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A few weekends ago, Ken and I took a break from decorating the new dining room to explore a few of our favorite local antique stores. There are still plenty of empty areas we’d love to fill in our home, and rather than buy new, we’re always fans of purchasing something with a bit of history.

Although we ultimately came home empty-handed, there were quite a few stunners we stumbled upon:

Antique Shopping- Erin Loechner

I may not know how to sew, but I can dream, yes?

Art is always a need in our home, and I’m continually switching out new pieces that rest on our art shelf. I fell hard for these vintage ads for dress patterns and sleeve detailing.

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Oh, I would love to name each of these folks. I see a Harry and an Evelyn!

Along the same vein, antiqued photographs make for a really interesting collection in any space. I’ve always loved the idea of displaying photos of people I’ve never met. Call me crazy, but it’s a small reminder that even though our world is big, we’re sort of all connected in some small way.

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Game time!

On a more functional note, antique games always make me smile. In this case, a wooden croquet set caught our eye not only for the perfectly aged condition of the game, but also for the rustic wooden box it came in. Two cool finds in one!

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I feel like I need a child just so I can justify purchasing this toy.

Vintage typewriters are everywhere, but I’ve never seen a kid’s tin version in such a vibrant color as this one. Wouldn’t it be a lovely addition to a children’s room?

Antique Shopping- Erin Loechner

Ken is the chef in our home. What do you say, dear?

I’m no chef, but I’m always hearing they don’t make cast-iron pans quite like they used to. Regardless of the quality, we both loved the idea of displaying a large collection of vintage pans on a bare kitchen wall. The differing shapes and sizes make for such a fun statement.

Antique Shopping- Erin Loechner

Feel like clearing your head? Oh, I love a good pun.

This one’s a bit nutty, but I fell hard for this clear glass head. I’m a sucker for all sorts of busts, and I love the idea of displaying glass baubles inside this one during the holidays. Even Ken (being the Christmas elf he is) had a hard time leaving it behind.

Antique Shopping- Erin Loechner

Still regretting not snagging this pretty pillow.

And, of course, the one that got away: a re-purposed cushion from an old rice sack. I kept envisioning the pattern in our master suite, but the $50 price tag steered us away. Perhaps a textile DIY is in our future?

So there we go — a trip through our favorite antique stores!

What fun finds have you scored lately? Or is there a gem you’re still regretting leaving behind?

Tell me in the comments below.


36 Responses

  1. Terri G says:

    I found a nice dining room table at a thrift store. While checking it out underneath a sticker was on it." Pottery Barn made in Italy!" Beautiful solid wood table needs a little refinishing. 75.00 !! I love thrifting!!:D

  2. Dawn says:

    I would have to say, I have 2 but one I found at a garage sale – which was my $10 desk at least so I thought come to find out when I tried to load it that it had an antique sewing machine from the late 1800s made out of cast iron. My second one was a find really, I was leaving work to go grab lunch when I saw a chair lying on the side of the road, stopped and picked it up. Had some minor scratches and had to fix a couple of the straps underneath the seat but it was free! Found out later that it was an antique chair. Now those were a couple of my favorite bargins. :)

  3. erin loechner says:

    omg you guys are pro antiquers!!! i love hearing about your amazing finds! :)

  4. pibarrington says:

    I have so many things I've collected since 1990 when I visited New England for the very first time! Amazing silver spoons, a silver clam shell purse (from my trip to Hawaii), and most recently here in SoCali, a pristine cigarette box for under $3! I also found incredible antique door handles made for a castle for under $25,00! I wish we could post pics here too leslie!

  5. kat says:

    I'm addicted!! Love, Love to shop thrift stores!! Most recent great find were a pair of 31" Stiffel lamps looks like brushed nickel . They were $9.99 each and they were on a half off day so for about $10.00 I got them even though the bottom of one of them needed the weight inside glued back into place which was totally easy and worth it! They're beautiful! Thanks,Kat

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