Buying Vintage | Can't Stop, Won't Stop
Even though I work in interior design, I oddly have not had to buy very much furniture for myself and my own home in the past. When I lived in New York, I sort of knew that everything was temporary. I split furniture costs with my roommates and left any surviving items up there when I moved back to Texas. I frequently joke that upon moving back, I had only the clothes on my back. It's kind of true... I owned zero furniture. Since then, I've lived with roommates who have provided most of the furniture. SO all this to say, I have only recently made some furniture investments for myself and for these, I've gone vintage. I love vintage for so many reasons.
1. High quality items frequently at prices less than Crate & Barrel or West Elm.
2. Automatic character built-in to the pieces.
3. Fights against the modern problem of "disposable" interiors. These pieces get new life and prove they can stand the test of time.
(Of course, I do have to point out that I don't think all,or even the majority, of items in a home should be vintage. It's all about the balance... )
Below are some vintage finds that I think are better than most of the retail items I've seen recently: