I love finding unique vintage pieces to bring into my home because they add so much depth and character. Aberfoyle Antique Market is by far my favourite place to look around and is always on my list of things to do when I get to Ontario. The atmosphere is lovely, the people are always so kind, and the treasures are endless (and the prices are great!). I had been anxiously waiting to visit all year round, and was over the moon when my Aunt Pat agreed to go with me last Sunday.
I’m not sure why, but I find it oddly comforting to look around my house and see pieces that I handpicked amongst thousands of beautiful things. There is something so interesting about a well-style vignette that is filled with mismatched items found at thrift stores and flea markets. When I look back on these pieces I always get a little thrill thinking about where I found it, or who I was with. Or even just knowing that I got an amazing deal on it! These vintage finds always feel more personal than the things I pick up when browsing through the Winners homeware section and I believe that they are the key to bringing my personality into my home.
Aberfoyle always has a huge selection of old bottles. I picked up a few last year, but couldn’t resist grabbing this one as well. First of all, it is extremely clean. Which means if I want to use it for flowers I don’t have to figure out how to get sticky residue out of it. I also love the shape of the bottle, and (as always) the embossed writing fascinates me. What else can I say? It’s just a beautiful old bottle, and I think I’ll put it in a windowsill with a single flower.
I love how elegant vintage perfume bottles look when styled on a vanity. This classic crystal design that I found is extremely heavy and in perfect condition. The best part, I payed $12. Yep. $12 for a beautiful new perfume bottle. I’m going to fill it with some perfume because it still works and keep it on my vanity. I especially love the light pink atomizer, and don’t even mind that it is a little dirty. It’s these little imperfections that tell a story and remind me that this piece had another life with someone else. It gives me chills thinking about the extremely sophisticated woman that used to keep her signature scent in this bottle. I can just picture her sitting at a mirrored vanity getting ready for a dance and lightly spraying herself with a floral scent. I think I was born in the wrong century.
Do you recognize these little guys? When I saw these two I had to pick them up because I already have a teacup with this gold design! I love the gilded vegetative design, and have definitely used my teacup at home for blog pictures. I picked up these two for $5 and am now on the hunt for one more to complete a set of four! I’m also on the hunt for a china teapot that will sort of match my set so I can have an elegant tea party. This just makes me want to jet off to London, especially after seeing Liv Purvis’s High Tea tour of London. Can you imagine sipping tea out of these whilst eating cakes? Pinkies up!
I also found a cute little milk glass pot that matches my make up brush holder at home. I love the milky colour and bumpy texture, and couldn’t resist when I saw this little guy! He is a little smaller than the one I have at home, and I kind of want to put a little plant in him.
Last but not least, I found this amazing tweed makeup case! It’s in mint condition except for a small stain on fabric at the bottom of the case. When I opened it up and saw the amazing rose coloured fabric I knew that I had to take it home. I love old cases like this, and only bought this one for $25! The mirror is still in it, and am currently picturing my sophisticated woman doing her makeup on the train with the mirror as she is on her way to meet a handsome man. I think I may have a wild imagination. Either way, I bought the makeup case and the perfume bottle from the same vendor and would like to think they belonged to the same woman.
I could wander around the stalls of Aberfoyle for hours. One day never seems like enough to really take everything in. It’s a very special place to me, and even more special because I always go with my Aunt Pat. When I take these pieces home and style them around my house I will always be reminded of the fun day we had together as she helped me pick out these special vintage treasures for my collection.
What vintage treasures do you love to style in your home?