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Living a Vintage Life

Updated on April 6, 2016

Living a Vintage life and Saving money

Living a vintage life, doesn't mean you have to give up your Ipad, but it does mean that you will hold onto it a lot longer and you should have classical music and old novels stored on it. Vintage living means you respect the past in fashion, books and being able to slow down a bit so you can reflect on your life.

In many ways vintage living is far cheaper than buying the things that were made today. Not just because they are things you're buying in a thrift store, but because things used to be built to last. Things today are made to be thrown away in a few short months, even your cellphones. They lure you in with the newest thing and before you know it, you are trading your phone for a new one. The average people only have their phones for six months before upgrading.

This drawing is one of my own and is a Jane Austen style drawing.

Why Go Vintage?

Building things that breakdown or will be obsolete in a few months is called planned obsolescence. Edison's light bulbs had a shelf life of more than a hundred years, and the ones we have today will last only a few short months. His factory is still turning out a small amount of these incredible light bulbs each year.

I tend to hold onto things a bit longer than most people I know, I've had my DVD player for almost ten years and I didn't upgrade my TV until it started to break and when I did I got a used flat glass front TV. They're a bit heavy, but the colors are very vibrant which is something you really don't get on the HD TVs.

I took his photo a few years ago near China town in New York City. I used to live in New York many years ago and I love the look of the vintage buildings, I'd rather live in a small town like I do now.


If you like older classic novels you can buy a lot of them from the kindle amazon store for free. You can Buy all of Jane Austen's novels, plus one book of her letters. You can buy classic children's books to read to your children while at home or on the road. You can also buy new books for free and other books at a discount. Friends can send you kindle books on loan, free for one week.

You can barrow books from the library, friends and family. You also can buy used books a lot cheaper and if you're like me and you normally only read a book once, that is a much better option than buying a 30 dollar book and it ending up on your coffee table as a reminder of how much money we spend everyday.

This drawing is of Northanger Abbey and it happens to be a favorite of mine, I drew this about a year ago.

Simon Smith Videos

These are things that remind me of living a vintage life. I Love Simon smith videos, I found them by accident and I hope you enjoy them too.

Clothing and Electronics

You can find clothing at stores and on the web up to 80 percent off.


Clothing, yes it might be a bit harder to find your size while shopping for vintage clothing, but once you do you'll have one of a kind pieces that no one else will have. You can always learn to hem your clothing (which is great if you have a hard to shop for body type like me) it could save you even more money. I can't sew.

I buy a lot of my clothes at Khols, but I won't buy anything unless 80 to 90% off. I don't do that just to save money. Yes I am actually spending less money for new clothes than some pricey vintage stores. Most clothes aren't made in the US, and I want to give those other Countries as little money as possible.

I'll buy leather shoes or jackets in a vintage store rather than a department store, because I figure the animal has been dead for a long time and it wasn't killed for me.

I drew this of my hand.

TV and movies

Movies and TV and how to save on those as well. Most Libraries now offer movies, some places will have newer movies too. If you have the internet Netflix is a great option for no worry TV watching, for less than 60 dollars you can buy a cable internet ready box called a Roku, and with the 8 dollar a month plan you can watch an array of netflix movies and commercial free TV Shows. New titles are always being added, like now you can watch Glee and Bones. You can still get DVDs through the mail but you have to spend another 8 dollars a month. Netflix has a lot of hard to find classic Jane Austen DVDs. You can watch those movies without the Roku, the Roku connects to your computer's internet and then connects to your TV, so you can watch them on your TV and not your computer, which is much faster with hardly any lag time.

Finding a cheap theater. Cheap theaters are what they normally called second run movies, movies that are not on DVD yet and are no longer being showed in the regular theater. Our cheap theater has a bargain night, when all seats are 2 dollars and you get one free refill on a soda and popcorn. If you buy a kiddie combo, you can see 2 movies, have 2 drinks and one candy for around 10, which is the same as one evening ticket a the normal theater.

