Vintage shopping is one of those things that you either love...or shudder at the thought of. If you're in the latter, I'm here to change your mind. I've been collecting everything from vintage clothes to books to art for years. My specialty is barware and cocktail accessories, mostly because I love a good party (or forgotten cocktail). I mainly concentrate on items from the 1950s and 1960s, which was a bit of a golden age for home entertaining. (You can see part of my collection on One Kings Lane, where I'm holding a "Tastemaker Tag Sale" starting today.)
While I obviously am a fan of the more whimsical side of vintage collecting, there are certain items that are better to buy on the vintage market, because you'll get better quality for your money. Whether you're going to an antiques store, vintage shop or estate sale, here's what to look out for.
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You can find "real" art for less than what you'd pay for a poster.
Believe it or not, furniture was completely made of wood back in the day. See a piece you love but the finish is imperfect? Paint it. Missing a knob? Replace it.
I don't know when they stopped selling tablecloths, place mats and other linens, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a good selection at department stores these days. (And when you do find them, they're usually one of three neutral colors: white, ivory or sage green.)
Yes, that 1950s chair might have great lines...but you might be in for a smelly surprise when you bring it home. (Or worse, bugs.) Even if its worse sin is outdated fabric, these projects are better left to a professional upholsterer. Build your contacts, then buy.