Since moving to a town that has no less than six charity shops and several markets I’ve developed a bit of a habit. I always knew somewhere inside of me a thrifter was waiting to get out. Until now I’ve not had the space to indulge my love of all things old and beautiful. Now that I have traded London for a house… with stairs, separate rooms, a corridor and a loft, I am unstoppable. Especially when it comes to vintage children’s things.
Last week I found this children’s book and could not get my pennies out fast enough. It doesn’t have the year of publication anywhere but it does have inscribed inside the cover a message from Christmas 1951 so that gives me a clue as to its age. I absolutely love the illustrations with their soft, muted colour palette and water colour effect.
It reminds me of the books my granny had at her house that belonged to my mum and her brothers and sisters when they were children.
Some of the edges are a little frayed and worn but doesn’t that make it all the more valuable? For over 60 years it’s been read by adults and children, and loved along the way. One of the things I love most about vintage treasures is imagining the history attached to them, the places they may have been and who their various owners over time might have been.
And now Farm Friends has a new owner and a new set of little fingers admiring it’s pages and stroking the birds while screeching excitedly, ‘birdy, birdy, birdy!’
That most lovely lady Mammasaurus has a beautiful new blog – Vintage Mummy – and with it a shiny new meme so if you love all things vintage you have to hop on over and check it out.