Monday, 15 December 2014

American Vintage Finds

Since the explosion in popularity of all things vintage, I feel that it's become a saturated market and ever harder to find decent vintage pieces at a reasonable price. 

Being from the past, there is a finite amount of vintage items and, as more and more people and businesses have jumped on the bandwagon, the prices have risen, whilst the quality has dropped.

Perhaps this is more prominent in the area I live, where absolutely everything seems to be marked up in price. There are definitely still bargains to be found, but whereas I used to be able to do a lap of the local charity shops and find a haul of treasures in every single one for less than a tenner, now you'd be lucky to get one, maybe two items for that.

However, I always have good thrifting luck in America. I brought back some real gems this time and the prices were incredible compared to the UK. I also love the huge antiques 'peddlers malls' they have there, full of hundreds of booths. Sure, there is a lot of junk to sift through, but there are so many awesome finds, just waiting to be discovered. I've been to a couple of antiques malls in the UK, but again, prices are getting silly.

Here's what I crammed into my suitcase on my recent trip to the States.

First up, this awesome, mystical looking candle holder. Price: $1 (64p).

I've been after some vintage Pyrex for the longest time, so I was pretty chuffed to find one of my dream pieces - this snowflake roasting dish. Price: $12 (£7.64).

How adorable is this little Pennsylvania Dutch waste bin?! I love the little home scene on it. Price: $4 (£2.55).

Um, bit of a random purchase, but I couldn't pass up the peachy plastic of this tissue box holder! Price: $1.50 (95p).

I was so pleased with this find. My friend, Mary, has a white one and I'd been keeping a lookout for one of my own. I grabbed this as soon as I saw it! I've never seen them before - a foldaway cake stand. Perfect for picnics! Price: $4 (£2.55).

I've written about my need to rescue abandoned stuffed animals and toys before. There was no way I could leave Grumpy Bear behind! That expression is heartbreaking! Price: $2.50 (£1.60).

The 1950s are one of my favourite decades, for fashion, style, music and design. This pastel pink 50s bed lamp stole my heart the second I saw it. I snapped it up and have even got it working in the UK, with the aid of a plug adapter. Yay! It looks so pretty on my desk shelf. Price: $8 (£5.09).

Always a fan of Aztec print and cosy blankets, I made a beeline for this bad boy. Price: $10 (£6.37).

I've saved (possibly) the best 'til last, although I actually can't pick a favourite out of all these vintage treasures. But look! A unicorn shelf! I struck gold with this one! Price: $4.50 (£2.86).

I also bought a crazy vintage children's book, but it's tucked away on my bookcase, so I'll have to show you that another time. It's about a boy who grows up with coyotes, but then gets told he's human, decides to become a cowboy and rides around on a mountain lion. Of course! Needless to say, the illustrations in it are fantastic.

I must apologise for the terrible photo quality in this post. My house is SO dark during the winter months that it's almost impossible to take decent pictures. I bought a daylight bulb in hopes it would help, but unfortunately not. If I miss the two hours-a-day window of natural light, then I'm screwed!

Have you had any good vintage finds lately? Are you finding it harder to find good, well priced vintage these days?


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  1. I love all of these things and am super impressed you managed to get them all home safely! X

    1. I'm a bit of an expert packer! Believe me, it was WEDGED in! And my case was on the very limit, weight-wise x

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  3. Fold away cake stand! That's an amazing invention!

  4. Ugh my one gripe: Why is Pyrex so expensive?! I mean, it's used! God. Though I do love the fun poppy colors it always comes in and I feel wonderfully 50s using it :)

    xo marlen
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    1. Ha! That's my gripe with pretty much all vintage these days - I don't want to pay more than it cost originally! It's insane! I'd love a whole set of this Pyrex, but it's hard to come by in the UK. x


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