Vintage homeware ranges from kitchenalia to furniture, from ceramics to toys and fabrics. It comes from anywhere between the early 20th century right up to the 1970s and 1980s. If you're an avid collector of all things chic and even items that could be labelled kitsch, you're already aware of the various trinkets and trophies available. Ultimately vintage homeware is an item used within the home for a specific purpose.
Furniture and fabrics are a well-known form of this kind of decor, mainly because of their use within modern and retro homes of today. Reproductions come a dime a dozen but if you can get your hands on original productions you will find yourself with some promising collectibles. Toys and small objects are a favourite of course. Many collectibles have added value when they come in their original packaging such as board and card games, magazines and indeed all assortment of bric a brac.
Vintage homeware takes us back to a time when there was a certain style with regard to the home and its rooms. The 1920s to 1950s showed this development of style with their use of garish bedroom linens and eccentric bedside lamps. Today we find ourselves inundated with a modernist and even post-modern take on simplicity. We are no longer part of an era that thrives on an extravagant presentation of our home, instead we find ourselves longing for space, white walls, sharp edges, rounded edges and a sense of order.
This style gave the lady of the house the opportunity to decorate her husband's home in a manner befitting the time. Bright colours and outlandish designs mixed with art deco influences become apparent in many of the fabrics of vintage homeware and clothing of the time. Colours became even brighter during the 1960s-80s and designs themselves became far more abstract, moving away from the standard forms of structured art.
Whether you're into collections of kitchenware, old toys from a bygone age, or just hoping to find an old cookbook to bring back to life those forgotten cuisines, you have a plethora of places to search and buy vintage homeware. You should be aware that reproductions of vintage homeware do exist and it would be wise for you to contact the seller directly or note, at least, that they are selling legitimate and authentic vintage homeware. You don't want to find yourself buying a labelled authentic piece of homeware, only to be told by a professional that it was made in 2009.