Whatever goes around always comes back around. And that’s certainly true for fashion and décor trends, right? We talk a lot about vintage shopping and finding stylish pre-owned goods, but how about a resource even closer to home?
The best thing about vintage goods is the quality. There was no Amazon Prime in the ’50s or ’60s. Things weren’t mass produced like they are now. I’d be willing to bet that your grandma has a house full of amazing, vintage treasures that are totally back in style. Now the trick will be to get her to let you have them!
China and Stoneware
Some people think of china as an outdated wedding gift, but in reality, it’s actually a beautiful, useful heirloom that you just don’t see much of these days. To be honest, it doesn’t have a high resale value, so it is mostly about sentiment and aesthetics. My mom has teacups and plates that have literally been passed down for generations. Pre-war era type stuff. They’re beautiful to look at, and they remind me of the loving women in my family.
This can apply to a lot of things. Grandma probably has an incredible collection of vintage scarves and handkerchiefs, along with tablecloths and napkins. And the best thing about grandmas? They have really good habits of taking care of their linens. Just make sure you take the same level of care and wash and press them regularly.
Books and records
Vintage books and records are one of those things you can never have too many of. Hunt around in grandma’s attic or her bookshelf. You never know what first edition you may find on a dusty shelf or a record that’s no longer being pressed.
With the “Golden Girls” style back with a vengeance, grandma’s floral couch is suddenly way more appealing. But like I mentioned above, the best part about vintage furniture is the quality. If you can snag an accent chair or a buffet from grandma, take it! You can always reupholster cushions in need or polish up scratched wood. Plus, we’re big fans of unique furniture that you can’t find at every single big-box store. 10 points for originality!
Another kitchenware that might not necessarily be overwhelmingly high in value, but will last a lifetime. Pyrex has been around since 1915, and the vintage floral collections are family treasures. You can find these easily in most vintage shops, but I’d be willing to bet grandma still has her original collection.
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