I love my "vintage" stamp sets the way one loves the perfect pair of cozy broken in jeans, or a favorite lip gloss that you stock up on just in case! I think it is so fun and challenging to grab a favorite set from days gone by and breath new life into it with all the joy and fervor you had for it when you first chose to make it yours.
I have edited my collection of stamp sets in the past year from several cabinets full to down to take up just a few shelves, I kept only my favorites or most recent acquisitions. That has really helped in rediscovering my love for ink, paper, and stamps.
To update this set from Stampin' Up! called tickled pink ( I know adorable) I used copics to color the flamingo and trimmed it up, mimicking all the newer sets that have matching dies. Adding a few pops of highlighting with an SRM white gel pen, and of course sequins are a great way to add an updated sparkle. And by trimming the card layers with SRM sticker stitches I easily added a sewn look in a snap!
I know buying stamps is an investment, and many are incredibly versatile, while others are more suitable for specific use, rotating them and maybe dusting off an older set may keep you from getting bored with what you already own.
In my personal quest to minimize clutter and truly love the things I buy or choose to keep, actually using these "vintage" sets fits right into my goals. As a bonus I am refreshed and feel happily challenged to find new ways to see my supplies, and that is a win win for the crafty and clutter free side of me!