Vintage signs are a growing trend in home decor

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Decorating with vintage pieces can add an eclectic flair that sets your home apart from others. Instead of the cookie-cutter designs mass-produced for home centers and department stores, antique decor can be interesting, eye-catching and, depending on where you shop, more affordable.

One growing trend in decorating with antiques is the use of vintage signs as artwork or even to serve as cabinet doors or headboards. Vintage signs lend well to kitchens and bathrooms but can be used throughout a home as well. Few things can compare to the drama, color and unique typography provided by antique signs. And they can be used with cottage decor or even in more contemporary homes.

Those shopping for vintage signs may have noticed that the increase in demand for such signage has led to an increase in price. However, there are still bargains to be had with regard to vintage signs.

Savvy shoppers often begin their quests for vintage signs at estate and garage sales. Many times people stash away old belongings in attics and basements, unaware that vintage items are highly valuable to others. Shoppers can find great deals on vintage signs at estate and garage sales. Bargains also can be found at store closings and liquidations. You may even be able to purchase the actual sign from the shuttered store.

Online auctions are another place to search for vintage signs. Buyers can bid on signs offered at auction and have many options to choose from. Keep in mind that you may pay more for the convenience of online auctions, and other shoppers can quickly drive up auction prices.

Antique shops are another venue for antique signs and coordinating pieces. Some sellers specialize in vintage signage. Antique stores are popular in many tourist towns and major cities, where more artistic neighborhoods tend to include one or more antique shops. If a particular antique store does not have what you are looking for, they may be able to secure certain pieces you desire from other vendors.

Shoppers looking for antique signs also can purchase reproductions. There are many retailers that produce very good likenesses that may be considerably more affordable than the originals. You also can commission an artist to reproduce signage that fits with your design plans. Some research online or a query of artists in your community may yield prospects who can produce the sign you covet.

Decorating with vintage signs and other artwork becomes much easier when you know where to start your search for materials. Scouring sales, antique stores and even online auctions can generally produce a bevy of options.

Vintage signage and artwork is a growing trend in home decor.