Vintage Amy - Why Vintage?

Following on from my last blog post, I thought I'd continue in the All About Me theme, as it's nice to get to know someone isn't it!? Most people ask me why I love vintage and why I use it in my job, so have a read on to find out just that and a little bit more...

 I have an array of vintage dresses - most being 1950s or this clinched-in waist and full-skirt combo - in my wardrobe. I just love to open the (vintage) wardrobe and see them all hanging there!

I have an array of vintage dresses - most being 1950s or this clinched-in waist and full-skirt combo - in my wardrobe. I just love to open the (vintage) wardrobe and see them all hanging there!

Vintage is anything prior to 1980s (at the moment, 1990s may go in there soon - how old does that make you feel!?), and often defined by a decade or an era. From Art Deco, through to the glamour of the 40s and 50s and the Swinging Sixties, fashion, homeware and lifestyle have always intertwined and you can see how the styles developed over the years. I love that you can look back and see the certain movement and then how it has progressed. I hope to cover each decade/era in some future blog posts.

I don't think I could pick a favourite era though, I like different aspects from all. Edwardian and Victorian houses are my favourite, but I also love the architecture and furniture from the Art Deco period. I love the glamour of the late '30s through to the '40s and the stunning shapes of the clothing from this time and the 1950s. I reckon it would have been so fun to be around in the swinging 60s too. Do you have a favourite era?

 Hubby and I at my 30th Birthday Party, in late 1930s dress, hair and make-up.

Hubby and I at my 30th Birthday Party, in late 1930s dress, hair and make-up.

So, as I mentioned, over the years my love of vintage has grown from having a wardrobe full of vintage and eclectic pieces to loving everything (and everyone, hubby is practically vintage!) vintage. I just love the originality of some of the pieces I have and they seem to fit me better than a lot of the modern items. They also last a lot longer, usually due to them being made with higher-quality fabrics and not as highly mass-produced. This also goes for homeware, for example vases. I don't believe you can compare a beautiful cut-glass vintage vase to a thin modern one. Although there are some beautiful vintage homeware interpretations out there, and I do love mixing vintage items with pieces from high-street shops such as Cath Kidston, Anthropologie and local non-chains and Insta-shops. And my favourite dinner service is actually a modern version of the Asiatic Pheasant by Burleigh.

 My vintage knick-knacks displayed on open shelves, mixed with some new items like the Burleigh collection.

My vintage knick-knacks displayed on open shelves, mixed with some new items like the Burleigh collection.

I grew up in Hastings and visiting the Old Town, although at the time it was either for the ice cream and amusements as a child, or the clubs as a late teenager / young adult. One popular club was called Waves - get it!? Thursdays were the fave when it was £10 to get in and a free bar! Anyway, I digress...

I started picking up vintage bits from the charity shop I worked in in Hastings during my college years and then the love grew from there over the years.

 Hastings, where I grew up. The Old Town is a source of inspiration from me, just look at this scene!

Hastings, where I grew up. The Old Town is a source of inspiration from me, just look at this scene!

I now regularly pop back to Hastings, mainly because I still have friends & family in the area but also because I really do love the Old Town. It's a fab place to visit if you haven't been, especially if you love vintage like me. It's full of beautiful antique & vintage shops and markets, old pubs and cute cafes & tea rooms. My favourite shop is Robert's Rummage, which is just that. I don't know where Robert gets it all from but his shop is literally piles and piles of vintage treasures. A lot of them are unloved, so you can pick things up for a bargain. My favourite kind of treasure!

 Robert's Rummage. Be prepared to sift through some rubbish to get to the treasures.

Robert's Rummage. Be prepared to sift through some rubbish to get to the treasures.

Vintage shopping is my fave. Finding a beautiful vintage book with a stunningly embossed cover or picking up a cup & saucer with gold etching, stunning floral detail and a delicate handle just can't be beaten. I get all my vintage bits from various places, but I've also been lucky enough to be given some stunning pieces. My fave place to vintage shop is a car boot sale, as one man's tat is another man's treasure, or woman in this case. You can pick up some stunning and unique finds for such a bargain. I also still get a lot from eBay. I used to be obsessed with eBay but it's got a bit big for my liking now. But I do still get some gorgeous homeware, furniture and clothes from there. It's just often not as cheap and you have to be so careful that you are reading the description accurately and getting something authentically vintage. My love for Charity Shops is similar, everyone's onto them now and their prices are higher, but I have some faves. 

My fave time for vintage shopping was for our wedding. I had over a year & a half to do this and must confess to buying a ton of vintage lace before we had even booked our venue. I knew how I wanted my big day to look and was so excited to be able to source it all, from the vintage doilies in my handmade bunting, the vintage perfume bottles on my Art Deco dressing table, the cut-glass vases on each table, the vintage soap dispenser in the toilets through to my vintage wedding dress and vintage lace in my bouquet.

 My 1930s dress was bought online for a very small amount - it was just a sheer outer-layer and I took it to a dressmaker to add two layers underneath. My talented and special friend made my veil.

My 1930s dress was bought online for a very small amount - it was just a sheer outer-layer and I took it to a dressmaker to add two layers underneath. My talented and special friend made my veil.

My love of vintage now spans from clothes, through to homeware & furniture and everything in between. I often say I was born in the wrong era, as I just love everything traditional, pretty, romantic and sentimental. Even my favourite flowers have a vintage feel to them.

 Hydrangeas are my fave. Here with my vintage mirror bought off of eBay.

Hydrangeas are my fave. Here with my vintage mirror bought off of eBay.

So you know now why I decided to start Vintage Amy right? My love of vintage and my love for faffing with pretty things, creating ways to style those vintage and pretty things is a dream job for me. At Vintage Amy I create concepts to use authentic vintage at your weddings and parties, or even in your house. I try to use as much authentic vintage as possible in my designs, adding vintage style items and handmade creations to the styling of the weddings I am designing and creating. I absolutely adore vintage lace and using it in my designs is a fave. For example I made this lace wall hanging from old & new lace (some is Victorian!) and used it at a wedding fair as a backdrop. I also love using ribbons and lace on the back of chairs instead of the classic sashes and covers.

 A recent wedding fair set-up, combing my fave neutral palette. All items are available for hire.

A recent wedding fair set-up, combing my fave neutral palette. All items are available for hire.

A home and a job full of vintage prettiness, how wonderful right?

I'd love to hear about your love of vintage, your best vintage bargains or any questions you have about using vintage in your home or wedding.

Thanks for reading, VA x

 Flowers and lace - two of my favourite things. Add tea to the mix and perfect! I faff pretty much every day with my beautiful vintage bits.

Flowers and lace - two of my favourite things. Add tea to the mix and perfect! I faff pretty much every day with my beautiful vintage bits.