Vintage Postcards from Paris

Postcards from Paris, how romantic. These are mostly of French origin and I purchased them from a French antiques dealer. A whole bunch of them. I was using them in my scrapbooking and art, and now my need for more room is your gain. I’m offering 30 piece lots with lovely handwriting and images for you in shabby original used condition.
Postcards from Paris 30 pc Lot at RetroChalet

Poscards can be so romantic. I wonder what they say. Are some professing love and missing to that special someone? Most of the cards were sent to France, from abroad, or from around France. Most of the post cards are made in France, and often the French would stop in souvenir shops to send post cards back home to their loved ones.   Here you get a lot of 30  with  French writing . These are great for scrapbooking , paper crafts or collage backgrounds. Carte Postale! Most are circa 1900-1939, some may be 1950.

This lot contains those that have been sent and postmarked, some have stamps on the FRONT of the post card where the pictures are. You get 30 random pieces shipped first class in shabby vintage condition, only $28 at RetroChalet. 

French Post Cards Galore

Vintage Plastic Google Eyes Dollmaking {sold}

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Eye see you. Vintage plastic google eyes!

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Recently added to Retro Chalet etsy shop are these vintage plastic google eyes. Discolored from ages of sitting in a sewing stash, they were acquired from an estate in Maine. Originally made to make dolls, teddy bears and scary crafts oh my! Now you can own them, all 21 pairs mint in  the package for just $8.

New at Retro Chalet Vintage Rubber Print Blocks

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Vintage Linoleum or rubber print blocks. circa 50s to 70s based on material and feel.

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While in Maine I stumbled upon an estate who was cleaning out the craft and sewing room. I happened across a bunch of old and great items, including these wee letterpress print blocks. Most are the size of a key on your keyboard, and hard rubber or linoleum material. They would be best used individually or glued and mounted to small wood blocks to make pressing them easier. I think they were from a kid’s set circa 1950s to 1960s.They look like they were cut out of a larger sheet at one point in time, and the No (number) block in the numbers make me think they are old as the dirt on them.

I have animals, a full alphabet set and a numeral set for sale in my Etsy shop, in the industrial/supplies section.

I was going to keep them to add to my ever growing collection of old stampers and letterpress, but I have not much time for mixed media or scrapbooking anymore. These would be used by an artist  who could appreciate them and love them as much as someone used to.  Found in Houlton, Maine.

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Alphabet, full $12.95 at Retro Chalet. Lobster not included.

Little animal stampers! What is the last animal? I think he’s a squatting dog!

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Adorable wee animal stamps
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Doll Clothes Bulk Buy Retro Chalet on Etsy Get Crafty

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I have no idea what you could do with these little doll’s clothes. They come in 20 pc lots and are so darned cute. Almost as if they were miniature. The dolls they came off of were only about 4″ tall so these could be wee little clothespin doll art. I was thinking if someone was super crafty, they could use them to dress up a little fake mice or something. I bought a bunch of dolls to (eegads) disassemble to use in my assemblage artwork. Yeah, I pretty much break up dolls for a side job, you can read all about that on my Art Studio blog.  Work with dolls would be in my Ira Mency art gallery if you want a look see. These little clothes aren’t vintage but they are a super good deal. I just couldn’t bear to toss them out.  You can find them here in my Art Supplies section.  At least for now you can, I’m always changing sections in my shop, so if you can’t find them, do a search for doll clothes.

Retro Chalet Bottle Caps Cleaning out the Studio

Root Beer Cap CollectionI’ve been cleaning out my stuido at my home. It has been a year in progress. Life was so hectic this past summer I closed down my studio and my Etsy shop. Imagine the crap that was piled in there just waiting to be cleaned and sorted that I’d found along my travels.

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Bottle Caps Galore for the Altered Artist

Bottle Caps from All Over: Cork Lined and Plastic Lined

I’m currently unmassing a lot of art supplies in my Etsy shop which I don’t normally sell. I have so many of them I will be 105 and still making art so I figure, why not let someone else have some?  These are great to make pendants, necklaces, earrings, or use in altered artwork. I have so many differnet ones that I will be cleaning out so check into my shop real soon.

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VIntage Keys for Making Art Retro Chalet on Etsy

Keys for artists.
Keys, Keys, Keys!

I just added a slew of keys for collecting, coveting, or making art into my RetroChalet Etsy shop.  They were in my studio for years. So many artists use keys in their work, that I thought these keys were better off with someone else. Not only that, but they are cute little collectibles of industrial history and reminders of yesteryear. All these keys seem to be blanks!  I love them all so much, just look!

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Keys on Etsy  from RetroChalet

 

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find them at retrochalet