Collecting Vintage or Antique Items--Furnish Your Home with Collectibles!

Doesn't vintage mean too old to bother with? Of course not!

I love vintage...clothing, furniture, artwork...anything. Vintage kitchen stuff--I gotta have it, especially if it's red, or black, or chrome, or, well...you get the idea...There's just something about things made in the 30's, 40's, and 50's that appeal to both my husband and me. And once my husband Tom and I started going to auctions on a regular basis, I saw more and more things that would look terrific in our home.

I've always liked old stuff--I have my paternal grandmother's treadle sewing machine, and my paternal grandfather's old trunk. I inherited both of them as a child, and they have traveled everywhere that I have.

GRANDPA'S TRUNK
GRANDPA'S TRUNK
GRANDMA'S SEWING MACHINE
GRANDMA'S SEWING MACHINE

The chairs we had to have...

 

One time we found this old white vinyl covered rocker with wooden arms shaped like a goose head and neck--totally old-fashioned, but we had to have it. We crossed our fingers when the bidding started on it, hoping it wouldn't go too high...then, what? No one else even BID on it??? We were the only ones who thought this chair was just too cool? Evidently so...we got it for $5, and were thrilled.

A couple of months later, we were at a different auction, and what did we see? Another goose head rocker, covered in fabric this time. We had to have it, but, as luck would have it, someone else must have had a matching one, too, and the bidding war was on...but--yay--we got it! Unfortunately, it cost us quite a bit, but what the heck--we really wanted it. Now we have two conversation pieces in our living room, and one has become Tom's favorite chair!

THIS IS THE FABRIC COVERED ONE, WHICH IS NOW TOM'S FAVORITE PLACE TO CRASH...
THIS IS THE FABRIC COVERED ONE, WHICH IS NOW TOM'S FAVORITE PLACE TO CRASH...
THIS IS THE VINYL ONE THAT NO ONE ELSE WANTED...
THIS IS THE VINYL ONE THAT NO ONE ELSE WANTED...
WE USE THIS TABLE TO HOLD OUR MICROWAVE, TOASTER, AND BREADBOX, USING JUST ONE OF THE LEAVES OF THE TABLE...
WE USE THIS TABLE TO HOLD OUR MICROWAVE, TOASTER, AND BREADBOX, USING JUST ONE OF THE LEAVES OF THE TABLE...

Our anniversary present to each other...

 

Another time we found this old enamel topped kitchen table, with wood and chrome legs. It had the extensions that tucked underneath when you didn't need them, and had a white top with black scrollwork...it was beautiful, and we really wanted it. Another bidding war ensued, but we were victorious--got it for $60, which was higher than we wanted to go, but we excused ourselves, since it WAS our anniversary that day, and it was our present to each other! We have had this for several years now, and I never want to part with it.

Vintage Paintings, Canisters, Roosters, and Kitchen Utensils...


Tom and I both love vintage pictures and paintings of ships at sea, or young women, and we pick those up whenever we can. Those are harder to win, but we've gotten a few that we really love.

And in my kitchen, I've collected many old kitchen utensils--most that I use! I found an old meat grinder one time that had our son's name on it--I couldn't believe it...his name is Larkin and you just don't see that name very often, so I now have it displayed on the fireplace mantle in my kitchen, along with some odds and ends "rooster" items that I couldn't resist.

I love old rooster items, and have a wooden canister set and breadbox with roosters on them. I also have an old aluminum canister set that we keep our coffee, filters, and creamer in--very handy! I used to have many more things like that, but had to thin the collection down some when we downsized earlier this year.

THIS IS OUR FAVORITE PAINTING-IN THE STYLE OF MAXFIELD PARRISH...
THIS IS OUR FAVORITE PAINTING-IN THE STYLE OF MAXFIELD PARRISH...
THIS WAS PAINTED ON A PIECE OF WOOD, AND YOU CAN SEE THE WOODGRAIN AND HOW THE ARTIST INCORPORATED IT INTO HIS PAINTING--WE LOVE IT!
THIS WAS PAINTED ON A PIECE OF WOOD, AND YOU CAN SEE THE WOODGRAIN AND HOW THE ARTIST INCORPORATED IT INTO HIS PAINTING--WE LOVE IT!
THIS IS OUR KITCHEN-YOU CAN SEE THE CANISTER SETS, ROOSTER ITEMS, AND LARKIN'S GRINDER ON THE MANTLE...
THIS IS OUR KITCHEN-YOU CAN SEE THE CANISTER SETS, ROOSTER ITEMS, AND LARKIN'S GRINDER ON THE MANTLE...


