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5 Home Decor Items To Buy Vintage

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Last Updated on May 21, 2024 by Rachel Granholm

Creating a home that reflects your story is special. I want to share 5 home decor items to buy vintage to help you achieve that!

It takes thoughtful effort to decorate your home with things that you love. There is nothing wrong with buying brand new things, but if you are looking to achieve a home that is unique to you and that no one else has, buying vintage items is the way to go. My hope is that, through these 5 decor items to buy vintage, you will be able to create a home that is a reflection of you!

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With the rising trend of sustainability and eco-friendly living, it’s no wonder that buying vintage home decor items has become increasingly popular. But let’s face it – vintage shopping can be overwhelming, especially if you’re not sure where to start.

So today, I’ve curated a list of the top five vintage home decor items that every stylish homeowner should have. From one-of-a-kind statement pieces to timeless classics, get ready to add a touch of character and charm to your living space!

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5 Home Decor Items To Buy Vintage

Dust off your thrift store treasure hunting skills and let’s dive into the world of vintage home decor. Below is a list of 5 home decor items to buy vintage that will help you save money and create a one-of-a-kind space. Let’s jump into it!

First up on 5 home decor items to buy vintage:

1. Linens

If you have been following my blog for any length of time, you know my affection for vintage linens.

Packed with charm, these old textiles are some of the most collectible and fabulous items that you can find at antique stores, thrift stores, and flea markets.

birds nests on plates for Spring

Linens can range from hand-embroidered tablecloths, runners, and napkins to lace curtains and crocheted doilies, all created out of stunning fabric. The aged textiles usher in softness, balancing out any cold or hard surfaces.

Using vintage linens in your home creates a cozy and cohesive atmosphere. And, each piece of vintage linen is unique, making them extremely special.vintage hankies in an antique mall

2. Art

Vintage art is so fun to find! Each time I go to the thrift store I make a bee line for the wall decor section to see if there are any vintage art pieces.

By using vintage art in your home, you are creating a home that feels collected and rich in character.

a vintage barn painting displayed as part of a mantel vignette for Fall

Vintage art can range from needlework and oil paintings to sketches and watercolors. Look for old stamps, tags, or maker’s markings on the back of the frame.

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It is hard to describe, but vintage art lends a warm and cozy touch to your walls. By displaying vintage art in every room of your home, you will be amazed at how it transforms your space!
thrifted art on a Winter mantel

3. Dishes

Vintage dishware makes for an exciting and eclectic kitchen. I love the look of mix and match dishes, especially ones with scalloped edges or pretty detailing.

You can also find whole sets of vintage dishes at thrift stores and antique malls for a great price. Some types of vintage dishware include enamelware, ironstone, china, or milk glass.

vintage green and white striped restaurantware butter pats in a Fall hutch

You can also use vintage dishes to display around your home. Create a vignette on a shelf or credenza or group them together and arrange faux florals within.

Vintage dishes bring in color, contrast, and depth, allowing you to mix them with other pieces of decor such as baskets, crocks, or vases.

Spring table setting with vintage finds

4. Copper

Vintage copper is, hands down, my favorite type of vintage home decor. Copper just has this simple beauty to it that is aged and timeless and can be worked into any room.

The coloring of copper really can’t be compared to anything else. The best part about copper is when that coloring is covered with a beautiful antique patina.

unique vintage copper decor ideas

This old metal provides an instant statement from chic to contemporary spaces but is just as effective at creating a warm and cozy atmosphere for a more vintage feel.

vintage copper canisters on top of kitchen cabinets

Look for items including:

Turn them over and check for a marking or a sticker to reference the location of where it was made and the date if you can find it.

The weathered appearance that copper tends to give off adds such character to a space. It really is the perfect type of vintage decor for any home.
a vintage copper kettle with Fall stems inside

5. Wooden Decor

Vintage wood decor includes pieces such as:

Using wood accents in your home is a beautiful way to add warmth and texture. Wood elements contain a very grounded feeling which creates a balanced and secure atmosphere.

a vintage and thrifted wooden crate with green graphics

Vintage wood decor in your home blends rustic and modern together in a seamless way.

I believe in creating a home that is unique to you. By infusing these vintage wood elements into your spaces, your home will feel like a sanctuary.

an antique wooden mirror on a mantel

Closing Tidbits on 5 Home Decor Items to Buy Vintage

I hope these 5 home decor items to buy vintage encourages you to style your space in a way that is special to you. By purchasing vintage home decor pieces, you are being friendly on your wallet and designing a home that is meant for you.

Your home should feel peaceful and warm, reflecting the unique beauty that is inside of you! Be inspired to find that beauty, today and always.

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Let me know in the comments if you have any vintage decor that you love to decorate with!

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