6 tricks you need to know to shop for vintage furniture like a pro
Love shopping for vintage furniture? It's a fun way to spend time, and an easy way to be more sustainable at home.
But there's so much more to shopping for vintage pieces than just sourcing sustainable furniture from a local store.
So we asked the expert: Olive Ateliers' Kendall Knox. She shared her expert insights on how to buy vintage furniture the right way, and how decorating with antiques can give your home an added level of character.
What do you think is the most important thing to look for when shopping for vintage decor?
'Let the object choose you,' says Kendall. 'The beauty of vintage decor is there’s no "trend" to abide by, it’s about being drawn to the object because it is authentically unique and piques a curiosity in you, versus following a rule or style you’re expected to follow.'
How can shoppers be sure the items they are interested in are authentic and not a reproduction?
'Always ask the source or vendor for the history of the object. When we import our objects, we require a certificate of antiquity which specifies whether the object is antique, vintage, or a reproduction piece.
'We transparently share that information with our community, and marry this transparency with our fair pricing model, valuing the object based on the age, material and from where the object is sourced, without any inflated markups.'
What tips do you have for mixing vintage and modern pieces?
'Whenever we choose to mix old with new (‘newstalgia’, as we call it), we tend to stick to natural fabrics and materials to ensure a somewhat sustainable, natural approach.'
Where do you suggest newcomers go when they start shopping for vintage decor?
'Prior to sourcing and importing our own vintage wares, we were (and still are) huge fans of the hunt for one-of-a-kind objects by way of local flea markets.
'Another great resource is Etsy, a marketplace filled with collected and often handmade art and decor.
'Pro tip is to be in touch with the vendor prior to purchase to check the shipping costs. Finding the perfect piece often comes with hurdles, and shipping and handling costs can certainly be one of them.'
Are there any vintage stores you enjoy shopping at?
'We love the curation at Big Daddy’s Antiques in Culver City, Urban Americana in Long Beach, The Hunt, our neighbors in the Arts District of Los Angeles, and Galerie Provenance in West Hollywood.
'And although not local to Los Angeles, we love cheering on family run vintage curators like @thecottonshed and @eastendsalvage who both offer a beautiful assortment of french country, european and american salvaged wares.'
Can you give us some tips on styling vintage pieces?
'For us, texture is a color. Don’t be afraid to lean into mixing textures in a space. Let the light in, the more natural, abundant light, the more your vintage object will shine.'