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Photo: marekusz (Shutterstock) While some people have always loved vintage (i.e. secondhand) furniture, others are new to the thrift store, flea market, and yard sale game, thanks to current furniture shortages and shipping delays . But shortages or not, there are many benefits to buying secondhand furniture and other items for your home, including the cost, unique designs, durability, and sustainability of using something that already exists, instead of buying something new. The downsides to vintage furniture vary (or may not exist at all) depending on the piece, but one of the most common is a familiar, sometimes-relentless odor known as “thrift store smell.” Even if the piece didn’t actually come from a thrift store (and doesn’t have any soft, upholstered surfaces) that musty scent often comes standard with older furniture, and can be hard to banish—even for the most experienced vintage shoppers. Here are some techniques to try if you need to get thrift store smell out of your latest unupholstered vintage furniture finds. Cleaning and deodorizing The first thing most people will try to rid their vintage furniture of the thrift store smell is to attempt to clean and deodorize it. Everyone has a favorite home remedy, but here are some of the most popular: Baking soda : Either sprinkled on/in the furniture directly and then vacuumed off, and/or placed in bowls inside drawers. Vinegar and water solution : Mix white vinegar and water together using a 1:1 ratio and use the solution to wipe down every […]