ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SOURCING EQUESTRIAN VINTAGE
Two of my favorite things combine to make the ultimate past-time… searching for horsey-vintage, antique, second-hand items. Of course, here at Rosegrey we are talking about home decor items.
My favorite mode of sourcing vintage is through online platforms…. But if you are a lucky horse-girl/guy that has shops nearby, these tips can help too!
When I think about items that I want to source second-hand/vintage. I think about two things:
SIZE + MATERIALS
- SIZE: It is much easier to source vintage goods via online platforms if they can fit into a flat-rate shipping box. So think smaller household items like dishware, desk accessories, book ends, vases etc.
- MATERIALS: Certain materials age better than others and different materials match different decor theme and trends. For example, brass and marble are incredibly on-trend right now in the home-decor world. Luckily, these are two materials that age beautifully. Here are some listings for proof.
PLATFORMS, PLATFORMS, PLATFORMS
- Etsy - My personal favorite and one many are familiar with already
- Chairish - Good for larger furniture items
- 1st Dibbs - Pricier antique items
- Good Olde Things - Smaller website but curates amazing items
- Everything but the House - Online estate auction, great for finding deals
- Live Auctioneers - Online auction, lots of luxury goods
- Facebook Marketplace - For smaller goods, many people will ship to you!
NAIL THOSE SEARCH TERMS
Armed with your items and materials in mind, it's time to hit the search bar. Most vintage sellers are savvy at listing their items with solid keywords to help people find them. So, don’t be afraid to get specific.
For example: Brass Horse Bookends
CONSISTENCY IS KEY
Searching for the perfect vintage item to complement your home can be time consuming. Keep a list and check back in every so often instead of spending hours in one sitting. This way you will get to see new inventory and see what is out there.
Pro Tip: Automate your search! On many platforms, there is a ‘save search’ function where you can receive emails when items fitting your search come up. I like to route these emails to their own file in gmail so they don’t get lost.
As a bonus for reading to the end of this….
Here are some of my favorite vintage items available right now! (or until you snag them)