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Decorating with Vintage Collectibles

If you are not the type of person who enjoys flipping through home decorating magazines looking for the latest ideas, you may want to spend a little bit of time considering a different path in home decor.  Many people today are looking toward vintage items as a way to decorate their homes.  You can find these old items at garage sales, yard sales, estate sales and auctions, both online and off.  One of the more popular online auction sites is eBay, and they have conveniently broken their collectibles category down into many subcategories for collectors to peruse.

There is something comforting and even rustic about using vintage or antique items in your home decorating scheme.  We have all heard the saying what is old is new again, and it certainly can be applied to the accents you place around your house.  Using older items to decorate may not get you on the cover of any home decorating magazines, but it can really help in creating a fun and welcoming atmosphere in your home.  There are many small items that can be added to your decorating scheme that will act as a subtle touch that can make a big difference.  A quick look at eBay will show you that antique crystal doorknobs are a very popular item among buyers.  Some people replace the metal hardware before installing them on the doors in their homes, but others prefer the worn look of the original metal.  Especially for people who live in large, older homes, these beautiful doorknobs can offer some real charm.

Other people like to devote one or more of their rooms to a particular theme or hobby.  One very popular theme is railroad memorabilia.  Setting up a train room can be a fun way to pass the time for a railroad enthusiast.  Along with actual working scale model trains, people often place old railroad memorabilia about the room such as railroad crossing signs and vintage railroad lanterns.

These are just a couple of ideas for folks who enjoy taking a different approach in their home decorating.  You should always follow your heart and your imagination when you decide to decorate.  It is, after all, your home and you should feel good about it no matter what room you are in.