Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings
Vintage sellers have a love of all things old and timeless.
The memories these items invoke are amazing.
Here at Christmas in July we want to know “How do you decide what to pick?” Are there certain items you love, that are more in demand. Why do you pick what you do?
Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says while I make ceramic tableware and jewellery, I also create upcycled jewellery, which I sometimes combine with original ceramic components.
The materials I choose are wide and varied, but I love vintage buttons, and have been collecting them for many years from many sources. Some I don’t re-purpose into jewellery because I want to keep them!!
Upcycled Gray and Blue Button Ring
Leila Valois from ValoisFelts said I too love upcycling my vintage finds. I pick things up from charity shops and fairs – buckles are one of my favourite things right now.
I’ve made a few ‘fairy windows’ with them. They have gorgeous colours and designs that inspire what I felt in them. This pearlescent one had a fantasy/scifi feel about it.
Alien UFO Fantasy Window- Miniature Painting-Needle felted brooch
Jennifer Allison from JenniferAllsion states I almost always post vintage goodies that I would want to keep for myself (and often do…krikey!). I like to find things that I can re-purpose…give new life to…and could spend hours just browsing antique stores and garage sales for items that remind me of warm memories and simpler times. I recently found a cardboard puzzle from the 1950’s and fell IN DEEP LOVE with the graphics…knew I had to find a way to give it new life.
Washington state puzzle piece magnet
msmadmax from madmaxshop says fashion constantly refers to the past for inspiration. Especially today when the current forecast can be seen borrowing from a previous successful trend in fashion featured two decades ago, i.e. sequins and sparkle, romantic ruffled blouses, done up denim
Wearable fashion trends for 2016 have been inspired by the trendsetting fashions of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. I like to post vintage items that can easily blend in with current fashion but still evoke a trendy look and feel of yesterday…
80s Vintage Blouse
Dana Hamant from LilybeanzBowtique said I adore the vintage look. I love to use fabrics and designs that invoke this. Recently a friend requested a planner band to adorn a notebook she had. She wanted something “vintage-looking.” I found these vintage-style wooden buttons and knew they would be perfect. After I had created her one-of-a-kind piece, my creative juices kept flowing.
Custom Fabric Tutus and headband set
Sue from MissIvyVintage discussed I have always loved vintage linens of all sorts…Embroidered, crocheted, tatted, and prints. I find a great deal of pleasure when I find a linen that at one time brought joy to a child. I find these linens especially charming and when I list, I hope the item will bring joy to another child. I have only this one.
Vintage handmade Childs Santa Claus Pillowcase
Shelly from ShellysSelectSalvage states I have loved vintage items since I was a child. Their history calls to me and I think of all the hands it has passed through and how it was cherished before. Now I feel like I save them for others to enjoy.
I like looking for unusual items and miniatures, something that will catch the eye.
I personally collect vintage linens as I love the old smell, softness, and look. I have a huge vintage pillowcase collection and love using them on all my pillows.
I love this little guy – such a funny face.
Cow Bottle Opener and Corkscrew
willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says My daughter and I are fans of Marie Kondo, so we are always looking for items that “Spark Joy!”
We love the graphics and idea behind this Balloon Pump.
Gag gift Party Decor Vintage Inflato Balloon Pump
Kira from TrellisLaneVintage said my love of vintage is rooted by my mother, many years of looking for and living with antiques. I love the 50’s through 70’s and fill my shop with items that catch my eye. I try to focus on items that are functional and fun!
Vintage chip and dip set,Indiana glass set
Jackie Irvin from JackJacksWayart discusses that my love for drawing began at a very young age. I have been enjoying creating custom design door decor for a few years now.
I also love working with pastels painting portraits, making jewelry, chalkboards and much more.
Old World Santa Door Art
Catherine Caramanica from BlkBttrflyDsgns discussed that It’s in my nature to choose items that are unusual, unique, one-of-a-kind, edgy. I love to bring eclectic offerings to the table. These boots are for a confident woman. A woman who isn’t afraid or apprehensive to wear something that stands out. They’re an outstanding pair of boots.
Tony Lama Cowboy Boots-Ladies 7B
Heather from ArabellaBlossoms says buttons are always popular with sewers and crafters. Vintage buttons hold a special attraction with their beauty, originality and craftsmanship from a bygone era.
I have gathered buttons for my stash for as long as I can remember. As children our Sunday afternoons were often spent playing with my mother’s button collection. She stored it in a large tartan painted biscuit tin. My stash is now much larger than that one and it is time for me to share the love-and my buttons!
4 Large Gold Black Tone Metal Shank Vintage Buttons
toysfrom70s from toysfrom70s said my wife and I recently downsized and as the old saying goes you can’t take it with you, we’re selling off our childhood memories. Sharing the love of 1970s toys and collectibles. We didn’t realize how many people also loved some of the items we have sold over the year, the notes they send tell us we’re not alone in cherishing memories and it is rather humbling knowing we’re spreading smiles across the USA with our items.
Just listed maybe it may bring back a smile to you of childhood.
1974 Vintage Growing Up Skipper Doll
Alicia Holman from MemaAntiques discussed that we love vintage items. We love the history regarding each item we obtained. This item for instance came from a home in Orangeburg SC. This was a wedding gift given to the family in the 1940’s. The female in the home kept it in her china cabinet and never used it. She wanted it to always be in perfect condition.
Her son told us how she would fuss at the children and the grandchildren if they came near this dish. Reminds me so much of my grand parents and their favorite items.
It is so much fun. All items in our shop has a story behind it or we can tell you were it came from.
Fenton Green Grapes and Leaves Carnival Glass Candy Dish
Cher Loose from LooseChipsWoodWork says when an item reflects a memory in my heart I pick it up and cherish it… we have a rule in gift giving and buying… it is if we like it ourselves then someone else will too! (and if they do not, they will return it to us and that is okay too!) example: My husband remembers the Western Electric Company in Reading PA, before it was bought out by AT&T and he even worked there for a few years, actually using a slide rule. So this is why I sell this, in hopes someone else will find someone who likes to collect slide rules or maybe put it in their pocket and show another generation how to use one for fun…. on Christmas Morning in December or in July!
Vintage Collectible Slide Ruler and Instructions