Father’s Day often gets a bit overshadowed by its famous counterpart, Mother’s Day – the busiest restaurant day of the year! I’m certain I’m not the only one with a dad who quips ‘don’t spend your money on me!’ when asked what he’d like as a gift. Advertisers will bombard us with suggestions for ties, cologne, and golf clubs to make our fathers eyes light up. And those are all fine gifts! But sometimes it’s nice to take a break from the norm and get something a bit more unique – which is why I love to shop vintage. Most any vintage find is going to have a story all its own, from where you found it, who owned it first, and what it meant to them. Also, you’re far less likely to buy the same gift as another family member! I’ve scoured a few of my favorite shops from the Vintage and Main team on Etsy, and they had some fantastic finds for dads with an eye for fine design and vintage flair.
Mary Beth of Mary Beth Hale curates a breathtaking array of vintage and true antique goods in her shop – her photos are inspiring and hint at the decades of stories each item hides. From home decor to antique dresses, there’s a bit of everything – but the listing that made my jaw drop was this 1930s varsity sweater. Everything that goes out of style comes back in, and you can be sure that this sweater would be a huge hit in the cooler fall months – and a point of extreme pride at the annual Thanksgiving family football game! Definitely an improvement from your run of the mill dress shirt.
Beatriz of Alegria Collection hosts a beautifully curated collection of fine vintage and antique goods, primarily finds for the home. Her shop is such a joy to browse with its clean background, pops of color, and appeal to both men and women – which is how I came across her 1940s floor lamp. I don’t think there are too many lamps that would elicit a gasp of awe, but this one sure does – sleek, commanding, and straight out of the mid-century industrial movement. It’s great for dads (or granddads!) who work on hobbies that require good lighting – my boyfriend is constantly moving our one table lamp around for better lighting as he paints his model figures into the late hours of the night!
If you’re hunting for a mid-century haven, look no further than Kara’s shop Douglas Vintage. It is as clean and organized as a magazine photo shoot, and her mid century finds are absolutely perfect – I spotted this pair of antelope horns in the shop, and right next to it the perfect display box to set them up in. When hunting for a father’s day gift, I like to try and create a ‘gift plus’ to make it memorable. Rather than a straightforward bottle of Scotch, I recently gave my dad a bottle of Scotch with a set of whiskey stones and a pair of vintage glasses. This taxidermy treasure PLUS a cool way to display it makes a great gift that’s ready to place atop a bookshelf or desk (and is sure to get compliments!)
In that same line of thinking, sometimes the gift box can be the gift itself! This gorgeous antique box from Sebastian of Gentlemanly Pursuits (how perfect for father’s day?) is ready to fill with your dads favorite craft beer, whiskey, or maybe some homemade lemonade! Of course, it could also be transformed back into its original form and filled with new tools for your dads workshop – the possibilities are endless! Gentlemanly Pursuits is a gorgeous shop filled with one of a kind antiques from all over the world, and you’re sure to find the right something special for most anyone.