Hopefully this post doesn’t rub anyone wrong. I only want you all rubbed right. Inappropriate? Probably. Funny? Definitely.
My intentions are not to knock anyone’s décor style. Not at all. I am just incredibly passionate about the contents of this post. There’s your disclaimer. 🙂
Originality is extremely important to me. In my blog posts, the way I decorate my home, how I live my life, in everything. Well, everything except the way I dress. I’m a lousy dresser, so I copy what Miranda Lambert wears. Can’t go wrong there.
I am not anti-reproduction. I mean, I SELL some reproduction décor in my online store! So, obviously, I’m not against it. I have a few reproduction décor pieces that I LOOOOVE!!! However, it is my design opinion that reproduction items should simply serve as supplemental décor. I LOVE HomeGoods and Marshalls as much as the next guy….er….girl. I just don’t want my entire home decorated with reproduction cheap stuff from those stores where the rest of America shops to decorate their homes. I want my house to be original and unique. Be it’s own.
So, how do you make your home original and unique? You shop at antique stores. You shop for authentic vintage and antique décor. Décor that isn’t made anymore. Antique stores aren’t your Grandmas store anymore. Times have changed and todays décor trends and styles are REPLICATING antique and vintage pieces. Wouldn’t you rather have the REAL thing?! I would. I would much much prefer to have the real deal. Unique and authentic pieces make your house stand apart from the rest. And bonus. You’re keeping that old vintage piece alive. Double bonus. You’re supporting small businesses. You know all those booths at antique stores? Those are individual dealers who work day in and day out to salvage those amazing pieces. You’re keeping your money in your local economy when you shop at antique stores. And that friends, is a beautiful thing. Some might argue that you have to spend more to shop at antique stores than you would at Hobby Lobby or HomeGoods. That may be true at times, it isn’t necessarily always the case. I’ve found plenty of great deals that I wouldn’t have been able to beat at a chain store. Authenticity is important enough to me to spend a few extra bucks when necessary.
There are also DOZENS…..no, hundreds…..of small online shops that sell handmade items! These aren’t vintage, but they’re unique and different and fun! And again, supporting small businesses. You can also find some great vintage pieces on Etsy. Or another great shop is House of Hudson. Tiffany has a great variety of vintage and unique items available that will make the perfect statement in your home. You can also check out my online shop. I have a mix of reproduction (supplemental items, ahem) and handmade items. I’m working on incorporating more vintage pieces as well as featuring other small businesses who offer handmade items. Or if you’re local to me (NE Ohio) you can visit my booth at Brother’s Antique Mall.
Be inspired by the big chains, or the professional designers….and then create your own space with your own originality.
Lastly, I’ll touch a bit on the thrill of the hunt. If you’ve never spent an entire Saturday hopping from antique store to antique store you have not LIVED!!! Antique dealers are constantly loading up their booths with new merchandise, so it’s Ever-changing. The hunt for the best deal or most unique piece is absolutely thrilling. And addicting.
If you’re entire home is decorated with reproduction items, and that works for you, then I’m not upset. Quite the contrary. If you love your home and the space you’ve created, then that’s all that really matters. However, if you’re inspired to make your home unique and a little different, then I hope this helped! Google your local shops and set aside an afternoon to hit them up. Break for lunch and a sweet tea. And perhaps a donut. And find me on Instagram so you can tag me in all the good things you find!
I posted some of my favorite finds and what I paid for them….not to boast, but to simply show you that shopping at local shops is affordable and worth it!!