Whether you're obsessed with hunting down a replacement dish for your family's mid-century china set or you're just looking to add some character-filled, non-Ikea sourced kitchenware to your life, going vintage is a great option. Below are some tips for finding the stuff that's actually worth investing in.
1. Know Your Terms
If you're not a professional chef, you might not be familiar with some of the traditional names for tools or pans, like "rondeau" (a high-sided, round pan) or "cocotte," another term for a Dutch oven. Knowing all the possible names for whatever item you're in the market for can help you narrow down your search, especially if you're shopping online at sites like Etsy and eBay. Even if you end up going a little broad with your search, casting a wide net can help lead you to knowledgeable sellers.
2. Get on Instagram
Even before Instagram announced its new shopping feature, a number of shops and independent artistshad already begun using the app for e-commerce, posting new one-of-a-kind goods the minute they hit shelves. Protocol for making a purchase varies by store—many sellers only need your email address to send you an invoice. Perusing shops on Instagram is also a great way to access retailers outside of where you live. Even if your favorite store doesn't actually sell its wares via Instagram, it may post about new arrivals. Checking for updates can be a dangerously addictive shortcut to trolling for treasures in person.