(Originally penned for the Habitat Metrolina Restore Blog…)
Mother’s Day is quickly approaching- mark your calendars for Sunday, May 7th! Why not get a little creative and clever this year? Giving vintage is a great way to give a unique gift that shows you put real thought into the person and the item! What does your Mom like to do or how does she like to spend her time? Think about that and start shopping early- looking for something specific is always a bit more challenging when you are shopping vintage. Here are some great vintage gifting ideas to get you started.
1. Does your Mom like to entertain?
ModB Gift Idea: Vintage Linens: tablecloths, placemats, and napkins.
2. Does your Mom enjoy fashion?
ModB Gift Idea : Vintage Jewelry and purses have been making a huge comeback for some time now and can often be found at the ReStores as well as this fab midcentury dish- perfect for storing and display of vintage pins and earrings.
3. Was your Mom’s sweet tea or lemonade the VERY BEST you can remember?
ModB Gift Idea: Spring Pitchers and glasses with a note that hers was always the best….
4.Does your Mom pride herself on baking?
Mod B Gift Idea: Vintage cake stand or pie plate to display her perfect dessert!
5.Does your Mom love to travel or have a favorite vacation spot?
Mod B Gift Idea: Vintage framed postcard or map of favorite travel destinations. (Check inside vintage books for great pics and maps of destinations as well!)
Hopefully this is enough to get your creative juices flowing…what are some of your creative ideas for vintage Mother’s Day Gifts?
(Originally written for the Metrolina Restore Blog 3/13/16…)
The blog sisters of the Habitat Metro Restores made another trip recently to outskirts-this time to the Lincoln County Restore to find treasures! It’s not but about 45ish minutes out of Charlotte….
There was plenty of mod goodness to be found and some surprises!
We started off with this mod aqua and gold barware in several midcentury styles and for only $1 each:
Next, check out this 1960s NIOB wall measure perfect for decorating a child’s room- soooo cute:
And whaaaaat?! This ReStore has clothing! What about this groovy graphic skirt:
There were some fun midcentury games-can you get any more midcentury than bridge?
One to snag before next holiday season when everyone wants them: fantastic glass punch bowl with matching cups:
And check out this adorable chest for a child’s room with such fun graphics- don’t love it TOO much, because it’s SOLD:
We zipped across town to the 2nd Restore in Lincoln County and spied this long, lean, curvy sofa:
And this metal desk straight out of an episode of Mad Men:
And this fab leather rocker- for only $40:
And these are just the a few of the great items in the Lincolnton Restores…
Convinced yet?! You know what we say… “Get outta town!” to find those Restore deals!
(Post originally written for the Metrolina Restore Blog 3/23/16…)
One of my accidental vintage collections is vintage hangers. This is a genre of vintage that I’m not event sure I knew existed until I started running into them at Restores everywhere. There are basic wooden ones that have a nice patina, novelty ones for children’s rooms, branded ones that were often used as giveaways for upper end department stores and dry cleaners, wire pants hangers and tons of other interesting variations. I started picking them up because they were inexpensive and have discovered that they have many creative uses in home décor too!
|Vintage Drycleaner hangers, via tumblr.owenandhunter.co.uk
There are so many interesting unique shapes, why not just use them as wall art?
I love the idea of using them to display vintage books, newspapers and magazines or even favorite prints or children’s art:
And this is a clever DIY: as a towel rack in a bath area complete vintage knobs!
For some more DIY and up cycling ideas for vintage hangers check out my Pinterest board on them here. These hangers can sometimes be picked up for as little as .50- just like these I found on our last ReStore field trip to Lincolnton so start scouting for them!
What uses have you found for vintage hangers? I’d love to see….
(Originally written for the Metrolina Restore Blog…)
Sometimes I buy something for one purpose and then I surprise myself by using it for something else entirely. Does this ever happen to you?
Case in point: this lovely wooden inlaid vintage tie rack. I loved it from the minute I found it for $1 and figured I’d use for organizing somehow, though I wasn’t exactly sure how when I blew the dust off of it at the ReStore.
When I found this rack awhile back, I thought it may be perfect for hanging scarves. I love scarves and have tons of them and I am always trying to think of a cool, unique way to organize them; it made sense and I thought it might make a cool wall display.
Last week I decided I would hang the rack and start organizing some of those crazy scarves. I started my process of moving the tie rack around the walls to see where it might fit and as my eyes landed in a pile of not-so neat costume jewelry necklaces it hit me: this thing would be even more AWESOME for organizing my necklaces!
And voila…I cannot believe I ever considered it for anything else:
It’s perfect for this use, proving sometimes you just need to be flexible in your thinking about how you’ll use and upcycle the treasures you find. But ahhhhh…I still need something to help me out with those scarves…
Vintage beer items are all the rage…and so is vintage beer! Witness the huge embrace in recent years of Pabst Blue Ribbon (or PBR) amongst the younger generations…
Check out this fun episode on Schlitz Beer from Wes Scott (Mr. Mod Bettie) from the new web series, “That Beer Show:
(Guest post for the Metrolina ReStore Blog)
As you move along in your vintage hunt it’s a always a good idea to have a running list of things you know you want to find: a specific piece of mod furniture, some wall art, kitchen or barware for your collection, etc. I like to shop this way– always with a general plan in mind. But when shopping vintage you should also always be open to the appearance of that unexpected special item which you may be able to eventually use for something….even thought you are not quite sure exactly what just yet. It’s an “opportunity buy” and these are usually just too good to pass up!
My Mod Bettie case in point: hairpin legs at the ReStore.
I found this set of four 16 inch hairpin legs at the ReStore on Wendover in Charlotte sometime in late 2012-2013…. (to read more click here)