Vintage: Just Like a Day at the Spa!


I ran across this little article & video on MSN this morning and just had to share!  OF COURSE nothing beats a day at the spa, but it is kind of funny to think shopping for vintage decor could possibly have a similar calming effect!

“When the economy tanked, the vintage trend really took off. And it wasn’t just because secondhand stuff is cheaper. NBC News reports that new research forthcoming in the Journal of Consumer Psychology finds that the appeal of vintage isn’t just aesthetic or financial — it’s psychological, as well. The researchers say we find vintage goods reassuring when facing an uncertain future. Because vintage items are from another era, they make us think of the past. When we incorporate them into our homes and our lives, we bring them into the present and, implicitly, into the future– based on the assumption that they’ll continue to be used. The researchers found that handling or even thinking about owning a vintage item put people in this frame of mind. The researchers say this frame of mind is calming and gets us to turn away from a “threat condition” mindset.”  See the full video here.

With all the vintage shopping I do, I should be cool as a cucumber!  What about you? Do you think there is truth to this study?  If you feel like testing it out, make a stop at The Pursuing Vintage Shop!  It is stocked full of reassuring and calming vintage items!

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“Designer’s Best Bids” Window Design

I had the most fun opportunity this week!  Weschler’s Auctioneers in downtown Washington, DC asked me to design their front window!  They’re hosting a series called “Designer’s Best Bids”, and the task sounded simple: use items from the upcoming auction to create a space.  I honestly credit my college theatre scene design classes, where I would wait until the night before and design a set in a few hours on nothing but caffeine and youth.  I had neither going into this task, but the limited time sure had my adrenaline going!

I started by doing a walk-through and snapping pics of anything I thought I might want to use.  Weschler’s has SO many amazing items up for auction that it could have been easy to get overwhelmed.

Rattan Pouf - Weschler's - Pursuing Vintage   Chinoiserie chair / Weschler's / Pursuing Vintage

Blue Chaise / Weschler's / Pursuing Vintage

I feel this is where my creative capital lays – seeing the potential in a piece.  I knew right away that this blue chaise would be part of my vignette, and I was drawn to the Chinoiserie corner chair and the Albini rattan pouf.  I also found a great secretary desk that I knew would be fun to style.

Here’s a view of the space in the beginning.  It’s about 10′ by 5′.  I was really wanting to make that brass bar cart part of my scene, but  in the end it just wasn’t right.

Weschler's Window Before / Pursuing Vintage

Here’s the final view!  I’m so thrilled with how it turned out!

Weschler's Window / Desk / Pursuing Vintage Weschler's Window / Desk Styling / Pursuing Vintage

Weschler's Window / Desk & Mirror / Pursuing Vintage Weschler's Window / Chaise / Pursuing Vintage

Weschler's Window / Chaise & Table / Pursuing Vintage

This experience was so fun, and everyone at Weschler’s was so nice (thanks for all your help, Megan)!  If you’re downtown DC at 9th and E St NW, please stop by and check out Weschler’s window!  And definitely check out their auction schedule – they have weekly auctions and more!

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A New Look!

Double happiness!

What a busy summer this has been!  I’ve been busy stocking The Pursuing Vintage Shop (and keeping it stocked!).  Tons of new inventory – lot’s of pretties!  I know I’ve been neglecting The Blog – and I miss it!  I figured a way to jump-start my writing inspiration would be to give the site a little face lift.

Ta Da!  What do you think?  I’d love to hear!

While my blog writing is sporadic, I am very active on Instagram, and I hope you’ll follow me there.  I’m posting new shop items all the time, and anything else that catches my eye.  Here are some examples:

Who doesn't love a pink peony?! This ginger jar is available now!

Colorful details! Available now!

Decorated in Macau- gorgeous color! #intheshop

I hope to see you here at Pursuing Vintage or on social media – keep having a colorful, gorgeous summer!

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