Monday, March 21, 2011

Biggest Sale Ever at Birdhouse Books

Hi all!  Just a little note to let you know that I'm having the BIGGEST EVER sale in my store through Sunday 3/27 at midnight.  Everything is 30% right now!  This includes:  vintage children's books, vintage cookbooks, ephemera (Christmas, Valentines, Easter, postcards, dog cards), Christmas ornaments, retro decorating books, vintage crafting, and more!   I'm planning to make some huge store changes next week (and some items that are unsold will be pulled), so wanted to have a great big sale!   As always, all ephemera is listed with free shipping.  Hope you find some goodies!  Click here to visit the 30% off storewide sale at Birdhouse Books

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Vintage Easter Postcards Featuring Children & Angels

Here comes Peter Cottontail ... and he's bringing lots of antique Easter cards!  All of the cards featured today include children or angels, and they are so sweet.   All date from the early 1900's.   Here are just a few more new arrivals at my store -- Easter postcards at Birdhouse Books

Friday, March 18, 2011

Vintage Dachshund Book - Cat and Dog, 1960

I absolutely love this vintage Dachshund book!  One of the things I personally collect are vintage Dachshund items, especially children's books and ephemera.   I have a copy of this book on my own shelves here and was happy to find another copy to share in my store.  It's called Cat and Dog, and it's by Else Holmelund Minarik - with illustrations by Fritz Siebel.    This sweet little picture book tells the story of a little girl and her cat and Dachshund dog -- a red smooth Dachshund.   Charming illustrations throughout!   It's in my store at: Cat and Dog - vintage Dachshund book

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Early 1900's Easter Postcards

Easter is coming soon - April 24 this year - and I'm enjoying scanning and listing vintage Easter postcards in my store.  Most of the cards are from the very early 1900's, and they are lovely, with bunny rabbits, yellow chicks, colorful Easter eggs, children in Easter bonnets, and more.   One very unusual card even features an Arts and Crafts / Mission style goldfish bowl!  You'll find them at Birdhouse Books - Easter Postcards -- and here is a preview!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Carolyn Haywood Books

My favorite item of the day is Carolyn Haywood books for children.   Carolyn Haywood is one of my favorite vintage children's book writers.   I remember checking these chapter books out over and over again as a little girl from the small library in my neighborhood.  Even during my childhood (1960's - 1970's), these books were old fashioned and gave a nostalgic view of childhood during innocent baby boomer times.  They always reminded me a bit of the TV show Leave It to Beaver, with stories of the children's neighborhood adventures.  Carolyn Haywood grew up in Philadelphia and had a long life, from 1898 - 1990.    Her major series were the Betsy series (which I love!) and the Eddie series (also great).   She illustrated her own books.  I have a couple of her books (later printings) in my store -- Carolyn Haywood children's books at Birdhouse Books.  I highly recommend these books for anyone interested in vintage children's books.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Item of the Day: Little Swimmers 1960 Vintage Children's Book

I absolutely love this book, Little Swimmers by Virginia Hunter with Dorothy Grider illustrations!  It reminds me of my childhood, in both the style of illustration, and also the pictures of children learning to swim.  Dorothy Grider is one of my personal favorite baby boomer era children's illustrators.  She is not mentioned as often as some other illustrators this vintage, but I think she captures a time and place so perfectly.  You'll find this book:  Little Swimmers at Birdhouse Books