady, Sophie Liard — answer your decorating, decluttering, design, entertaining and home-keeping questions. For more than 20 years, our Q&A has hosted conversations about how to make your home comfortable, stylish, organized and fun.

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Helen Carefoot, writer and editorial aide for the Lifestyle section, produced this Q&A.