Joanna Gaines reveals what you should never, ever pass up at estate sales

The queen of shiplap has spoken! Joanna Gaines is the ultimate expert when it comes to making all your Pinterest-perfect, rustic-chic home design dreams come true. But creating the perfect living space is not as easy as it looks on her hit show "Fixer Upper." 

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Architectural pieces

If you've watched an episode of "Fixer Upper," you know that Joanna loves adding unique touches to her clients' homes in the form of architectural pieces like old doors, windows or corbels. 

"Anything that came out of an old house or building that's kind of its own story. That's the kind of stuff I'm always looking for," Joanna told Country Living.

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Ornate frames

One of the easiest ways to add that special touch to any room is by using picture frames. Joanna loves using antique frames to display her children's' artwork. 

"It's a fun play when you have your kids' artwork paired with an antique frame," she said.

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Unusual storage

Not only are Joanna's design pretty, they're also functional as well. 

"I'm always looking for storage, so anything that I can put in the living room that we can hide something under that's also a unique piece—[like] old storage boxes and bins," Joanna told Country Living. "And I'm always looking for something you can store toys in but that's kind of cool and unique." 

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Vintage books

A home designed by Joanna is never without a stack of vintage books on a table or carefully placed on a shelf.

"I love antique books," Joanna said. "They're quirky and make [a space] feel not so expected."

Old light fixtures

We think nothing makes a bigger statement than a unique light fixture -- and Joanna agrees!

"Old light fixtures to incorporate in newer renovations. When we're doing these renovations I always want it to feel like there's history there, and one way to incorporate that is using antique light fixtures that you [can] have rewired."

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Knickknacks

Joanna's go-to when it comes to making a home feel "homey" are knickknacks throughout the living space that are special to the owners.

"I love knickknack-type stuff for the bookshelves. I feel like bookshelves and open built-ins can feel a little stale, so for me it's finding these random little things that speak to you. I have this brass mouse that's so random, but to me it's just the cutest thing. It's those things that help tell your story."

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Channel letters

Joanna isn't the only one who's a fan of this decoration. Her husband, Chip, is also a huge fan. The other half of the "Fixer Upper" duo has said he "loves" these letters while antique shopping with JoJo.

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The DIY-guru is always on the hunt for antique items at estate sales and flea markets to fill the homes she designs with unique, rustic touches -- and she revealed in an interview with Country Living the top things she will never, ever pass up on. 

If you're the ultimate "Fixer Upper" fan, you can probably guess some of the items that top Joanna's list -- and no, shiplap isn't included. Check out the slideshow above for the items that Joanna will never pass up on!

Inside Chip and Joanna Gaines' home:

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Played in the dirt this weekend and spruced up the front porch with a variety of hydrangea plants. Now time for a Sunday nap đź’š #homebody #andplantladytoo
It's time for bed but I was determined to find a perfect spot for this metal verse. #fourthtimesthecharm
One day I will show you what's inside this extra large hutch... #dishjunky #farmhouse
May your day be Merry and Bright! #merrychristmas
Rearranging living room today made the space feel so much bigger. #monstertreeisgone #rearranginganditfeelssogood #farmhouse
This rainy day is making it really hard for me to leave for work. #homebody
I may have gained ten pounds today... #christmasbaking
Formal sitting room turned office. Chk out the details on my site. #makeyourspacesworkforyou
Day 10: allergies aren't fun and they got the best of me tonight. So I did some sit ups and called it a day. Showing up is the hardest part #healthybody #healthymind #youcandoit
Excited to announce that soon and very soon you will be able to get the farmhouse style online and at our storefront boutique! #openingmay2014
A farmhouse for the dolls, fairies, and other lucky miniatures. #farmhouse
The hardest thing about bunk beds is when you have to actually make the bed. I just got simple striped sheets #potterybarn and a nice throw blanket #target for the edge of the bed. This cuts the time in half and it still has a finished casual look
Boys bathroom after a good cleaning. #howdoesitgetsodirty #farmhousestyle magniolia farms vanity built by @ckharp
Upstairs reading nook #ifonlyiwasareader #farmhouse
Are you crafting this summer? #imnotbutwishiwas #createandinspire
The jasmine vines are finally doing their thing and framing out the front of the greenhouse
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