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Cover Image: Vintage Bottles – Brettos Bar in Athens

Collections are entertaining. And once you have your first, it is really easy to start new ones or add to the ones you’ve already been building. But sometimes it is really hard to understand where to start and what to collect. Here some ideas to start your very own collection:


  1. Soda syphon

The soda syphon, also know as seltzer bottle, is a device used to create carbonated water. The syphon bottle was patented in France in the early 1800s and the bottles became very popular during in the 1920s/1930s.

You can still find very good vintage items on antique shops, Ebay and flea markets. The soda bottles have a great mix of colors and styles – all key elements to create a unique home decoration.

  1. Chinese calligraphy brushes

Inspire your inner artist. These items are becoming very popular among the collectors around the world. Calligraphy brushes have around 4000 years old history. In old China the main raw materials of calligraphy brushes were wood, bamboo, wool and they were completely handmade. They make great accessory items which fit with a range of decorating styles – and depending on how they are displayed, can be seen either as “exotic,” “world traveler,” or simply “oriental.”

  1. Vintage Glass Buoy/floats

Glass floats, glass fishing floats, or Japanese glass fishing floats are popular collectors’ items. The first country to produce and use glass-fishing floats was Norway around 1840. Many of floats can still be found in local boathouses. The earliest floats, including most Japanese glass fishing floats, were handmade by a glassblower. Recycled glass, especially old sake bottles, was typically used and air bubbles in the glass are a result of the rapid recycling process.

There is something alluring about a glass float. So beautiful and round that has spent time in our oceans. When they escape nets floating in the ocean, they are like a mysterious message in a bottle that has been set adrift in the hope someone will find it years later.

  1. Vintage globes

Amassed on a shelf or tabletop in varying sizes and colors, a collection of globes can create a really beautiful display. Globes are beautiful perched on bookcases; but they don’t have to be relegated to office spaces. They are also right at home in play spaces and children’s rooms, family rooms and even as seasonal decorations. Because they are fairly inexpensive and easy to find at yard sales and flea markets, it isn’t hard to amass a collection for visual impact on a shelf or mantel.

  1. Lithographic stones

Lithographic stones are highly decorative items. You can find them in many shapes and dimensions, plus some of these stones have a beautiful vintage graphic and patina. Their ideal place is on a coffee table or a console table.

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