Rediscovering a Love of Antiques + Thoughts on Change
Last week I went antiquing for the first time in over a year. I wasn’t planning on it actually, but my husband and I were getting coffee in our small town and I randomly saw the cutest antique shop, one that I’d never even noticed before. We didn’t have a lot of extra time, but we stopped to browse around for a few minutes. Once I walked in that shop, I felt pure giddiness. I was SO excited to look at all the antiques and vintage finds, which honestly is something I haven’t felt in a really long time. Some of you might have noticed that my love of antiques started to fade in recent years. I used to be obsessed with every chippy painted, vintage item I could find and that’s primarily all I blogged about for a really long time. Yet as the years have gone by, I’ve used antique decor less and less. But this trip to that small antique shop made me so excited to get back to that passion I once had!
While we were browsing the antique store, I stumbled on this minty green scale with a flat top. It’s really hard to find old scales in bright colors like this, so I immediately fell in love and knew it had to come home with me. Believe or not, this is the first antique find I’ve purchased in almost two years.
Finding that old green scale really led me to rediscover my love of antiques. After I got it home, I started to dig out a few of my other antiques that have been packed away since we moved into this house last summer. That huge white scale in the photo above was one of my favorite finds for so long. I’m so happy to see her out again!
As I was styling these shelves with a few of my favorite vintage finds, I asked myself why I stopped using antiques in the first place. Why the change? And to be honest, I don’t really have a great answer for that–I just slowly started to find myself drawn to other things. Then in true Sarah fashion, I started to feel bad about making that change, which is ridiculous. I mean, we all evolve as human beings. The things you loved five years ago may not be what you love today. You may change and grow and do things differently as time goes on, but that’s not a bad thing. It’s ok to change. And really, what fun would life be if we stuck with the exact same things all the time?! I don’t know if any of this is making sense, but the lesson of my story here is that change is ok. It’s ok to try new things and give yourself room to grow. I’m so grateful to have had this blog over the last five years to share all my different passions and interests. What started out as a blog primarily focused on vintage decor has now evolved and changed with me, and that’s a pretty awesome thing. Thank you for sticking with me through it all! I am so excited to get back into sharing more antiques! xo
I love how you decorated with the antiques you bought and had. I pack some of my things up that I really like, but have gotten bored with. After a year or two I go back and see if I want to keep them or give them away. Sometimes it is like Christmas again I just fall in love with them all over again.
Everything looks beautiful!
Thank you Emily!
Oh Sarah, I have missed your antiques in your decor!!! It’s what gave your home such personality and uniqueness. I’m so glad to see that your using them again!! Truly makes all the difference in giving your home that cozy vibe. Have a great weekend!
Tammy Ganci> Deedra
I do agree. I still love my chalk paint chippy furniture along with wood and white. Timeless and still classic. I love this blog so much!!!!! Have a wonderful day dear friends💛🌴🌻
Sarah> Tammy Ganci
Agreed, Tammy!! I need to chalk paint something pronto.
I have to agree Deedra, the antiques give that cozy vibes!
Hi my sweet friend. Ditto what your follower Deedra posted. I’m thrilled. Your older posts were most of the reason I started following you. I grew to love you for you so I stayed with you, but my passion has always been vintage decor, and always looked forward to seeing your emails. Love and hugs,Angela💕🙏🐔
Hello my sweet friend, ditto what Deedra posted. Always love your blog but did miss the vintage and antique parts. Change is good but I’m just so happy you are missing them too!! Love and hugs,Angela 💕🐔🙏
Sarah> Angela Servello
Thank you for sticking with me sweet Angela! I’m excited to get back into vintage decor!
I’m soooo glad you’ve reignited that passion. It honestly is what connected me to your space. it is absolutely fine to venture into new looks and design. But vintage will always have my heart and a part in my decor, it has for over 40+ years. Now I love blending the new and old together.
By the way, I’m here for the long of it. I don’t dump accounts I truly Love. I have gotten away from the ones that bring me no joy. I feel better for it.
Yesssss!! I’m excited to get back into antique decor more. I do miss it! And thank you for the kind words and amazing support, you are a gem!
The one thing that inevitably happens is change…through change, we’re growing…we’re testing our boundaries, our wings…we’re shedding, we’re making mistakes, we’re discovering who we are… change is beautiful, and so are antiques! Thank you for an awesome blog!
That is so true, Andrea! Thanks for sharing that. Change IS beautiful!
That scale is just the cutest ever! Sometimes it’s just a little thing that brings joy
Right?! I love that minty green!
I have followed you for several years, and have always been in awe of your style! Your vintage vibe is initially what drew me to you but seeing you evolve has given me a chance to see other ideas and find things non-vintage that I love as well! However, my heart is always vintage so this post makes my heart happy. SO beautiful!!
Ah thank you Jenn, I appreciate that so much!! xoxo
This EXACT thing is happening to me! I relate so much to this blog post. Started feeling bad for using different decor and less of my antique finds. You are so right, changing it up and then back again keeps things interesting! 🙂
I love how you’re incorporating your antiques along with the new pops of color. I find myself liking both so I appreciate how you’re showing us how you’re blending the two. Always look forward to your blog posts.
It’s wonderful to see your antique scale in green.
I love your post.
I’m so glad to see that you are using authentic old pieces again. To me, vintage adds instant history, character and texture, and makes a home tell the story of the people in it. Anyone can buy new things from Target and Kirklands, etc and lots of people do. If you look on Insta every other house has the same decor, or so it seems. It’s bland. Truthfully I hate buying stuff made in China. I like that anything I buy vintage is one more thing not going to a landfill. Plus it’s likely to be something nobody else has, or at least it’s a different version. I don’t want my home to be a museum and there’s a place and time for new. I make no judgements about buying decor from big box stores, it’s a personal decision…. but oh, how I love to see how vintage finds are styled and how they add so much to otherwise shiny and new spaces. So bravo you for adding in a bit of authentic!
Mary Beth Sinnott
Finally have gotten around to reading some older post and totally agree with the others, I love seeing how you add vintage character to your styling. I found you a few years ago in Farmhouse magazine and immediately starting following you because of your unique styling of antiques with more contemporary pieces. Going thrifting, antiquing and estate sales is so much more fun because you never know what treasures you will find.