Let’s get the blatantly obvious out of the way, a mantique is a antique that appeals particularly to guys. This tends to be things like old revolvers, an Civil War era sword, car seats, fishing reels, or heavy antique furniture that was built the right way (seriously, enough of the particle board).
I know some people hear “mantique” and think a retail store with “vintage” t-shirts. This is not what I am talking about. If you want to dress like you are bought your clothes second hand from a UFC fighter, be my guest. Seriously. Homes4Men tries to emulate the McQueens and Bogarts, not people with endorsement deals.
Back on point now, I promise.
I have long had the stance that if it doesn’t serve a purpose, there is no reason to have it in your expanded man-cave. When it comes to mantiques, I still try to adhere to that rule as often as possible, but when it comes to mantiques, the purpose can be a bit flexible.
I know, I’m a flaming hypocrite. That giant vintage letter E may not have a real defined purpose, but you can always chalk it up as a conversation-piece or art. Whenever possible, you should adhere to the functionality rule. Consider a storage device, something you can use for entertainment, or something to use during the upcoming Zombie Apocalypse. Okay, maybe it is not a real function, but I like antique guns.
Having sports posters may look immature for anyone over thirteen, but Memorabilia is alright in my book. Think about a signed Michael Jordan jersey or a signed picture of Muhammad Ali over Sonny Liston as a more sophisticated way to show you passion for your sport.
Mantiques give you a great vehicle to express yourself. This is where you can let your own personality show through. Don’t let me limit you. Have a bit of fun and really show your passions.
Yes, these items may not be in your budget, or mine for that matter, but these are just ideas. If you can’t get that signed Ali glove, try making a collage out of your old tickets that are sitting in a shoe box under your bed. (Here is another great idea from Apartment Therapy on how to incorporate your old tickets into your decor.)Don’t be afraid to walk into Goodwill and check estate sales looking for something once and a while. You will be amazed what people throw out
Go ahead and do a quick internet search of antique stores close to you, but a great store I found online and strolled through is Mantiques Modern on 22nd Street in Manhattan. This place can get pricey, but there is ALOT of fun stuff. Try finding something you really like there and then hitting eBay or Craigslist. This can be an intelligent and wallet-friendly course of action.
In short (I know, its kinda late for that), browsing a local antique shop is a great way to show your guests you respect the past and you have a personality that isn’t for sale at IKEA. Take a risk and pick up something funky.