We often get asked what we like so much about vintage living. There are several answers to this question, but I am going to start with one of the most important.
Vintage living is all about sustainability! Buying, using, and reselling vintage items is giving pieces another chance that may otherwise end up in the trash. It is reusing what are often quality items and materials instead of purchasing new, often disposable and poorly made, furniture and home decor. So we think it is important to do our part to create a sustainable lifestyle that revolves around the repair, reuse, and restoration of previously used items.
Why else do we love vintage living? We love the community! We love the people we have met during our years of collecting vintage and antiques. We love hearing the stories that accompany certain pieces, and we love being invited into people’s homes to hear their family stories and share their memories of earlier times. We may be dealing in “stuff”, but what matters to us are the human connections we make in the process.
Of course, we also have to state the obvious – vintage living is FUN! We enjoy the thrill of the hunt, and the exhilarating rush that comes when we find a really good piece. We love seeing styles we’ve never seen before, or strange items we can’t identify.
We’re not into vintage living to glamorize the past, because we’ll be the first to tell you that living in the present certainly has its advantages. If it weren’t for modernity, I couldn’t share these thoughts with you! But we love dealing with pieces from all eras, and we’re glad to play a small part in preserving and sharing our American material culture.