In the back of the warehouse, on dusty, forlorn, spider-encrusted shelves: More NOS treasure

100s of decorative liner tiles from the 1930s to 1960s

This story started as such stories start. Reader Angela was looking for black liner tiles at a local tile shop. She started up a conversation with the salesman. Soon thereafter, he led her to the back of the warehouse where, among forlorn, dusty, spider-encrusted shelves, hid boxes and boxes — hundreds — of New Old Stock decorative liner tiles.

Both with many in volumes large enough to do an entire kitchen or bathroom. Angela had to sit down, she was so gobsmacked. But then, she got it together and slapped down her credit card and now she has them all for sale, ready to find their forever homes among grateful Retro Renovators.

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decorative-tile-linersvintage-sizzle-stripsbubble-liner-tileGo to it, dear readers, we don’t know how many stories like this are left.

vintage yellow kitchen“What are liner tiles?” — some readers are asking:


liner-tilesdecorative-liner-tilesWho could Angela tell about this momentous discovery? Us!:

Hi Pam!

I’m restoring my house and came across a HUGE stash of NOS liner tiles with various designs from the 30s-50s. I snapped them up and am about to put them up on Ebay. There are deco patterns, atomic patterns etc. LOVE THE BLOG!!!!!!

Golly, Angela, LOVE OUR READERS!!!!!! So share all the exciting deets, we all want to know exactly how you found these! Angela replies:

I was looking for black tile liners for my own 1944 bathroom. “I need solid black” I told the tile guy. “I really really want liner tiles from B&W, but they are not in the budget, so no patterns for me.”  The tile guy tells me he has some I might like and takes me to a wall in the big old warehouse, covered in dust and spiderwebs (NO JOKE), and tells me these are their leftover liner tiles from the 1930 to 1960s.

I thought I would fall over. I couldn’t even talk (again no joke). I had to sit down, all before even looking in the boxes. Some are patterned and some are solid pastels. I went through every one. I sat down in the dust and looked at all of them and then, after calming down, pretty much bought them all.  Hundreds of liner tiles, many wrapped in the original paper.

Because I bought hundreds of these on a whim because they were AWESOME, I have to sell them pretty quickly. This was an unplanned expense. I had to rescue these tiles!  Because there are so many, I am having to do multiple trips back and forth. There are 19 listings so far, but I will be posting more.


How to get these New Old Stock liner tiles (affiliate links):

Thank you, Angela and Kathy, you rock!

CategoriesBathroom Tile
  1. Alex says:


    Do you still have the black and white liners for sale? The ones that look like bow ties. [edited]



  2. Carolyn says:

    At first I thought “What can you do with only a few of these (small lots) that are offered?” but setting them around the TP holder or soap dish/toothbrush holder – ? Setting them in grout as the soap dish or ring-holder? Accent the corners of the mirror?
    Too cute!

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