Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Vintage

Smartly dressed woman 8/25/09

I am a huge fan of vintage looks and styles. I think it mostly stems from my tendency to romanticize the past. When I dress or decorate I always look back to styles which have since fallen out of popularity rather than looking to contemporary influences. Sure, I try to incorporate some modern items into my life, but that is mostly because I don't want to look like I live in a time warp.

I love going to a thrift store or an antique shop and finding some tiny treasure, an old brooch, a scarf, a lamp. I am endlessly fascinated by the items that make it to antique or thrift stores. I always wonder why that item made it. Was it important to someone? I wish I could know the stories behind some of the things that Eric and I have gathered together over the years.

Do you like to shop second hand or antique? If so why?



16 comments:

Stacy said...

I love finding treasures at thrift stores or flea markets. I also appreciate the timelessness of certain items and like getting something that is more unique. And, it is probably better made (less pressed board, tongue and groove construction, etc). Plus, as you can probably guess, I like remaking something to fit me.

Annie said...

Are you and Eric hipsters? I just read an article of hipster style and it seemed to suit you perfectly.

I like vintage too but I just don't have time to wander in secondhand shops at the moment.

Maria Rose said...

I don't think we qualify as hipsters. According to my brother we are past our prime.

pixiepine said...

I like to buy thrift and secondhand. I enjoy imagining the people who used/wore the stuff long before I was around :)

affectioknit said...

Scout loves to go 'antiquing' so we often do that on Saturdays during the winter...

Elizabeth said...

mmm, hmmmm. i love thrifting and antiquing and rummage saling. :) lots of fun to have things that have a story behind them - whether i know the story or not! :)

plus, with small children, the smaller price tags at thrift stores and rummage sales really help out!

AKM said...

I love the prices at thrift stores. The only downside is that I have to be in a mood to wade through everything because it's not always well-organized (by color, size, etc.).

I am frugal to the Nth degree. If it still works, it's still good, even if it's not "in style" (i.e., electronics and such). If it still fits, I still wear it. I think I'm possessed by the spirit of an elderly Depression-era Yankee man living in the woods of Maine or something. ;-)

sophie said...

I do love vintage, but I am also really fussy. It has to resonate with me, with my sense of colour, and style. I admire a lot that is vintage but what I actually purchase is small.

Hello Lindello said...

As you know I love vintage! I dont really wear a whole lot of vintage sadly. You look great in vintage stuff. Something I noticed right away!

Maria Rose said...

Why thank you very much!

Gen said...

Beautiful photo! I love to shop at thrift shops. I seem to have a thing for linen tablecloths. Sometimes I make skirts or peasant tops with them. I love thinking about where the items came from.

Pam Brewer said...

I, too, love shopping for antiques. I think it has something to do with standing up to the test of time. For me, decorating with antiques gives a sense of "soul" to my home. I rarely find new things I love, but I often find old things I fall in love with.
When in an antique shop or flea market, I find myself wondering why a 90 year old piece of furniture is so valuable and sought after and a 90 year old human being is, very often, not. Food for thought...

the dwellers said...

I agree, vintage finds are lovely. It's all the better when you find these treasures displayed in a grassy field while browsing with friends.

Funny story... one time I went antiquing with a friend in Mass. Some things needed to be mailed home, so I dropped them off with a good friend of Joe's. After we had unloaded our prized possessions, he looked at them and said, "I have burned better!"

Age apparently affects a persons view of 'vintage value'. :)

Robin said...

The best is when you find that one item that is such an awesome find, and you can't believe that anybody would give it away!

Our Green Nest said...

Oh YES, we love vintage and antique and thrift - ALL of it! I love the searching for things...we go to the Texas Antique Wknd twice a year and it's beyond fun!

Our Green Nest said...

Oh plus I wanted to say that pretty much most of our baby's clothing (once she was around 6 months to a year) comes from 2nd hand shops. They outgrow stuff so fast so it totally makes sense. We kept her in 100% organic for quite awhile b/c their skin is so sensitive and still do organic when at all possible but 2nd hand kids shops are the best!

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