I always assumed that I’d never have the pleasure of displaying gorgeous window treatments in our home after realizing how much they can cost. But once I purchased my first set of custom floral embroidered pinch pleat drapes from Facebook Marketplace in 2019 (4 panels for $200, but likely cost way more than that originally), I realized that was not the case, and the term custom drapes was soon added to my list of things to always be on the lookout for when secondhand hunting.
The first pair of secondhand drapes I ever picked up!
A few months later, I stumbled upon my dream Lee Jofa Althea drapes that I haven’t physically been able to STFU about since I scooped them up from some guy’s mansion in CT. You can read more about that story here.
Like the premise of all my secondhand-related posts – I was put on this earth to tell you that you can get quality drapery on a budget.
A tips when it comes to sourcing secondhand window treatments:
- There are a lot of window treatments on Facebook Marketplace (drapes, roman shades, etc), but if you can’t find anything there, eBay is abundant with secondhand window treatments too. And Craigslist! And auctions! But I’ve had the most luck on FB MP.
- eBay tip – turn on notifications for all the things you’re looking for (i.e. gingham pinch pleat drapes).
- Some of the keywords I use to search for drapes:
- Custom drapes
- Designer drapes
- Pinch pleat
- Custom window treatments
- Designer curtains
- Custom pinch pleat
- Custom made curtains
- If you find something on FB MP that’s out of your radius, it can’t hurt to ask if the seller is willing to ship. I’ve had a few people ship drapes to me. I obviously tell them that I’ll pay for shipping.
- Because window treatments are rather tricky to find size-wise, it may take some time to find what you’re looking for, but of course, that’s the thrill of the thrift (remember the money or time conversation)?
- It’s better to find drapes that are too long than too short because you could always get them hemmed
- If you find drapes that are slightly too short, you could always add some trim to them to elongate, buy larger rings, or steam to lengthen
These secondhand Jasper Grace (Willow) drapes were a purchase through a local designer, Palomino Interiors!
Of course, you can always go the custom route. It’s what I’d recommend if you have the budget because it will be tailored exactly to your room/windows. If someone told me I could only choose ONE thing to splurge on in a room, custom window treatments would be it. I’ve used Calico for a few rooms in our home and have been thrilled with them.
I’m in the process of having drapes made by Martha & Ash for our family room, who happens to work with clients all around the country. They have been incredibly helpful in the process!
You can search for local professionals at www.wcaa.org. It’s a trade association for small business window professionals.
I also want to mention that your curtain rod makes all the difference. I personally gravitate towards a thick lucite rod with brass hardware (DIY here).
Hope this was helpful!