I’ve lost count as to how many times I’ve heard “everything old is new again,” when it comes to everything – fashion, music, and everything in between. The popularity of the classic design aesthetic waned over the past few years, but it’s making a comeback, particularly amongst young people.
There’s actually a term for the young people who decorate in this style. They’re called “Grandmillenials,” a portmanteau of “grandmother” because of the aesthetic, and “millennial,” because of the age of the people who are really into it – mostly people in their late 20s and early 30s.
People are finding interior design inspo in Grandma’s attic. Younger people, in particular, may be turning away from minimalism and engaging with mixed textures, embellishments and heirloom furniture. Among the treasures you’ll find will be pleated lampshades, ruffled linens (think Laura Ashley!), needlepoint, blue and white ceramics, and a whole lot of chintz.
While I am well past the age of the Grandmillennial, I have surrounded myself with items from my parents’ and grandparents’ homes since I first set up housekeeping nearly 40 years ago. I treasure my English Flow Blue transfer ware, and my born-in-the-U.S.A. Fostoria cut glass, classic Blenko and Pilgrim glass and vintage Fiesta Ware, among larger items, including a couple of rooms of furniture. I find comfort in these things, and feel as if they help me keep our family’s collective memory alive.
I recently set out to explore local antique and resale stores for treasures, and I certainly found them. From antique French ceramics to classic vinyl records, there is an endless supply of collectibles, classics, rarities and things-you-can’t-possibly-live-without, tucked into the never-ending nooks and crannies. of these stores.
Becca Randall, Habitat Restore
From building supplies to furniture, the newly refurbished Habitat ReStore has something for everyone. Among the most practical items you may find anything from an antique sewing machine to bed sheets emblazoned with the initials of Greek letter societies.
This vintage Montgomery Ward sewing machine sits in a wood base and comes with its own carrying case. It dates from the 1940s. Montgomery Ward sewing machines sold from 1872-2001. The average retail price varies widely and is dependent on the age and condition of its components and accessories. Whether or not it’s in working order also makes a big difference.
An array of vintage tools sits under glass at the Habitat Restore. Among them are a measuring tape that rolls up manually, several chisels and wrenches and other handy household items. Some of the most valuable antique tools can be worth hundreds of dollars. There’s also quite the market for them as must-haves in D-I-Y project.
Antique display cabinet
This classic display cabinet, ideal for showing off collections of all sorts, is vintage 1920s. The dark wood, slender legs and wavy glass are all representative of that era, just 100 years ago.
This antiques store, on the corner of Monck and Newcastle streets, has been a part of the Brunswick landscape for decades.
Glass Punch Bowl
The Fostoria Glass Co. was a manufacturer of pressed, blown and hand-molded glassware and tableware. It began operations in 1887 in Fostoria, Ohio. Fuel shortages caused the company to move in 1891 to Moundsville, West Virginia.
After the move to Moundsville, the company achieved a national reputation. Fostoria was considered one of the top producers of elegant glass. It had over 1,000 patterns, including the American that was produced for over 75 years. The company closed permanently in 1988.
The large punch bowl was once an essential part of home entertaining. Fostoria was popular because rather than crystal, cut glass was more durable and more economical, which made it accessible to a broader demographic. It was known as “elegant glass.”
It wasn’t all that long ago that families gathered around the radio in the evening to listen to the news and radio serials before retiring for the night. “Men are very interested in collecting radios,” said Brown’s Antiques owner Brenda Brown.
In the 1930s, Philco, an acronym for Philadelphia Battery Co., an electronics manufacturer with its headquarters in Philadelphia, was a top producer of radios. It’s likely your grandparents listened to their “shows” on a radio similar to this.
Jan Cariker, Low Country Antiques
Grape harvest arm basket
The grape harvest basket is French, and as the name implies, was used for harvesting grapes from the vineyards. Baskets like this were used throughout France, and are now valued for their versatility. They are used in centerpieces, for entertaining and as décor, particularly by fireplaces.
The Samovar is widely used in Russia to boil water for tea, but were popular in other parts of Europe as well. In traditional samovars, water is heated by a vertical tube filled with burning charcoal and running up the middle of the urn. Copper is one of the most popular metals used to make samovars – it’s a great conductor of heat and with good care, lasts for a long time.
One of the most popular antiques to collect currently is the dough bowl. Made of one large piece of wood, these hand-carved pieces are the ultimate in multi-use kitchen, dining and home décor accessories. They can be used for their primary function – raising dough for homemade bread – but they’re also great for holding dried flower arrangements, fresh fruits and veggies, appetizers, charcuterie, and nearly anything else. They come in a variety of sizes.
Tom Lindsay, Old Town Antiques
In a space once occupied by Altman’s, Olde Town Antiques, there are several meticulously kept sections for several of the dealers who once had space in the former Antiques Etc. building.
In Asian décor, the egg is a popular symbol, representing life, fertility and good fortune. Hand-painted porcelain eggs are found in homes throughout the world. The valuable ones can be distinguished by how intricate and finessed their decoration is.
Asian porcelain is timeless, and ginger jar lamps have never waned in popularity. Intricate designs and vibrant colors make them attractive to an array of collectors.
Originally, ginger jars had a practical purpose – storing and transporting spices in ancient China. They were used as containers for salt and oil, but also rare spices, like ginger, which is what led to Westerners referring to them as ginger jars. Their utilitarian purpose has been replaced with a decorative one, and in addition to the jars, they are also popular as bases for lamps.
Matthew Milburn, VICTORIAN PLACE
Collecting vinyl records has become a passion for many people. Whether they’re seeking blues albums from the 1930s or rock ‘n’ roll from the 1970s, the vinyl is out there – it just has to be found. There are several reasons people collect vinyl records – They’re tangible, there are advantages to their physical size (liner notes are easier to read), sometimes there are bonus items, like posters, they have visual appeal, and they have improved sound.
Political buttons have been popular collectibles for as long as I can remember. Most collectors don’t care about party; they collect pins for as many elections as possible.
Player pianos, like this one, contain a pneumatic mechanism that operates the piano via programmed music on perforated paper or metallic rolls. They reached the height of their popularity in 1924, and then declined as phonograph recordings improved and more homes got electricity and could then play radios.