Vintage Shops – Where Fashion And Furniture Meet

After a few decades of wanting everything brand new and as up to date as possible, there has been a huge resurgence in anything that can be classed as vintage. Shops specialising in vintage items are springing up all over the place, and in these tough economic times these are a sector that certainly seem to be keeping their heads above water. So what has brought about this yearning we all seem to have for anything from days gone by?

There are many reasons given by so called experts as to why we have a penchant for things that are far from modern, but the crux of it is that we seem to have a penchant for days gone by when items had far more originality and weren’t mass produced on the same scale that clothes and furniture are today.

The important thing is to recognise the difference between vintage and antique; vintage generally applies to items from the last two thirds of the 20th century and encompasses clothes, furniture, household objects etc that aren’t that dissimilar from what we would use today but have the essence of the time they were created in. Antiques are much older and represent a different era completely and manufacturers that are instantly recognisable by name but no longer in existence.

Take hi-fi’s for example, a 1970’s radiogram is a vintage, whilst a gramaphone from the 19th century would be an antique. Fabric sofas from a few decades ago are vintage, and a Chippendale from the 1700’s in an antique. Another clue is both the price and the usability, antiques sell for hundreds if not thousands of pounds and tend to be fragile so the look but don’t touch policy applies, we buy vintage for a few pounds and want to use them not just look at them.

Wander into any vintage shop and you will find the most wonderful and eclectic mix of items for sale from recent history. While some vintage shops specialise in one genre, clothing, jewellery etc there are those who have tapped into the huge vintage market that currently exists and offer all manner of items that most of us remember from our childhoods. That’s another thing about vintage, it stirs long forgotten memories and gives us the chance to reminisce over days gone by.

Clothing and furniture in particular are at the forefront of the vintage revolution and you can see why. If you are looking for something to wear for a special occasion, you can guarantee that if you go vintage nobody else will be wearing the same. By putting vintage furniture in our home we are putting our own stamp on things and won’t have the same rooms as everyone else with their mass produced goods.

It certainly looks as if vintage is here to stay and that can only be a good thing. It gives us the opportunity to be individuals again and browsing around vintage shops will offer up all manner of items  that will both evoke happy memories and give you and your home a real edge style wise.

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