Sharing the latest vintage finds for 2023.
As I write this, it is the month of August.
It’s been a month of gathering and planning for the upcoming changes as we move into a new season.
I acquired twelve incredible Victorian-inspired pieces to add to my Victorian Farmhouse-styled home.
And I’m excited to share these finds with you!
My focus has been to find vintage brass candlesticks and candelabras.
And during my quest, I learned a thing or two about antique brass candleholders.
One was how old antique candelabras transitioned from candles to light bulbs after electricity was introduced in the late 1800s to early 1900s.
That was an incredible discovery!
Finding this information opened up a bigger discovery of “Bouillotte Lamps” from the 1920s that are still popular today.
Based upon my research, the most desirable bouillotte lamps are the old antique ones that are extremely expensive.
The one in the photo above is on sale for $263.20 (August 2023) at Ballard Designs, compared to the antique bouillotte lamps that are $500 to $12,000.
So, it is possible to find new ones that have the old look.
And to think, my quest for brass candleholders started when I made this video.
I filmed some incredible finds from an antique store in Kirkland, WA. Here is the blog post sharing these finds.
But a brass antique clock and candelabra set caught my eye.
This set started my search.
And it all came to a halt because I realized I couldn’t afford such luxuries.
But did I give up looking?
I found affordable alternatives.
And my hunt for gorgeous vintage finds was a lot of work but oh so fun!
The first one on the list is the first piece I purchased.
I found it at the antique store (in the video above).
No. 1 – Antique White Ironstone Pitcher
It was sitting on the top shelf with over a dozen white ironstone pitchers.
What caught my eye was the price.
It was under $80; the others were $90 or above.
I asked the clerk for help to pull several of them down so I could see which one I wanted.
What amazed me was how heavy they were.
Compared to the thrift store pitchers I own, they had substantial weight to them.
The handles were thicker than what I’ve experienced.
I decided to get this one.
And it made my vintage heart happy to now own my first real ironstone pitcher.
It was a happy day!
No. 2 – Hollywood Regency Antique Brass Candelabra
This is a Hollywood Regency candelabra.
It was under $40.
I love the squared bottom with the tiny feet.
The ornate scrolled arms lend to its vintage charm.
It doesn’t look like it, but in real life, it is heavy.
It’s solid brass and looks incredible!
No. 3 – Brass Letter Holder
This antique letter holder is from 1910.
It’s a Victorian piece that has an old vintage patina.
It is solid brass and has a heavy, substantial feel.
I love the details of the bottom legs.
This could be used as a napkin holder, too.
Having this in the middle of the dining table would be elegant and add a vintage touch.
That gave me an idea!
I found some vintage letters from France.
It adds to the uniqueness of this piece.
In the third photo above is a stamp that looks to be dated 1915, I believe.
Anyway, the handwritten French letters are pretty cool!
Don’t you think?
No. 4 – Victorian Platter
The Victorian ladies on this platter are regal and dressed in embellished stylish hats you would imagine from that era!
I added this platter and a print of a Victorian mansion to my gallery wall.
There is a “Gather” sign, a white chippy shelf, and a mirror with a rustic Farmhouse style.
Combining the Victorian and Farmhouse-styled pieces together completes the desired Victorian Farmhouse look.
No. 5 – Chunky Goodwill Frame
This frame was originally a light pink with a rose print inside.
I found it at Goodwill for $5.99.
Taking some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, I lightly painted the top in the color Old White.
Once the paint dried, I took a smooth grit sandpaper and rubbed the raised areas to reveal the dark underlayer.
It gave it a subtle chippy look.
Here is a tutorial on how to paint a Goodwill frame, here.
No. 6 – Green Floral Vase with Ornate Metal Base
This delicate vase is so unique!
It’s a small piece that adds a little bit of whimsy when decorating.
The metal ornate base is separate from the vase.
Which is nice.
No matter where I put it, it will be a sweet little vintage-inspired addition to my decor.
I’m thinking of adding a single faux flower.
Or use it to place my favorite pencil and pen on my writing desk in my living room.
It has multiple uses.
No. 7 – Clear Glass Urn Candy Dish
The moment I saw this on one of my trips to Goodwill, I grabbed it without hesitation.
When looking for vintage-inspired things, it becomes easier to detect treasures immediately.
And this one has the height and grandness of something that belonged from the bygone days.
What I love is the price!
$6.99 is a deal!
No. 8 – Hollywood Regency Brass and Crystal Candlestick
After searching for Hollywood Regency Candelabras and Candlesticks, it became apparent that my sights were too high.
The prices range from $200 to $2000.
By chance, I came across a couple of affordable pieces.
And this Hollywood Regency Candlestick was a steal at $25.
It has the typical Hollywood Regency look, and I couldn’t be happier to finally have something authentic from that line.
The next vintage find is also a Hollywood Regency piece!
No. 9 – Hollywood Regency Brass and Crystal Candelabra with Marble Base
How lucky am I to have such an elegant antique candelabra?
I found this for $37.00.
I had to pinch myself!
The Victorian style blends beautifully with my other decor pieces.
Not to mention the real marble base.
This is one of my favorite vintage finds for 2023.
No. 10 – Blue Floral Needlepoint Pillow
I did a post recently sharing some Victorian-styled pillows from Amazon.
You can see them here.
And on the list were some needlepoint pillows like the one above.
This one fits perfectly to blend the blue velvet Victorian chair with the grey antique sofa.
It’s hard to see it in the above photo, but adding this Victorian-styled pillow with a farmhouse 16×20 tick-striped pillow gave this the Victorian Farmhouse combination that I love.
No. 11 – Brass Six Arm Candelabra
This antique brass six arm candelabra was an amazing vintage find for 2023.
It’s solid brass which makes this piece heavy.
I love the simple design and how the arms curve.
It’ll be a useful piece that will be used over again when decorating.
And that leads to the epic vintage find below.
No. 12 – Brass Crystal and Marble Candelabra
I saved my all-time favorite vintage find for 2023 for the last!
This candelabra was listed on eBay as broken.
At first, I passed it up, even though it was just what I was looking for.
One of the legs was dented.
A wire held an ornate brass piece of one of the arms together.
It was a risk.
And I didn’t know if I could fix it.
But this is how I roll.
Broken things don’t scare me.
Because all I could see was its beauty.
Plus, after searching high and low, this one was affordable.
The asking price was $104.00.
I offered a low $84.00.
And the seller took it!
Now, the moment of truth was to see it in real life.
With excitement, I tore open the box once it arrived.
I pulled out this delicate ornate antique candelabra and looked over all the broken parts.
Taking some time, I adjusted and twisted the arm to make it work.
Amazon had some small maple leaf crystals that ended up being exactly the look I was imagining.
The photo above is a link, but here is the link for your convenience.
Holes at the base of each arm hold up to 12 crystals.
I placed 4 of these maple leaf crystals per arm.
It was the right amount.
The rings to connect the crystals to the candelabra were a challenge, but it was worth it!
Tucking the loose arm in the back, you can’t tell it’s broken.
Until I permanently solder the broken brass piece together, it works.
The overall look is grand!
But what I love is the burnt orange/brown swirl in the marble.
The intricate ornate details of the brass that holds the marble in place.
It fits in my beautiful, imperfect home.
It was my pleasure to take you around my home to show you my latest vintage finds for Victorian Lane Farms in 2023.
Let me know in the comments below what your favorite vintage find was from my list.
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