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.

Emily Truman, a Millersville graduate with a degree in Psychology, has edited nursing textbooks for almost 5 years. She has been editing for FLL since the working stages of Issue 32. Aside from editing work, Emily also makes pies with unique fillings and flavor combinations, as well as repurposed clothing and jewelry. She loves spending quality time with friends, her family, and her bulldog Ozzy.