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Shopping for Vintage Gifts Online
Give the unexpected and reap genuine surprise
Boxes of unused, vintage Christmas cards from the early-to mid-20th
century make great gifts. A brief scan of the current selection on Ebay
revealed an amazing assortment of cards brimming with idyllic depictions
of children, frolicking reindeer, and presents galore. They can be purchased for a modest price.
Two-sided holiday greeting card decorated with white silk fringe, late 19th century
Of particular interest are those cards made in the years following
World War II, a time when America was experiencing not only a baby boom
and a robust economy, but also the joy of Christmas during peacetime.
Cards of this era depict an America that is pious, enthusiastic, and full of optimism.
Opening bids often start as low as $1.99, and many sellers
offer large groups of these items for less than $10.00. It's nice to know
that in a time when so many new products are designed to look vintage, you
can still find the real thing for the right price.
Silver Napkin Rings
Vintage silver napkin rings are another great gift item. Currently, a
stunning variety of these items can be found on Ebay.
Figural napkin rings
are especially interesting. They take on a more animated and sometimes
even comical appearance with the addition of miniature dogs, ducks,
cherubs, horses, and acrobats that seem to leap off the actual rings.
Great sterling silver napkin rings are available and can be purchased
for less than thirty dollars. However, if you widen your search to
silver-plated rings, as well as those with monograms, you will find many
charming examples at modest prices.
Rare American Victorian silverplate napkin ring
Most silver-plated napkin rings can be
found for a few dollars, and they're sometimes offered in small sets for
that amount. Prices increase markedly if you want to give only those
napkin rings that bear the hallmark of special makers.
Does someone in your family love to sew? Needlework was once considered an
important and necessary accomplishment for most 19th-century women, and
sewing boxes were often gifts to a beloved daughter, sister, or wife.
Hand carved Victorian sewing box with two compartments
Boxes were made in a variety of woods, such as pine to walnut to mahogany.
Some fancier ones include bone and ivory inlay or have elaborate inlaid
marquetry. Value is often dependent on the decorative appeal of a box.
Sewing boxes will vary in size, but most are about 9 to 13 inches long,
by 5 to 6 inches high, by 7 to 9 inches deep. Vintage sewing boxes are
often mistaken for document boxes, which were meant to keep deeds, wills,
birth certificates, and other family trusts safe. Document boxes were
nearly always a bit larger than sewing boxes, were made to be locked, and
did not have a divided tray and lid enclosure — a feature common to
vintage sewing boxes.
Make sure the box you select is complete — there may be several
interior compartments with lids. If you have time and money, pick up some
vintage needles and bobbins. Needlework tools and accessories related to
stitchery are still highly desirable in today's market. A search of
revealed a variety of sewing boxes labeled "vintage," with
prices starting at $5.00. Authenticated vintage sewing boxes sell for
considerably more — between $100.00 and $1,000.00.
Six Old-Time Christmas Children Cards
by Carol Belanger Grafton
A Pop-Up Book With Mini Christmas Cards by Pete Bowman
Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments:
A Collector's Guide 1994-1998
by Clara Johnson Scroggins
Old-Fashioned Santa Claus Postcards in Full Color:
24 Ready To Mail Cards
by Suzanne Presley
From Necklaces to Napkin Rings, 20 Easy and Creative Projects to Make in
a Week-Endby Paige Gilchrist Blomgr
Making Hand-Sewn Boxes: Techniques and Projects by Jackie Woolsey