My Newest Vintage Finds

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted about my recent vintage finds. That’s because I haven’t been able to visit my favorite antique stores much this year. During the past couple of months, however, I was able to hit up a handful of them, so I thought you might enjoy seeing what I found.

I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, but it was so nice to get out and hunt. (Safely of course. Wearing a mask and social distancing was a must for me.) During those few trips, I was able to pick up a handful of little treasures that I’m already using or have plans to use down the road.

Let me show you my finds!

My Latest Vintage Finds

Vintage Orchard Ladder

This might be my favorite item. It’s an old orchard ladder. I’m not sure if it would have been used for picking apples, cherries, both, or something else. That doesn’t matter to me, though, because it looks fabulous tucked into the corner of my bedroom.

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I always thought that that corner needed something, and this little ladder is perfect. Not only does it have great lines, but its character hints at its history.

You can see more of my Master Bedroom HERE. I redecorated it in 2019 as part of the One Room Challenge.

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Brass Horn

I was so excited to find this brass horn because it checks so many boxes on my “things-I-love-about-antiques list”:

  • It’s brass. Many of you know I LOVE brass.
  • It’s whimsical. I’m a big fan of having something unexpected in a space or vignette.
  • I wasn’t looking for it and had no idea that something like this existed.

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I don’t have the brass horn officially styled anywhere, but I’m thinking it will make an interesting accent piece on a bookcase or coffee table.

 

Pie Plates

Last winter when I was planning to make my favorite pie recipe to share with all of you, I had trouble locating a smallish glass pie plate. I discovered that all of the (newer) glass pie plates I owned were just too big.

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I remembered that problem when I spotted some vintage pie plates while antiquing. I bought a few of them so now I’ll have a smaller pie pan when I need one! (In case you have a hankering for pie, you can find lots of my favorite pie recipes HERE.)

 

Wood Arched Mirror

I wasn’t looking for a new mirror for my entryway, but when I spotted this one, I knew it had to come home with me. Even the shop owner said, “That looks like you!” (She’s familiar with the blog and has a sense of my style.)

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Previously, I had a mirror that I’d picked up at Target because I needed something. While it served its purpose, I was never in love with it in the space. This new-old mirror is a better fit, and it better suits my aesthetic.

(I should also mention, the custom cabinetry I had planned for my entryway was installed last week! Stay tuned to see how it looks.)

 

Vintage Enamelware Storage

Every once in a while a particular vintage item sparks a mini obsession. My latest love is vintage enamelware lidded containers. I’ve had storage on the brain lately, and when I think about containing all my miscellaneous “stuff,” I’d prefer to use cool vintage pieces rather than plastic containers.

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Yes, it will likely take more time to find the enamelware. and it probably won’t look as pristine or match as nicely as modern storage pieces would, but my vintage-loving heart takes joy in all of the “treasures” the enamelware containers have likely held throughout their years.

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Right now, I’m using these smaller pieces of enamelware to corral some of my art supplies. They’ve been working wonderfully!

 

Vintage Tin Collection

Do you remember the vintage wall cabinet I found last year and filled with Christmas ribbons? (That is still one of my favorite things! You can see it HERE in case you missed it.) Well, once Christmas had passed, I packed away all the ribbons and wasn’t sure how to fill that little cabinet.

I had some vintage tins on hand, so I decided to start there. Since then I’ve been picking up a tin here and there when I find one that sparks my interest. Slowly, I’ve been filling up the cabinet, and it’s starting to look pretty good.

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For whatever reason, it’s not my favorite collection, but I think it works until I hit upon the next thing I “must collect.” This “coffee” tin is my latest find. I love how it brightens up the collection of vintage tins.

 

Bird Salt and Pepper Shakers

Have you ever been over at your great-aunt’s house and wondered how or why she has this large collection of salt and pepper shakers? Well, I can tell you: You get one set because it’s cute and fits your display perfectly. Then you need a different set for Christmas. Then you think you should probably change things up for spring. Then you need a new set for late summer. And then all of a sudden you realize you have five different sets of specialty salt and pepper shakers. Now you know!

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All of that is to say that I found another pair of salt and pepper shakers, and they are adorable. The sweet little birds have big doe eyes, so, of course, I couldn’t resist them. And apparently, now I’m a vintage salt and pepper shaker collector … but I’m just fine with that.

 

That’s it!

I did find a few other goodies, but the ones I’ve shared here are my faves. I hope you enjoyed seeing what I found and picked up an idea or two for your home.

Also, if you’re local to Pittsburgh, or visiting the area, I’ve put together a list of my favorite antique stores. You can find that HERE.

