It’s a day to celebrate! I’m back from a relaxing family vacation to the beach … and today is my Pursuing Vintage One Year Blogiversary!
What started as a dream has manifested into a reality. Pursuing Vintage continues to grow, and I continue to learn. I am thankful for all of the support my family has shown me. I am grateful for your support – the reader. Pursuing Vintage would be nothing without your participation. I know there are a million design blogs out there, and I am ever grateful that you’ve chosen to read this one.
I think today is a great day to revisit my original purpose. My first ever Pursuing Vintage post explains me, explains why “Pursuing Vintage”? So, in case you missed it the first time, here it is today, one year later!
verb ( -sues , -sued , -suing ) [ trans. ]
1 follow (someone or something) in order to catch or attack them
• seek to attain or accomplish (a goal), esp. over a long period
2 (of a person or way) continue or proceed along (a path or route)
• engage in (an activity or course of action)
• continue to investigate, explore, or discuss (a topic, idea, or argument)
I pursue vintage. I love vintage. I love things with a history, a story. The word “antique” seems so stuffy, so old and dusty, so I’ll use the word “vintage” (besides, anything with an association to wine can’t be bad, right?!) I believe that vintage furniture, and many vintage decor items, were crafted better than those we can buy new in stores today. The furniture is solid. The wood is real, thick, heavy. Pieces have lived through times we may not have. The wear, the patina, oh Lord, don’t get me started on patina! Fashion comes and goes and comes back again. Style remains.
To find an authentic piece sitting in a dusty corner waiting to be saved is my specialty, my salvation. As the mom of two little boys, I need time to escape the sippy cups and Matchbox cars. Searching for unique vintage items is my “me” time. I love the hunt and the thrill of the chase. The potential to bring a piece back to life and find a new owner, a new home, is exciting to me. I also enjoy the investigation of it all. Learning about the pieces I find is part of the fun (sometimes just a story about the owner, sometimes a more general story about what a piece was used for or the company that manufactured it). I am always learning.
Part of learning about vintage is exploring how vintage is incorporated into design today. I can’t get through my morning cup of coffee without visiting the popular design blogs. Diaper changes and toaster waffles wait until I’ve perused the latest trends. And it amazes me how the latest trends seem to always incorporate vintage pieces. Of course, what era and style vintage is considered “on-trend” will always change, but surely vintage will be appreciated. After all, what is new today will be considered vintage soon enough.
My goal is to use Pursuing Vintage as a place to explore vintage, investigate what is on-trend, and share my great finds (I’d love to keep it all, but I’d never have enough space for it all!) . I hope you’ll make Pursuing Vintage a stop on your morning blog-jog!
Thank you so much for reading – and cheers to another year of Pursuing Vintage! Salud!
A post-script special thanks to my Dad for being my editor and big fan, my Mom for instilling in me an appreciation for history, my Boys for their patience and smiles, and my amazing Husband for his ever-supportive love. PV would still be a dream without you.