I've been buying entirely too much paper lately. Here is a small fraction of the 800+ small vintage price tags that I recently bought. I put them in this small fish-scaled planter. It is only about five inches tall. It looks a lot bigger in this picture.
I found these vintage travel tags along with a pair of hotel keys on eBay:
They are from the 1950s to 1970s. I love the cruise line luggage tags.
When my in-laws were here in April, my mother-in-law and I went to a barn sale where I found a box of flash cards. There are about 40 sets of small 2" x 3" alphabet cards and one pack of large letters.
On the same day, Mary and I stopped at one of those antique stores that never appears to be open. You know - the kind that is attached to someone's house and you just can't tell if you are going to be raped and pillaged as soon as you walk through the door. And while you are worrying about your safety, you become distracted because the prices are so ungodly high for a place that looks like the living room of that hoarding lady from the Oprah Show. You know that kind of place, right?
Well, this place had a "bonus": a shed filled with antiques behind the shop. There were three reasons why I was unsure about visiting the shed after the owner had suggested it.
- It was pouring rain.
- The prices were too high.
- I like my life and didn't want it to end in a shed, even if it was part of an antiques shop.
Our curiosity got the best of us and we went to the shed. It was crowded with furniture and boxes and other junk. I found a couple of scrapbooks in one of the boxes and paid $30 for both. I usually wouldn't pay that much, but in our brief look at the books, we spotted some cool stuff.
One of the books was filled with Valentines and greeting cards collected by a girl named Dorothea who was born in 1903. She only collected the nicest cards, with doilies and fold-outs and fancy tissue paper decorations.
This is one of my favorites:
Many of the cards are not in very good condition. They have tears or pieces missing here and there. But I imagine that some resourceful and talented artists could use the cards in their artwork.
There was a plastic bag of small floral scrap pieces tucked into one of the books...
...along with 30+ Victorian trading cards. Never glued and in great condition (for the most part). They are all from businesses in the Philadelphia and Montgomery County, PA areas.
Unfortunately, this trading card is in bad shape. The back of the card has an advertisement for a farm machinery supplier in Lansdale, PA.
Nothing says "Buy Our Tractor" like a toddler smoking a stogie and reading the newspaper!