Vintage Shopping Online

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One of my favorite places to check out for inspiration (the items are way too expensive to purchase) is 1stdibs. They have antique dealers from around the world posting their best items, and they have a great portfolio feature on this site. If you create an account you can save any item you like and basically create an online scrapbook of your favorite pieces. Even when the items sell, they’ll stay in your portfolio, giving you a great inspiration board whenever you need it.

I frequently use 1stdibs to find ideas for things I can recreate. I never would have thought to frame vintage music sheets, but these look really chic. 1st dibs sells these two framed sheets for $2400! I found some great looking vintage music sheets on ebay for 5.99, and even with the cost of framing you’d be saving way over two grand for a very similar look.

These Regency style gold chairs are so Hollywood Glam! I have yet to teach myself how to reupholster chairs, (It’s on my 2009 to-do list) and I think recreating these chairs would be the perfect starting project.

I always find vintage globes to be quite striking. I have a light up globe from the 40’s at home, and this vintage globe is just as wonderful. While again a little pricey, a great vintage globe at a fair price is not that hard to find at all.

1st dibs is also great for finding items you didn’t even know existed, like this antique hot air balloon chandelier.  If I’m ever an eccentric millionare, it’s going in my entry way!

Also shown: Eames Time Life Chair, Nick Taggart: Cityscape 1980, Opaline Vases, Bronze Horse Sculptures, Large Disco Ball, and French Vintage Brass Carts.


This Hermes-orange lacquered sideboard is absolutely stunning. The $50,000 price tag is even more shocking, but I can calm my sticker shock knowing that I could take a classic lined vintage sideboard and create a very similar look with the right orange paint and lacquer. I love refinishing vintage pieces and I never gave the color orange much thought in my paint selection, but after seeing this piece it’s going to the top of my list!

And while I’m on the topic of great paint colors, I couldn’t help but appreciate the combination of vibrant mustard yellow and charcoal grey on these great vintage chairs. Another look to steal!

I’m kind of obsessed with vintage lighting, and while my apartment came complete with 1920’s chandeliers and sconces, I still find myself lusting after gorgeous light fixtures from the 60’s and pretty much every other era. These aluminum pendant lights are phenomenal and this orange sphere light from the 70’s is strangely alluring as well.

Finally, I fell in love with this old flight map from the Dutch Airline KLM. Again, the price ($4,500) is a little ridiculous, but a quick search on ebay found lots of vintage flight maps well under $20.

Also shown: Audrey Hepburn Portrait, Steel Curtain Sculpture, Turquoise Porcelain Jar Lamps, Art Deco Bar

If you have any other sites you frequent for vintage inspiration please let me know!


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    Maggie 01/02/2009 at 6:02 pm #

    Awesome finds, Liz, as usual!

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    Susan 01/02/2009 at 6:30 pm #


    I might fight you over that hot air balloon fixture (that is, once we both become eccentric millionaires…)

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    lucie beluga 01/04/2009 at 3:07 am #

    girls this is gonna get dirty as I plan to bring that balloon chandelier back to France ^^ Where’s the mud arena? ….. silly me I forgot I’m not filthy rich yet v_v’

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    Madalynn 01/04/2009 at 3:17 pm #

    Amazing finds!
    I love the orange sideboard and framed sheet music. Gave me wonderful inspiration!!

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