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What To Look For In Vintage Kitchenware

If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then isn’t it worth spending a bit of time and effort on finding great quality kitchenware that will last for years and become familiar and treasured possessions?  

Cooking, eating, and sharing mealtimes together are some of the things that binds families together. We all have memories of the kitchens in the homes we grew up in. The smells, the recipes, and our parents’ unique ways of preparing food. 

In times past, kitchenware was built to last. And today, many of us are looking not just to relive our childhoods, but also to genuinely find great quality cookware that will last a long time and become a central part of our daily food preparation experience.  

So, if you’re on a mission to add some high-quality vintage kitchenware pieces to your collection – be it pots, pans, scales, cutlery or crockery, read on for some thoughts on what to look for in vintage kitchenware. 

The different types of materials used in vintage kitchenware

In any kitchen, the cookware is nearly as important as the ingredients. After all, even the best recipe could be ruined if it’s cooked in a subpar pot or pan. Great quality kitchenware makes cooking a joy, and can even contribute to the quality of the food!

For those who love vintage kitchenware, the style of the cookware is just as important as its function.

Collectors scour flea markets and antique stores for rare finds, and they’re willing to pay a high price for pieces in good condition. The most sought-after kitchenware is usually made from copper or cast iron. Copper conducts heat well and can develop a beautiful patina over time. Cast iron is also an excellent conductor of heat, and it’s prized for its durability. However, both copper and cast iron can be quite heavy, so they’re not always practical for everyday use. That’s where enamelled kitchenware comes in.

Enamelled pots and pans are often just as beautiful as their copper and cast-iron counterparts, but they’re lighter and easier to handle. As a result, they’re more popular with home cooks who appreciate both form and function.

Whether you’re a casual collector or a passionate pursuer of all things vintage, kitchenware is a fascinating area to explore. With so many different materials and styles to choose from, there’s something to suit every taste.

How to spot a fake vintage piece

With the popularity of vintage living, it’s no surprise that fake vintage kitchenwares have begun to flood the market. However, there are a few ways to spot a fake.

First, take a close look at the construction and build. Real vintage pieces are often made from higher quality materials than today’s mass-produced, cheap kitchenware.

In scales and other plasticware, check the quality and thickness of the plastic. Cheap repro scales are unlikely to be accurate.

In copperware and ironware pots and pans, check for patina, makers’ marks, and the quality of construction, especially in joins. True vintage pieces were often handmade and therefore (pleasingly) doesn’t suffer from the mass-produced perfection of reproduction pieces.

Finally, trust your gut. If something feels off about the piece, it probably is. With a little careful examination, it’s easy to spot a fake vintage piece.

The importance of condition when buying vintage kitchenware

If you’re like me, your kitchen is your pride and joy. It’s the heart of your home, where family and friends gather to share meals and memories. But it’s also a place where spills happen, accidents happen, and things just generally get worn out with use.

That’s why it’s important to be choosy when purchasing vintage kitchenware. After all, you want your kitchen to reflect your impeccable taste, not your chaotic life.

Look for pieces that are in good condition, with minimal wear and tear. If you’re concerned about water spots or stains, consider opting for a different piece.

And if you’re really looking to make a statement, go for something that’s unique and eye-catching – something that will make your guests say “wow” when they see it. With a little bit of effort, you can create a stunning vintage kitchen that will be the envy of everyone who steps foot in it.

All your pieces don’t necessarily have to be from the same era or decade. An eclectic but well put-together collection of pieces is just as beautiful as a complete set of collectors’ items.

What to do if you find a rare piece of vintage kitchenware

You’re rummaging through your local flea market when you come across a beautiful piece of vintage kitchenware. It’s in pristine condition, and it’s clear that it’s a real collector’s item. But what should you do next?

First, take a deep breath and resist the urge to immediately buy it. There’s a good chance that the seller is also aware of its value, and you don’t want to overpay. Instead, do some research to get an idea of what it’s worth. Once you know how much it’s worth, you can negotiate with the seller from a position of strength.

