10 Vintage-Inspired Pieces That Aren't Totally Old Fashioned

All the nostalgia you crave, with the perfect dose of modernity. 

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Sometimes, after several years left untouched on the shelf, vintage pieces can take a wrong turn. It might be the dust collecting on a seemingly useless tchotchke or the creepiness of long-forgotten trinkets, but somewhere along the line, those actual vintage accent pieces just become less desirable, usually right before icky discoloration sets in.

Instead of relying on those old knick knacks you don't even like for a dose of shabby chic, look for items that evoke vintage style, without veering into old-fashioned territory. These 10 vintage-inspired accents not only look the part, but are so useful, they'll never just sit collecting dust.

1: Mirror, Mirror

This “mirror” wasn't designed to help you primp. Use the ornate mirror-style chalkboard for handy reminders, messages, and lists, which will keep your room and planner looking neat and tidy.

$89.95; pier1.com

2: Relaxation Station

Not at all “get off my lawn!,” this gliding chair simply asks you to take a seat and stay a while. Its aesthetic is 1950s Americana, but both its color and purpose are timeless, and it instantly adds personality and tranquility to an outdoor seating area.

$222.99; houzz.com

3: Bright Idea

Light up your space with these charming, old fashioned-style bulbs. These can be used to add a subtle glow to an indoor room or to keep everything bright at an outdoor get-together.

$24.99; target.com

4: Dapper Digits

Just in case you forgot, clocks do still exist. This one is serving antique vibes and a trip down memory lane courtesy of its Cold War-era look. Unlike the original, its wood is chemical- and lacquer-free thanks to modern technology.

$29; etsy.com

5: Old Meets New

This piece combines the old-world, luxe feel of classic Persian rugs with millennial pink and neon sketches. Consider it the best of both worlds, brightening up any floor on which it’s placed.

6: #Throwback

Say cheese! Fujifilm has captured special moments for decades, and its latest innovation in photography may look like an OG, but it has the high-tech perks the Instagram generation craves.

$69.99; bestbuy.com

7: Elegance & Organization

This stunning desk is where productivity meets style with its own twist on southern Antebellum charm. Not a bad place to sit down and get some work done.

$579.99; wayfair.com

8: Tidy Up

If you can’t quite commit to a vintage-looking desk, this hand carved organizer might do the trick instead. It keeps clutter at bay while adding a little individual style with its floral pattern and rough-around-the-edges flair.

$39.99; worldmarket.com

9: Precious Jewels

You can’t wear this as a broach, but it's so pretty you’ll wish you could. These glimmering knobs will take drawers from dark and drab to Sunday best — think of them like jewelry for your furniture.

10: Blue Mood

Harkening back to Flapper-era art and the muses of artists past, this porcelain candle smells fab and adds quirky character to a room long after the wick has burned out.

$49.99; gilt.com

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