I recently read an article in Homes and Antiques magazine about vintage valentine card collections, it featured some really beautiful photos, and I felt inspired to search out some of my own. I’d never really thought about collecting vintage cards, but thinking about it I already have a collection of normal cards so it makes sense!!
After a quick search on eBay I was not disappointed, I fell in love with the cute animal drawings and the little jokey catchphrases which are slightly cheesy but really add to the character of the cards. They are very much of their time! There are some beautiful cards made with tissue paper patterns that fold out and parts that pop up – little works of art!! I was lucky enough to find a pop up Christmas card at a recent antique fair, so I’ll be making sure I’m on the look out for more at fairs to come!!
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Well I struck gold at the Carboot this weekend – first one of the year and I could have spent a fortune. Stall after stall of rummage boxes, my favourite when the items are 50p or 4 for a £1.
There were so many battered vintage suitcases and trunks, I was in heaven! And everything was so cheap! I think I was lucky I took only a set amount with me, otherwise I’d have bought a lot more!!!
Main purchases of the day included a wicker basket for £5, and pair of Mucha art nouvea prints for £5. Lots of random vintage toys from a lady who’s stall was just like an attic, everything from cuddly toys to board games. A vintage hand held mirror for 50p and a kitsch cherry vase also for 50p!
But my favourite find of the day were the vintage wind up toys!!! I’ve never seen ones like this before – never seen a ladybird or frog!! The gentleman on the stall had a table top full of them – and It was really difficult to chose!
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1. Paris Travel Journal – £11.50
2. Mini Paris Envelopes - $3.00
3. Cavallini Paris notebook – £8.99
4. Papaya Art Owl Spiral notebook - £10.50
5. Caroline Gardner ditsy pattern notebook - £7.50
I know I’m not alone when I say I love stationery, I mean I’d probably go as far as to say I collect it! Especially notebooks, that’s my weakness! Everything from Paperchase patterns to quirky gift shop and independent shop finds, I love the stuff – Whenever I spot an Eiffel tower on the cover, that’s always a must buy! I currently have a shelf of notebooks, sitting there unused – I don’t want to use them though, it’s almost like if I started to write in them I’d ruin them! My current favourite brand is L’Apres midi, all the french themed items, my favourite piece is the diary. That’s next on my wishlist!
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