I’ve been thinking a lot about my “why” lately…
Each piece I restyle is vintage to begin with. Sometimes it’s scary vintage in need of a complete overhaul and sometimes it’s jump-up-and-down-awesome vintage that needs very little work in order to look its best again.
Whether you choose to buy restyled vintage pieces or pure vintage pieces, the advantages are overwhelming.
So, here are my top 5 answers to the question, “Why buy vintage?”…
1. It allows you to express your individuality
I don’t know about you, but I like to surround myself with things that are different, because I’m different.
When buying vintage, you’re not forced to choose from the same small selection as everyone else. You’re given the opportunity to search out the perfect piece for YOU.
If going the restyled route, an endless number of options become available. You then have the power to create what you want instead of settling.
Set aside the fact that shopping for the perfect vintage piece (or creating one) becomes an experience, rather than a chore, once you find it, take it home, and set it up, you’ll be beaming with pride knowing that very few people in the world (if any) have the same thing you do.
2. It brings history into your home
I don’t know how many times I’ve been cleaning up an old lamp and found a piece of tattered newspaper tucked up inside and taken pleasure in reading the date and the stories printed at that moment time.
It always reminds me that this isn’t just some lamp. At one time, it was someone’s lamp. Cheesy as it may be, I can’t help but think about all of the conversations it was privy to.
3. It allows you to surround yourself with quality
It doesn’t feel good to look around and feel like you’re living in a catalog. It doesn’t feel good to know that your furniture becomes junk after one scratch, dent, broken handle or hinge because it was constructed poorly from sub-par materials that can’t stand the test of time.
It does feel good to look around and know that each piece has been hand selected by you for it’s quirks & it’s quality. It does feel good to build a collection. It does feel good to know that while that scratch in your teak sideboard ads a bit of character, it can be refinished to look brand new over and over again.
4. It feels good to invest in your furnishings
A dime a dozen doesn’t cut it. When you’re spending your hard earned dollars furnishing your home, you should feel good about investing in pieces that are valuable for their rarity, uniqueness or quality and will be for years to come.
As a whole, we produce so much waste buying cheap consumer goods, then tossing them and replacing them every few years when they reach their short lifespan. It doesn’t make sense.
Aim to buy it once, buy it right and reserve the right to resell it down the line if you grow tired of it, knowing that it’s quality will make it an investment for someone else.
5. It makes you feel all warm & fuzzy
Reaffirming your personal style? Check! Eco-friendly? Check! Supporting vintage dealers, indie biz owners & charities? Check! Knowing that you’re the only person who owns it? Check! Buying quality made pieces that are built to last? Check! Warm fuzzies all round? Check!
Not to say that new is bad. It’s not. There are a lot of quality products being made well and being made responsibly every day.
The trick is to spot the good new pieces and blend them with the vintage pieces to create a dynamic, layered look!
Why do you buy vintage & restyled vintage?