I have always loved vintage, but I haven’t always been super proud of the things I bought. In high school, I started to thrift shop (immediately after getting my driver’s license) as a way to dress unique and to stretch my allowance dollars (yes, I had allowance in high school—lol) much farther than they could go at our local mall.
I amassed a pretty insane vintage collection (heavy on ’70s polyester) in those years, and my love for vintage truly never died.
In our 20s, Emma and I had a vintage shop in our hometown. During these years, I wore nearly exclusively vintage and I decorated my home in almost exclusively vintage. It was a lot of fun and budget friendly, but I got too into the “thrift hauls,” wanting to always find a lot of treasures. A lot of times I would buy things I wasn’t absolutely in love with, just because it was cheap.
In the end of that season, I began to realize that I actually did not even know what I *loved*. After my first Konmari clean out, I started fresh at our new home in Tennessee. And over the past four years, I have slowly (and I mean VERY slowly) added vintage pieces to our home that are beautiful, that spark joy and that bring family together with my aesthetic (which I finally have nailed down—WOO!).
Would you like to see some of my favorite vintage finds all over my home? Let’s go!
Starting above, this vintage door knocker was the first thing I bought for our 1970s Tennessee ranch. Pineapples symbolize hospitality and it was a great jumping off point for how I wanted to decorate this home. I found it on Etsy.
Brass objects are another obsession of mine. I can spend hours scrolling eBay and Etsy for vintage brass objects. This teeny little cacti makes me so happy next to a framed drawing from my niece, Bella.
I spent around a year collecting colored glassware for this built-in shelf. It became an obsession for me to try to find the best deals and the best (to me) colors. There are some new mixed in (maybe you can spot it?), but for the most part it is all vintage. It is a VERY happy nook in our home.
In Marigold’s room are these vintage wicker butterflies I scored on eBay.
In Nova’s room, there is this amazing wicker giraffe, which was a gift from Laura. She knows me so well!
In my closet, I use this brass cactus as a bracelet holder and there are crystals and more crystals.
And I spent a long time (a year-ish?) collecting five vintage runners for our long L-shaped hallways.
The first one is from Apple and Oak and the second one is from Etsy (they are both vintage from Turkey).
Thanks for taking a little tour with me! I would LOVE to hear about your most treasured vintage finds! xx. Elsie
P.S. If you love vintage clothes, check out How to Shop Vintage You’ll Really Wear