Have you done any antiquing or thrifting lately? If so, what were your best vintage finds? Please let us know in the comments below.

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  • Mary at

    Love your “new” pieces, Michael-love when you go treasuring!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you, Mary!

      xo Michael

  • Tracey (From KY) at

    You always find the cutest things! Love when you go shopping for vintage items.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you!! I love it too. It’s one of my favorite hobbies.

      xo Michael

  • Linda Strickler at

    Thank you so very much for these good leads. Do far I have visited Diamond Antiques and Garden style living,like 3 times. I have found some very interesting peices.

  • Becky at

    I just love these posts!! You always inspire me to look for different things, and use what I already have in different ways. Great finds! That enamelware is lovely.

  • KimS at

    I love how the wood of the ladder ties in to your dresser. The mirror in the hall seems perfect in every way! And I really like your tin display….you’re right, the coffee tin adds a lot! Great finds!!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much!!

      xo Michael

  • Marilyn at

    I couldn’t help but think when you get tired of your tins, you could put your salt and pepper shaker collection in there. Just a thought!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      That is SUCH a great idea! Making them a storage space is so smart!!

      xo Michael

  • Tracey at

    Great finds! I went hunting on Friday and came back with a vintage set of coffee mugs that were perfect. I love the thrill of the hunt, and you found some awesome treasures!

  • Nancy Burke at

    I’m envisioning that horn tied up with a festive bow hanging from a Charlie Brown tree or wall hook during the holidays! And although my mind sees a million different ways I would like to style that ladder, I love the statement it makes here as a unadorned utilitarian piece- just so striking and beautiful in its simplicity! To cover it with a blanket or throw would be a shame. I have yet to find a ladder as perfect as this one, but I’m always inspired by your blog to continue the hunt for my own fabulous vintage pieces. Thanks for providing inspiration once again!

  • Landrie at

    What great finds! I am itching to visit the antique stores in my area. You never fail to inspire!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much! And I hear you, I wish I could go more, but I try to limit my trips these days.

      xo Michael

  • jenw at

    I literally gasped out loud when I scrolled to the pic of your new enamelware containers. LOL! Those are right up my alley. I’ve seen refrigerator sets that are clear and opaque glass, but not enamelware. Nice find!

  • Mary Keebler at

    You have such a great eye — and a big heart, Michael! Thank you for sharing my shop and the other great local shops here….It’s so appreciated. And yes! The mirror is so you and absolutely excellent in your entry!! The wood tones actually matches your banister wood tone…perfect:)

  • Shawn at

    Two things: 1. I am in love with your orchard ladder! And 2. We had one of those brass horns when we were first married 40+ years ago.

  • David Beagin at

    You are THE BEST at what you do! I LOVE every one of your blog posts. I find so much inspiration in each one. Thank you!

  • Lori at

    What an inspiring post. I love your art supplies in the enamelware. What a good idea. Everything you found was perfect.

    I hadn’t been antique shopping in a long time but stopped in a neat store in Greensboro Ga. on the way to Tenn. Found a dachshund statue for a garden which found a place by my front door. (I have three dachshund’s) so he’s perfect. Also visited several nice stores in Micanopy FL. It’s always exciting to find old treasures.

    Thanks for all you do.

  • Melissa Kramer at

    Ah! Love that mirror!

  • Sheri Summer Kohl at

    Love the tins in the cabinet. Such a great idea. I may have to start my own collection now!

  • Beth at

    Love all your finds at the antique shops. I live in Lancaster County and we have a tremendous amount of wonderful antique shops and flea markets. I have a treasured set of salt & pepper shakers that I bought at my grandmothers sale. I loved them as a child and was so thankful I was able to buy them at her sale. Love your blogs! You have the best taste in decorating and recipes. Keep up the great blogs!!

  • Debra at

    Fantastic ladder! So handsome in that spot. I collect tins too, particularly those with special personal connections to my past.

  • Karen at

    I too love enamelware and use it frequently. It is extremely hard to find lids. Bravo to you!

  • Dawn at

    All of your vintage finds are so perfect for your lovely home! I especially love the ladder! Thank you for sharing your new pieces! Have a blessed weekend!

  • Nancy at

    Awesome finds! Love the ladder.

  • Ginnie at

    Oh Michael, I love the ladder. I found an old bunk bed ladder that someone threw out in the garbage (at least 10 years ago) and of course I picked it up. I have it leaning in the guest bedroom with a couple of chenille throws on it. Everyone that sees it loves it too. Yours is even better!!

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