Places like this really are the best for unique things like vintage signs, beautiful chandeliers, old iron gates, stone sculptures off old buildings, even old arcade games or soda machines. In fact I bought a beautiful old wooden door at a place like this a few years ago (more on that find later...). Despite that, I don't typically look for those larger pieces, I tend to look more for smaller accents that will fit subtly into the decor of our home. Old door knobs, stained glass pieces, small windows, tin wall hangings, wall hooks, iron wall hangings and vintage sconces.
There is a place in Chicago called Olde Good Things which I think is the best place around that has a good selection. I've never been to their store, but they bring a strong presence to the Kane County Flea Market every month which is where I became familiar with thier shop.
Here are some of their new arrivals that I'm hoping to get a good look at at the next flea market!
Beautiful detailing from an old building.
Wouldn't this be lovely on someone's porch or garden?