We started picking up vintage and used home decor when we were first married. Being young newly-weds, we didn't have much money. So buying used items from thrift stores and yard sales really made our little apartment a home. Even now that we have been married 5 years, I still don't see any reason not to buy new over used, on certain things of course. I think it is more exciting to find a really amazing item at a yard sale for really cheap, then to go to a nice store and buy the same item for tons more. I tell ya, it's the thrill of the hunt!