I've collected and sold many vintage pieces of clothing on Ebay--some designers and styles are very collectible, and will sell pretty well--same goes with vintage patterns, the older, the better...I absolutely love coming across old 30's or 40's clothing patterns at garage sales or auctions--I bring them home, and will spend hours sorting through them, counting every pattern piece to make sure they are all there. It's not a chore to me, because I love those time periods, and looking through those old styles of clothing.

I'm weird like that.

VINTAGE DRESS WE RECENTLY SOLD ON EBAY--WISH IT WOULD'VE FIT ME...
VINTAGE DRESS WE RECENTLY SOLD ON EBAY--WISH IT WOULD'VE FIT ME...
PATTERN INSERTS SHOWING "NEW" STYLES OF DRESSES, AND THEIR PRICES...
PATTERN INSERTS SHOWING "NEW" STYLES OF DRESSES, AND THEIR PRICES...
PATTERN FROM THE 30'S
PATTERN FROM THE 30'S

Last, but not at all least....

 

We very rarely buy anything new--in the beginning of our marriage, it was out of necessity...now, it's because we just love the vintage look, and will pick it anytime over new things...

The "old" stuff is so much better quality, and has such great and unusual character...such as this vintage item I picked up over 20 years ago...my absolute favorite of all...lol

LOL---SORRY, BUT I HAD TO DO IT!!!
LOL---SORRY, BUT I HAD TO DO IT!!!

VINTAGE POLL...

How do YOU feel about vintage?

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G-Ma Johnson profile image

G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

wow .... the last one is way better then the rest...Lucky lady...I had the same rooster cansiter set for many years...I wonder if that one is mine???LOL...and the old patterns from when mom used to sew for us girls...I like the vintage stuff cause it is simple and seems to hold memories longer...Nice hub sweetie Thanks...:O) Hugs G-Ma


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

A charming hub with a charming end of a photo of your favorite vintage. LOL! Enjoyed the photos.

Thumbs up!


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TamCor 7 years ago from Ohio Author

G-ma--Thanks for your sweet comments--yeah, I think that last pic is the best, too, lol!!! Hey, maybe that is your cannister set--are you from Ohio??? It was an auction find...

VioletSun--Thanks for the thumbs up--I'm glad you enjoyed the pics and the story! And he IS a "charming hub", hahaha...


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Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio

That last one was definatly your best buy....wasn't it bid up to like 2 dollars and fifty cents! And it runs on cheap beer! :)


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TamCor 7 years ago from Ohio Author

Tom--Yep--Got you for the price of a beer...lol...best deal I ever got!!! :)

~~hugs~~


ralwus 7 years ago

Great stuff ya have there girl. Wee One and I feel the same way. OMG Tom looks just like my cousin Ralph. LOL 'S math sin! Terrific! I love roosters too.


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alekhouse 7 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

Nice hub. I love the dress patterns. But my favorite is the last one. Looks like a keeper to me!


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Sally's Trove 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Thanks so much for the lovely tour. My fav is that enamel-topped table. It's gorgeous! What a find, and what a great price.

I must say, this is the first time I've ever heard of a vintage item that runs on cheap beer. LOL

Thumbs up!


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TamCor 7 years ago from Ohio Author

CC--So you like vintage, too? How cool! :) Your cousin Ralph? Well, they say everyone has a twin, don't they? Thanks for your comments!

Alekhouse--lol--Yeah, he's definintely a keeper! My best find ever!:)

Sally--Thanks--glad you like the table as much as we do! We used to use it as an island in our old kitchen--now we have less counter top space, and use it this way...

Yep--first time I'd ever seen something vintage that ran on cheap beer, also, hahaha


ralwus 7 years ago

I especially like vintage Scotch, just can't afford the dam stuff! LOL


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TamCor 7 years ago from Ohio Author

lol, CC--Is Scotch like wine...gets better with age? You know, I've never had the stuff, so I have no idea!haha...


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maggs224 7 years ago from Sunny Spain

I think that my husband Malc and I must be older versions of you and Tom because we use to go to auctions our first flat (apartment) was furnished from an auction the only new thing we had was our bed which Malc built for me the rest was previously loved items lol. Malc would buy and sell on EBay when we were in the UK because the postal service was good reliable and reasonably priced. Here in Spain it seems to be none of those things if you live outside of the town which we do. Malc still buys things off EBay but doesn't sell stuff now as the postal charges here are so ridiculous. I will have to do a hub some day on some of the things we have bought and sold over the years. I had better finish here before this becomes a hub instead of a comment lol. Another good and interesting hub.


