Shopping vintage can always be a little intimidating. With so many unique items to pick from, figuring out not only what something might be worth but deciding what fits within your style as well, can make quiet challenging. Showing you how to take such items and incorporating them into your own design, today we show you how a newbie vintage shopper has styled a mid century dining room table, an Afghan woven rug and an antique steamer trunk, all bought at Kuzak’s Closet estate sales, into her space.
What is your home style?
My home style is a work in progress! I recently moved to California and have seen a lot of mid-century modern house designs, which have been a big influence. For my house, I decided on starting with fairly neutral color pallet, slowly adding vintage pieces that either drew my eye or were budget-friendly. Pre-loved estate sale pieces can be a little bit worn in already, so I find them to be practical choices for families with young children around like mine.
When did you start shopping vintage and why?
I started about a year ago. I like being able to recycle furniture, rather than buying things that are new. If I’m careful I often find something of nicer quality for a similar price to a mass-produced item. I feel like I’m giving new life to furniture that has been loved before and some things that I’ve bought have been real treasures! For example, the my mid century dining room table I bought at a Kuzak’s Closet estate sale was such a great piece with character. I was lucky enough to over hear a family member of the estate comment that the table had seen a lot of parties and family occasions over the years. Knowing or imagining the story of a vintage piece is definitely part of the enjoyment. Overall, shopping at Kuzak’s has changed the way I approach chain stores. I now find myself looking at new goods, and wondering if I could find something similar at an estate sale. I’m also a bit more restrained in what I buy, and more likely to edit out my past shopping mistakes. Some vintage pieces really need space to shine.
Any tips for new vintage shoppers?
A challenge that I have found when shopping vintage, is wishing I knew more about how to spot good quality and if an item is worth the investment. This definitely comes by doing research and lots of trial and error so don’t be afraid to ask questions. The Kuzak’s Closet team can be a great source of advice on how to style vintage pieces.
It can be hard to get a quiet moment at a busy sale, but Taylor, Monica, and Amanda have been great sounding boards when I have been deliberating! Other team members have different and equally useful areas of expertise. I’ve also picked up a few pointers on things like cleaning or restoration from chatting to fellow shoppers.
What is your favorite thing you have purchased from Kuzak’s Closet?
My favorite thing is probably the red rug from the Kuzak’s Closet Atherton estate sale this summer, though my dining table and chairs from a Kuzak’s Closet Palo Alto estate sale come a close second. When I fist saw the red rug it was dusty, covered in dog hair and fairly worn. I bought it mostly so that my dining chairs would not scrape the floorboards. I also figured that red was a practical color for a dining room as it wouldn’t show food and wine stains quite so readily! The when I took it a local rug store for an honest opinion on whether it was worth spending any money on repairs and cleaning I was surprised to learn that the rug was from Afghanistan, and much older than I had realized. Once it was clean I was happy on how quite lovely it looked. I hope to get a many more years of use out of it.
Here is a peek at the her favorite items from our sales inside this shopper’s home! I hope this post inspires you to get out and shop with up sometime soon! If you have curated great style through Kuzak’s Closet estate sale hunting and would like to be featured on the blog please let me know!