Everyone has their favorite things to collect. Those items that we fill our houses with to make them a home. Here are some of my favorite things to buy and what I always look for when shopping second hand.
- Quilts and Linen
Lace pillow cases, vintage hankies, old quilts, table clothes and anything I can make into a pretty pillow. One of my favorite things to do is throw soft blankets around sofas and chairs in my home. Watching a good movie or reading a great book curled up under a blanket is so comfy and relaxing.
We have to be careful with this obsession. Everyone in my home is a reader. Hunting for vintage books is so fun. My daughter just found a site where she was able to purchase a bunch of her favorite classics ranging in prices from 3-6 dollars depending on quality.
I use baskets for everything. I give them out as gifts, collect eggs and clippings from our garden, store books and craft items in them as well.
I always love those items that have a usefulness about them. Baskets not only look pretty as decor in our home but they are also useful for extra storage.
I actually have a few things that I have been collecting over the years. Anything that looks a little worn or rustic is a favorite item for me to display in my home. Those things that have lasted through time. A little worn out from years of someone loving it as well, they are so fun to add to shelves here and there for some added character to a plain area.Collectibles make our homes unique by showing a little bit of our personality in the items we choose..
My husband asked me the other day “ Why do we have so many bowls.?” and I answered..
“ Because I love them and besides the baskets need company.” what more could I say. Baskets and bowls are in some sort of competition in my home. Baskets are given away though, where as bowls always remain in my kitchen.
Vintage bowls remind me of making cakes and cookies when a little girl in my Nana’s kitchen. It is hard to pass by those beautiful bowls out there in the world just waiting to be used for something sweet or savory for the ones we love.
Think you all know why I collect garden pots. I am a big believer of having our homes filled with all kinds of living things. Those living things need pretty homes themselves. I love the pots that have unusual shapes to them, like birds and animal shapes.
- Anything wooden
This could mean a bed tray, a wooden garden tray, carved wooden animals, even wooden spoons.
I buy vintage furniture because it was made better back in the day. I am not a big fan of the mass produced modern furniture they sale at major department stores now days. Sometimes I will have no choice but to shop for something from these stores…mostly bed frames. I am not happy about that though. Vintage furniture is priceless to me. If you run across any in your second hand shopping trips buy it up while it’s still available. Breaks my heart thinking of all those beautiful pieces that have ended up in city dumps because they weren’t “Trendy” enough.
- Any items that are hand made
This could be anything from a pretty pillow.
A miniature doll with an itty bitty hand made dress.
Hand painted art.
Or textiles to hang on walls
Even folk art dolls with hand stitched faces.
I love the detail and time involved in those items that are made with hands and not machines.
10. Vintage toys
They just seem to have so much color to them, those toys from long ago. Like the colors are part of the play. Old games, anything that doesn’t require batteries, wooden blocks, toys that encourage creativity and are timeless. I think these add a bit of playfulness to rooms that may seem a little too sterile or stuffy. I don’t know, hard to explain what I am trying to write here. With the world becoming more and more about having nothing, just empty white walls everywhere…I thinking adding something playful and unusual like an old toy from long ago adds warmth to a room.
I also have some other items I always look out for when shopping second hand, stools, art, frames, and craft supplies. I am always buying those grab bags full of arts and crafts for a couple of dollars. Sometimes I will come across vintage mohair yarns that are hard to find. My husband has his favorites too, like cast iron pots, kitchen gadgets, camping gear, books, and well made clothes. My daughter loves books, and clothes. My son was never into second hand shopping but now he is getting more involved in vintage clothes like cashmere sweaters and coats. He is also always on the hunt for old watches and clocks.What are some of your favorite items to buy when second hand shopping? Happy second hand shopping everyone.