When I am out hunting, I never ever leave a porcelain decorative/trinket box behind. I love them. I have them all over my house and use them to hold toothpicks, ponytail holders and thumbtacks. But, my favorite thing to do with them is use them to hold matches and place them next to the candles I have around my house.Read More
The other day I was listing some items in my Etsy store and something hit me like a big-ole ton of bricks. Etsy says anything made before 1999 is considered vintage. It is weird to put this into real context, isn't it? Sure, we all know that Mid Century Modern is vintage. We see a Lava Lamp in our parent's addict from the 70's and think "yeah, that's vintage."
But, ya'll. Vintage is so much more recent than you think. (Hello...did you see that Caboodles are "back." How can that be "back?" I am pretty sure I still have one tucked away in my parents house somewhere.)
So, while I do disagree with what Etsy deems as "vintage" I thought it would be helpful to define some of these terms. Most of these definitions will depend on the source but this is how I generally define items I find.
What does Retro mean?
I would call "Retro" anything that is in 20 to 30 years old. This is where you will see some disagreement between where vintage begins and retro ends.
What does Vintage mean?
I would call "Vintage" anything that is 30 to 100 years old. In addition, some folks say for it to technically be considered vintage, it has to be a symbol or representation of a style of that period.
What does Antique mean?
I would call "Antique" anything that is 100 years old or older. Again, I had another moment of "oh my God, it is almost 2020" when I talked about this George Washington reproduction print I found recently. Without thinking, I would have called it "vintage" but it's pretty much on the verge of "antique."
Anyone else feel like they need a drink now or is it just me?
Vintage magazine racks are one of my favorite things to pick up when I am out on the hunt. I use them all over my house and thought I'd share how. Obviously, they're great for magazines and newspapers but here are some of the other ways I put them to use.
I use the ones that aren't in the best condition under our sinks to hold cleaning supplies. It makes it so much easier to tote the supplies around the house when I'm cleaning.
The beautiful ones I love to put on display. I have a bit of a tote bag problem and have way too many of them. (They are a necessity for flea markets.) I have a vintage magazine rack next to my nightstand that I tuck my tote bags into. It makes such easy access to grab one to fill up for dry cleaning runs or trips to the pool.
I also tuck one next to the bathtub to keep some of Grayson's toys organized. Since they're open I don't have to worry about the toys not drying and it's much prettier to look at than some of the plastic baskets you see at stores.
Here are a few other ideas:
1) Put them on the back of the toilet to store extra rolls of toilet paper.
2) Another great use is for toys and coloring book storage!
3) I use one to keep all of my shipping supplies organized for the Etsy shop.
4) I also use one to hold and keep file folders organized.
5) How great would one be as a caddy for Paper Plates, Cups and Utensils for a BBQ!
I'd love to know how you use them in your house! And check out my Etsy shop for the magazine rack featured in the first picture!
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