Hey lovers and others, that heart-thumping time of the year is just about upon us and that can only mean one thing — more gift giving (or more hint-dropping about gifts to get!)
The wonderful thing about sourcing your Valentine’s Day trinkets at a vintage and antique store is that it’s the eco-friendly choice, as I wrote about in a recent blog.
So on that note, here are some gift suggestions for your sweetheart that are a sweetheart of a deal.
Among the best and simplest Valentines are the old school postcards and cards decorated with cupids, blushing lovers, charming dressed up animals, glittery gold, and sweet sentiments.
We’ve got a bunch of old Valentines either to use as they are, or to re-purpose into new Valentines if they already have writing on them. Usually available for under $5 to under $10, they offer just the right touch to make the day special without breaking the bank. Come in and ask about them — we’ll show you where to find them.
Go Bling or Go Home!
I don’t know whether diamonds really are a girl’s best friend, but I do know that enough girls come through with their hearts going pitter-patter over our jewelry collections that I’m confident to say you kinda can’t go wrong with a little bling bling.
Several of our amazing vendors curry in vintage, antique, estate, and costume jewelry of all sorts.
If Mexican silver is your thing, we’ve got it. Maybe she loves big, bold, and brash beads — a statement piece that you can’t miss. We’ve got ’em.
Or perhaps a lovely brooch to set off her hat, a scarf, or a fabulous lapel is the kind of piece your lady loves. I’m telling you, come in and see because yes, we’ve got that!
Turquoise, amethysts, garnets, amber, tourmaline, crystals, stones of all sorts, yes, we’ve got that. And the best thing of all? We have a great collection, a huge collection really, but not SO huge that your eyes glaze over from too many choices.
Always well curated, full but not overly crowded, our jewelry vendors know how to please the eye and not overwhelm the mind when picking out that special trinket. Come in and see!
Something Floral, Something True
Saying it with flowers is always nice — but saying with something permanently floral is even better.
Sadly, flowers fade. They make a temporary splash but then they naturally wither away. How about giving her something that lasts beyond a short shelf life like a beautiful floral vase instead? How about an original painting of a flower arrangement, a lovely pastoral scene, or the view from a window?
Surprisingly these items are often more than affordable from our vendors and unlike a bouquet, they’re both lasting and truly unique.
Maybe she loves china — how about a plate or tea pot beautifully decorated in her favorite color of flowers? Trivets, glasses, tea cups, platters, pitchers, and more can all fall into the category of an amazing Valentine’s Day gesture that will last. Every time she pulls it out she’ll remember your thoughtfulness.
Give a Man His Due
So what to give to the big burly manly sweetheart in your life?
I’m not saying guys are any less romantic BUT it still could be fun to meet him where he is. Say he loves old issues of Mad Magazine. Or maybe he goes in for old movies and would swoon for a nice book about Cagney or a big vintage movie poster from advertising Key Largo or The Misfits.
To some men nothing could make their hearts go aflutter more than a unique fishing lure, a carved animal relic, a book on the Civil War, or a bottle from their favorite Shenandoah Valley milk producer of the 1920s.
To each their own, right? That’s why anything can be a Valentine if it’s the right Valentine for your Valentine.
My suggestion is to come peruse the shop and if he loves flowers and she loves tools then get him the vase and get her the saw — whatever you do make it personal, make it unique, and make it vintage!
— Ellen Boden, Proprietress, Staunton Antiques Center