Of course, even if you manage to get a good deal on the piece, there’s no guarantee that it will appreciate in value over time. But if you’re lucky enough to find a rare piece of kitchenware, it’s definitely worth investigating further. Who knows? It might just be the start of a whole new collection.

Where to find affordable vintage kitchenware online and in stores

If you’re looking for affordable vintage kitchenware, the internet is a great place to start your search. There are numerous online retailers that specialize in selling vintage kitchenware, and many of them offer competitive prices. You can also check out local charity shops, car boot sales, garage sales, auctions and estate sales; you never know what treasures you might find.

Just be sure to inspect the items carefully for chips, cracks, and other damage. With a little patience and effort, you’re sure to find the perfect piece of vintage kitchenware for your home.

Conclusion paragraph: The next time you’re out antiquing or perusing your favourite online vintage store, keep these tips in mind. With a little bit of knowledge and some careful observation, you can add a beautiful piece of vintage kitchenware to your collection that will last for years – and maybe even increase in value over time. Happy hunting!

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Vintage Dresses

There is something about a vintage dress that never fades. I don’t mean the colour of course, I mean the style. The fashions that were oh-so-chic in their day maintain the same sense of class and sophistication today. Modern designers constantly revisit the popular styles of yesteryear and more and more of us find ourselves drawn into little vintage boutiques in the search of these retro treasures.

Flapper dresses
Flapper dresses

The embers of the vintage revival were reignited by Camden beauties such as Kate Moss. The forever-youthful supermodel seemed to feel a kinship with the style that aged as flawlessly as she did, realising that any dress you find in a vintage store is unlikely to be worn by anyone else. It’s simply the fastest way to a bespoke wardrobe.

But if you’re a newcomer to vintage dresswear, it’s sometimes a little confusing. So many eras, so many fashions. It’s not easy to know what to look out for. There are a few classic styles and silhouette types that make the most beautiful stand-out items. So, let’s dive in and take a tour of the most recognised and important vintage dress styles.

The flapper dress/1920s shift

This class creates a slim silhouette and incorporates beautiful beading, precious fabrics and longer length layered hems. All about the flapper dress.

The A-line dress

A-lines cling to the waist and fall into a fuller skirt. They are great for hiding fuller hips. A classic style that recurs through the decades.

The rock and roll swing dress

Rock'n'Roll swing dress
Rock’n’Roll swing dresses

Think full-circle skirts and fitted bodices, a strong silhouette that emphasises a woman’s shape, oozing femininity.

The maxi dress

This was a 1970s favourite. Loose fitting, floor sweeping and unspeakably bohemian. Whether it has thin straps or long sleeves, the maxi is a summer staple.

The sheath dress

The sheath is a fitted slinky style that makes the perfect evening gown. The sheath style has been associated with most decades, with skirt lengths and sleeve details adding variation.

Sheath dresses
Sheath dresses

The shift dress

This is a 1960s classic. The straight cut doesn’t cling to the body, but the short hemline adds a touch of glamour. Great for girls who want to flaunt their pins but may be a little body-conscious.

The wiggle dress

The wiggle is the ultimate 1940s/50s secretary style dress – typified by Marilyn Monroe’s look. Fitted, sexy and uber feminine it radiates vintage charm. The wiggle dress is fitted right through, usually ends at the knees with the skirt being equally as tight.

The shirt dress

Popular through the 1930s to the 1960s in various guises though usually features central button fastenings, a belted waist, a fuller skirt and a crisp collar. There is a playfully feminine feel to this twist on a classic man’s shirt.

Vintage Pucci shirt dress
Vintage Pucci shirt dress

Top Vintage Styles

  • Flapper dress
  • Swing dress
  • Maxi dress
  • Sheath dress
  • Wiggle dress
  • Shift dress
  • Shirt dress