Before you leave your house, think about the items you're hoping to bring home. Are you angling for a vintage sideboard for your dining room? Break out a tape measure to get an idea of the height and depth that you need. Do you have a blank space on your living room wall? Estimate what size painting will fit. Don't forget to bring your tape measure with you when you hit the sales. Once you have an idea what you want, pack some small bills for payment (think ones and fives) and some reusable bags to help you carry your finds.