Who says decorating is only for the inside of your home? Warm weather means a lot more time spent outside, so why wouldn’t you surround yourself with the same style that you love inside by giving it an outdoor twist? It’s easy to give your outdoor decor a vintage vibe with a combination of flea market finds and new vintage style pieces!
Ahh . . . vintage typewriters! These babies can steal your heart in a split second!
Can’t you just picture some long ago writer hunched over one of these yellowed keyboards writing the next great American novel? Or hear the tap, tap, tap of a correspondent on deadline punching out a breaking story that they unceremoniously rip from the typewriter to hand to an office clerk who runs it to the presses in the nick of time for the evening edition!
The great news for you and I is that the stalwart survivors of these scenarios not only retain their original character, but make unique conversation pieces when worked into just about any style of decorating. From rustic cottage to quirky contemporary these vintage treasures may be just the touch you’ve been seeking! What are we waiting for? Let’s start with shopping!
Spring is a time to dream. Thoughts of balmy breezes and slow meanderings through a lush flower garden full of color means rounding up the gardening gear and plant catalogs to map out a plan to make those dreams come true. Since spring also marks the beginning of prime vintage and flea market shopping ahead with a season chock full of outdoor events, it only follows that any rational person would find a way to include some of these favorite found treasures in their planting plans to create the perfect flea market container garden!
It’s happened to all of us. You are out and about doing a little recreational vintage shopping and spy an object that stops you in mid meander. We’re not talking a fleeting glance or passing fancy here! But, rather, a subtle gasp accompanied by an immediate flip flop of the heart while your brain simultaneously starts racing with all the reasons that this is the perfect object to satisfy every life issue that you have ever faced! Okay, maybe not every issue, but you know with all your being that it is a VERY special find!
You turn over the price tag and the age old internal debate begins. Is it really worth the asking price? Could you do better? Is it in the budget? Those pesky questions that are the rational side of your brain endeavoring to recapture your attention in order to bring you back to an emotional state that will enable you to make a wise purchasing decision. It is the eternal dilemma for every flea market and vintage aficionado!
My most recent brush with this dilemma happened when I came upon this pretty little girl while wandering through an antique mall a couple of months before Christmas. My heart did that little flip flop, my breath caught a bit and that’s when it happened–I fell just a little in love with her!