Those who know me well are aware of my addiction to ’80s Deco vases. It’s an obsession that started a few years ago when I saw a red plastic floral vase at an antique mall, and it reminded me of the plethora of curvy ’80s ceramics that graced many a table and shelf top during my favorite decade. When I couldn’t find the vases at any thrift shops in the area, I headed to Goodwill, also known as the mother ship. At any given point in time, there will be at least one ’80s Deco vase and several ’80s Deco lamps on the shelves of the local Goodwill, often in shades of peach, blue, mauve and white. My latest purchase–a blue glass piece–can be seen above!
I don’t know if I’m more excited about the fact that there are so many sweeping lines that seem to fold in on themselves, or if I’m giddy because the only equally intricate ’80s vases I’ve come across have been plastic. This one is glassy, shiny and oh so grand! And for $2.99 I was beaming like a school girl when I found it on Friday night at the Goodwill next to our favorite Thai restaurant. “I’m a cheap date,” I said as my husband and I walked back to our car. “I don’t know if I can see this displayed anywhere prominent in our home,” he answered.
To be fair, he’s been VERY tolerant. Below you can see my collection of ’80s Deco ceramics. OK, so I don’t know many men who would want a pink, lavender and blue living room display like this. After the ’80s photo shoot this setup was intended for officially wrapped, I went ahead and put the books back on our shelf, removed the pastel paper and dispersed some of the ceramics to other parts of our home (the swans are now on my desk). Don’t get me wrong–my ’80s Deco vase collection still looks awesome, but it also looks more modern in the context of our retro eclectic living room.
But don’t you think the vase at the top of this post will fit right in to the collection you see above?! I’ll let you in on a little secret…it already has! The moral of this post: If you like a little kitsch and you’re a fan of Art Deco, head to Goodwill and get a little piece of ’80s design for a few bucks! At the very least, you’ll have a centerpiece for your next ’80s party. Happy Monday!
Wow!! That is a nice find! It looks exactly like the one I found at a thrift store, except the color. I really like the color of yours, I wonder how many colors they came in and if they were sold all over the world?
Thanks so much! I'd love to find other colors as well. I once found one in red, but it was plastic, and I wasn't yet collecting (or I probably would've grabbed it)!
Donna Simmons says
I think the vase at the top would look just wonderful in my home. Can I borrow it sometime?? Just kidding….I am going to look at more than just clothes when I visit my Goodwill store from now on.
Donna, you can borrow it whenever you like ; – ) There definitely are some amazing decorative finds at Goodwill! Thanks for saying hi!