Did you know? IKEA's been around since the '50s. And while we may sometimes laugh when the company's vintage catalogs make their way around the internets, we always know that what goes around comes around. A lot of IKEA's louder designs of the '80s and '90s are now being re-embraced as part of contemporary decor. There are plenty of cool vintage IKEA items to be found on Etsy (Did you know, for example that Ettore Sottsass did a line for them?). Just keep in mind that many of these items are from Scandinavian sellers (no surprise there!), so shipping/import taxes may add to the price tag. There's also a ton of lighting available, and these pieces may need to be rewired to work in U.S. homes. Still — you'll notice these are now collectors' items, so holding onto one can only be a good thing.
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