Thursday, October 31, 2013

Birdhouse Books on Etsy

I've shopped at Etsy at Christmas time for several years, buying unique handmade and vintage gifts.  I'd thought about selling there more and more as time went on and I heard Etsy mentioned more frequently by friends and in the media.

I just opened a vintage shop at Etsy, and I have to say I love it!  Etsy is a beautiful site, and it is a pleasure to navigate and list there.

My Etsy shop focuses on pretty, cute, and whimsical vintage items:

Vintage children's books
Vintage cookbooks
Vintage holiday cards - Christmas, Valentines, Easter
Vintage sewing patterns
Vintage dog and cat cards

When I can find them, I will certainly add vintage Christmas decorations and vintage toys as well!

I will be adding listings regularly there, and hope you'll stop by to browse!  Just click here to visit:  Birdhouse Books on Etsy.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A Vintage Look at the Regency Hyatt House in Downtown Atlanta

The Hyatt Regency (or as Atlantans call it, the Regency Hyatt House) is a fabulous Mid-Century hotel in downtown Atlanta.  It was designed by architect John Portman, and built in 1967.   The top of the hotel had a unique rotating blue restaurant called the Polaris (now closed).   It was a unique addition to the Atlanta skyline.   You can see a few photos of the Regency Hyatt House at Wikipedia:  photos of the Regency Hyatt House in Atlanta.

I have several vintage postcards at Birdhouse Books showing the interior of this hotel in the 1960's or 1970's:  vintage postcards of the Regency Hyatt House in Atlanta.  If you click on the individual cards, you will notice the bubble elevator.  When I was a little girl, it was a treat to go shopping downtown at Rich's Department Store or Davison's, another great downtown store.  I always wanted to walk through the "hotel district" and ride in the bubble elevators.

You will find more vintage photos and links about Atlanta in the 1960's to 1980's on my Pinterest board.  You'll also find a fun selection of vintage Atlanta cards, books, and collectibles at Birdhouse Books:  Birdhouse Books loves retro Atlanta.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Mid-Century Christmas Cards Advertisement on a Postcard

This is such an unusual postcard!  It advertises a Mid-Century line of Christmas cards that were for sale.  The cards are by the Chapel Line.  This was probably sent out by salesmen in the 1950's or 1960's to stores that might carry the cards.

I love vintage Christmas cards, and often sell them in my store.  I actually recognize a couple of the designs pictured on this postcard!  You'll find this Mid-Century advertising postcard at Birdhouse Books - just click here.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

1972 Architecture Book for Children

This is a unique book!  Beginning Experiences in Architecture is a 1972 vintage book by George E. Trogler.  It is designed for elementary school teachers who want to teach children about architecture.  This is a big book with lots of black and white photos.  You'll find it at Birdhouse Books:  Beginning Experiences in Architecture

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Collection of Vintage Bear Valentines

If you have ever thought about collecting vintage Valentines, this would be a great start!  It would also be fun for a vintage Bear collector.  This is a collection of 11 vintage Valentine cards.  They are cute little die-cuts, like children exchanged at Valentine's Day.  (Who remembers Valentine boxes?)   You'll find this vintage bear collection here:  11 vintage bear Valentines at Birdhouse Books.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Doggone Cute Dog Christmas Cards

I love vintage dog collectibles.  This is one of my favorite vintage categories.  I also love Christmas!   With this in mind, vintage Christmas cards featuring dogs are big favorites here.   I try to keep at least 20 - 30 dog Christmas cards in my store.  Right now I have: Cocker Spaniels, Dalmatians, Terriers, German Shepherds, Scottish Terriers (Scottie Dogs), West Highland Terriers (Westies), Poodles, and more!   These cards make a unique and memorable gift, either framed or simply presented tucked inside a Christmas card.  You'll find all these cuties here:  vintage dog themed Christmas cards at Birdhouse Books

Monday, October 21, 2013

Bass High School 1963 Football Program

I love finding unique items to list on eBay.  It is fun to play Antiques Roadshow and learn more about the unusual items.

I went to a great local yard sale in Atlanta a while back and purchased a nice stack of Bass High School football programs from the 1960's.  This is the last football program that I have left, and it is really neat.

Bass High School was built in 1923 as a junior high school.  It was located in the Little 5 Points - Inman Park area of Atlanta.  In 1947 Bass became a high school.  It closed in 1990, and was later converted to The Bass Lofts.  You will find a photo of Bass here:  The School on the Hill

This program is from a 1963 game between Bass High School and The Lovett School.  It has team photos, advertisements by local businesses (a neat peek at Atlanta in the 1960's), and of course a nice two page Coca-Cola centerfold ad featuring the roster of players.

You'll find this vintage program (and more vintage Atlanta items!) at Birdhouse Books:  Bass High School football program.

Friday, October 18, 2013

1948 Play Activities - Baby Boomer Era Book

This interesting and unique 1948 book is called 88 Successful Play Activities.  It was published by the National Recreation Association.  It is a neat glimpse of childhood play in the early baby boomer years, including:

Sidewalk Games
Home Equipment Games
Shows and Exhibits
Winter Sports

This book would be great for a homeschooling parent, a Scout leader, or teacher.  You can find it at Birdhouse Books:  88 Successful Play Activities.