Vintage collectibles can be a fun and relatively inexpensive way to liven up any room or other space in your home. But with the number and variety of items available, it can be hard to know where to start. Here are a few basic ideas to help you start building a collection that suits both your needs and your tastes.
The first thing to consider is what room or other space will you be housing your vintage collectibles in when you get them. There is a big difference between an item that will look attractive in a living room and one that will look good in a basement lounge. For the former, a piece of vintage furniture like a wooden rocking chair or pair of candlestick lamps can make the room feel homey and welcoming. For the latter, a vintage wall clock from a 50's malt shop or a set of old Coca Cola glasses stacked on a shelf can make the lounge feel relaxing and nostalgic.
But remember that these items will only serve their purpose in the right room. If you put the rocker in the lounge, it is liable to get broken; if you put the wall clock in living room, guests will only stare at how out of place it looks. The main thing to keep in mind is how your vintage collectibles create the appropriate atmosphere in the place you are putting them.
The next thing to consider is whether you want your vintage collectibles to just be there for decoration, or if you want to actually get some use out of them. If, for example, you want to buy a vintage bicycle, you will need to decide whether you want to simply hang it on a wall in your den because it looks nice, or whether you want to try riding it around a bit.
If the former, your chief priority will be finding a vintage bicycle that will suit your tastes and is easy to hang. But if the latter, you will not only need to find a bicycle that will look nice, but one that will not be reduced to a tangle of spokes and gears the first time you take it out for a spin. It is also worth noting that, if you do want to use your vintage item, its value is certainly going to go down.
But if you want to buy the rocking chair mentioned above to rock in and not just to look at, don't let this stop you—get the chair you want and rock like there's no tomorrow.
Finding just the right vintage collectible can be a bit overwhelming for a beginner, but if you keep these points in mind, you can take the first steps toward starting a collection you can be proud of.