Trending: what’s old is new again
Vintage items are gaining momentum in the collecting world but not just for their value, as one would expect. Old items are what is on “trend” these days. Mixing older pieces of furniture, for example, with new, more modern items create a fun eclectic look that sparks conversation. When you go out to scour your antique shops, keep in mind that you aren’t just buying a fun, new object, you are investing in the future of the past.
Your investment in history matters. Rescuing an old item and breathing new life into it allows you to keep a piece of the past alive. Our past is important for many reasons. We have to know where we came from in order to know where we are going. Keeping antique items alive helps us to preserve that idea.
Our culture and country are not crazy about antiques as previous generations were. However, there are items that people do want and remain sought after. Items like modernist and post war artwork, American studio furniture, jewelry and vintage clothing including accessories by the likes of Chanel, Hermes, and various Italian designers.
One of the biggest fads seen this year is painted and distressed furniture but the biggest problem with this is, you may not know what a treasure you are actually painting over. With the painted and distressed look, many DIYers are going for, making sure you are doing it to newer furniture from the 1980s and 1990s and not older period pieces is key to preserving our past.
Other ideas to consider with antiques are that people tend to want either a sleek and sparse look or a rustic and informal look. People are using antique pieces with mid-century and modern items to create that eclectic look rather than using all antiques in their home. The best trend, however, is to buy what you like and not worry about what is trending. Things go in and out of style all the time so if you think you are buying pieces to hold on to and sell later, you might be waiting awhile to unload them.
Baby boomers are downsizing and Millennials prefer a minimalist look so the baby boomers tend to let go of older items and the Millennials tend to snag those items up to be used in their understated designs. It’s a cycle of return but one that is keeping those vintage pieces alive and loved.
When you are looking for statement pieces to add to your home, visit Antique Allure in Southampton, PA. We have an amazing collection of antique and vintage items for you and your home. If you are looking for antique shops that have everything you need, Antique Allure is just the right place. We want you to treasure the past but look forward to the future. Hopefully, that future is full of antiques!