Sunday, December 28, 2014

DAV State License Plate Keychain Tags

This post was originally published on a blog for our Etsy shop, The Peddler's Cart



I love finding something from half a century ago and learning more about it. This week, that something happened to be a bunch of DAV tags from the Disabled American Veterans Ident-O-Tag program.


From the early 1940’s through the mid 1970’s the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) offered Ident-O-Tags to people through the mail. The tags were keys chains resembling their own personal vehicle’s state license plates.

For a small fee (only 25 cents in the 1940’s), your keys would be registered with the DAV. If the keys were ever lost, a good Samaritan could drop the keys into any mailbox, they would be sent to DAV headquarters and from there be mailed, postage paid, back to the rightful owners.


With all the keys people are still losing, perhaps this program should start up again! You can find DAV Ident-O-Tags and other collectibles in our Etsy shop.

UPDATE: These tags have been sold.



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Thursday, December 25, 2014

A Merry Vintage Christmas

This post was originally published on a blog for our Etsy shop, The Peddler's Cart



I love Christmastime. The decorating and caroling. The increased happiness and goodwill. The purchasing or making of gifts specially chosen for each name on my list. Driving through town and seeing all the homes twinkling bright with Christmas lights.


One of my absolute favorites as a child - and one of the few that still has all it's beads still in place.
Most of all, I love the Christmas ornaments. Whether they are mine,  or they belong to someone else, or even if they are still in the store waiting to be bought, Christmas ornaments are special to me. Each one has a story...it could be an old story that has been carried through generations... ...a new story that has only just begun it's annual tradition...
 
The newest ornament to add to the collection...a gift from my best friend in North Carolina who sent this along with Moravian Sugar Cake and Moravian Ginger Cookies...YUM
...or perhaps an older story that has picked up new chapters along the way.

This little lamb ornament was made by my mom when I was a child. When my now-15-year-old son was a toddler, He wanted it and grabbed for it, pulling the Christmas tree down on top of him. Now it's his favorite ornament because of the history it holds.
I  look forward to unpacking the boxes of carefully wrapped Christmas ornaments. Some are from our travels, but most have been made by my children, myself (as a child and adult) and even by my mom many, many, MANY years ago. The children call them "really old" ornaments. I call them "vintage". The children have their favorites, as do I, and there is usually a small argument or two over who gets to hang what ornament on the tree. But eventually, it gets done. Our Christmas tree is a very "handmade" looking tree. It lacks the tinsel and ribbon with coordinating glass balls. Instead, every branch is crammed full of our rather large and varied selection of ornaments.

This angel has adorned the top of my Christmas tree every year for as long as I can remember.
We all stand back and admire it, pointing out all the ornaments and re-telling their stories. You can find vintage Christmas ornaments available for purchase in our Etsy Shop.



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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Pinback Buttons

This post was originally published on a blog for our Etsy shop, The Peddler's Cart



Confession time.

I was one of those eighties kids that had a denim jacket covered in buttons...and I loved it.


Some of the buttons were colorful. Some were sarcastic. Some were just plain cute.


Being a shy, awkward teen, my buttons were an outlet for expressing myself.

Eventually, I moved away from the buttons. They wound up in a box of stuff that I will probably never discard.

I still have fun rummaging through pinback buttons at flea markets, yard sales and thrift stores. They're common but not exactly easy to find. That's probably because people have quite an attachment to their buttons. We were thrilled to find these buttons recently. You can find them and other pinback buttons in our Etsy Shop!



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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Vintage Books

This post was originally published on a blog for our Etsy shop, The Peddler's Cart



I love a good book.

Make that "bookS".

I have no fewer than 20 books in and around my nightstand at any given time. The book shelves are all bulging and still I bring home more books. There are at least 25 moving boxes still full of books from our last move 4 years ago (and they have already been weeded through!!!).

You could say I have an obsession with books.

And if it's an old book and I am even more enthralled.

So there was no way I was going to go home without this...

Or this...

Or this...


And many, many, MANY others. Eventually, they may make it to our Etsy shop. They MAY.

Maybe.

And definitely not until after I have already had a chance to read them once or twice.





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