HOW TO SHOP VINTAGE 101

If you know me well, you know that I love a good vintage find! Hence why both my mom and husband took me antique shopping this past weekend for my birthday. They really get me. But let’s face it, I was raised by a mom who was at the thrift store at least once a week! It feels as though we were always buying and refinishing vintage furniture. And that’s where it all started.

Unfortunately for many, shopping vintage feels comparable to being inside a Forever 21. TOO MANY OPTIONS. So many that they don’t even know where to start! It’s like who really wants to sort through every rack? Or better yet, has the time? The key is, first, establishing what you’re needing (or wanting) and then searching.

Nowadays it’s easy. Because we can literally pull up google and search, ‘Vintage Portrait’ and find one we like within a matter of minutes. But the problem I’m finding with you Vintage Newbies is that you just don’t know what to be searching for. Well, look no further.

We’ve pulled together a bullet-proof list of vintage items for you to incorporate into your home decor. Things to make note of so that if you ever do decide to step foot inside an antique store, thrift shop, consignment store or flea market that you’ll have confidence in what you’re buying! You’ll pick up that vintage wicker pendant light and just know you can’t go wrong! So…. You’re welcome in advance.

VINTAGE ARTWORK

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LANDSCAPES

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PORTRAITS

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CITYSCAPES

 

VINTAGE STONEWARE

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LAMPS

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BOWLS

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CUPS & MUGS

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VASES & JARS

 

VINTAGE TERRA-COTTA

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VASES & JARS

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DECOR

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KITCHENWARE

 

ANYTHING WOVEN

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FURNITURE

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HATS

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DECOR

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LIGHTING

 

VINTAGE MARBLE

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CANDLESTICKS

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BOWLS & PEDESTALS

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MORTAR & PESTLE

 

VINTAGE BRASS

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VASES & BOWLS

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TRAYS

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DECOR

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KITCHENWARE

 

VINTAGE AFRICA

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AFRICAN STOOL

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AFRICAN BEADS

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AFRICAN BASKET

You may be asking yourself: Why vintage? I get that the idea of buying something “used” or the thought of having something that’s been sitting in someone else’s home for years, sounds a tad foreign to some . But you’ve just gotta find what you’re comfortable with! For instance: I would never buy a used vintage rug or pillow. There’s just too many other great options out there for me to want to even go that route. But on the other hand, the vintage finds that I do pick up, you can’t shop at your local Target. There’s some things they just don’t make like they use to! Plus, I love how much history, character and charm vintage treasures add to a home.

So now you’re probably asking: well where do we go to find vintage home decor?

And my answer to you would be to always start local! Your local thrift stores, antique malls and craigslist should always be option A if you’re wanting to score a better deal! Vintage is all over the world wide web, but I hate to break it to you, it’s never cheap. There’s no way I would have been able to score the $5 vintage landscape I just bought for our dining area, by shopping on Etsy…

But in the case that you just need some more sources to hunt down that something you are in dire need of, here’s our favorite online options!

WHERE TO SHOP VINTAGE ONLINE:

So there you have it! How to shop vintage 101. Hoping this was helpful to any of you who are unfamiliar with this world of options. And even to those that are but could use a few new sources, inspiration and ideas! That’s all for now!

Xo, Ames

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