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Accidental Vintage Collections- Sometimes the treasures find you!

(Originally penned for the Metrolina Restore Blog…)

Searching for vintage gold is fun and one of the things that seems to happen to most people that I know that love vintage is that they end up with ‘accidental collections’. To clarify, this is when you realize you have at least 3 of something that you didn’t really set out to find, but now it makes a fun display so why not collect it? Or at least display together….

My largest accidental vintage collection is milkglass mugs. Where most people favor sets or pairs, I’ve always liked the singletons. I realized I had a few and hung a rack two years ago with the idea that I’d add them to my “lookout list”. Now I have two full racks and am always contemplating if I need to add a third and fill it! They are colorful, inexpensive, kitschy and easy to find and I love having tons of different ones available to use. (Yes, I use them!)

I have an accidental collection of gold edged kitchen themed plates:

I also have an accidental collection of vintage beehive blenders. I found my first one at a ReStore and was elated….and then I kept running into them everywhere! They were so stylishly swanky and they all worked–still amazing to me when some of them are easily 60 years old.

I even ran into an extra coveted Pyrex cloverleaf glass blender jar… I snatched it up and made a light fixture for my kitchen:

Accidental collections are like a thrifting gift–the stuff finds you for a change, and that makes it extra fun to enjoy! What accidental vintage collections have popped up in your house?




I am and actor and producer on the lookout for midcentury gold while furnishing my 1956 atomic ranch! Happily thrifting my way through life and sharing the info and tips as I go... I am a vintage dealer at Sleepy Poet Antique Mall in Charlotte, NC

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