So I thought I would broach a subject that illustrates this. Making do, vintage style!
We have lots of cute stuff in our house and always have, but it's changed through the years according to the size of place we lived in, we downsized a lot a fews years ago as we were in rented accomodation for about 18 months, also even if you have collected stuff for as long as we have, your tastes adapt. We have friends who have fabulous stuff, but to be honest we've never really had the money, we were musicians for years - that means broke but fun life - then sadly my husband had a really bad car crash and he hasn't been able to work since, so we've never had a lot of extra cash, and to be honest when we have we don't just spend it on stuff we like to experience life, so holidays are high on the agenda!
Anyway let me get to the point. When you love vintage stuff, you often have to make do until you get what you want at a price you can afford.
A huge example for us right now is end tables for the couch. We don't have any, we are making do with some pieces of furniture until we can afford something like this
Although I've got to be honest I don't think we'd ever pay $400 for end tables, unless we won the lottery!
So for now I have this on my side of the sofa
It's a lovely green & gold trimmed cocktail trolley. The top is a removable tray see below for pic. I say cocktail trolley but it could just be a tea trolley it just looks quite glam for just tea so I imagine cocktails being rolled through on it. I love it but it's not my ideal end table.
And even worse is what Paul uses for a endtable, horror of horrors it's a bedside cabinet! Paul needs things to hand more than I do as he's disabled, it doesn't mean he can't get up and do stuff but it's handy for him to have medication and stuff nearby. So this is ideal storage wise for him but oh how I hate how it looks, especially next to a fabulous cocktail cabinet!
I've learnt to make do much more in the last 10 years since my husband has been unable to work and therefore we've been worse off financially. It's quite a hard learning curve as I'm a very impatient person, when I want a room to come together I want it to happen now, but financially we're not able. Then I get to thinking about how people lived 50-60 years ago, making do was a way of life, only the very rich or lucky had their house and wardrobe exactly as they wanted. It is quite a modern phenomenon of vintage lovers to have a house period perfect isn't it? I understand it, if I could financially do it, boy I would, but I can't and so I realise I'm coming to terms with mixing time periods, making do and adapting to what I have, it's quite satisfying.
Two additional people influenced me when writing this post, first up was Mary from Welcome to Deluxeville I can't quote her exactly, but she said something along the lines of she's a patient lady when it comes to finding what she want and only pays what she can afford, it got me to thinking about my situation, and also Glamour Daze whose latest post is about a young woman's wardrobe plan of 1947, it's quite shocking how little they made do with! So thanks to both these ladies!