If any of you know me then you know that one of my favorite things to do is to go vintage shopping and antiquing. This is something that I grew up doing and have grown to love. My parents actually went antiquing all over New England during their dating years and into their first years of marriage. As a child, I would absolutely hate going to antique stores on vacations and weekend trips, but now I absolutely love it. During my recent trip to Florida, we all took a quick day trip to the Village of Cocoa to see some of the many antique shops there.
Since I was antiquing in Florida, of course I had to look the part. I had never been to the town we were going but I was told it was cute and picturesque. Going on that I went for a comfy vintage-inspired look. I wore this adorable white and black polka dot dress. This dress has the cutest button details all up the front, and a cute tie and cutout detail in the bust area. It is just so vintage inspired and comfy. Plus this dress has pockets, and who doesn’t just love that.
I also paired this look with a straw hat, which is one I bought while on vacation at Ron Jon Surf Shop. This hat was so perfect to keep the sun out of my already sunburnt face as we walked from store to store. I Love the flat brim and black band which totally screams vintage. I paired this look with some camel colored tuxedo flats that I got off of Amazon. They are very similar to the ever-popular free people ones but only a fraction of the price which I love. I definitely recommend wearing flats when antiquing, the floors in some of these stores can have an interesting terrain and sometimes they’re in older buildings with stairs and such.
One of the things I am always on the lookout for when vintage shopping is pins. Pins are a super versatile accessory and you can always find super unique ones at antique stores. Broaches are great for styling with a neck or head scarf, or even pinning on a jet jacket or pea coat in the winter. I also like to see if there are any historical pins because I always love the vintage graphic design style on them and sometimes you can find really unique ones. Pins can be such a fun little piece of history to collect.
At one of the shops we visited on this day we found an original John Lennon pin from his memorial service in Central Park. This isn’t a pin that I would wear out, but a pin just to have as a collectible. This was actually boughten as a gift for someone my family knows who is the biggest Beatles fan. I think little gifts like this are so unique and show a little extra care and effort.
Pink Depression Glass
Something I’ve always been obsessed with is the color pink, especially light millennial pinks, rose golds and anything of the sort. So recently I’ve been eyeing all this Pink Depression glass. It’s at almost every antique, consignment, or vintage store I go to and each piece is so unique. Since it is so readily available it is reasonably inexpensive, My goal is to start collecting it so I can eventually have a full table setting of it for later on in life when I’m an actual adult and have a house where I can use such beautiful glassware.
Another reason why I’m always on the lookout for this is because it can be so great for decorating or DIY. Once DIY I’m dying to do is to find some dessert bowls or small cups to pot some succulents or cacti in, so definitely be on the lookout for that DIY in the near future.
Baubles and Beads
Another thing I always keep an eye out for is jewelry. Some of the most unique and treasured pieces in my jewelry collection are vintage. I tend to be drawn to the larger baubles with bright colors, usually from the 50s and 60s. They can act as the most perfect statement piece to my oftentimes neutral wardrobe. Also, larger earrings can be fun too and add an amazing pop of color and accent to your look. Sometimes jewelry can be tough to go through at these stores but if you take the time sometimes you can find the most amazing treasure.
If you do want vintage jewelry and have something specific in mind, I would definitely suggest looking on Etsy. It may be a tad more expensive than your normal run of the mill antique shop. Oftentimes though you can find exactly what you’re looking for without the hassle of having to look too terribly hard.
Fix it Up Furniture
If anyone has been to my apartment you will probably know that most of my furniture I own is secondhand or vintage. One of my new hobbies in the last year has been refinishing old furniture with chalk paint or other means. This means that I’m always on the lookout for old furniture to be fixed up, or even some that already fits my style.
I found this one jewelry armoire that was just perfect, It was white, had a pink velvet interior and the price was just perfect. If I only had the means to bring it from Florida to NYC I would have bought it in a heartbeat. I still think about this piece almost every day wishing I could go back and get it.
On the other side of things, I found these amazing chairs just screaming to be painted and reupholstered. They were in the bargain section of this one store and I would have loved to bring these and fix them up. They would make the perfect dining chairs for my cute NYC apartment. Definitely, always check and see if there is a bargain section or room in these stores, there almost always is and you can find some of the best treasures that have been overlooked and are a fraction of the normal price.
If you made it this far, thanks for reading my post and let me know in the comments what kinds of things you look for if when you go vintage shopping.