Sunday, December 30, 2012

top 5 of 10 VINTAGE Must-Finds ...

(see previous entry below for #6 to #10 )

With Vintage-Thrifty-Upcycling trends being a HOT theme right now it doesn’t matter whether you are talking fashion, home decorating, upcycling, crafting, collecting or more the love of a great vintage find has worked its way into every aspect of our homes and lives.
The top trending vintage hot must-finds have a varied theme but there is no doubt the current mid-century retro theme is prime treasure hunting fare. 

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1. Vintage Books - It seems the more techno-paperless we become as a society the more drawn we are to the love of a vintage book. It is as if we are clinging to some part of our history being shredded from us as the literary world finds a new way to reach readers. From leather classic first editions to ragged pulp fiction with retro images and titles long past politically correct we are madly collecting all that documents the written word. 

link to DearNellieStationery on Etsy
2.  Vintage Stationery - From vintage cards to artisanal retro stationery there is nothing like sending or receiving a real letter in the mail. Retro hot paper appeals to many a collector of quirky social statements of the day in almost tacky like phrasing, classic traditional baby announcements, tiny little bridal occasion cards, classic get well greeting and so much more. This trend is beyond scrapbooking cool ephemera and post card collecting and now great finds are displayed and framed on the home office desk regardless of the style or era.

link to typeface at Inktiques
3. Vintage Printing Press - This icon to the industrial printing era gone by is getting harder and harder to find. As technology changed the entire print media world large presses went the way of the dinosaur and the lead typeface was shipped off for scrap. Today these little gems of print history are sought after by many mixed media artisans, scrap bookers and crafters but are equally loved by nostalgic collectors, industrial lovers and writers do all kinds the world over.

link to CndnPrairieAntiques on Etsy

4. Kitschy Kitchenalia - Mid to late century retro vintage kitchenalia has never been so loved! The simplicity of a household in the 50's to late 70's brings a draw to all things the current collector grew up with. From vintage aprons and linens, Pyrex colored mixing bowls, kitschy knick-knacks, melmac madness and more the vintage lover's home is a filled with all things retro simple and well loved.

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5. Vintage Weddings   - Here comes the Vintage Bride has never been a more popular theme for that special day. Whether the theme is regal elegance of an era long passed or the simplicity of simple home tradition, a vintage wedding is a hot ticket to a perfect day. The tradition of something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue strikes a nostalgic chord at a vintage wedding. An old aunt’s dress, a borrowed veil, a family treasured bride’s string of pearls are just the start as guest are greeted with historic treats and old fashioned favourites making a vintage wedding a day to remember.

Monday, December 10, 2012


six to ten
for a THRIFTY LIFESTYLE (the top 5 featured in above entry)

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6. Retro Clothing FashionEverything is in and nothing is out! Fashion has never been more fun and trend-dresser draw from both the finest and the thrift. Gently loved vintage is as at hot as its designer high priced opposites found on everyone rich, poor and in between!

link to ThriftyDiversions on Etsy
7. Mid-Century modern ceramics
With the onslaught of endless off-shore home-dec possibilities in the big box world, the true vintage-lover is turning their nose up to mass produced cheap and happily spending even less on great thrift store finds to accent their home. From cookware to functional pottery to art glass, collectors are hot after the love of the hunt and collecting in a theme to accent their lifestyle.

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8. Industrial
Heavy metal has taken on a whole new life in the love of the industrial look and a drawback to simplicity and mid-century innovation. From industrial green metal desks the weight of a small elephant, to office mid-century grey metal filing boxes of all sizes the loft-style life-style is a perfect fit for this hot trend.

link to Inktiques on Etsy 
9. Past century Ephemera
The home office has now moved front and centre to the main hall, stairwell alcove, kitchen or even featured in the family room. The d├ęcor surrounding is all about framed maps, interesting paperwork of history, theatre tickets and one-off publications from back in the day that showcase the loved collections of the household.

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10. Vintage Luggage & Carry Cases
These gems of the last century are hotter than ever! The sweet small train case was a ladies must-have back in the day and again has gained huge popularity not just as a novelty item but the perfect case for the retro road trip weekend over-nighter. Retro suitcases are finding their way into up-cyclers heaven becoming wall shelves, dog beds, stereo cabinets, and a crafter's storage solution dream.

See the entry above for the TOP 5 and if you have a favourite be sure and drop me a note!
Happy Thrifting,