Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Why Vintage?

Vintage Aprons

I typically blog about a core group of things...My faith, family values, gluten free living, and thrifted vintage decor.  Vintage is something I've gained interest in only in the last couple of years.  I'm not even really sure what started it.  Perhaps watching "American Pickers", but in any case there is more to it then just liking the colors or thinking it's cool.  Some of the stuff reminds me of my childhood.  As I get older, I appreciate the things of the past.  It also takes me back to a simpler time before life got so complicated with lots of electronics and technology.

Kitchen stuff seems to be the main attraction for me in Vintage.  It's because back in the 1940's-1970's no one did microwave meals (OK, maybe in the 70's).  They sat down for dinner and it was made with care.  The Vintage kitchenware reflects that.  Pyrex has lots of color, the juice is so much more fun being poured from a glass pitcher with oranges all over it, and matching glasses then out of a carton.  I realize not everyone gets that, and we live in a world of convenience, but for me, taking that extra time and using these Vintage objects means something.  It reflects my values of home and family.

And as far as "thrifting" the Vintage I find goes...that's easy.  I'm on a budget, and I value using money wisely.  I don't get something unless it's a great deal...even stuff I really need.  I believe in giving and tithing, and try to spend wisely for that reason too.  Part of the thrill of thrifting is finding what I love for cheap.  It's just not worth it otherwise.  If you are a thrifter, I'm sure you get that.  I have two complete sets of vintage dishes but the two together cost less then 1/2 of what I would pay for one set new.  That's a big deal to me.  It's also important to me that what I get, I actually use, not hoard.  I have things on display, but rotate and use it all.  That's part of the fun. This decor keeps alive my family values and makes home...home.

If you are into "Vintage" you can relate on some level to this blog post.  If not, maybe now you can get a glimpse of the appeal.


Jill said...

Nice post written with thought!! I am most interested in the vintage kitchen items too, nothing better than getting the Pyrex out for cooking and serving, it just makes me happy!

Stacey Johnson said...

Jill, I completely agree!

Lauren Dahl said...

I am a stay-at-home mom and recovering shop-a-holic. Thrifting is such a great way to satisfy that shopping sweet tooth, but it doesn't break my family's bank! I LOVE finding good deals on things that make my house lovely and put a smile on my face. :)