Thursday, April 21, 2011

Vintage Easter... and a few vintage memories

As many of you know, I'm a bit of a collector of "vintage".... especially holiday and party items.  My vintage Easter collection has slowly grown.




















I just got this cute, tiny book a couple of weekends ago...

and this little chenille chicken and chick is so adorable, see her cute little baby chick...  I found her a couple of years ago.




















I couldn't resist this foil covered egg.  My husband was with me when I bought this gem.  He thought I was crazy for paying $3.00... and after all, it's pink AND it looks just like one I got for Easter when I was in elementary school.  It was coming home with ME!

When I was young, we of course died eggs.  The smell of vinegar always makes me think of Easter egg dying!  When my children were small, we only died a few eggs because nobody actually ate hard boiled eggs except for me... did that make me a "mean" mother?  Not wanting to throw out a couple of dozen eggs?  Because of my tyrannical attitude about wasting eggs, our Easter bunny hid the plastic version... usually with a few pennies or M&M's inside.




















Growing up, my siblings and I didn't usually get Easter baskets, typically we got a hat, a cup, a little girl's "pocketbook"... something that could hold a few Easter candies and had some use afterwards.  Once I had children, I thought my mom the Easter bunny was pretty smart to think of this.


Growing up, my grandmother used to send me and all my many cousins, an Easter card with a one dollar bill inside.  Every. Single. Year.  One dollar for each grandchild, there are eighteen of us... and an uncle that married many times increased that number with step grandchildren to over twenty at times... to be honest, I lost count and contact with those cousins he brought into the family... but I'm sure my grandmother never did. 




















I was thinking of her recently, my grandma that is.  It would have been her birthday on March 31st but she passed away in 1997.  It did make me think of this old Children's Bible of mine, where I had kept one of those Easter cards from years ago... from my Grandma.  My own little vintage piece of Easter, with my very own memories.
Happy Easter weekend to you all,


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14 comments:

  1. Let's see. I used to live on Whidbey Island (70's) and my grandmothers enclosed a single dollar or fifty cents on various cards. Coins were taped to the inside of the card. I have some vintage memories too, that was a-ways back! Lovely post. I came by way of Brambleberry's link. Enjoyed my visit. Thanks, Jenn

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  2. A very sweet post, I love all your Easter treasures! They are all so cute!!!!
    Wishing you a wonderful Easter Holiday!!!!

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  3. Thanks so much for linking up to my party...I LOVE all your vintage goodies! I too love vintage things, I just can't seem to find anything good when it comes to Easter. :-( Oh well, I get to enjoy looking at yours!
    Hope you have a very blessed Easter!
    Missy

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  4. I love eveything! Especially the child's book...
    Happy Easter!
    xo, misha

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  5. I stopped bringing my husband with me when I would go antiquing, because he just couldn't understand some of the things I would buy. $3 was a steal for that egg, and in my book, if something reminds you of your childhood, it's priceless!

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  6. Sweet story. I love all your easter collectables.

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  7. I love your memories of your grandma! You have some darling Easter decorations.

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  8. Lovely memories and photos. My hubby loves antiquing as much as I do, I'm lucky we enjoy alot of the same things and do alot together ! Have a wonderful Easter.

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  9. I love love love vintage easter items. Love the colors, textures....love it all. Happy Easter to you and your family too!
    Staci

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  10. I love your vintage Easter treasures and memories! Happy Easter blessings to you and your family!

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  11. Wonderful vintage Easter decor. Visit me and go to an older post to see my vintage collection. Easter Blessings. Tiff from The Cranky Queen

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  12. What a sweet post! I love the images of vintage Easter stuff. Your grandmother sounds like a very special lady. I have some Bibles that I keep special cards and letters in. I often place special birth or funeral announcements between the leaves of my large family Bible. My Bible from parochial school days contains many detention and demerit notices :)
    ~Amanda

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  13. Chris, I love all of your vintage Easter stuff, I can find lots of Christmas vintage stuff but not Easter in these parts, but what I love the most is that vintage card, I have a few too from my great-grandma...the memories they bring make them extra-special. : )

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  14. Oooh, such pretty decorations! I see a few things there that remind me of my own childhood Easters.

    Thanks for linking to the party, Chris. I would love to have you join me each week. Be sure to come by tonight and see yourself featured. ;)

    By the way, I just joined you as a follower.

    Blessings,
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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