Classic antiques or unique vintage? I am more of a collector of vintage items like vintage Christmas decor, vintage mirrors, vintage glassware, vintage chandeliers, and vintage quilts.
Thanks for joining me for Sunday morning coffee. Today I am going to share my love for classic antiques versus unique vintage finds.
A Little Bit About Me
I really love old stuff. The more chippy, the better, and if I find an old item that I can use for a reason other than what it was originally intended for then I am really happy.
So what’s the difference between antiques and vintage? The proper definition of antique and vintage is basically that they are old, so I had to dig a little further. It turns out that antiques are technically over 100 years old so yes, our house is officially an antique. Items less than 100 years old are commonly known as vintage.
And I love everything vintage.
There is no doubt in my mind that I love unique vintage finds. I love to collect things from the ’20s and ’30s and most things I love are younger than 100 years old.
So I am a unique vintage girl all the way. Not an antique (thank heavens!).
My Seven Favorite Unique Vintage Items to Collect
This list could have been at least twenty items because as most of you know, I love everything vintage. But I decided to narrow it down to my absolute favorite unique vintage items.
I settled with vintage Christmas decorations, vintage dressers, vintage mirrors, vintage coffee tables, vintage glassware, vintage chandeliers, and vintage quilts.
I went a bit overboard collecting vintage chandeliers as I hug five of them in our carriage house. I had them all rewired and I cleaned and repaired all of them. Most of them had lots of missing crystals and I actually enjoyed finding the replacement parts. I have shared a lot of advice about what kinds of vintage chandeliers you should buy.
Vintage Christmas Decorations
I have been collecting vintage ornaments for a very long time. I have them in every color but my favorites are shades of pinkish blush and green.
I use the ornaments all of the time and year-round and I bring out my pink ones for Valentine’s Day and my red and blue ones for the 4th of July. I buy them mostly at the Flea Market but my friend Judy at Vintage Junktion LA has a lot of ornaments right now.
I love vintage cabinets and dressers and I almost always either sand them down leave as is or paint them with milk paint. I found this cabinet below at Through the Porthole. Love it so much!
I love Trumeau mirrors! They are so beautiful and almost always vintage. I painted this mirror because the frame used to be very dark.
Cranberry glass is my favorite and I am so happy I collected these when I was much younger. I have been collecting cranberry glass for a long time and it is so beautiful on any table!
Unique Vintage Coffee Table
I am telling you, mud paint cures all! Ha. And this coffee table is simply amazing.
Vintage Quilts are so soft and wonderful. Check out all of the ways you can use these.
Check out the New But Looking Old Vintage Finds
Check out this fall foliage for under $15. Click on the photo to see more.