How We Found The Best Vintage Home Decor Stores
Vintage home decor is better for our planet, simply because it’s making use of things that already exist and might otherwise be thrown away.
While being vintage was the #1 thing we looked for in compiling this list, we still donned our vintage cat-eye glasses while considering the following homewares criteria:
Normally, we have to devour product descriptions and labels to figure out which materials get the green light and which ones should be avoided. However, when we’re keeping something out of a landfill, the specific materials are much less of a worry.
Many different materials make up these vintage home decor pieces.
Of course, we still prefer items made with natural or recyclable materials like metal, ceramics, or wood.
Notice what isn’t on that list?
Before the middle of the 20th century, manmade materials weren’t brought into homes much. Vintage home accents are thus not only better from an environmental standpoint but tend to be more durable and last longer.
That’s why you can find things from nearly 100 years ago still for sale now.
Ask yourself: will the same be said in a hundred years of products made now?
Supply chain and labor practices:
A large portion of the people who make new products are generally involved in dangerous, exploitative, or unfair work conditions.
We know vintage and retro home accessories don’t require new resources to make them, and they also don’t require any further factory work either.
When you’re purchasing a vintage piece, it’s typically just been discovered by a single or few people.
Carbon commitments & green practices:
Not only does Etsy offer shipping that doesn’t cost the planet, but overall, vintage home accessory pieces generally tend to have less of a shipping impact than new, mass-produced items.
This is largely because the supply chain is massively shorter and, with the best vintage home decor Etsy shops, you’re able to shorten it even more by looking for domestic and local sellers.
Community & charitable giving:
While many sellers are so small they may not be able to afford charitable partnerships, we always appreciate brands that go the extra mile to give back to their community and the world at large.