5 Places to Find Vintage Treasures for Your Vintage Wedding

Lots of brides opt for a vintage-inspired wedding, which has been a popular trend in recent years. Weddings featuring lots of lace, crystals and other vintage items like old type-writers, suitcases, broaches, jars, ornate bottles, old windows, bird cages, candelabras, photo frames and more are all the rage. The dilemma many brides face, however, is that unlike a more modern-themed wedding, you can’t simply visit any store and pick up the decor items you need. Planning a vintage wedding requires a bit of treasure hunting and a lot of patience.

So where’s a vintage bride to find these vintage treasures? Here are 5 great places to start…

1. Estate Sales

I’m starting with estate sales because they’re my absolute favorite place to find vintage items. Contrary to what you might think, an estate sale is much different than a yard/garage sale…and much better! Generally, they happen after someone passes away; occasionally they happen when someone’s simply doing a long distance move that they can’t take their stuff on. Either way, pretty much everything in the house is for sale — and amazingly priced!

Because estate sales are generally put on by a third-party company, it’s not too difficult to haggle. After all, since it’s not their stuff, they’re not attached to it. Plus, whatever isn’t sold in about 2 days gets donated, so they’ll likely take what they can get — especially if you wait until the last day of the sale. Of course, what you find inside is completely dependent upon the person who lived in the home you’re rummaging through.

To find estate sales in your town, check out EstateSales.net. They’re also occasionally listed on Craigslist as well.

2. Thrift Stores

Stores like Goodwill are another great place to look for vintage items. Of course, like most of these options, it’s always going to be hit or miss, and it might take a couple visits to find what you’re looking for. If you’re looking for a vintage wedding gown, I have heard that thrift stores can be among the best places to look.

3. Antique Shops

By name, antique stores are full of antiques, and thus, they’re a great place to look for all things vintage. The only thing to keep in mind, however, is that items in an antique shop are often going to be a little pricier than at an estate sale or a thrift store, so I would always visit them after a couple estate sale and thrift store outings first. It really just depends on your timeline.

4. Etsy

Etsy has an absolute ton of vintage items for sale. Think of it as your own personal treasure collector. If your timeframe is too tight to spend months collecting treasures, Etsy can be a great place to find what you’re looking for. Simply search, and see what’s out there. The downfall again is that it will be a little more expensive than doing the leg work yourself, but it’ll definitely save you time!

5. The Pond Market

The Pond Market is a recent find of one of my co-workers and a site I quickly became obsessed with. Owner Ana Maria is a flea market aficionado in Europe (hello items that are hard to find in the US!) who sells her treasures online. There’s nothing is too fancy or extravagant, just small vintage pieces that could make a big impact in your wedding decor.

As you might imagine, planning a vintage wedding can take some time, but with patience and persistence, you can find amazing pieces that will really add to your big day decor!

What are some other places to find vintage treasures?

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About Nicole Denton

With a love of planning just about anything — from her own wedding, to bridal and baby showers, to dinner parties, and more – Nicole is the Plunge Project’s founder and former editor-in-chief. A New Jersey native, Nicole has called Chandler, Arizona home since 2013, where she currently lives with her husband Michael; two pit bulls, Shelby and Link; and cat, Kity Perry. A University of Tennessee graduate, Nicole has a bachelors in communications and a career at a rapidly-growing digital marketing firm.

3 Comments on 5 Places to Find Vintage Treasures for Your Vintage Wedding

  1. Margaret - Book Paper Art
    November 25, 2011 at 9:10 pm (4 years ago)

    I have found the best stuff at thrift stores and estate sales. Also, around the 1st and 15th, sometimes you can find things left out in front of houses or leaning next to industrial dumpsters. When people are moving, they just can’t take everything and sometimes they leave some really neat stuff. One day, I found a beautiful fireplace size painting that was leaning next to an apartment dumpster. I cleaned it up and sanitized it and hung it above my fireplace.Plus I have found the neatest things in the dumpsters behind thrift stores: glassware and vases. OK,I know that it isn’t glamorous but dumpster diving is a lot of fun!

  2. Ana Maria
    November 30, 2011 at 11:21 am (4 years ago)

    Wow, thanks so much for featuring The Pond Market on your list. It even got it’s own category! Glad you enjoy it. Let me know if there’s anything I should keep a look out for that might appeal to your modern vintage brides :)
    -Ana Maria

    • Nicole
      November 30, 2011 at 12:14 pm (4 years ago)

      No problem, Ana Maria! I’m OBSESSED with your site :)


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