The Four Most Popular Vintage Styles

“Vintage” can mean a lot of things to a lot of people.  Vintage is my job.  I see it every day, it is how I make my living.  But I see so many styles get lumped into the vintage box.  Here are the four main types of vintage.  Some can be interchanged and mixed, and other styles like retro, kitsch, French Country, industrial or Hollywood Regency can all be found in these groups.  Each style is unique but still shares the vintage vibe.  Which one speaks to you?

1 – Boho. 

I chose boho first because, this one is mine.  I think this fits our style at home the best.  Boho/Bohemian is fun because it’s such a mix.  If you’re an old soul, this is probably for you too.  Also, if you’re over 35 you probably call it Bohemian.  You can add a little bit from the other vintage styles and it still can be boho.  Mix a midcentury piece of furniture with a tribal rug and sheepskin and it’s boho. Wicker or bamboo with velvet, leather or fur, Moroccan pillows and an old Fillmore poster.  Boho should have a little 1970’s vibe to feel authentic.  Indoor plants or cactus for sure.  It’s cozy, full of texture and color, and everything feels like it has a soul.  Nothing matches and we like it that way.

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2 – Shabby Chic.

Shabby Chic style was created by one of my heroes, Rachel Ashwell, several years ago and is still huge.  This includes the chippy painted furniture with crystal knobs, soft florals, tarnished silver, milk glass….lots of white, cream and pastels like pink, green or blue.  This is where you find the lace curtains, drippy chandeliers, mason jars full of old buttons, over-stuffed and slipcovered furniture, pearls and soft worn-out quilts.  Art might be painted landscapes or Victorian prints.  I see nature mixed in with shabby pretty often, maybe seashells, moss or even a turtle shell.  Primitives, farmhouse and antiques are easy to mix with Shabby Chic.  Shabby is definitely the most feminine of this list.

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3 – And the opposite of shabby…Midcentury Modern.

Midcentury Modern is HOT!  We have several MCM pieces living at our house.  Check most furniture or décor stores (like West Elm) and you’ll see a Midcentury influence.  Midcentury design started in the 1940’s when the clean, geometric Danish style became popular in America, and ran through the 1960’s.  Midcentury pieces are usually known for straight, clean lines, with a very simple style.  Wood pieces are stained a warm color with small, very simple hardware and skinny legs.  Art is bold with color and graphics, and may be product or event advertisement.  Upholstered pieces are also simple, clean and straight.  Paintings are colorful and abstract.  Throw in a sputnik light and Don Draper would approve. 

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4 – Rustic/Farmhouse.

I give all the glory of this one to our favorite Fixer Upper’s.  FARMHOUSE.  Holy shiplap, JoJo!  This mixes with several other styles like Primitive and Shabby Chic too.  Usually white, gray or greige walls, white painted or rustic furniture, burlap, cotton stems or wreaths, hand-printed signs, windmills, wire baskets, and barn doors are all signature Farmhouse.  The real deal is always better, but you can find Farmhouse reproduction everywhere.  Even if they are new pieces, Farmhouse style still has a vintage feel and mixes very well with true vintage, primitive or even antique pieces.  You’ll see a lot of industrial pieces used with Farmhouse style, like metal cubbies or cabinets, carts, galvanized buckets or bins. 

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What is Junk Hippy

A vision in her mind for years, owner Kristen Grandi said, 2016 is proving that dreams and reality do combine and produce an event unlike any other in the area. In April, the El Reno two-day festival catapulted Junk Hippy to another level. 

“It was my wildest experience and what I've wanted Junk Hippy to be as far as shows thus far, and it finally happened,” Grandi said. “It was months of planning, and years of dreaming.”

A festival full of diversity, Junk Hippy El Reno produced close to 250 vendors for consumers to peruse aisles of uncommon creations and rare finds. The array of novelties cannot be pigeonholed when one describes a Junk Hippy show. 

The styles range from architectural, industrial salvage, to rusty, junky farm styles. In between one will find up cycled, repurposed selections to shabby chic, eclectic bohemian decor. Nothing is ever the same, yet the atmosphere promotes a unity of individuality. 

“I encourage diversity, and creative power when it comes to the vendors,” Grandi said. “I want them to construct their booth to cater to their own sense of style. I encourage being unique.”

Although vendors have the freedom to make their area their own, Grandi said she only has one main rule she is adamant the vendors adhere to

Be kind or leave.

“This is such a fun experience, and yes, it can have its share of unexpected events as far as things not going to plan, but we will roll with anything unexpected that happens throughout the event.” Grandi said. “And, with that I expect vendors to be pleasant to each other and to their customers. If you can’t be kind, then Junk Hippy isn’t where you belong.”

That is what adds to the dynamic of Junk Hippy. An upbeat atmosphere where all are welcome and accepted.

From hippies to cowboys, everyone is able to find an item that meets their personality. 

With food trucks lining the exterior of the event’s grounds, Junk Hippy El Reno brought a myriad of tastes. Classic menu items were available, as well as, food with a flair. Watermelon pie, fried tacos, grilled burgers and lemonade from Mason jars, the food element contributed to the festival feel.  

After shopping and eating, the crowd was able to listen to the sounds of an Oklahoma artist.

“Live music is essential to the atmosphere I wanted to promote,” Grandi said. “We hit it out of the park with the addition of Stoney LaRue in concert.”

When the sun set for the evening on the first day of the festival, LaRue took the stage into the night.

Grandi said a Friday night concert will, from now on, be a staple at the El Reno show.

So, what is Junk Hippy? An antique, vintage, craft show? In a sense, it’s a combination of everything. It’s laughter, friends, music, backed by a shopping experience one will not be able to find at any retail store. 

“It’s everything you love in one place,” Grandi said. 

Junk Hippy is an experience. 

It’s a getaway from the norm. And, that is Grandi’s goal.

“If I ever feel our show style is being copied, I’m going to kick it up a notch. I am one who can’t stand to be the same as anyone else, that goes for my show too.  When we started doing this, it was to do something new and unique in our area.  I love what we do and won't let a little imitation stop me.”

Her show that she worked countless hours to construct. A show that introduced her to a vast amount of people with different backgrounds and ideas. Junk Hippy brought together the people and their individuality in one place to share with all. 

An Oklahoma original, four years later, Junk Hippy continues breaking the barriers for vendor-type events. 

By Bridget Mason