There are many reasons to buy vintage – Retropolitan considers something to be vintage if it is at least 50 years old, or antique – over 100 years old, instead of new. Below are a few:
- You can often furnish your home or dress yourself more cheaply if you buy from flatbox, super center or discount stores, but these purchases will most likely not stand the test of time, style- or quality-wise.
- When you furnish or dress in antique or vintage, you are preserving s bit of history, perhaps even your own – you may choose something that reminds you of your own childhood, or of a favorite grandmother, for instance.
- Many companies claim that they are “eco-friendly,” but no matter how much they try, their manufacturing processes still pollute the environment and use valuable natural resources, including the fuel burned for shipping. Vintage and Antique items already exist!
- Most of us consider ourselves to be unique individuals: how better to create our own personal spaces than to blend vintage, antique and perhaps some new? One does not usually get bored with his/her personal statements.
- Why buy a reproduction when you can buy the original?
- Vintage and antique items are generally better made – usually by hand. Scuffs, nicks, a snag or pinhole are celebrated and each one tells a story of a past owner, a past era.
If you take care of your vintage and antique items, they will usually increase in value over time; buying these items can be likened to buying a new car: the new model’s price nosedives as soon as it is driven off the lot.
Join Retropolitan Fine Antiques & Vintage and Annapolis’ own Great Frogs Winery for an event featuring Prohibition era cocktails on Saturday, September 14th. This event will benefit the great works of Talisman Therapeutic Riding. Finger foods will be served. Prohibition era dress is suggested, but optional.
Tickets can be purchased in-store at Retropolitan and on the Talisman Therapeutic Riding website here.
We have officially moved. Retropolitan Fine Antiques and Vintage is now located at 14 Annapolis Street in West Annapolis. We will have a soft opening on November 15th. Stay tuned for an invite to our grand opening celebration!
Retropolitan was featured in local blogger Kay Weeks’ latest post about her Ellicott City meanderings entitled “Veni Vidi Vici, Retropolitan Shopper.” In her latest post, Kay explores the vintage finds available on our first floor dedicated entirely to mens and womens vintage clothing and accessories. Check out her latest adventures in vintage here.
Pictured here is a grouping of three Plexiglass lamps manufactured by Moss in the mid-1950’s available now at Retropolitan
The Moss Manufacturing Company was established in San Francisco in 1937. It originally produced traditional metal lighting with long-stemmed bases and a lamp shade. World War II and the rationing of metal forced the company to come up with a new and innovative material with which to manufacture lamps: Plexiglass! With this new and unconventional material came new and unconventional designs. The company plugged (no pun intended!) its new products as “conversation pieces,” and indeed they were, and still are.
White tulip table and chairs on the mid-century modern floor at Retropolitan
The “tulip chair” was originally designed for Knoll in the late 1950’s but rose to popularity with Star Trek in the early 1960’s on the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise. A smart sample of the industrial design, the curves and sleek lines of this set are still a favorite of interior designers looking to make a statement. Stop by Retropolitan’s mid-century modern floor to see if this tulip table and chair set may just be the statement that you’re looking to make.