When it comes to home accessories, I fall pretty squarely into the modern camp. I like the sleek, the sustainable, and above all, the fresh. Although I can’t afford to worship consistently at the altar of Conran, if I would, I could. Go ahead and call me trendy. I’ve been called worse.

For me, looking backwards for home design has always been a challenge while being slavishly au fait comes easy. I admire vintage but I don’t have the patience or discipline to incorporate it into my home. It takes skill and taste to go the vintage route while modern mostly just takes (sometimes questionable) taste. When it comes down to it, if forced to choose between Brimfield and ICFF, the latter would win hands down.

Three Potato Four, online purveyor of hip vintage — and modern — treasures, however, has prompted me to question my aesthetic preferences. After taking a look at the Reston, Virginia-based retailer’s cleverly edited inventory — think Urban Outfitters goes estate sale — I was overcome with an urge for the old-timey. It’s like owners Janet Morales and Stu Eli had scoured dozens and dozens overwhelming, musty flea markets and auctions and brought back all the stuff that a normally modern design nut like myself would go bananas over. Here are a few things that caught my eye:

   
  
 
 
See anything you like after taking a look around? Remember the goods labeled “vintage” at Three Potato Four aren’t mass produced newbies you can get elsewhere so if something screams “buy me!” do it before someone else does. And if you can stomach it, feel free to check out what other Three Potato Four shoppers snagged before you even had the chance. 
 
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Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.