Blue Shabby Books for Decorating Vintage Books on Etsy

Shabby Books Etsy RetroChaletI just love using old books to decorate with.  In this lot I have five old books, four are truly vintage and antiques, from the 1950’s and 1960’s.  These are simply stunning additions to the home, in original shabby condition, dents, dings, water stains, sticker stains, writing inside, everything a LOVED book should be!  Displayable, and readable! I’m throwing in the 5th to complete the display….total of five books, 4 are vintage books.

The Vows of the Peacock – Alice

Walworth Graham 1955

Anne Boleyn – by Evelyn Anthony 1957

The Darkness and the Dawn – Thomas B. Costain 1959

On Call – Daily Devotional Readings for Nurses – Lois Rowe RN 4th Printing 1961

bonus: The Second Opinion by Michael Palmer , 2009, not vintage, but part of this group The largest, and lovely.

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Buy them now for $18 here.  Note, they are shipping Media Mail to USA.

eat for the vintage lover. Displayable, and readable! I’m throwing in the 5th to complete the display….total of five books, 4 are vintage books.

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Skyway Vintage Luggage Travel Suitcase {sold}

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1960's Vintage Luggage Suitcase
For the vintage traveler who needs a Nice Big piece of Luggage. This has nice bold colors that will make you stand out!

For the Vintage traveler here is an awesome piece of luggage you need for your next scheduled vacation.  A great piece of luggage dated back to the 1960’s is still in Great shape. It is made of a plaid tweedy. This suitcase can fit all your belongings in it. It has plenty of space for your heavier winter clothes. No trips planned? Get ready for next spring it’ll be here before you know it. You can find this on and much more at Retro Chalet on Etsy.

Vintage Circus Sign 1930s

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Mills Brothers Circus Sign

Quite possibly from the 1930s is a vintage cardboard Mills Brothers Circus Sign, known for traveling all over the USA in the 40s and 50s. Little is known about them prior to the 1943 era due to the lack of information out there.  This sign is a cardboard stand up and super cool find!  Elephant and super rare!

Find it in RetroChalet on Etsy!

Vintage Plastic Google Eyes Dollmaking {sold}

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Eye see you. Vintage plastic google eyes!

 THIS ITEM HAS SOLD!  Check RetroChalet for more great items!

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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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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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