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Recently, I went searching for a vintage quilt for a small photo session with my kids. I love a vintage quilt for summer photography, the colors and patterns are so bright. You get a color filled, patterned background that screams summer. I was also looking for something large to spread out for picnics.
In my searching, I found some great resources and so I thought I might share the best places to find vintage quilts.
My favorite thing about this gigantic vintage Dresden Plate Quilt is all of the fabrics. We had so much fun spreading it out and going through each "plate" to pick our favorites. These fabrics are long gone but all so interesting! My second favorite thing is the small triangle trim around the outside of the quilt. I really can't imagine how much work this quilt was. It is at least Queen and maybe King size. Someone put a lot of effort into it. Each plate is different but they all coordinate beautifully.
Believe it or not, beautiful vintage quilts are not easy to come by at a local level. You can check your local second hand, consignment, and thrift stores, but if you come up empty handed, I have a few tips for you.
The Best Places To Find Vintage Quilts
My number one favorite place to find vintage quilts is on Etsy. I pretty much give up on shopping local because there are folks all around the country bringing the best vintage quilts to the table. Shipping is usually reasonable and most arrive already washed. Etsy is also a secure place to shop online, and I like that.
There are deals to be had on vintage quilts on Ebay. I am a "Buy It Now" kind of girl, and there are plenty of beautiful vintage quilts ready to roll here. Make sure you pay attention to the quality of the quilt in the photos and ask questions if need be. I would buy a quilt if it has holes or missing stitches for photography. You rarely get the entire quilt in a picture and you may not even be catching it in the plane of focus.
#3 One Kings Lane Vintage
One Kings Lane has a vintage division that does not disappoint. They have vintage quilts from time to time, some expensive; others reasonable.
#4 Reproduction Vintage Quilts
I am not above a reproduction quilt. If you want something new and in perfect condition but crave that vintage or antique look, a reproduction quilt is just what you need! Here are a few of my favorites:
#5 Stitched and Found
I found this amazing girl on Instagram a month ago. I have been eyeing her vintage quilts almost every day. She goes out to the Nashville Flea Market once a week and comes home with truckloads of vintage quilts. Holy Moly. She stays home with her son, and this quilt business has become her side hustle. She only opens up selling on Thursday nights, and you have to be FAST to get the one you want, they usually sell out in minutes!
Do you love vintage or antique quilts? New or old? Connect with me in the comments below.
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