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TamCor 7 years ago from Ohio Author

maggs--Wow! I agree--we seem to have a LOT in common--that is so neat! I would love to read your hub about your experiences, when you get the chance to write it--I can't wait!

It's funny, but Tom built us a bedframe once, too, lol!!!

Thanks so much for your comments--I always enjoy hearing from you! :)


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

When I saw the title I figured Tom had to fit in here somewhere, but for the price of a beer? Sold!! I would have raised you a bag of pretzels! My greatgran had a beautiful treadle singer! I have a 1912 Victrola complete with all the Irish records and alphabet albums from another greatgramma. Priceless!


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shamelabboush 7 years ago

Who said old vintage is bad? Everyone nowadays likes to have old stuff bcz I think we got tired of modernity all around us. Good subject.


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TamCor 7 years ago from Ohio Author

Candie--lol on the pretzels!!! He is a cutie, isn't he?

That is so neat that you have those things from your great-grandmom's--to me, those are the best pieces we have, and you're right, they are priceless!

shamelabboush--Thanks! I agree--we aren't into the modern stuff, and never have been. I think that's why we love going to auctions so much--we get to see so many neat vintage things...


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Tammy

As I'm one big sucker for nostalgia I naturally love old things! Specially old leather - I used to go to the stock room of the library of the university I used to go to and get lost in the scent of old leather-bound books. Old stuff in general tend to have more character. And the stories they do tell! Thanks for sharing :D


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TamCor 7 years ago from Ohio Author

Hi Cris--Good to hear from you again! You're so right about the stories vintage things could tell...neat to know that you "get it", too! Thanks! :)


Am I dead, yet? 7 years ago

Beautiful collection of vintage furniture. I have a mass of vintage tshirts and remember the old Levis' cowboy shirts? I have a ton of them. I buy from Smith and Pooter on Ebay all the time. Again, beautiful collections, Tammy.


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TamCor 7 years ago from Ohio Author

Thanks AId,y! There's just something about old furniture that you just can't beat...lol...

Wow--I'd love to see some of your shirt collection--will you ever do a hub on them? That'd be fascinating! We've sold a few vintage shirts in the past, but they're a little hard to find in this area!

Thanks again for your comment! :)


Am I dead, yet? 7 years ago

A hub, no I have not thought of it. I do not think so, I wear my vintage shirts all the time, right now I am wearing my Franken Berry blue tee xD. I go to the thrift stores to look for them, I am amazed that people are still donating the old Granimals Polo's, and the old Izod Polo's as well! I go crazy when I see them, some of the shirts are sometimes smaller than what I would wear, but I buy them anyways! A little tight around the middle but so what! I just won't eat as many cupcakes while gaming!


\Brenda Scully 7 years ago

enjoyed the hub, and the tour of your house.....


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Paper Moon 7 years ago from In the clouds

We have a painting much like the one you have in the style of maxfield parrish. I run a "Thrift Department Store" My favorite part is the vintage that comes through. We have an auction once a month, We had a Maxfield Parrish original print. It went for over $300. I love vintage. Great hub.


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TamCor 7 years ago from Ohio Author

AI d,y--Well, I STILL would love to see you do a hub about your shirts--the more you talk about them, the more curious I get, lol!! It sounds like you have such a neat collection!

Brenda--Thank you--I appreciate your comment!

Paper Moon--Don't you just love the Maxfield Parrish style of painting? We do, and hopefully one day will have a couple originals of our own. You run a thrift store? You do realize that that is every Ebay seller of Vintage's dream, don't you, lol...to have people bringing YOU all the vintage stuff you could need...wow...I'd love to see your store! You have an auction? Is it a public one, or on the internet? I know that Goodwill sells on Ebay, but not sure how they go about it...

Thank you all for your comments!


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Paper Moon 7 years ago from In the clouds

It is a public one. I do a display window (did, I have just been transferred to our newest store-now we have 4, it does not have a display window, ahh the old one wont be the same with out me, lol) the window gets auctioned off once a month. We dont do the e-bay thing. Many of our customers are e-bay sellers. We prefer the customer count to selling stuff online. Works out for both groups. And Nicest damned thrift stores around. Not like the Goodwill, not that there is anything wrong with them, (he snickers)


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TamCor 7 years ago from Ohio Author

lol, no not a thing wrong with Goodwill...(snickering right along with you)

That sounds like a great place to work--sure wish it was around our area!


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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

Loved the tour of your house and having a fireplace in the kitchen is really neat. Your poll did not offer the choice of mixing the old in with new which is pretty much what we have done. So much character in the old things...especially the two legged variety. BTW...I also have one of those! LOL


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TamCor 7 years ago from Ohio Author

Peggy--Oops, sorry about the lack of poll options! This was the first time I'd added on to a hub, so I'll need to keep that in mind for next time!

