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Friday, November 8, 2013

Start a movement! Buy Vintage for Christmas!

Why is it that many of us, even though we love vintage and re-purposed style  don't  entertain the idea of shopping vintage for Christmas giving? You can’t be the only cool person in your family that would appreciate that kind of love!

Want some reasons to shop vintage/re-purposed  for Christmas?

1. It’s economical. You can find a very nice item at a considerable cost savings. Probably better than anything you can ever find that’s pumped out by mega manufacturers. And if you can get your whole family or circle of friends on board, it sort of takes the pressure off . AND it eliminates those boring gift cards!

2. You get to hunt for just the right thing! It’s fun! Believe me, when you think of the recipient and their needs/wants/personalities, you can browse early and often for the perfect giftie. Uncovering treasure for someone is bonus fun for the treasure-hunter!

 Imagine starting someone off with a collection of vintage ornaments that you've discovered over the summer.

    Or finding a group of 60's paint by numbers for a trendy artist.

    A gathered collection of barware on a old tray.

 A pre-loved plaid skirt or a snazzy little bag that screams retro style.

 maybe charming pillow made by someone else’s grandmother, but will remind them of their own        grandmother. 

Be open to all of the possibilities…all of that stuff is out there and available to those who are willing to look. And to be honest with you, a gift is so much more appreciated when you know someone really did have YOU in mind while they were digging through old stuff!

3. You get to avoid the malls and know that you are not contributing to that crazed need for more and more and MORE. 
How much nicer to support a local vintage shop, who typically supports a local charity and believes in the value of recycling and re-purposing. Most of these local business owners are thrilled and excited to share the story of that piece of furniture or re-styled lamp over a warm beverage and homemade snack at the shop, making the whole personal shopping experience that much more special. I know that Yvonne and I are always willing to help you with your search for the perfect gift…even if I don’t happen to have it in inventory at that moment. Believe me, it's just as exciting for us as it is for you!

4. Giving a vintage gift gives you the opportunity to share some history and tell a story. 
A re-styled bag made from up-cycled clothes or a table made from re-cycled materials could be the inspiration for a new hobby.

A box of old jewelry becomes an endless source of DIY style. I am always proud to wear someone's old jewelry. It makes a statement! It's fun to play with and arrange in the most creative ways. I have a collection of vintage rhinestone pins that I love to wear. They are different, they have a history. 

A collection of old maps tells the stories of its owners’ travels, and gives the recipient the chance to add to that same collection…creating a history of their own vacations and memories.

Vintage game boards can be played AND displayed….imagine the fun of teaching someone how to play a good old fashioned game of dominoes or Chinese checkers?

5. You’re helping to educate the savvy consumers of the future.Even though kids can still receive the latest/greatest/newest, it is the upcycled/repurposed/pre-loved pieces that they learn the most from and appreciate in the years to come.

Curate a collection of something that they can research and hunt for,

a very simple old microscope

A wonderful box of dress up treasures for a little girl,
...little embroidered linens with real china tea cups for their tea parties.

 Or how about a set of old books that you once enjoyed, now shared with a young reader who would love to get to know Laura Ingalls Wilder, Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys?

You have an opportunity...a responsibility to help children understand  that some things end up just as valuable and important years later and to teach them why we need to be stewards of those treasures.

6. Haven't you heard? Vintage is cool!
To be on the cutting edge sometimes means taking a few steps back. Consider buying vintage or re-purposed  for Christmas and start a movement in your family!

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