I love antiques. My home is filled with them. I’ll admit that’s partly out of bargain-hunting necessity but mainly because, in many ways, I feel that antiques are better — better construction, better lines, better attention to detail — just better. They have a character, charm and history that new and mass-produced can’t match.
Take this winsome little vase. I discovered her at a rural flea market this spring covered in decades of grime. The milk glass color and classic Greco/Roman shape drew me in while the $1 price tag sealed the deal. Honestly, I didn’t recognize it as an Avon bottle until I’d cleaned her up enough to make out the label.
Want one of your own? Check local antique or thrift stores or online sites like ebay or etsy.com. During a quick check, I found many examples, some still containing bath oil or packaged in their original box.
Ready to hit the antique stores? First, check out Cari Cucksey’s tips for buying and selling antiques and tell us in the comments below: Which antique or vintage items do you collect?