When I was in my twenties, I had no interest in antiques. They seemed expensive, but interesting. I would go to antique stores thinking I would find some cheap furniture to use in my apartment while finishing my college education. I wanted something unique with character. Something no one else had. Unfortunately, I found out that "antique" furniture was usually more expensive than "new" furniture.
Several years later, after I finished college, I moved to rural Oklahoma to live. It was there that I discovered "estate" sales, and my opinion of "antiques" took on a new view. Estate sales were like walking into a unique view of history as seen through the eyes of one person, or family. I found many things I had wanted as a child, and many things that were just gorgeous and unavailable today. Thus began my collecting career. It was not much of a leap from collecting, to selling on Ebay. Things accumulate, and you have to make way for the new odd item.
Over the years, I have found that people collect/buy vintage to:
- Save money.
- Find the unique item.
- To get in touch with a period of history they like.
- To acquire a desirable item no longer available on the retail market.
- As an investment.
- For creative decorating.
- To complete a collection.
- Because it is great to own something a famous person owned, or touched.
There are probably many more reasons to buy vintage, but these are the ones I see the most. Do you have your own reasons for buying, or not buying, vintage?