Built to Last

Built to Last

Photos by A.J. Nutter

A house filled with vintage furniture is automatically more welcoming. Whether just one key piece or a combination of several are featured in a room, vintage furniture was built to last. Valley Home spoke with vintage aficionado, Rose Nutter, owner of Black Kat Kollectibles—a vintage shop in Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania. Although she and her vendors sell mostly vintage clothing, housewares, and accessories, Rose and her husband AJ are huge fans of vintage furniture. They have completely furnished their home with a mixture of old and new, but have a hankering for anything midcentury modern.

Why Vintage Furniture?

Rose has all of the answers.

  • Vintage furniture is made with quality materials and was built to last.
  • When you buy a piece of vintage furniture, it’s like buying a piece of art. Along with being put together with quality materials, the design itself is more thought out and unique.
  • Because vintage furniture is essentially a piece of history, it holds its value and is a good investment for the future, as many pieces do not survive, are not taken care of, and are repurposed.
  • Nostalgia plays an important part in the role of vintage furniture. It reconnects its collector with the past.
  • Since vintage furniture is a product which already exists, it is earth friendly. Buying antiques is a great way to reuse and recycle.
  • Buying vintage furniture helps small businesses rather than big-box retailers with mass-produced pieces.

If you are interested in purchasing vintage furniture for your home, Craigslist, yard sales, and Freecycle are great places to start, especially if you’re on a budget. If your budget is a little larger, Valley Home suggests checking out Adamstown, the antique capital of the country! There are several unique shops open daily with hundreds of local vendors to choose from.