People buy vintage and antique items for all sorts of reasons. Some have lovely collections of vintage perfume bottles, for example. Others love the hunt for rare and exquisite music boxes.
But there’s another very good reason to buy vintage – sustainability.
Buying vintage puts “reduce, reuse and recycle” into action.
Incorporating vintage and antique items into our lifestyle addresses the three major elements of sustainable practices.
– When we decorate with vintage furniture, we’ve reduced our dependence upon new-cut wood.
– When we utilize antique buttons and other “found objects” in crafts and repairs, we’re practicing reuse.
Vintage buttons – Photo courtesy of Crimson Vintique, Etsy
– Because vintage items often retain their value, we can resell (or recycle) them instead of throwing them away.
Buying antiques isn’t always more expensive than new.
Compare the prices from a good furniture store to prices with those of your neighborhood antique shop, and you may be pleasantly surprised.
That Mid Century armoire’s price tag of $425 may be far less than the new one – and it will probably be better made, as well. Most antique furniture uses drawer dovetailing instead of cheap glue – and the backings are often real wood instead of particleboard.
Photo courtesy of LilahV, Etsy
Vintage and antique items are meant to last for generations.
Unlike new things, which are enjoyed today and in the trash tomorrow, one-of-a-kind antiques, like these lovely vintage etched wine glasses, are valued for their staying power.
Photo courtesy Amelie’s Farmhouse, Etsy
They’ve already been passed on to at least one generation, and there’s no reason why they can’t brighten the lives of the next as well.
Next time you want to purchase something lovely for your home, consider vintage or antique. You’ll be helping yourself to a part of the past – and helping to save the planet for the future!