With the Valentine's decorations put away and a bit too many weeks left before it's time for Easter decorating, I have a few weeks to make a display of "Things I Collect." Before Halloween last year, I decorated with my vintage games. It's fun to hunt and gather around the house and find all the different things I have bought through the years to make a display. I honestly didn't even realize that I had so many vintage Stationery Supplies!
This display is "The Vintage Stationery Store". I love old graphics, so whenever I see any package with neat graphics on it, I pick it up if the price is right. My magic price is 25¢, so I suspect most of these things cost me about that. You can't see my old Underwood Glass topped key typewriter under the grid.
Fabulous vintage Midnight Carbon paper package, two old business ledgers, old Scotch Cellophane tape tin and two fun old boxes of white Chalk.
More chalk, Staples, Dennison Paper Clips, typewriter ribbon tins, HUGE Rubber Stamp Pad and three old number and pricing stamps.
Crayons, more Typewriter Ribbon tins, Dennison Gummed Reinforcements, a sweet old "Blue Jay" eraser, Two old packages of linen stationery with super cool labels, a box of stencils, an old Orlow pencil box and a box of replacement Rubber Typewriter Keys.
I have bunch of these old rusty wire grids and I have never known exactly how to use them because they had curved metal ends that made them ugly and dangerous. Today I took the pliers to them and curled the ends up so they aren't sharp any more. I put old binder clips on the different sections so I can hang things on them. Right now I have old "1-2-3" stencils on them for this display. But, I plan on using it for post cards, photographs and whatever else suits my fancy. I like it so much, that I will probably have to make a few more for the Office and the Kitchen.
I have several old yardsticks. I love these pastel colored ones. I was particularly happy to find the pink one. A pink yardstick! My original plan was to use them as frame moulding or trim on a book shelf. But, I really hate to cut them up.
An industrial sized box of Chalkboard Chalk. Oh excuse me, Blackboard Crayons. This thing is full of chalk. More chalk than I can ever use.
These old pricing markers are my favorites. The green handled Garvey on the right was used to price items. If you ever see an old purple price stamped on an old jar lid - usually in cents like 129¢ since there was no $ symbol - this is what was used to mark it. When I was a kid, I remember visiting my Dad at the grocery store and hearing the canned goods being priced with these - "Ka-chunk, Ka-chunk, Ka-chunk".
What I love about this display is that most of these things were trash. None of it was meant to last or to be retained. Each package has such character. I'm so happy that no one ever threw any of these great old things away. And, I'm happy that I have been lucky enough to find them!