V is for Vintage

The craze for vintage goods is still all the rage, and while many may believe that the weak economy is the reason, I choose to believe that it’s the interest in preserving a piece of history that makes people reuse or repurpose (okay, so it’s probably both). Whether you’re strolling the flea markets and thrift stores, or simply cleaning out your closets, there’s a good chance you’ll come across something that can be used in a unique and different way, while maintaining its traditional feel without costing a fortune. Of course, because it’s hot right now, you’ll run across new things that have been designed with that vintage feel in mind (check out the displays of most major department stores!).

Vintage goods, whether repurposed or not, can make great gifts.    Check out one of these books for ideas on how to make something old look new, or vice versa – just in time for Christmas:


1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse: Remake, Restyle, Recycle, Renew – Garth Johnson

Adventures in Bookbinding: Handcrafting Mixed-Media Books – Jeannine Stein

Amy Barickman’s Vintage Notions: An Inspirational Guide to Needlework, Cooking, Sewing, Fashion, and Fun – Amy Barickman

Beading Vintage-Style Jewelry: Easy Projects with Elegant Heirloom Appeal – Stevens-Heebner

Born-Again Vintage: 25 Ways to Deconstruct, Reinvent, + Recycle Your Wardrobe – Bridgett Artise

Button It Up: 80 Amazing Vintage Button Projects for Necklaces, Bracelets, Embellishments, Housewares and More – Susan Beal

Cool Crafts With Old T-Shirts: Green Projects for Resourceful Kids –  Carol Sirrine

Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose a Pillowcase  – Suzanne Tourtillott

Fabric Scrapping – Katie Ebben

Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures  – Amanda Blake Soule

Hankie Couture: Handcrafted Fashions from Vintage Handkerchiefs – Marsha Greenberg

Have Yourself a Very Vintage Christmas: Crafts, Decorating Tips, and Recipes, 1920s – 1960s – Susan Waggoner

Knitting Vintage: 30 Knitting Projects Inspired by Period Fashions – Claire Montgomerie

Knitting Vintage Socks: New Twists on Classic Patterns – Nancy Bush

Remake It!: Recycling Projects More From the Stuff You Usually Scrap – Tiffany Threadgould

Restore, Recycle, Repurpose: Create a Beautiful Home – Randy Florke

Sew Darn Cute: 30 Sweet and Simple Projects to Sew and Embellish – Jenny Ryan

Vintage Collage Journals: Journaling with Antique Ephemera – Maryjo Koch

Vintage Craft Workshop Projects: Fresh Takes on Twenty-Four Classic Projects from the 60s and 70s – Cathy Callahan

Vintage Jewelry Design: Classics to Collect and Wear – Caroline Cox

Vintage Knits: 30 Exquisite Vintage-Inspired Patterns for Cardigans, Twin Sets, Crewnecks, and More – Sarah Dallas

Vintage Pop-Up Cards: Making Your Own Timeless Treasures – Taylor Hagerty

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