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Remodelista Gift Guide 2022: 10 Antique and Vintage Finds on Our Editors’ Holiday Wish Lists

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Remodelista Gift Guide 2022: 10 Antique and Vintage Finds on Our Editors’ Holiday Wish Lists

December 15, 2022

Here at Remodelista we’re fully celebrating the antique and the secondhand. As we write in our new book, Remodelista: The Low-Impact Home, “Keeping things in circulation is the most impactful way to recycle. So before investing in something new, browse the vast world of well-made used goods.”

Old things as holiday gifts? Absolutely. What we’re after are items that elevate daily life: keepers that are useful and beautiful, and, we hope, will someday get passed on to the next generation. Many of the items shown here are one of a kind; if they happen to become unavailable, join us in the hunt: Etsy, eBay, Craigslist, Buy Nothing, and the many online shops with vintage listings make it easy to flea market from home. Here’s a sampling of what’s on our own wish lists.

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Above: “It’ll never happen, but I would love this Midcentury Abstract Painting, £800, from Home & Found,” says our UK contributor Nell. “Interior designer Tamsin Saunders’s shop is online and appointment-only—it’s above a pub in South West London. She has an incredible eye for unusual, one-off pieces made by hand.”
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Above: Thanks to her Swedish grandparents, Julie is forever hunting down Nordic classics that remind her of childhood holidays. (Two vintage Dala horses are currently en route to her sister for Christmas—here’s hoping Justina isn’t reading this.) For herself, Julie currently has her eye on this blue example that’s part of a collection of four 1970s Viborg Dala Horses; $204.88 from Etsy seller Dala Horse Sweden.
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Above: Our resident ironstone collector, Justine, wants an Antique Platter with Flow Blue Edging; $66 for the smallest via Etsy seller The Jersey Cow. “After admiring these in a shop where they were quite expensive, I found them on Etsy for a lot less,” she says. Look for the examples of Justine’s ironstone in Remodelista: The Low-Impact Home.
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Above: “We give our boys each a Christmas ornament every year, with the intention that one day, when they’re established in their own homes, they’ll already have a set for their own trees,” says Fan. “Farbovany Fox, an Etsy seller based in Lviv, Ukraine, has a menagerie of vintage Dresden cardboard ornaments that are so great.” This Vintage Dresden Parrot is $29.75; an Antique Dresden Golden Fish is $23.80.
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Above: I have a midcentury slag glass bowl from a friend’s parents that looks like the companion to this 1930s Mandarin Slag Glass Candleholder from Sunny’s Pop in Narrowsburg, NY. Alas, someone else just snapped it up, but Sunny has other Foraged Finds worth perusing. (And I plan to use eBay’s Save Search to try to track down more slag glass candlesticks with turnings like this one.)
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Above: Fan recently wrote, “New enameled pots are so expensive. I’ve been keeping an eye out for vintage Dansk in a muted shade and in good condition.” Fan, how about this 1960s Dansk Kobenstyle Jens Quistgaard Fondu Pot? (I’m quite sure it can also be used on the stove.) It’s $90 from Etsy seller Kangaroo Modern and ships from New York.
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Above: For the Scandi household, Julie would love a Vintage Georg Jensen Tanaquil Salad Serving Set, Frigast sauce ladle included; $115 from Hedgehog and Owl on Etsy.
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Above: Justine has plans for this Set of Three Vintage Libbey Smoke Glass Sake Cups; $12.75 from Han Ban The Shop on Etsy. “I inherited a couple of these. I love them as votive holders.”
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Above: Annie reports, “My mom inherited my grandmother’s and my great aunt’s collections of early American ironstone; now, a piece—a bowl, platter, small stack of plates—make lovely and meaningful gift for holidays, showers, weddings, and other milestones in our family. There are many pieces to be found on Etsy—my grandmother and great aunt would have loved it. I’d like a butter pat or two for corralling rings on the bedside table.” Etsy seller Mary Beth Vintage is offering these White Ironstone Butter Pats for $8 each—three are unadorned, the larger one has a pretty blue transferware pattern.
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Above: My friend Meg friend surprised me with The Observer’s Book of Trees and now I’m after more volumes of these pocket-size guides. Published in the UK from 1937 to 2003 by Frederick Warne & Co. Observer Books on all sorts of topics, from birds’ eggs to pottery, are $10.69 each from White Space Press.

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