VINTAGE, VINTAGE FIND FRIDAY

Vintage Find Friday: Lamps

A vintage pair of lamps can dramatically change your decor for the better, whether at home or at the office.  Vintage lamps also mesh well with most styles of decor from traditional to modern – yes, even better than that great find at Ikea.  You can find beautiful and immaculate vintage lamps at most vintage stores, but you can score some beauties in thrift stores and on eBay that will require some TLC as long as you are persistent in your search.  I’ve included some picks that only require your credit card in hand and some pretty lampshades.  However, you should definitely look into your local thrift store for some finds (I will be posting a DIY on how to refurbish discolored brass and some other enhancement tricks from taking your vintage to glam – stay tuned).  Here are three styles that are guaranteed to take your space from drab to fab.   

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The Cocktail Ring

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Every fab hostess needs a matching fab cocktail ring to complete her look.  A vintage cocktail ring is that much more important to have.  Not only for the unique quality, but vintage pieces always  have an authentic ornate design that cannot be duplicated by modern designs.  Plus, they tend to run a tad cheaper than on-trend cocktail rings.  Unique and cheaper? Yes and Yes! My love for cocktail rings came from my Mother and Grandmother who had a gorgeous collection until my sister and I went through them.  I loved that each ring has a history behind it – my Mom remembers exactly when she bought the ring, which vintage store she found it, and all of the fund stories that were told to her when she bought the rings from the reseller. I love a good story, especially when shopping! Here are some options to help you get started on your hunt for the perfect cocktail ring:
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Vintage Find Friday: Champagne Coupe

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I love hosting all types of parties, from brunch and BBQs, to fancy dinners and cocktail soirees.   The most versatile piece that I have in my go-to party kit are my vintage champagne coupes.  I use them for a fabulous glass of bubbly (of course), dessert saucers, and candy dishes.  Plus, they look so much better than the average champagne flute! And just because you buy vintage, doesn’t mean you have to stick with etched crystal ware – you can find handsome modern coupes here, which feature a squared design and silver rim.  If you love whimsical and vintage, you will love these bright hued coupes. And finally, for you sophisticated and classic ladies, these do feature a beautiful etched design.  
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Vintage Find Friday – Statement Belt

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I have been asked by many readers on what item they should splurge if they are strapped for cash, but want a unique vintage item.  My answer: a statement belt! You all know that I add a belt to almost every outfit I wear as it changes the entire look for the better. A vintage belt is a great investment piece since you can mix and match a belt with so many outfits, and it is generally a more affordable vintage couture item.  Start with a belt and then build your vintage wardrobe around the pieces you will wear for the long-term.  I’ve included some of my favorite vintage designer belts to help you get started!

1. Vintage Hermes Belt {$780} – The simple gold buckle is perfect for work, yet the red leather adds that extra pop for you fashionistas! 
2. Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Belt – This tassel belt is party, fun, flirty and is the perfect addition to a full romper, maxi dress, or sleek suit – think Rachel Zoe!
3. Vintage Chanel Medallion Gold Belt {$399} – This chain belt is one of the most classic Chanel pieces you could invest in. Plus, the belt doubles as a necklace!
4. Vintage Gucci Belt {$80} – This is the wardrobe staple piece. It’s simple, chic, and timeless. 

Please note that Malleries guarantees authenticity on all items, but please check other websites for this guarantee before purchasing!

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Vintage Find Friday


This weeks fab vintage find is a mirrored tray. You can find an oval or rectangular mirrored tray at almost any thrift store or flea market (for under $25).  This is a must-have item for every woman because of all the uses you can get out of this item.  So whether you love all things romantic and dainty, modern and chic, or just vintage and rustic, the mirrored tray has you covered.  If you can’t make it to the flea market or don’t want to dig through the piles at the local thrift store, then jump on over to Society Social and order online. 

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Vintage Find Friday

My love for vintage does not stop at apparel; it includes everything from furniture  decor, movies, artwork, and books.  I love the quality craftsmanship and uniqueness of vintage items , especially when it comes to decorating my home.  Since BF and I started house hunting (for a mid-century modern home, of course) I have been looking for items that would fit into our aesthetic, but also comfortable pieces that we can actually use.  I’m always finding fabulous items at great prices and my friends always ask me to shop around for them.  This inspired me to start a new blog post called Vintage Find Friday, where I will share unique, fabulous, (and mostly affordable) vintage finds including furniture  decor, artwork, and beyond. 
My first pick is a bar cart which is all the rage these days with major retailers like Crate & Barrel offering a vintage-esque version for $600.  Bar carts are a great investment since they are so versatile and can be used for a variety of purposes such as serving tray, side table, console, and yes a mobile bar.  Since bar carts run about $600+, I prefer putting that money toward an authentic vintage one like this early 20th century 3-tier bar cart.  I say jump on this trend and host a Scotch tasting part with friends and enjoy!

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