Growing older has it’s decorating advantages. You know how designers say a room/home should look like the possessions were collected over time? Well, years of shopping just naturally make that happen. However it can seem impossible when you’re young and first starting out. But it’s not! The best way to achieve that look is to buy vintage. And if you have the time, search out every yard and estate sale, junk shop, antique shop, thrift store and auction you possibly can. Every weekend. You’ll be amazed how fast the decor accumulates and how cheaply you can do this.
There’s certainly nothing wrong with buying all new things. But to achieve that time collected look, someone has to have collected it over time. When we buy all new, we run the risk of looking like every other home out there. Have you taken blog home tours where every single room in every single house was white walls, white furniture, white accessories and you are seeing the same things in more than one home? Don’t get me wrong, they are beautiful! (And I think I’m about to paint my rooms white, too.) I’m just saying it’s harder to be an individual when you’re buying your decor at the same place your neighbors are.
Here are some of my favorite collected areas in my home. I’ve had most of these things a long, long time and they are all still favorites.
The items on this buffet were collected over the years. I fell in love with the lamp way back in 1967 when my mother had an interior decorator come and “do” the whole house. This lamp was in their bedroom. It became mine after she passed away in 1999. If I had to guess, I’d say the total cost of everything on the buffet plus the morning glory painting cost me approximately $20.00.
I can safely say that every one of these things and the primitive cabinet are particular favorites. The painting cost $5.00. The velvet roses under the cloches were only a dollar or so. The bottles, next to nothing. The mid century (who in their right mind would mix mid century modern with primitives? Me! That’s who!) bottle with the flame tip stopper was a couple of bucks at a neighbor’s moving/estate sale. The gold, fancy thing on the wall to the right was, if I remember correctly, $10 at an estate sale. It’s actually about 5′ tall. I never tire of looking at this vignette.
The most expensive thing in this picture is the print – the print you can’t really see. I actually paid $40 for it at an antique mall simply because it was the colors I needed for that room and I did actually love the print. And frame. The little blue cabinet was $10 at a church yard sale. I think the blue scenic vase sitting on top was $5 at an auction. More than I’d typically pay for something like that, but I’ve had it at least 15 years and what started out being something I intended to sell, turned into a beloved item. The busts were $10 for the pair at a yard sale. I remember someone else had them and asked how much. When the seller said $10 she said she wasn’t going to pay that much for them. I practically snatched them out of her hands. The Mr. has since had his head broken off and glued back on, which endears him even more to me. All these things have been around here at least 15 years. Oh, except the crown looking thing. It’s a gutter guard cloche I made a few years ago.
I bought this goddess statue 10-15 years ago as well. You can read her story here. She didn’t always look like this. She was under $5. The pedestal she’s on was $5 or $10 and hea-vy! The sofa belonged to my parents. When Daddy moved, it was a bit too formal for his great room, so it came to my house. But that’s a whole, ‘nuther blog post.
One last collection that started a long time ago. Wooden dough bowls. The largest one, I bought at an antique store way back in the early 1980’s, for $30-40 with money I made from having a yard sale. The others came from yard sales through the years, none over $5. The latest one was bought a couple of years ago for a dollar. It’s the second best one I have. And I have a note telling who it belonged to originally. Now that’s special!
I’m participating in an over fifty blog hop party today. We’re all over 50 years old. It will surprise you when you see who is in this group.