Antique and vintage trends Part Two
Last week we wrote an article about antique and vintage items that are trending in the collector world. This week we will touch on a few more. More and more millenials are getting in on the antique collecting trend for a couple of factors. They are a generation who believe in repurposing and reusing. They embrace vintage and antique pieces not just because they can reuse something but also because they can be creative and make a statement in their homes. Antique Allure offers a large array of home furnishings that will help make a statement in your home.
Vintage and antique art is sometimes hard to understand and therefore, its value is hard to determine. Sometimes an ugly frame will throw off one’s ability to truly experience the art. You need to look beyond the ugly frame. Look for balance in the composition, colors that complement each other, and subject matter that’s beautiful and/or interesting to you. Art is subjective and really is very personal.
Signed costume jewelry
Jewelry from known makers like Trifari, Hobe, and Coro will be on trend again. The best place to find this kind of jewelry has been Etsy but well-placed cases in antique shops also do well with high-quality jewelry. Do your research with vintage and antique jewelry and remember, not all designers “signed” their jewelry. It doesn’t mean that it’s worthless. Quite the opposite actually.
Vintage barware has been hot for several years. People enjoy setting up their bar cars and bar areas in their homes. Look for shakers, cocktail glasses, and glass swizzle sticks.
Like each generation before it, Gen Xers and Millenials look for and buy toys they played with during their childhood. Whether to enjoy as a collectible or to gift to their own children, they will scoop up vintage gaming systems by Atari and Nintendo, along with iconic toys like transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Star Wars figures.
This beautiful early plastic comes in delightfully cheerful colors and is wonderfully weighty in your hand. There is nothing quite like the sound of a bunch of vintage Bakelite bangle bracelets happily clacking together.
Vintage jewelry presentation boxes
Jewelry presentation boxes are selling like hotcakes right now. Antique velvet boxes with mother-of-pearl or brass button openers on the front sell for $15-40 and on up depending upon size and condition. Leather examples would go for even more and cardboard ones, when bundled together can have value.
Other trends to look for include knobs and door handles on furniture and housewares, napkin rings, and radios. When you look for vintage and antique pieces to put in your home, there really is one simple rule to follow: buy what you love. Figure out what is aesthetically pleasing to you and brings you joy, especially if these are items you are going to keep, collect, and display in your home. There is no wrong or right answer. If you are a collector or dealer, knowing what’s trending is important to get the best bang for your buck.