Reader Michael emailed me last week share a wonderful estate sale find — a motherlode bonanza of really old, New Old Stock Christmas cards — from as early as the Roaring 1920s and Arts & Crafts style old. Oh my: There is just something about vintage graphics and vintage printing technology — along with the pleasant yellowing of high quality paper stock — that makes vintage greeting cards so delightful. The question is: Should you use your vintage greeting cards? I say YES — even though I, too, find it difficult. Read on for Michael’s story of discovery and for lots more gorgeous photos of these NOS treasures. –>
Last night I went to a local estate auction and purchased a HUGE lot of vintage NOS Christmas cards, many still in their original boxes. Each style ranges in quantity from 6 to 44 pieces in each box, and I also have about 25 singles. The condition is terrific, and the quality of the card is really impressive: many are made of heavy card stock, or embossed, or hand tinted, or embellished with a bit of ribbon or foil paper, etc. Even some of the envelopes are lined in the most whimsical patterned tissue!
The type of greeting ranges from general Christmas wishes, to recipient specific messages: father, son, mother, daughter, daddy, uncle, nephew, niece, pastor, teacher, convalescent, friend’s mother, sweetheart, husband, wife, grandfather, grandson… The messages are very charming!
I believe the cards to be from the late 1920s-1930s, which I know falls outside of the range for Retro Renovation, but I know in the past you have featured the odd article or item of interest from the 20s-40s. I thought since this lot was so large, varied, colourful and seasonally appropriate it might be off interest to you. I have kept some boxes for myself to send out and give to family, but the majority I will be listing on eBay tonight and tomorrow. I purchased a smaller lot of similar cards from the same estate last week (it was a two part sale), and 16 out of the 17 listings sold on eBay (most with “Buy it Now”)– there was a lot of interest.
Hope all is well in your world! 🙂
Well, golly, wouldn’t you know, that before I could even get this story prepared, Michael’s cards — which he had quickly posted on to ebay — were selling like hotcakes. Just a few days after his initial email, he updated me:
Well, I finally got the last of the lots listed today on eBay. There were 82 listings in total and 52 have already sold! It was crazy– today, as I was posting each lot, most were snapped up within minutes by one of three bidders in California. And each was sending me messages asking what was coming up next, could they get a preview, etc. Crazy! It was fun opening box after box of such vibrant gems! I’m kinda sad it’s over…
Me too sad. Readers, if you want to see more of the designs, once you are in ebay, navigate to see Michael’s Completed Listings.