Thanks for your comments, though--I LOVE the fireplace in the kitchen, too--it's the focal point of the room!

Just can't beat those two-legged vintage finds, can you? lol :)


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Dr Nancy Kenyon 7 years ago from Orlando, FL

I love Vintage!  Being the "sole survivor" of this particular affliction,  I've gratefully inherited my great Grandmother's most wonderful furniture, books and a special fave ... a cardboard collection of fashionably edgy outfits!  Thanks for the journey. 


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TamCor 7 years ago from Ohio Author

Dr Nancy--You're welcome--so glad you enjoyed the hub...and how wonderful for you to have all of your great-grandmother's things...I have an old platter and a quilt that my great-grandmother made--I'll never part with them!


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California

THANKS FOR THE ADVICE ON WHERE TO PUT MY COMMENT SECTION.  I'M ON VACATION AND JUST HAD ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO GET TO A COMPUTER, FOR A FEW MOMENTS.  I ENJOYED THIS ARTICLES AND ALL OF THE PHOTOS. KEEP 'EM COMING.


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advisor4qb 7 years ago from On New Footing

Cute hub!


Janetta 7 years ago

I love vintage sewing machines--and the breadbox in your pic is exactly what I've been looking for! lol everytime we hit an antique store or an auction, I scour the place looking for that breadbox! I have a rooster fetish too...my kitchen is covered in them :)


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TamCor 7 years ago from Ohio Author

fastfreta-Thanks a lot for your comment! :)

advisor-Thank you, too!

Janetta--Another rooster lover? Terrific! I used to have many more, but had to part with some when we down-sized--but I still have my favorites!:)

I've had that breadbox for quite awhile--it came with matching canisters, but they were in too bad of shape to repair...:(

I have another sewing machine that I forgot to show--it's from probably the 40's or 50's--great colors on it--just beautiful!


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Chef Jeff 7 years ago from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago.

My friends in Galena, Illinois have an chest of drawers from about 1500. Also a table from the early 1700's. I have a book from 1656, called Philosophical Furnaces. Basically it's an alchemy book.


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TamCor 7 years ago from Ohio Author

I would LOVE to see that chest of drawers--and the "newer" items, too!!!

Thanks for your comment!


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erin boote 7 years ago from Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Thanks so much .. I'm always looking for these "vintage' items, and searching for new places to find them.. This was invaluable to me.. great hub!..


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TamCor 7 years ago from Ohio Author

Thanks erin! Auctions can be wonderful places to find what you're looking for--we've furnished most of our home this way! :)


Tracy Monroy 6 years ago

TamCor this is great. Love your sense of humor. There is definitely something about a vintage every day item that makes it cooler than any other every day item (i.e. A lamp that is "vintage" is way more interesting than a lamp from Ikea that's trying to be vintage). Am I right? As a note to Erin, you can also find some great stuff at a local garage sale as well as auctions.


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TamCor 6 years ago from Ohio Author

Hi Tracy--thanks for your comment, and the compliment! :)

I honestly think that I could talk all day about my love of vintage--we have so many things from the past in our home, things that we would never want to part with.

You're right--and "vintage-look" lamp is nowhere as cool as an actual vintage one!

I agree about garage sales--sometimes you can luck into some pretty neat stuff, if you get there in time. We found six boxes of old clothing patterns at one--I was in seventh heaven for DAYS afterward, going through them all!

Thanks again!!!

Tammy


Patrick 6 years ago

Thumbs up to you..excellent collection of all the antiques.


TamCor profile image

TamCor 6 years ago from Ohio Author

Patrick--Thank you! We love all of them...it just seems to be something we never get tired of collecting!


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AskAshlie3433 5 years ago from WEST VIRGINIA

This is such a wonderful hub. I llove having the old pieces in the house. Vintage is a must. Your such a great writer.


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TamCor 5 years ago from Ohio Author

AskAshlie3433--Thank you--that's so nice of you! It's always great to hear from someone who understands our passion for vintage! :)


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

I Love Love Love this........


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TamCor 5 years ago from Ohio Author

Thanks Mrs. J.B.--I'm glad you enjoyed the hub--it's one of my favorites, and was the most fun to write! :)


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Marsha H 5 years ago from My Retro Kitchen in NY

Wow. Love what you did with that rocker. And I'm green with envy over your enamel table.

Great hub! If I could click awesome twice, I would. :)


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TamCor 5 years ago from Ohio Author

Thank you Marsha--it's always great to meet another vintage lover! The table is probably my most favorite piece, after my grandparents' things... :)

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