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  1. Top 10 Etsy shops for mid-century modern decor

    Above: West German vintage vases by Hindsvik.

    Etsy is an excellent source for original mid-century decor and furniture, but it’s sometimes hard to know where to find the good stuff. I’ve gone through hundreds of Etsy vintage shops and collated my top 10:

    1. Hindsvik
    This Canadian shop stocks mid-century furniture, textiles, and decor, including a good range of Danish wooden objects and German ceramics.

    2. bitofbutter
    This Seattle-based shop sells an extensive range of mid-century and Scandinavian homewares, textiles and furniture, boasting pieces by Cathrineholme, Arabia of Finland and Royal Copenhagen.

    Top row, from left to right: 1960s Danish modern wool throw rug; Pink Royal Quiet DeLuxe manual typewriter; and Turquoise blue milk glass bowl by Fenton.
    Middle row, from left to right: Vintage pottery vase; Vintage Friedrich German coral red vase; and Russel Wright American modern water goblets in chartreuse.
    Bottom row, from left to right: Mid-century advertising poster; Trio of Mikasa platters; and Vintage linen tea-towel.

    3. 1001vintage
    Based in Amsterdam, this shop offers a large collection of vintage home décor including an impressive range of West German vases. I’ve also spotted some rather sweet Abraham Palatnik figurines as well as pieces by Royal Copenhagen.

    4. pillowsophi
    Pillowsophi specialises in Scandinavian ceramics, English stoneware, vintage brass and French glass. Look out for pieces by Denby, Royal Copenhagen, Soholm Stentoj and Arabia.

    Top row, from left to right: Mid-century turquoise covered dish; George Nelson tray; and Cathrineholm lotus sauce pan.
    Middle row, from left to right: Vase; Vintage Glidden pottery divided tray; and Sergio Asti ice bucket.
    Bottom row, from left to right: Vintage sherbert fiesta mug; Royal Copenhagen bowl; and mod terrarium.

    5. Hueneme Vintage modern
    This Amercian Etsy shop divides its stock into “early mid-century modern” and “late mid-century modern”, including Noritake, Heath Ceramics and glassware.

    6. Vint
    An eclectic collection of mid-century modern bric-a-brac with an extensive line-up of kitchenalia, ceramics, melamine and plastics.

    7. GoGoBerlinette
    This Berlin-based shop offers a wonderful range of West German mid-century modern pottery, white porcelain and bric-a-brac.

    Above, from left: Set of two Rheinplatz German vases; and German Edelstein vase.

    8. Pardon My Vintage
    A good selection of ceramics and enamelware including Cathrineholm, Iittala and Arabia of Finland.

    9. Monki Vintage
    This Portland-based shop stocks an excellent collection of Scandinavian modern, industrial and vintage home décor. Look out for charming Jacob Jensen teak viking figures and Scandinavian wooden toy blocks.

    10. Brooklyn Retro
    Based in Brooklyn, this shop specialises in mint condition vintage typewriters in a range of gorgeous sorbet colours, as well as a rather unusual selection of bric-a-brac.

    Above, from left: 1950s Pastel polkadots coffee pot, creamer and sugar bowl by Seltmann; and West German Scheurich vase by Heinz Siery.

    And there’s more! You might also like to add these shops to your Etsy favourites:
    EYESandHANDS
    (This shop is on vacation at the moment, but I’ve found some really great pieces in the past. Sign up for notification when they hopefully come back.)
    Dacais
    Modish Vintage
    hazelhome
    Bmodern
    Jolly Polly Pickins
    thehappymodernist
    BirdinHandVTG
    blueflowervintage
    MisterTrue
    luola
    PastToPresentVintage
    Vintage Galaxie 500
    Kibster Vintage
    The Garage Sale Archaeologist
    The White Pepper
    Barking Sands Vintage
    A glimpse from the past
    Elizabeth Wren Vintage
    What’s New On The Mantel
    jumpinacrater
    MODhus Tacoma
    Designopolis

    Phew. So they’re all of my favourites – what about you? Do you collect mid-century modern decor? Have I missed any of your favourite Etsy shops? Let me know in the comments below.

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    • http://twitter.com/BitofButter Bit of Butter

      Thanks so much for including our shop! We love MCM around here!

      • Anonymous

        You’re welcome! You’ve got a fine stash of MCM stuff! xx

    • http://www.facebook.com/JackieBensley Jackie Bensley

      PeacockVintageModern!!

      • Anonymous

        Oh, thank you Jackie. I’m going to check it out now. xx

    • Kate

      Thankyouthankyouthankyou!

      • Anonymous

        *Beams* You’re welcome! Have fun exploring… xx

    • Lesley Barnes

      love the german vintage pots at the top!

      • Anonymous

        Me too. They’re probably a bit later than MCM, but they do like might fine in a MCM home! xx

    • Judi

      For a fantastic selection of vintage linens — many MCM — NeatoKeen is my go-to Etsy shop.

      • Anonymous

        Hi Judi – thanks for the tip about NeatoKeen. I’ll definitely add it to my Etsy favourites!

    • https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/designcollect/stats Aaron

      Last, but not least–thanks for including Designopolis! We’re glad you like the shop.

      • Anonymous

        I do, I really do, Aaron! xx

    • Gena Showalter

      I don’t have a favourite shop because I always check out the favourites of mid-century blogger Dee Adams. If it’s gorgeous and mid-century, she has it. http://www.etsy.com/people/deedee914/favorites

      • Anonymous

        Gena, that’s a brilliant tip! I love her blog, too. Thank you, Rxx

    • Lisa Pocklington

      Ooh excellent round up, thanks very much! Looking forward to adding lots of these to my Etsy faves!

    • Kiki at MonkiVintage

      So many amazing sellers on this list – we are honored to be included! Thanks so much Wee Birdy!

    • http://www.flumestreet.etsy.com/ Flumestreet

      Awesome list, Wee Birdy! Our goal is to be included in your next edition of this cool list!

    • http://www.flumestreet.etsy.com/ Flumestreet

      We would also add SwitchbladeAndCookie and compostthis to the list.

    • Marie from pillowsophi

      What a fantastic list! It’s a real honour to be included; thank you so much.

    • Beatriz Macias

      Great list. I favorited several stores that were new to me. I will like to invite you to my store, I think you will like it. http://www.etsy.com/shop/MidModMomStore

    • http://www.etsy.com/shop/blueflowervintage Popsmart1010

      Thank you for including us! I just discovered your great blog!