For a few weeks this summer, vintage archery arrows
were all the rage on some of our favorite design blogs, and with good reason. A group of these, with their vibrant colors and elegant forms, would look lovely arranged in a vase, displayed in a shadowbox frame, or even suspended from the ceiling in a DIY mobile...Looking at arrows like these always seems to bring us right back to summer camp in the Sierra woods. Like the ever-popular antlers, they have the potential to give a room an earthy, nostalgic feel, an appealing contrast to a sleek, modern aesthetic. Some of our favorite trendsetting bloggers—at The Estate of Things
, and Making it Lovely
(whose vase of arrows is the top photo above)—have shared the idea in recent months. Do we detect a motif that will soon emerge on throw pillows and tote bags?
If you want to get a hold of some vintage arrows of your own, Etsy and ebay are good bets. Sweetshorn Vintage has sets of six arrows for $40 (as well as some other super-fun vintage finds!), and Hello Victory's Etsy shop has them individually for $8 apiece. Search "vintage arrows" on ebay and come up with a few more options... we saw a pretty honey-colored cedar set of 23 that was bidding at about $15-$20.
On the fancier, more collectible end, Three Potato Four has a complete antique archery set (fifth photo), with a hand-painted metal case and a set of beautiful arrows, for $185.
What do you think of this look? Does it make you feel nostalgic too?
(Images: Making it Lovely; The Estate of Things; Poppytalk; Sweetshorn Vintage; Three Potato Four; Kill Devil Hill; ebay; Hello Victory)