Trend Watch: Are Arrows the New Antlers?

Trend Watch: Are Arrows the New Antlers?

Susie Nadler
Sep 29, 2009

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, Poppytalk, 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)

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