Finding something at an op shop, antique clearing sale, school fair or second hand furniture store is my thing. Mixing up the old with the new and sticking with the classics in an eclectic way.
Many of the homeware stores today, you may have noticed are selling reproduction furniture and some of them look quite cheaply made. Some look fabulous too, but I just find when you are looking for a special piece it's so much nicer if it makes it's own statement. You don't want the same as Joe Bloggs around the corner! Each to their own, but I love a good piece of real furniture, some history attached. Even if a little restoring is required or re-upholstering... that is easily fixed.
Stirred up by a blog I follow foxinflats.com.au Andrea has a great blog and has dared all her blog followers to go vintage this week. Check out her blog if you are not already a follower; it's fab!
Here's a few bits and pieces I have around me that are vintage. Love them all.
|Made in Hawaii - USA on the tag / Cute clutch|
|The necklace my Dad gave my Mum on their engagement - almost a choker|
|Norman Lindsay - Etchings. A coffee table book from a school fete|
|The handle of my hallway sideboard - rare that you see detail like this in a piece of furniture|
|Sewing kit - Vintage cowgirl fabric|
|Vintage dress purchased at an op shop for $8 Looks better on than off!|
|Still not sure whether I will leave it long or cut it and have it hemmed short|
|Hydrangea pot - bought at a country antique sale|
|Maple sideboard, this is perfect for my new kitchen & dining area|
Purchased at a Sydney Antique store.
|'Lotte' 1970s dinnerset from my parents in their early married days|
|You can probably tell from looking at this bag... still smells like an old lady|
|A friend gave me this book when I wasn't well. Vintage don't you think.|
|Many moons ago...1991 - Mum and I having a Sunday drive in one of Dad's vintage cars. A 1956 Plymouth Chrysler|