What is your opinion on antique and vintage items? For me, I love that they are not only one of a kind most times, but they also have a story. What that story is? I’ll never know. But I do love decorating my home with vintage items and that includes Valentines Day. Vintage Valentine decor is anything but cookie cutter if that’s what you like.
Let me show you some of the areas in my home that I used vintage this Valentine’s Day…
Vintage Valentine Decor Vignettes
Okay first of all if you’re thinking, “What the heck is a “vignette”? Don’t worry I remember feeling like that word was too smart for me or something when I first heard it. But let’s look at what a ‘vignette’ means officially:
In their article, HGTV tells us:
Since I learned what they are, which are just groupings of decor items, I have loved styling them around my own house.
And let me tell you, using vintage items in your Valentine’s Day vignettes really will add some charm and thoughtful design to your space.
I love adding a mixture of new and old things to my vignettes.
Vintage Treasures in the Hutch
As I mentioned before, I have my great grandmother’s vintage dishes that she had for a long time and I’m so honored to have them now.
I love using them in my farmhouse distressed hutch along with a mish mash of other vintage decor I’ve found at the antique store. Some of my very favorite vintage finds are stored in this dining room hutch o’ mine. I adore looking over at the beautiful home treasures in there while I’m at dinner with my family or cleaning during the day. It’s so much fun to switch things up in the hutch for the seasons or when I find the perfect addition to add to my collection of old things in there.
Finding different creative ways to decorate my hutch in my dining room is seriously one of my favorite things ever.
Valentines Vintage on the Table
When the mood strikes me, I decide the bust out my table setting items I have stored in my living room buffet and make a beautiful tablescape.
This year I made my own romantic antique table setting using those vintage plates of my great grandmother’s. They were perfect for the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday tablescape.
I didn’t just use the previously mentioned vintage plate, but I used some other vintage treasures I found recently.
The swan sculpture just HAD to be included, you know?
Here are more table setting ideas for Valentine’s Day.
Valentines Day Antiques in the Living Room
I have been off and on decorating for Valentine’s Day for awhile. I however, just posted my previous home all decorated for the holiday several years ago.
That’s when I wasn’t 100% sure what my decorating style was for the most part. And I was trying to make my home look more cohesive as the years went on.
This Valentine’s Day, I decided not to go all out and to only use what I already had. I love using a little vignette on my coffee table and of course on my mantle/fireplace.
Even just small pops of red or pink here and there around your living room can do the trick. You don’t have to overhaul your whole room, unless you want to that is!
Isn’t this antique flower so cool?
I was stunned when I found it at my local thrift store. The petals actually come off because they used to use it as an ash tray of sorts. Who knew?
But I think it looks gorgeous.
What are some good things to look for at antique shops for Valentines Decor?
Oh man do I have a list for you! Everyone who loves thrifting has the things that they like to specifically hunt for which is great. But if you’re just starting out and love the idea of decorating your home with vintage valentine decor, here are a few staple items you an look for:
– Faux pink flowers
– Vintage flower frog
– Old but clean hankies
– Vintage postcards
– Vintage Valentine’s Day cards
– Tablecloths and runners (especially if they are doilies and knitted into a pretty pattern)
– Baby’s breath flowers
– DIY Valentine crafts you’ve made
Are Vintage Valentines worth anything?
Like most everything it really depends on the item itself. Some vintage valentines can be worth nothing while others just might buy you something pretty if you end up selling it.
Here is what Love To Know website has to say:
“According to Kovels, there are a number of factors that indicate a valuable antique valentine:
- Design – The design or theme should be unique and interesting, rather than a simple floral or heart-shaped card. For example, a die-cut valentine of boys riding a tricycle sold for $150 in 2022.
- Iconic elements – Ideally, it will feature elements that are related to the events of the era in which it was made. A wartime-era biplane valentine sold for almost $40.
- Condition – The valentine should be in good condition. It may or may not have writing on it. A 1920s dog valentine in pristine condition sold for about $70.
- Familiar characters – If the card features cartoon characters or celebrities from the era, it can be worth more. A lot of seven valentines with all the seven dwarves from Snow White sold for about $70. It dated to 1938.
The best way to figure out what an antique valentine is worth is to have it professionally appraised by a specialist in ephemera. To find a local resource, inquire at antique shops in your area. You can also look up similar valentines on auctions sites or contact the National Valentine Collectors Association for help with identification and appraisal.”The best way to figure out what an antique valentine is worth is to have it professionally appraised by a specialist in ephemera. To find a local resource, inquire at antique shops in your area. You can also look up similar valentines on auctions sites or contact the National Valentine Collectors Association for help with identification and appraisal.”
What Are the Colors for Valentine’s Day Decor?
Even though there is no official rule stating what colors you have to use for Valentine’s Day, the most popular colors used for this holiday are red, pink, and white. Some use just pink and white, or red and white, or a mix of all three.
I always say you should just get creative and see which of those colors you like best around your house.
Though I have also seen a lot of neutral valentines day decorations in others homes as well.
So really, the sky is the limit here!
When Should I Start Decorating for Valentine’s Day?
Everyone is so different of course, but I think a good time line for when to start decorating for Valentine’s Day would be a few weeks before.
That way you will have plenty of time of enjoy the vintage valentine decor that you worked so had to put up.
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Some other things I might try to get for next year would be some vintage valentine cards to display on some flower frogs. I’m sure if you went to some of your local antique malls you would find old valentines and some general vintage valentine’s decor.
No matter where you decorate for Valentine’s Day or really any holiday for that matter, using antiques can be the perfect way to do it.
Like I said before, using a mixture of old and new when decorating for Valentine’s Day always seems to add charm and interest to any decor.
Tell me how you decorate for Valentine’s Day in the comments! Do you decorate with vintage?
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