If you want a truly vintage experience, go see plays at your local theaters. You can also watch college productions and high school plays. I live in a very small town, and even I live no longer than thirty minutes away from a large theater.

I drew this a few years ago for a short story I wrote.

Make it yourself

If you're crafty and you see something you like make it yourself, I've done this loads of times. I've made jewelery, paintings, cards, drawings and I even made a hand sewn creepy and cute doll.

You can reuse the things you already have and don't use very often and make them into something new and wonderful.

I am a bit of a photographer and I take so many photos and some of them I just love. I have a newer digital camera that I received as a Christmas gift last year from my mother. A good camera is a great investment, because you can delete the photos you don't like and it will save you money in the long run because you won't be printing photos you'll never use.


I had bought a trunk at a yard sale, this was a late 1800s trunk and after a good cleaning and painting (I only painted it because it had been painted before), it was great and very sturdy. So very pretty, altogether including the paint it was 40 dollars. Now if I would had bought something in the same style I would not be able to find it for less than a hundred and that is on which is usually a bit cheaper than most department stores, plus they are probably not as sturdy.

I have bought nice antique dressers for as little as twenty dollars at charity yard sales. You can find really nice things in some very odd places. The Salvation Army is one of the cheapest charity shops around and on Wed most of the store is up to half off their already insanely cheap prices. You can also find great deals online at places like and

This is a painting I did several years ago.

Protecting your Tech

Protecting your Tech is important if you want to live a vintage life. You can't make your stuff last longer if you don't keep your things safe.

Some of you may have noticed that I am using less photos from the web and reusing some of the ones I already had, that is because while writing a squidoo movie review page I unwittingly downloaded a virus which froze my poor computer. My computer wouldn't open files and it was holding my intellectual property hostage and was thereby a kidnapper of my writing, art, photos, music and my peace of mind. I unplugged my poor baby and eventually it recovered on it's own and I was able to clean my PC without losing any of my files. My computer is a plucky five year old with a good sense humor. It would take a lot more than a common cold for me to trade it in for new one.

My computers full recovery is a bit of a personal miracle to me, most people I have talked to have told me that they or people they know had lost most of their files this way.

I drew this angel.

E-mails and Letters

It's great that we can e-mail someone when something pops in our heads in the middle of the night when it's too late to call. That's all fine, but really shouldn't we at least send our friends handwritten letters and cards on special occasions like their birthday or Christmas, instead of just posting a message on their facebook wall. A handwritten note or postcard tells your friends and family that you really care.

If you want to make this really special you can invest in a wax and seal kit like they used in the olden days.

This is a sketch I drew a few years ago and it is of a Jane Austen writing first impressions, which would be later rewritten as Pride and Prejudice.

Living Poll - This is a picture that my mother took of me while we were visiting a Vintage Christmas Town.

Will you Live a more Vintage Life?

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      blestman lm 3 years ago

      i like a lot of vintage stuff. It doesn't wear out and it looks beautiful. nothing like living in a vintage building with high ceilings large windows and ornate trimwork to give you a lift inn life

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      Dawnyasasse 3 years ago

      I have been a vintage lover forever.

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      joinyobsn 3 years ago

      Wonderful lens on vintage!! Thank your for sharing have found some great ideas.

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      pigwear 4 years ago

      Awesome lens! We should all live a more subtle lifestyle.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wonderful Lens, I have like this already it seems. I love all old things vintage is beautiful.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      I love your approach to life. A delightful lens to come to on the first of the year. Blessed, and sent out by digg and pinned to my "thrifty living." board.

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      Kay 4 years ago

      I think this sounds awesome and you really do have some good suggestions here. Merry Christmas!

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      sunlightseer 5 years ago

      You have some very good suggestions. I especially like your comment about buying leather at vintage stores.

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      I'm a vintage girl at heart---I do a few of these things you've mentioned here ;) Really lovely lens!

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      veronicatarantino 5 years ago

      Love this lens

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      Auriel 5 years ago

      great idea.

