Love Vintage? Check out ReStore!

By Holly Burris/Wichita Habitat Volunteer

Vintage items are becoming more popular as they create unique looks, are budget-friendly, and are better for the environment.

If you’re in the market for vintage furniture and other treasures be sure to check out the Vintage Treasures department at ReStore, 601 N. West St. This is Habitat for Humanity’s discount improvement store.

The Vintage Treasures section of the store is the brainchild of manager David Flask. He was having a hard time pricing vintage pieces appropriately because they were placed next to cheaper items so he decided to separate them and create the Vintage Treasures department.

Furniture, lighting, rugs and other eccentric items

Flask has seen a set of Shirley Temple dolls, a massive dining room sideboard from the 1950s, and a Shinto shrine table that was lacquered red. In addition, the department has a “fix it” corner where items needing slight repairs are placed and priced low for those who enjoy projects.

Furniture is considered vintage if it is between 20-100 years old, but beyond that it becomes antique. Vintage pieces are typically created with finer materials that last longer. “It seems like people don’t buy pieces as much for pretty, but more utilitarianism,” Flask said. “The old dressers are bigger, heavier, and better made than the new ones.”

Why donate or buy vintage?

Added bonus of donating and buying vintage: When a vintage item gets a new life it keeps it out of the landfill.

Vintage is popular because as time goes on, these pieces become less common, and according to forbes.com, this appeals to younger generations as it allows them to express their one-of-a-kind style and create highly personal spaces.

More about ReStore

Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore receives donated furniture from many sources, such as individuals downsizing their homes, to hotels doing remodeling. These items are sold at a discounted price and proceeds support Wichita Habitat for Humanity’s affordable housing work in Sedgwick County. To learn more about donating go to https://wichitahabitat.org/restore/ ReStore is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.