Two to three consecutive days of 70+ degree weather and my third story apartment becomes a hot box. Without an air conditioner, the only quick cooling alternative (besides an ice bath) is a fan. And while our tabletop Vornado is a little work horse, it just doesn't have the same sort of panache as these retro fans from Etsy vintage shops.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
1 - Vintage Yellow and Black Fan from The Sunday Times Market, $65.
2 - Vintage Electric Fan Superlectric Metallic Blue from 7BC, $46.
3 - Large Turquoise fan 1950s from Hold the Wire Vintage, $95.
4 - I'm A Vintage Fan No.2 from Old Crow Farm, $65.
5 - Refurbished Holmes Oscillating Electric Fan from Fishbone Deco, $48.
If retro style is your thing, but vintage mechanical parts and fraying cords aren't, this
Allaire Desk Fan in Brushed Nickel from Restoration Hardware might be more up your alley. Priced from from $99 to $149 depending on size, the oscillating fan made with solid steel construction is also available in black.