Vintage Finds and Sources

One of my favorite things is seeing vintage items other folks found, so I wanted to share with you today some of my vintage finds, and where I found them – along with prices! As an avowed cheapskate, I’m always so curious about what people paid for vintage things, as there’s such a range …

Above is a vintage Czech cut crystal chandelier I found on ebay for $169. It is gorgeous, but much of the silver plating had come off. After a lot of work, re-wiring and a stinky DIY re-plating kit, it still has dings and spots with a dull sheen, but I think that adds to its character! I need to find a nicer chain to hang it on, since right now it’s just on a cheapie hardware store metal chain.  Wallpaper is Cole & Son’s Nuvolette by Fornasetti.  I love it.

Wood Danish Modern elephant, found on EBTH.com for $60. Will be great in my daughter’s room once she’s old enough to not destroy it!

1970s wicker side table and Moroccan tray. Both were found separately on craigslist. The wicker table was $25, and the tray was $50. I got lucky with the measurements and price on the tray, which fits the table perfectly, but it is a little warped so doesn’t sit precisely flush on the table …

A dresser I found at Brimfield for $225. The turned posts and color are lovely, but it took a LOT of cleaning before it stopped smelling musty (and honestly it still smells a little old in the drawers, so I put in scented drawer liners).

Another fun kid’s room decoration that I hung in my son’s room (though he’s irritated it just hangs there and he can’t play with it …). I found this vintage brass blimp-carriage on Chairish from this seller for $150.

Eagle mirror I picked up at Brimfield for $75 last year. I like it because unlike a lot of mirrors in this style it isn’t convex, so you can use it as a standard mirror rather than just for decoration.

One (or really two) of my all-time favorite vintage finds is this brass rocking chair with ottoman. Unfortunately it doesn’t fit in at all with this house, but while I still have small children I’m holding onto it. It is incredibly comfortable and the kids love rocking in it! I found the rocker at a thrift shop in Vermont (sadly gone now) for $100, and the next week stumbled upon this matching ottoman on craigslist for $20 – it’s the perfect dimensions to use with the chair – kismet! I reupholstered both pieces myself, which means that after five years of use and my crummy reupholstery job, they’re both desperately in need of some new fabric!

I found this rug on EBTH.com, and it matched beautifully with the floor and trim paint I put in our TV room – thank goodness, because it was $500. If only my EBTH late-night rug purchases always worked out this well (maybe vintage regrets should be another post)?

Another Brimfield find, a 48-star cloth American flag, $30. The bright colors work really nicely against the wood paneling in my son’s room, over his (non-working for safety reasons) fireplace.

Yay! I’ll have more to share some other time. Until then, know that vintage addiction is real…

 

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