Vintage is Just a Cool Word for Old…

I ♥ Vintage.

I suppose it goes without saying that along with my love for old movies, I also have a love for old stuff…

Looking around my house, I see it becoming ever more evident as I get older… like gravitates towards like…huh?

I can’t recall ever buying new furniture or home decor…except for maybe a bookcase.  I’m much more of a thrill of the hunt kind of gal… or a rescuer of things destined for the dump… (Just ask my daddy how many times he’s found me stashing things in my truck that he’s ready to haul away… or how many times I’ve asked him if he still has that chalkboard/cart/table, etc that belonged to grandma/him/mom… Good thing he doesn’t like to get rid of things too hastily…!)

Apparently I also  ♥ Junk…

But calling something junk or vintage is really in the eye of the beholder… And I’m willing to give all pieces the benefit of the doubt because after all isn’t that what Jesus did for me? As the saying goes, “God don’t make no junk…!”

I guess I’m a picker at heart. Even as a little girl I was fascinated with people’s shed’s and attics and wondering what kind of stuff might be in there?? Oh wait, I still am…

Why just this weekend, I drug this home:

ammo box
…old ammo box…I see a future as a shadow box somehow…

annnnd this:

...reproduction Sears catalog from 1909... because who doesn't need one of these...
…reproduction Sears catalog from 1909… because who doesn’t need one of these…

Unfortunately Fortunately I left the really interesting long, slim, faded wooden turquoise cabinet/under-the-bed rolling storage thingy in Farmville… I should have taken a picture, but that probably would make my me kick myself more for not buying it if I could see it everyday…

Sometimes, I’ll throw caution to the wind and bring home that item that I have no idea what it is, where it will go or what I can make out of it… but unless you have a really patient vintage loving husband like mine, I probably wouldn’t recommend this route…

It helps to have a bit of a plan when decorating with second hand vintage finds…

First, before you even consider going out, shop your house (or your parent’s attic or your grandpa’s shed…). Do you have your own buried treasures? Is something from days gone by able to be reclaimed, reworked or recreated? I’m a big fan of use what ya got, but sometimes things just won’t work.

Secondly, take the boy scout motto and be prepared– if you’re searching for something to go in a specific spot, always measure your space… and your doorways… Really nothing ruins a great find more than having it sitting in your yard because it won’t fit through your door…

Third, know your prey…

After lots of years of hunting for vintage and salvaged treasures, I’ve determined that most of your hunting grounds fall into one of three categories…

On the lowest, cheapest level, you’ve got your junk in the wild (found in garage sales, attics, sheds, side of the road or in dumpsters…!) Unrefined, maybe broken, definitely in need of some TLC…minimal cost…and sometimes even free!

Domesticated junk means it’s already been captured and put in someone’s shop or booth… you’re saved the dirty work but likely to pay a little more because someone has already picked it and deemed it worthy. Slightly less messy but still fun because there’s always the possibility of finding that diamond in the rough…

And finally you have your junk that does tricks This stuff has been restored or well cared for from the start. It’s been shined up and the price is usually tricked out to match…Think antique shops and some estate sales…

At this stage of our decorating life {ahem…early attic, late garage} we can only really afford wild or barely domesticated treasures though it is fun to peek in the higher end shops and dream sometimes…!

Do you have a favorite vintage piece in your house? Have you rescued anything cool lately?

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