Battle of the Fans: Vintage Style


Who really wants a cheapo white oscillating floor fan if you can help it? Yet, that has really been the only affordable relief from summer heat for years. Lately, however, vintage fans are becoming trendy… Maybe started by Restoration Hardware who has brought the vintage/retro/industrial look into play. Copied many times over by others.

I just want to be clear from the beginning of this post: I LOVE Restoration Hardware. You have heard me sing praises to them before. But I just want to say sometimes, is it worth it to spend the extra money for the RH version when you can get a similar style and equal functionality?

So the original Restoration Hardware version starts at $200 for the smaller version… probably most similar to the scale and size of mine.

And then shopping at Walmart the other day I came across this beautiful knockoff version. It is pretty basic and actually looks much better in person than the picture portrays. It was $45, which was more than $30 white version next to it, but I was willing to pay $15 more for all that style, but would I spend $170 more to have the Restoration Hardware version? Probably not.

Both have the industrial retro feel, both fan and circulate the air. Yes, I had to assemble the one from Walmart. It took about 20 minutes. But the bronze finish on mine appeals to me a little more and feels a little more retro than the stainless steel version.

But there’s still the old adage, “You get what you pay for.” We’ll see how true that is by the end of the summer. I figure if it survives the hot Arizona summer, it will be a success. So only time will tell.

Which would you buy… do you agree with the “you get what you pay for” philosophy? Did I make a mistake?

Happy Tuesday!


3 thoughts on “Battle of the Fans: Vintage Style

  1. Missy says:

    There are some things, like vitamins and skin care, where you do truly get what you pay for. There are other things, like fans, that I believe work just fine and can save me money so I can purchase the things that should be of higher quality. At least that’s philosophy according to Missy…

  2. meredith says:

    I think you do get what you pay for with some things – like leather for instance. As I sit here with my feet up on a leather ottoman I bought 3 years ago from Overstock for $200 that is starting to get cracks, I look over at a leather club chair (actually a concealed recliner!) that I bought from Eddie Bauer Home Store (where I worked at the time) – made by Lazar Leather, and it is 10 years old and aging beautifully. I paid about $900 after a sale and employee discount were applied. It has gotten softer and distressed with age but it is super soft and tender and not cracking. The leather ottoman feels barely better than vinyl and like I said, it is cracking. My friend bought a leather sofa set about 7 years ago she had to replace because it was cracking.

    So yes, with some things you get what you paid for. In the business of oscillating fans, we have never owned anything more than a $30 type one from target or Wal-mart of whatever so I am going to guess that you will be just fine with your bronze toned wal-mart fan!

  3. NataLee says:

    I have to say I totally agree with you ladies so far. When it comes to big ticket items such as sofas, most the time you do get what you pay for. The secret I guess (as Meredith pointed out) is getting the best deal you possibly can on the bigger ticket items. You can pay $600 on a sofa and it might last you a few years, or spend $1200 and it lasts you a lot longer, plus the frame is better so reupholstery down the road is an option. Getting a high quality sofa second hand and reupholstering…. lots of different options.

    Beauty products are also a great example Missy. I agree… even if they are from a grocery store, the higher priced items usually are better quality and you can always coupon and watch sales to get the best price on those products… or buy department store products online etc. The key is again, getting quality for the best price you possibly can.

    As for the fan… I am guessing it will work just fine! 😉

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