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Top Vintage Home Decor Trends for 2016

Aug 26, 2016

by Diana Keeler handmade and vintage goods

As the fall flea market season kicks into gear, we asked the people who know best — founders and vendors at a few of our favorites — to give us the low-down on the most on-trend pieces in vintage home decor. Here’s what they had to say.

1. Medical and industrial furniture

“A steel cart from high school can make an appearance as a bar cart, an entertainment stand, or a kids’ bookshelf. A repurposed dental cabinet becomes a dresser in a city studio. Those letterboards that showed movie times, Sunday sermons, and menus now offer a place for favorite quotes, birthday highlights and … menus.” — Jennifer Bradley-Morris of The Ardent Forager, a regular vendor at the Phoenicia Flea

Search terms to try: industrial decor, medical cabinet, industrial cabinet, vintage signs
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2. Floral prints and tapestry fabric

“Think Mario Buatta 2.0, in fun, mod colors, on couches and chairs, or in blown-up single flowers.” — Sally Schwartz, owner and executive producer of the Randolph Street Market in Chicago

Search terms to try: chintz, florals, tapestry, botanical
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3. Classic sporting goods

“As people yearn for a simpler life, they’re filling their home spaces with analog forms of leisure, like a weathered pair of canoe paddles — especially if they’re painted with this season’s colors. A beat-up golf bag filled with hickory shaft drivers fills an awkward corner. A few leather heavy bags hang from the ceiling, creating an interesting room divider.” — Jennifer Bradley-Morris

Search terms to try: vintage sporting goods, tennis rackets, snowshoes, croquet mallets, canoe paddles, wooden skis
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4. Brass collectibles

“For some, it’s the start of a brass pineapple collection — for others it’s a jewelry box, ashtray or candle holder that fits almost any popular home design aesthetic: boho, minimalist or the clean lines of today.” — Valorie Wallace of the Portland Flea

Search terms to try: brass figurine, brass barware, hollywood regency, mcm
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5. Blue Danube china dinnerware

“I think of my grandparents and the time before paper plates — nothing is more reminiscent than serving fresh strawberries and cream in Blue Danube dinnerware.” — Sally Schwartz

Search terms to try: Blue Danube, chinoiserieblueware, flow blue
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6. Camping and cabin gear

“The demand for flags, antlers, and wool blankets just keeps growing. I’m seeing that also branch out into steel ice chests, old L.L. Bean boots and chamois shirts, classic American-made picnic baskets (and bike baskets), and pocket knives. Look out for any of the American heritage brands: Filson, Red Wing, old Eddie Bauer, and Orvis. Oh, and just about anything that’ll hold fire wood: galvanized olive buckets, orchard baskets, steel trash cans, heavy brass or copper bowls, and pickle crocks.” — Jennifer Bradley-Morris

Search Terms to Try: Hudson Bay, Pendleton, rustic, camp, lodge decor
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7. Barware and bar carts

“All of my barware has been found at our show. I even scored a Hollywood Regency bar cart for under $100 that has carved porcelain roses — plus, the dealer threw in vintage bottles. Serving trays in lucite and silver are easy to find. A vintage ice bucket is a must for your bubbly. Vintage cocktail shakers and glassware from the ’50s are popular at our show, with many dealers specializing in these collectibles that will have you toasting during the holiday season.” — Sandra Michaan, Show Producer, Alameda Point Antiques Faire

Search Terms to Try: barware, bar carts, hollywood regency, midcentury modern, mcm
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1 Featured Comment

  • SouvenirAndSalvage

    Mary Jo and Rachael from SouvenirAndSalvage said 5 years ago Featured

    We couldn't agree more with these selections! The brass figures have been growing in popularity for a while, as have the camping gear and medical equipment. We've found that many businesses like to uses these themes to decorate a new store, restaurant or boutique in authentic items, but keeping with a laid back feel. Also deserving to be on the list is anything from the 1980's as nostalgia for that era is skyrocketing!


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