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      I love vintage. My daughter loves contemporary. My husband loves empty space. How to meld the three? It's hilarious - our house is a contrast of time and space. I really, really do love vintage and sustainability, and I like the way you've combined the two. :)

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      DanielBrooks 5 years ago

      great share

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      DanielBrooks 5 years ago

      great share

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      javr 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The rush to new technology is much more expensive.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm a big fan of Tasha Tudor who lived a vintage life. Your page reminded me of her effort to turn-back-the-clock.

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      Stacy Birch 5 years ago

      @tonybonura: He would be stuck in Victorian times, like he was in many shows.

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      Tony Bonura 5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      Nice idea--for someone else. I have to admit, that I'm too spoiled by modern technology and the toys that resulted from it. Besides what would happen to Dr Who?


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      Ardyn25 5 years ago

      I love your take on life, I'm very much the same. I know technology is the way of life today, but nothing is made to last, it changes so quickly. And yet the vintage is vintage because it was made in a time when quality mattered, and people took their time making things. Funny you mentioned a trunk, I bought one dated about 1901 at a garage sale it was in mint shape. Everything I own minus the technology is vintage to some degree. Great lens, I'm happy I swung by. You are a very good writer, I quite enjoyed this visit. Thanks.

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      This is a very interesting topic and great idea for living a vintage life. I think it will be great to be able to live in vintage life.

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      Diva2Mom 5 years ago

      I love anything Vintage! As a mom of 7, I have no choice but be real creative and live a Vintage life as well. I hate to throw anything away, so when I get bored with my old decors or furniture, I do something creative with it by painting and updating them. For my own paintings, I let my little kids paint using their own creativity and imaginations, and they become very special and valuable to me. To be able to save money and be real creative at the same time? I'd say, Fabulous!!! I love your great presentation and creativity in putting this lens together. I love it! What a brilliant lens! God bless you!

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      happynutritionist 5 years ago

      Love stories from old vintage times, and guess i am living a vintage life.

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      I live a vintage life by default in many ways. I am far from the city and seldom shop for new things.

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      Stacy Birch 5 years ago

      @Rosaquid: I'm not that far out, though I live in a small town, but vintage things are made with more quality and are usually prettier than the mass produced items of today. However I love my for deals on modern things

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love vintage designs in apparel and home decor, where ever possible I do incorporate vintage crafts, love the yester years of vintage creations.

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      I love vintage!

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      Evelyn 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Great lens. We all need to slow down, look back and enjoy the important things in life.

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      coolmon2009 lm 5 years ago

      I enjoyed reading this interesting lens

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I live a vintage life pretty much all the time. There are some areas that I have grown along with the times such as my computer. :) Wonderful article! Blessings.

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      mueedahmad 5 years ago

      Great lens. Great work done by the author.

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      MagnoliaTree 5 years ago

      Fun lens. I love vintage too and like to mix it with other styles.

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      DecoratingMom411 5 years ago

      I appreciate all things vintage and it would be nice to try to live a bit more vintage life.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      I love vintage manners, customs and traditions, plus just adore older buildings, furniture, cars etc. Can't quite bring myself to vintage clothes though, but I do very much enjoy looking at older styles as far back as they might be available. Blessings.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      I think I'm too much stuck in the present.

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      CoeGurl 5 years ago from USA

      Thank you for inspiring me to live a more vintage life!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      This lens has given me the incentive to try to live a more vintage life. Thank you!

      ~Angel Blessed~

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      sarasentor lm 5 years ago

      I am enjoyed to read your awesome lens, you made lens different from other lens masters. I appreciate you for making such a great lens.

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      sarasentor lm 5 years ago

      I am enjoyed to read your awesome lens, you made lens different from other lens masters. I appreciate you for making such a great lens.

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      I totally live a vintage life :) I started out on squidoo with an ancient pc and a wifi connection to the neighbor's internet. Have upgraded to a donated laptop with a missing H key, but hubby has hooked up a nice apple keyboard. My old cracked but still effective monitor serves as my screen for playing games online. My expenses to work from home as a writer online are very minimal when done vintage style.

