Vintage or Shabby Chic

In 2011, Decoration, June 2011 on June 17, 2011 at 12:01 am

I’ve been doing a lot of searching for vintage wedding stuff on the internet (partly for the wedding, partly ‘coz I enjoy it, and partly to put on this blog) and there seems to be some sort of idea that ‘vintage’ is synonymous with ‘shabby chic’.

While I love both styles, I’m wondering how the two came to be mixed together. Is it because a lot of vintage items are distressed and therefor slip into the ‘shabby’ part of ‘shabby chic’ effortlessly?

For example, a search for ‘vintage wedding’ on etsy gives me these

Shabby Chic Party of Five - Vintage Hobnail Vases


Vineyard Wedding Table Number Cards


Supplies with Zing for Creating Dynamic Creations

and these

Something Blue- Vintage Romance Bridal Garter Set (Design 3)

Now don’t get me wrong, most of these things are lovely but they seem, at least to me, to sit firmly in the shabby chic classification rather than vintage.

What do you think?


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