What is it about vintage that makes us so obsessed? Is it because owning a vintage piece is like owning a part of history, is it because antiques look rustic, or could you tie it to something as simple and natural as nostalgia, a craving for the past?
British actress, Thandie Newton (Mission Impossible II, Crash, The Pursuit of Happyness) put it very aptly. She said,
Vintage is not only glorious and stylish, it’s also the way forward in terms of recycling. Whenever I go into great vintage stores, I wonder why we ever buy new things.
Over the past year, our Wooples have shared some beautiful vintage finds. Here’s a round-up of the top 10 vintage recommendations we absolutely loved.
Antique Chest of Drawers from Lakkar Bazaar, Saharanpur
Soumya Thomas says,
Bought straight from the craftsmen…
Antique Knick-knacks from Colaba Causeway, Mumbai
Roxanne D’Souza says,
Step into another world, another era, with these beauties. Perfect for gifts! P.S - I NEED that Alladin-esque lamp!
Beatles Compass from Colaba Causeway, Mumbai
Tanisha Prabhu says,
A yellow submarine compass, with the lyrics inside!
Diana Mini - Freedom from Lomography India, Bangalore
Ruhi Sheikh (Republic of Chic) says,
I love shooting with my Lomo Camera: The Diana Mini is a 35mm teeny version of the retro medium format Diana camera and this particular beauty here is inspired by Japanese culture with its charming all over floral print. She’s kitsch, an eye-catcher and a conversation starter, believe me!
Gramophone from Hauz Khas Village, Delhi
Laryir Doye says,
Oh! For the love of collecting antiques!
Handpainted Vintage Tin Box from Masala Popsicles, Bangalore
Beautifully hand-painted vintage style house shape iron case / storage case / tin box. Each box has been intricately hand painted to perfection. Can be used as a gift box or a small storage box for candies, mints or pins.
Pink Floyd Tin Tote from Bombay Merch, Mumbai
Ankit Sabharwal says,
This tin tote had been on my wishlist for a long time when I spotted this recently at the Comicon in Bangalore. The folks at BombayMerch were kind enough to give a discount on the rather steep price as it was the last piece they had. The box is based on the classic album “Dark Side of the Moon” and is a sure conversation starter. One my most prized possessions :)
Vintage Cat-eye Sunglasses from Hauz Khas Village, Delhi
Farnaaz Khan says,
I found this really old cat-eye shades the other day in this vintage shop and I knew I would pick it up. I can’t help it! Even though it looks huge on my face I will still treasure it. It was Rs 400 only btw. :)
Vintage Sofa from Shivajinagar, Bangalore
Preethi Maithri Prabhu says,
If you are on a shoe string budget, all you need to do is be persistent and keep looking. I found this old sofa in one of the bylanes of Shivajinagar. Cost me a fraction of what it would cost in a showroom.
Vinyl Records from Richmond Town, Bangalore
Ankit Sabharwal says,
Picked up some records at this place that has a huge collection of vinyl records from the music scene of the 60’s and 70’s. The LP covers are preserved and the artwork on them is just amazing. Each record costs around 250 bucks. Although the store has no signboards, it is easy to spot it on Berlie Street. The guy who runs the place happily lets you look around but you will need to find things on your own inside the store. The main store has three rooms worth of stuff just stacked around and another house next to the shop which is filled with more and more stuff. You can find large wall hangings, old photographs, vintage clocks, books, old furniture, boxes, vinyl records, photographs, rare collectibles, lamps, decorative items, toys, lots of junk and anything else you can imagine. Also, finding something that you like will take lots of patience. Best time to visit: Sunday mornings!
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