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      ogrote 5 years ago

      Great lens - the Georgian,Victorian and Edwardian period up to the Great War was a time of oppulence and splendour. It was the time of some great inventions, but also time of trying to hold on the riches of a bygone era. I would have loved to live during this time, excluding for the fact that the medical sciences was still in its infancy. Great lens!!

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      ShariSmith 5 years ago

      I am an old-fashioned lass and I really love this lens! =)

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      squallpogi 5 years ago

      niiiice! i guess its time to live a vintage life! :)

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      cmadden 5 years ago

      Interesting lens!

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      EnjoyLens 5 years ago

      Very nice lens! Great job well done!

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      trendydad 5 years ago

      this is the class vintage..nice lens

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      stephenes 5 years ago

      The lense is very nice.

      I personally liked it :)

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Believe it or not, I have a dot matrix printer for more than 20 years now and it only needed some cleaning (about 10 dollars expense) twice in this time. This is what I call heavy duty!

      Unfortunately economy is relying on consumerism for more than 50 years now and I don't see the light in the end of the tunnel yet. With more articles similar to this lens there is still hope...

      Thumbs up!

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      Auntie-M LM 5 years ago

      I am trying very hard to live a simpler life. "T is Good To Be Simple" is my very favorite melody. I still have a long way to go. Thanks for your lens.

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      melissiaoliver 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens - thank you for creating it! I love how you've combined tips on how to get the most out of vintage style things and tips on how to safe money and be thrifty.

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      mrsclaus411 5 years ago

      The elegance of vintage.

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      WhiteOak50 5 years ago

      Love this lens!!! You did a fantastic job writing it (it was as if you were sitting in front of me talking-that is pretty cool!). I adore vintage. With that being said, I am dropping off a ~Happy Earth Day Blessing~

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      hippiechicjewelz 5 years ago

      I love vintage, to me it is just classic beauty.

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      hippiechicjewelz 5 years ago

      I love vintage, to me it is just classic beauty.

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      Fcuk Hub 5 years ago

      Wimtage life is sure interesting :)

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      jolou 5 years ago

      I agree with you about the handwritten cards and notes. Sadly it's becoming a thing of the past.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i forgot to crown your lens with angelblessings. i've been logged off a couple of times already.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i love the idea of vintage living which means i would have some helping hands doing my squidoo lenses and the other doing the cooking and cleaning the house. what will i do? i will get bored to death. just kidding.

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      squid-pinkchic18 5 years ago

      I love vintage everything, this lens is beautiful!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Some things simply cannot be improved! Some of the old clothing styles and the great classics in literature are excellent examples of things that are perfect as they are. I am all for living a more vintage life!

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      Great lens-vintage is class

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Vintage stuff can be really cool.

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      I'm not planning to turn vintage but it's an interesting idea that could be just as much fun as any other life style! :)

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      glenbrook 5 years ago

      Love this lens. I drive a 62 Buick and I still have my Commodore 64... come to think of it I still have a VIC-20.

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      TTMall 5 years ago

      Thank you so much, it is greatly appreciated

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      Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      I love all things vintage and like you do, I appreciate clothing, books, and music of year ago.

      Beautifully done and Angel Blessed**

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      Soo fun this lens. What a romantic idea to live a vintage life. Beautiful and angel blessed.

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      GabrielaFargasch 5 years ago

      Love the idea!

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      skefflingecho 5 years ago from Tobermory Ontario

      OMG I love this. I never knew there was a name for it! Lol! You are a woman after my own heart! I have a Valentines lens on escaping modern life and having horse drawn sleigh rides etc! I love my technology but we can pick and choose the best bits of history, culture, designs and items that have gone before us. Blessed.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      I love so vintage things quite a bit - though if I lived too vintage, I'd miss my technology for certain. thanks for sharing! :)

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      SecondHandJoe LM 5 years ago

      I love vintage! So much so I turned it into money! Why not do what you love for a living. Check out my lens on the subject. They just don't make things like they used to! It's great to give things new life, or think about the life it had before you owned them! Great lens I 'liked' it a lot!

