The Old is the New Black

I admit I’m one of those women infatuated with “vintage décor” right now. I find myself visiting flea markets and antique shops every chance I get to find that one-of-a-kind vintage find.I used to not be a fan and not sure where this infatuation with vintage is coming from. Is it because of Chloe Sevigny’s red carpet walks? Anthropologie’s oh-so charming home décor catalogs evoking a French flea market style or are my choices evolving and maturing? I’m not sure. But first do I even know what vintage means?

For wine lovers, it just means an exceptionally fine wine from the crop of a good year. In vintage clothing, wikipedia explains that clothing made before the 1920’s are considered “antique,” those made between 1920 and 1975 is what is considered “vintage,” and those made after 1975 and 20 years ago are “retro.” I think all of us have used these terms interchangeably.

I checked the dictionary for more help, and Webster defines vintage as “excellent” and “best of its kind” (ok, it also means old-fashioned, outmoded and obsolete). Whereas antonyms for the word includes inferior, minor and unimportant.

For me, vintage décor just means rare and unique finds (the Joneses will highly unlikely have) made by true artisans with its intricate make and styles. They are certainly not mass-produced by a factory somewhere.

And so this is why I love vintage décor, it may be old fashioned and outmoded but it is also classic and enduring… much like a little black dress.
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