I am not a buyer of new furniture or knick knacks for my home. Most of our things have been handed down from family or purchased second hand. I've never wanted to own something so precious that it would be a tragedy for it to become damaged. I don't want the pressure, nor do I want my family to feel they can't be comfortable.
This doesn't mean that I don't want my environment to be attractive, but in my search for items for my home I have always overlooked those that are damaged or kitschy. Recently, while researching American folk art, I've seen some wonderfully eclectic and comfortable homes decorated with what I would consider junk. Really beautiful and attractive junk. Junk that is chipped or worn, yet is visually appealing.
One of the best books I have found about using junk to decorate with is "American Junk" by Mary Randolph Carter. She describes her junk finds, where she bought them, how much it cost, and how she uses them in her home.
I will say that I think some of her junk was overpriced, but I live in the southeast where prices are considerably lower. Also, we have a large number of retirees that are downsizing their homes and must sell what won't fit in their smaller apartments.
So, now when I'm out scouring the thrift stores for finds, I won't turn my nose up at an attractive, but flawed, piece of junk.