Antiques have increased in popularity within the last couple of years.  The interior design industry shabby-chic movement encourages the use of vintage items in decoration to add character to any space.  Not everyone has caught on to the phenomenon but this article may just change your opinion.  Continue on if you haven’t yet fallen in love with the idea of repurposing items for the golden era of home entertainment.  Vintage items allow you to decorate on a dime while getting quality products that money just can’t buy you now-a-days!

Vintage Art

Most vintage art pieces that can be found at auctions, flea markets, garage sales and the likes are truly interesting.  You can purchase antique art at a fraction of the retail price of a poster.  In fact many vintage art pieces will also come framed in wooden antique frames that can hang the art or be used separately elsewhere in the home.

Antique Canes and Umbrellas

Antique canes and umbrellas are a purchase that serves multiple purposes.  First there is the practicality of a vintage cane or umbrella in everyday use.  Secondly they make a beautiful conversation piece when displayed within your homes entryway.  Antique canes were the go to fashion accessory of the day showing class and sophistication.  When used today in home decorating or for added stability they are sure to be a conversation starter.

Wooden Furniture

The greatest benefit of purchasing older furniture is that it actually made completely from wood.  Unlike furniture that is made today from particle board, formica and plastics.   This means you are not only getting a piece of well made furniture when purchasing antique wood dressers, head boards and more; you are also getting a piece that can be customized with paint and new hardware for your home.

Antique Dishes and Glassware

Matching glassware and dishes are a thing of the past.  Even with fine china mixing patterns is seen as a very chic thing to do.  Purchasing vintage dishes is often done so at a price far lower than you would pay for new.  The best part is if a pieces break there is no worry about replacing it as there is always an abundance of mismatched dishes for sale at antique outlets and vintage flea markets.  The same is true of glasses and stemware.  Stemware that varies in shape and size is a popular option especially if you tend to host gatherings.  Guests can differentiate their drink easily from other guests.

Not everything is better vintage though.  Be wary of furniture that has been reupholstered, vintage appliances and electrical light fixtures.  Upholstered furniture could harbor an irremovable scent or worse yet, bugs!  Lighting and appliances may not be up to today’s electrical standards and therefore should not be used that is unless you are willing to shell out the money to have them refurbished to today standards of safety.

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