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!

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.

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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  1. Wooden rakes and pitchforks I use for hat racks & such; ladder I store textiles on, a fireman shaving box w mirror for my medicine cabinet. I collect seaglass in big apothecary jars. Love enamel pieces and galvanized pieces, tray for planning display, to old galv washers for icing wine at parties. Love new ideas!! Thank you!!

  2. Thrilled to see a proliferation of sustainable and, in my opinion, good taste across North America. I have many of the things you have shown today and previously which I mostly inherited or picked up at thrift, yard and church sales. Trying to edit collection now but it’s oh so painful. The quality and character of each item makes it’s own strong argument to stay.

  3. 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!!