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Antique, Vintage and Vintage Style Elecrtic Portable Table and Desk Fans

Updated on June 29, 2014

There is absolutely no reason at all why a portable fan cannot be far out gorgeous, filled with style, and work like a charm all at the same time. And there is also no reason why the price can't be just as affordable as any other portable fan.

To me, ones surroundings is everything. Your surroundings set your mood. Not to mention the fact that adding history to a room can breath life into it.

Just like their vintage counterparts, the vintage style fan is not always easy to find. Places like Restauration Hardware and Pottery Barn are prone to selling out, and fast. For example, when searching for a most gorgeous vintage table fan that came in two sizes at Restauration Hardware, I was welcomed by the following prompt:

"We're sorry. Due to the popularity of this item, it is no longer available. Please select another item from our collections."

vintage portable fans
vintage portable fans

Yes, easier said than done. I refreshed the page a few times in case there was a mistake. In other words, when you spot one, especially if you were drawn to it by unknown forces, don't let the person next to you sideswipe you and grab the last one, take it home. Enjoy it. Covet it. Put in on display and let it do what it does best, service you in one of the nicest possible ways, that is beautify your surroundings while completely refreshing you.

Don't think that just because it's winter and the heater is on that you don't need a fan. Inevitably, there is always that room in the house that is especially warm, if not downright hot, even in the winter months. Portable fans are the best for these instances, as they can be moved around.

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vintage Coronado desk fanVintage style allaire desk fanOld Moracco desk fan photo found at Kaboodle dot com.
vintage Coronado desk fan
vintage Coronado desk fan
Vintage style allaire desk fan
Vintage style allaire desk fan
Old Moracco desk fan photo found at Kaboodle dot com.
Old Moracco desk fan photo found at Kaboodle dot com.

Those companies who chose to relish in the eclectic style of vintage desk fans, do a wonderful job of it. One would not necessarily see the point in searching for a true vintage fan. This is especially true when taking electrical hazards into account. However, there are many times when the style of a true vintage piece is called for. There is a simple solution to this quandry!

If you are torn, think price and think historical value and charisma. It is quite easy and inexpensive to restore a vintage fan in a way that ensures safety and admiration. There are many places about that will revamp the elecrical wires of your select vintage find, making them good as new, so to speak, without you having to give up historical beauty. In fact you'll find that most lighting shops will be glad to do the work for you and price can usually be bargained.

Don't forget to check out the wonderful links I've found (below).  And any thrift, garage, yard, or estate sale you can seek out.  You and your surroundings will be so very glad you did.

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      MarkMAllen15 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Robert 6 years ago

      Living here in hot, humid Louisiana I still use both ceiling and table (box and oscillating) fans in my house to help lower the electric bill during the summer months. I have mostly the newer plastic fans along with an old black GE table fan. It weighs a ton, but it looks like it was made sometime before WWII and it really makes for a great conversation piece too.

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      deadlyking 7 years ago

      useful hub for styling ... thanks for sharing !!!! Cheers !!!

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      Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Hi twentyfive. Yeah, most do tend to be on the heavy side, but sturdy and beautiful. They're not as light or easy to maneuver as your plastic variety. However there some out there that are made of aluminium that tend to be lighter. I like the variety of styles and materials and colours that are available. More choices now even than when I wrote this hub. Thanks for bringing that up.

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      twentyfive 7 years ago

      I love vintage. Saw one of these fans and they're a bit heavy

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      Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Thanks much, bob. Glad you stopped by. Thanks for commenting =)

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      bob 7 years ago

      i like the fans

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      Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Gary, that is a GORGEOUS vintage fan you have there. Excellent photo as well. I'm so glad this article inspired you to restore it. It will be a very worthwhile project! Thanks for posting and for the link.

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      Gary 7 years ago

      Excellent collection -- and advice! There's an old GE fan (possibly dating from the '20s or '30s) out back in an old shed -- had never considered restoring it -- to tell you the truth -- not until I read your comments. Sounds like a worthwhile project. -:)

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      Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      It is, floorfans. I love vintage style.

      Dolores, I'm really thinking it's time for a vintage style fan. Would definitely complete your country cottage home. Some things just scream "change me!" don't they?

