Updated: Jan 23
Trends and styles repeat themselves. Keep any item for a while, and you’ll discover that what once was out is now back in. It doesn’t take too much digging to see the current vintage trends that are taking the main stage in fashion, home design, and with collectors of any kind!
While we could talk vintage trends forever, knowing what’s popular is a good start! We hope learning more about these top vintage items that are currently trending will inspire you on your next shopping trip to an antique mall or help boost some more interest in your antique mall booth!
7 Trending Vintage Items
1. Vintage signs
2. Mid-century modern everything
4. Vintage clothing
5. Vinyl records
6. Art deco
7. Vintage toys
Retro Advertising Signage
Vintage signs have been a hot commodity for some time, and there is no sign of that stopping. Some of the trendiest signs are vintage automotive brands, oil, tobacco, varieties of soda, and farm signs. Vintage advertising signs are popular amongst collectors but are often also used to decorate homes, garages, and offices.
Vintage signage is also a perfect way to decorate and draw attention to your antique mall booth. A retro soda sign is perfect for displaying with a set of vintage glassware to help draw customers’ eyes up and into your booth!
Anything Mid-Century Modern
Mid-century modern is a style trend spanning the middle of the 20th century, from approximately 1933-1965. Whether it’s architecture, graphic design, or furniture, mid-century modern are buzzwords that make items sell like crazy!
Mid-century modern furniture is known for its clean lines, simplicity, and use of natural elements like wood. Whether it’s a sleek desk, couch, or dining room table and chairs, this style is highly sought after. Many modern furniture manufacturers have tried to replicate these mod designs - further proof that it’s such a hot style right now! But take it from us; the original is the way to go; there is nothing like settling into a vintage egg chair that provides that perfect pop of color to your space.
We all know how much lighting can make or break the ambiance of a place. Vintage lighting not only provides needed warmth to a space but also some funky character that truly sets a room or entire home apart. As a bonus, vintage lighting has typically been made much better than newly-made light fixtures.
Some vintage lamps that are currently popular are:
Green banker desk light
Vintage Denim and T-Shirts
Any clothing dating from the 1990s or before is currently trending. One of the biggest vintage clothing items is denim. Whether it’s high-waisted jeans, bell bottoms, or a denim jacket, vintage clothes enthusiasts are scouring the clothing racks!
Millennials and Gen Z have also created quite the market for vintage graphic T-shirts due to their obsession with all things from their youth, like music bands, TV shows, sports, or specific brands of clothing or alcohol. Vintage T-shirts bring all the nostalgia and practical comfort - what could be better?
Records are certainly making a comeback as THE way to listen to music. There is just something about listening to an album on vinyl that creates more of an experience and memory than just putting some earbuds in and turning up your phone.
Collecting vintage vinyl is a great hobby, and the options are endless with the records that can be found. When searching for your perfect retro tune, remember to examine the record for scratches and dirt. A damaged jacket can also be a sign that the record is in poor condition, but make sure to look at the record inside because sometimes a damaged jacket still has clean vinyl on the inside, which probably means you are scoring a deal!
Vintage Art Deco Design
Although most have heard of Art Deco, not everyone is familiar with what it is and encompasses. Art Deco design originated in the 1910s in Paris and became very popular in the United States in the 1920 and 1930s.
Art Deco is a design style that includes both large structural elements like buildings as well as clothing, jewelry, and artwork. It is characterized by symmetrical, geometric forms with a focus on luxury and opulence; artwork typically includes yellow, red, green, blue, and pink.
Vintage Art Deco artwork, like posters and prints, has become very popular in recent years and is a unique way to update your walls with intriguing and sophisticated designs. Art Deco prints are perfect for adding to a gallery wall in your home or as a gift to an art lover in your life. Typical patterns are triangles, zigzags, trapezoids, and chevrons.
Everyone wants a little piece of their childhood back, and a perfect way to do this is by acquiring toys that connect you back to your younger years. The world of vintage toys is endless, and while some are searching for toys that have the most value, others are just hoping to find their favorite action figure from years gone by.
Vintage toys currently trending are:
Star Wars action figures
“Air Raid” a vintage Atari video game
Board games like Monopoly
GI Joe action figure
Now that you’re itching to get in the car to find your own perfect vintage items, it’s important to consider how to shop for trendy vintage items. While one option is to sift through a lot of piles of rust and dust at a flea market, another option is to find an antique mall near you and explore the organized, high-quality vintage finds at the various antique mall booths.
Whether you are looking for some vintage signage, furniture, vinyl, or toys, our staff are always happy to help and provide you guidance on which booths in our mall may have just what you’re searching for.
Here at America’s Antique Mall, we have 55,000 square feet of space with over 450,000 items, many of which are the perfect vintage find for your next shopping trip!