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      Rhidawn 5 years ago

      Great lens. I still have an older tv with the big bulky backs. No since in upgrading when there's not a thing wrong with it. I even still have my vcr and tapes! LoL

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      Delia 5 years ago

      Nice lens and interesting items and links.

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      sheezie77 5 years ago

      Great lens! Very interesting reading thumbs up for you

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      JZinoBodyArt 5 years ago

      Lovely article! I always said that when I got my own place, I'd be furniture hunting in second-hand shops. I wouldn't mind if it was hodge-podge either. Plus, vintage clothing is to die for! Sooo classy.

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      curious0927 5 years ago

      Really nice. Love Vintage and the beauty is timeless!

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      jeremykim2011 5 years ago

      I love reading classics. There is something in them that I find amazing. Great lens!

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      Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Nice lens and plenty to think about. Thanks!

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      I also love vintage. It sounds like you are very handy and creative too.

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      ViJuvenate 5 years ago

      I love using old things. It brings a sense of history and connection. Everything today seems so disposable and no one seem to care about lasting connections.

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      ViJuvenate 5 years ago

      @chezchazz: Ha, Chazz, that's funny!

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      Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      Definitely vintage! Of course, living in an 1880 house helps..."Re-cycle, re-use, re-upholster"

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      kellybielke 5 years ago

      I love your Squid! I am a saver of old Items as well. Not as much as I would like, I have little I get older, I find myself liking it more and more though

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      What a wonderful lens! And thanks for the info about loaning Kindle books. I didn't realize that you could do that.

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      lasertek lm 5 years ago

      I'm a little bit in between the vintage lifestyle and modern technology.

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      In some ways a "vintage" lifestyle is less expensive like going to lesser known movie theaters that don't cost as much. Handwritten notes and letters are more sentimental and show more effort I suppose than firing off a simple e-mail.

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      Becksta 5 years ago

      Great lens - sprinkled with blessing dust!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Stopping by to smile with you my friend, congratulations on this gem receiving front page honors!

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      Recession Proof2 5 years ago

      Great lens, I love vintage clothes, tools, cars, etc. Though I also love modern technology.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I am totally with you. I'm living a wonderfully vintage life. It's the best. I wholeheartedly agree with what you have presented here. *Blessed*

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love vintage. I am all for second hand clothing and items to save money. I think we have moved too far forward in terms on the technology - I myself opt to not even own a mobile phone.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love vintage and try to look for them.

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      mowug1776 5 years ago

      great lens, I can serve as much is possible and try not to buy stuff I don't need there is something to be said of not going hog wild and getting every new apparatus people throw at you.

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      pheonix76 5 years ago from WNY

      This is an interesting approach, to be sure. I go to a lot of garage sales, church sales, and used book stores/sales and buy a lot of books, movies, music, and other items that way. I do somewhat disagree with your buying leather products -- it would far more humane to purchase synthetic products regardless of the time when the item was produced. Thanks again for this information, we can all benefit from reducing our consumption of material items by purchasing used or borrowing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice lens and great message!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love the idea of vintage things. Sometimes I think I should have lived in another time. Today sometimes just doesn't do it for me.

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      kimark421 5 years ago

      Great lens. I use everything I can until it dies, or until repairs are more than what it costs to replace. I buy everything I can used, and I am well-known at all the local thrift shops. Living this way saves a ton of money, and as you pointed out, most vintage items are just made better. Thanks for sharing!

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      scss 5 years ago

      This is such a good lens subject! And congratulations on your plucky computer's self recovery. I love my old computer from 1995 - it only had 2g of total memory - lol - but I still have Robbie packed away in my spare room. I just can't part with him after his many years of faithful service and indestructible nature... my new computers only last a couple of years and melt down! Having 100g of memory is handy, but it would be good if the hardware was built like in 1995!

      And I'm living a vintage life and repurposing everything... although I have hi-tech help like solar panels!

      Helene Malmsio aka SCSS

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      Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

      Living a vintage life goes along with loving a more simple of my new year's resolutions.