      Thanks ran. Much appreciated.

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      ran 7 years ago

      i absolutely luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuv the ones with the BLUE BLADES.. i think its a bit pricey myself, but i seen it on the website WWW.SHOWCASEVINTAGE.ETSY.COM

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      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Hi, Frieda! I am intrigued. I have the ugliest plastic KMart fan in my bedroom. The rest of the room is so cute with it's atticy feel. I call the theme 'your great aunt left you her country cottage and you have not yet changed a thing.' But the ugly fan. A vintage style fan would be perfect!

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      floorfans 7 years ago

      I like vintage style it so classic

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      Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Great advice Vintage Fans Fan. Thanks, glad you like some of these.

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      Vintage Fans Fan 7 years ago

      I fell in love with an old GE floorfan that I saw in Thailand a long time ago, since then deco breeze is my go to fan company.

      You get that vintage look that won't break down in a hurry. Great lens, loved some of the fans here...

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      howtoguru, I'm totally there! Awesome that there's an association. I'm not surprised, and I'm not surprised at the cost of some of those gorgeous, far out, vintage fans iether. Thanks for passing that info on to us!

      belliot, it does. Thank goodness for photos is all I can say. And then to see some of these vintage fans in real life is just amazing.

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Yes, yes, yes, mulberry1, character. The perfect description for vintage fans. They most certainly do have character.

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      belliott 8 years ago

      I like looking at the photos of the vintage fans. A lot of the times the old stuff seems to have a lot of character.

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      Tyler Norwood 8 years ago from Texas

      Awesome! I collect and restore antique fans, and some of them predate 1900 and are worth $1,000's of dollars to collectors. You should check out the AFCA, the Antique Fan Collector's Association, to see some really incredible fans since you are into that kind of thing! You can learn a lot there.

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      Christine Mulberry 8 years ago

      Character, that's the word I would use for them. They add character. I agree, why have boring?

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Way too true, Michael. I wish they made them as good nowadays. But alas, if they did, then we wouldn't need to buy new fans all the time, now would we, lol. Little do they know, some of us are sticking to vintage every way we can. Thanks for your comment. Glad you enjoyed.

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      Michael Shane 8 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      I know people down here in the southland still using these fans from the 50's & still run better than the new models. They don't make em' like they used to....Great topic & hub!

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Oh awesome, Kelly. Come back and post a link here when your done. Glad you enjoyed this. Cool subject, huh? (No pun intended, lol).

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      KellyEngaldo 8 years ago

      I am writing an article on the inventor of the household fan - your hub is bookmarked to link - thank you! Very well done hub!

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      It's true. The new stuff is made to be thrown out. The old vintage stuff was made more so to last a very long time. Repairable is a word I love. Thanks for popping in Coolmon2009. Great to see you.

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      Coolmon2009 8 years ago from Texas, USA

      I love old stuff well made and repairable better than disposable items

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Vintage stuff is wonderful! I'm so glad you like them too.

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      Lgali 8 years ago

      I love vintage stuff

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Hi aidy, thanks. I know, aren't they cool!

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      Am I dead, yet? 8 years ago

      Vintage fans as well! Awesome! These are certainly classy--another brilliantly written, aesthetically pleasing hub =D

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Hi guys. Great to see you all. Thanks for coming over so fast! Had I known I would have shared some coffee and tea. =D

      Yes, alekhouse, they are aesthetically pleasing, excellent word to describe the glorioud vintage fan. Thanks much, I'm glad you enjoyed. And you're very welcome.

      Jerilee and VioletSun, bringem your finds, ladies and get those men to work! Glad you enjoyed the read. (Jerilee, I never thought I'd actually give you a "Who knew" moment... I'm tickled to death over here!

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      Jerilee Wei 8 years ago from United States

      Well, this was certainly a "who knew" revelation to me. See them all the time at flea markets and auctions, might be a good restoration hobby for my bored retired husband.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Frieda, really like this hub. I remember fans like these and I agree with you about their aesthetic qualities. Really interesting perspective. Thanks

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Never thought of vintage fans. I like it!!! My s/o can fix anything, so it wouldn't be a problem to have to refurbish one.

      Thanks for writing this and the ideas! :)


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