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  • Let's Chat! Are you a vintage purist?

    Be honest... are you a vintage purist? Or do you let the occasional reproduction sneak into your collection or home? Sometimes it takes an expert eye to differentiate the real thing from a repro- and even we've been fooled a time or two! Do you think it matters? If you love it, do you care if it's real or not? Maybe there are specific items you are picky about and some you let slide by without authenticity. If that's the case- what are the items you are particular about and which are ok to be reproduced in your opinion?
    Here at KINASSAUER.COM, we love good junk and obviously prefer vintage items- but they aren't always available. If we've scoured the flea market and can't find the vintage item we are looking for, we generally think that items reproduced to be used in their original manner are ok (example: a repro of a cast iron door stop that you'll actually use as a door stop!). We also let items like wicker or metal baskets, lockers or locker baskets slide by as repros. They can be super cute & functional. Where we say "NO" are projects that have been reproduced (example: these vintage suitcase shelves would NOT be as cool if they weren't the real deal!). We're also not a fan of items being reproduced if you're using them as decorative accessories (example: a pulley on a stand is MUCH more impactful if you use a real vintage pulley as opposed to a reproduced pulley!). WHAT DO YOU THINK???
    -The KI NASSAUER Team
    PS Can you guess if our vintage dog (above) is real or repro?
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  • Comments on this post (9 comments)

    • julie Stow says...

      p.s…doggie looks to perfect…repro..
      .4ever purist!

      On March 17, 2014

    • julie Stow says...

      p.s…doggie looks to perfect…repro..
      .4ever purist!

      On March 17, 2014

    • Julie Stow says...

      I am a dealer in a shop that allows a % of repro items.. It’s hard to be a purest dealer in that environment. I have to admit it kinda bugs me when a repro broche, tablecloth or quilt sells before my vintage one…unfortunately I don’t think it matters much to the majority of people….I Think many antique shops have had to allow this to appeal to younger customers and diversify shops..Occasional sales have also hurt shops as well..It’s all about the staging most people could care less if it’s old or not…

      On March 17, 2014

    • Parri says...

      Purist…I hate fake rust, especially. Save your money until you can get the real thing…reproductions are just bad and they soooo do not look like the real thing. Look how they try to do clocks, for example, with fake distressing and rusty patches….horrible! They would cheapen the look if you put with other real vintage ones. Keep looking and you ‘ll find the good stuff eventually…that’s the fun part!

      On March 17, 2014

    • Beckey says...

      Purist. I love vintage, and if I can learn items history better yet. Dislike going in a shop and finding reproductions passed off as original. I will point this out to merchant believing they are not aware. Sadly, I have seen items sometimes remain displayed at vintage pricing. Also feel terrible when a wonderful friend has presented me a gift that they purchased thinking it was an original and it is not.

      On March 16, 2014

    • Val says...

      I think the dog is vintage. I prefer vintage and not a knock off. I will purchase a copy if it is appropriate but when I am looking for the old, the replicas make it very difficult to know truly what is old…

      On March 16, 2014

    • Patty Green says...

      I’m a purist… I like the unusual, the one-of-a-kind. Plus I am an antique dealer and have a hard time with reproductions — the kind that are manufactured to dupe the public!

      On March 16, 2014

    • sheryl says...

      I would prefer vintage and would rather look for something homemade to stand in for the real thing, if possible. If I were doing a vintage bathroom, I do think that I would prefer to have a new vintage looking toilet for the water conservation but would keep the sinks and tub/showers. I guess it would have to be considered on a case by case basis.

      On March 12, 2014

    • lynda hughes says...

      Repro I have the real one that was my grandparents. One od my favs

      On March 11, 2014

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