What vintage items to collect NOW
If you have been interested in collecting antiques, now is the best time to get your walking shoes on and hit the antique shops and flea markets. It is important to know what collectibles are on trend right now but it’s also important to know enough about them to find the distinction between reproduction and the real deal. If you are hitting vintage shops like Antique Allure in Southampton, PA you should be able to walk right in and talk to them about what they are selling. Most antique shops can distinguish between reproductions and original antiques and will be able to certify this for you.
So get your walking shoes on, throw that bag over your shoulder, and start pounding the pavement. Take our little guide with you on what is hot across the country right now!
Milk glass was invented in Venice in the 1500s. It showed up in America in the 19th century and was mass-produced by makers such as Fenton as an alternative to pricey European glass. The opaque glass was pressed into an impressive array of pieces from platters to vases. The hobnail pattern has been the most popular and most available pattern. A new generation is discovering these pieces, making them highly sought after right now. Milk glass is still being produced today so buyer beware.
Vintage collectors are drawn to certain pieces for the stories they tell. No pieces tell a better story more directly than loving cups (trophies). They are pieces that celebrate everyday life and accomplishments. Collectors look at shape, material and subject matter. Engraved pieces bring higher prices because they were earned. Classic sterling silver urn-shape cups are the hottest ticket right now so be on the lookout for that sterling silver stamp that indicates it is in fact, sterling silver.
Collectors seek leather-clad objects like seating, satchels, and books that have a weathered, patina look to them rather than perfect pieces. They look for cracks, stains, and softness that determine a well-loved piece. Leather bound books seem to be the most sought-after leather items these days. There is a high demand for them. Books by a valuable author or popular subject can increase the value of a book.
In an age where more people are staying in to entertain, collectors show an interest in cut-crystal glassware, vintage barware serving items and decanters. Find pieces to collect that fit your lifestyle. If you like wine, shop for vintage stemware. Prefer cocktails? Look for items from cocktails heyday era, the mid-20th century.
No matter what you are looking to collect, anything goes. Just remember to make sure what you have your eye on is the real thing and not a reproduction. If you aren’t sure, ask for authentication. If you can’t get it, either pass on it or pay low dollar so that you aren’t terribly upset if the item turns out to be made recently.
When you shop an antique shop like Antique Allure in Southampton, know that we are selling antique items and not trying to sell you something that isn’t authentic.