What’s old is new again
Something fascinating is going on around America. What was once ancient and seemingly disappeared from popular culture is back. Drive-in movie theaters are making a come back. The milkman is coming around once again. And antiques are becoming the new way to decorate and live with.
The vintage trend is evolving and repurposed pieces of furniture, as well as untouched antiques, are making a statement in new and refreshing ways. We have all inherited that piece of furniture that doesn’t quite fit our modern lives. Or, out of nostalgia, held onto the avocado-green chairs that haven’t been in style for decades. There’s a newfound appreciation for craftsmanship, as well as disdain for the throw-away attitudes of before that have made restoration a respected craft.
We live in a world where we have become thrifty and very aware of our budgets and spending habits. This is great for us, not so great for the economy sometimes. Instead of buying new, many people repurpose items or shop vintage and antique stores for furniture and other décor they need in their home. What’s old is new again in the world of antiques.
Just like finding out there is a milkman again or that someone can actually repair your favorite pair of shoes (they are called cobblers), finding treasure in an antique mall is a great way to show of your personal style and taste and create a unique home for you and your family. Just how does one get started and how can you find great treasures that will complement your home?
The first step is to decide what you are looking for. You don’t have to have specifics but if you are looking for a desk you want to make sure the antique store you are visiting has a few. If not, you might end up going home with a dining room table you don’t need. Next, understand your budget and what you are willing to spend. Remember, most antique malls have prices on their items but it doesn’t necessarily mean that is the final price. They are open to negotiation.
Once you have an idea and price in mind, you are well on your way to scouting out the best items for your home décor. If furniture isn’t something you are looking for, you can incorporate antique items that once had a purpose into your showpieces. Think of old coffee grinders or bicycles. They would make great statement pieces on a wall or shelf. You are adding in the old but it has a new purpose.
In the world of antiquing, what was once old really is new again. There are so many ways to bring the world of antiques into your home and your life. You just have to get out there and start looking! If you are in the Southampton area, be sure to visit Antique Allure for the very best in vintage and antique pieces.