Russian Soul Vintage

There is a giant tome of Anna Karenina taunting me from my nightstand. That and an affinity for postcards, led me to Russian Soul Vintage, an Esty shop specializing in vintage postcards printed in Russia. The shop has over a thousand of vintage postcards for sale, ranging from standard flowers or artwork to graphics for kids or Russia focused. Postcards make for a great collection – they’re cheap, have artwork potential, and hold memories.

Check back on Thursday for some ideas for repurposing and displaying postcards.

Images via Russian Soul Vintage.

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Gifts for Gentlemen

Men. Especially difficult to shop for. So maybe try a vintage gift this year?.

1 I think vintage trophies are so fun. What if you got the man in your life his very own… or rather, somebody else’s former… trophy, for the sport of his choice. via Madam Pickay  2 Did your guy read in Men’s Health that a glass of Pinot at night is good for you? (My guy did.) So get him a cool vintage corkscrew, like this one that resembles a classic skeleton key via Alchemy Shop  3 This Mens Dresser Valet via Down East Atticreminds me of the one my dad has. Every gentleman should have one.4 For sports fans, a vintage pennant via Treehouse Clubis a spirited gift choice. 5 Any beer fanatic would appreciate his very own vintage Beer Stein via Maritta I believe the sentiment on the card should be “Prost!” but “Cheers!” would do just fine.6 The guy who works constantly should definitely has his own, very manly, letter opener via JoelleCutro7 Musicians would love vintage records. Bond lovers (and art lovers) would love this Casino Royale Record via Schneckys 8 Wouldn’t it be great to get your guy off Skyrim? How about a vintage chess set via Cool Vintage  Of course that means you’d have to learn to play. 9 And finally, in a world of bags made perfectly for holding various sized technology gadgets, wouldn’t it be great to see a fella with a good looking leather briefcase? via Lark Vintage

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Vintage Gift Guide for the Ladies

Just a little roundup of some great vintage and repurposed gift ideas for the lovely ladies in your life.

1 There are so many unique bookends out there given with a set of Jane Austen classics, they’d make a fabulous gift for the literary minded lady. I especially loved these golden horses via Rhapsody Attic. 2  For the cook, how about a set of vintage Pyrex bowls? via Uphome 3 3 Vintage linens could be a bit tricky, you wouldn’t want anything stained or too worn. But a delicate napkin that just happens to have your friend’s monogram embroidered? Perfect! via Cottage Farm 4 Glass Cloches are everywhere and they are just so freaking cute! via Buffalo Winter 5 A sweet vanity tray might be something she wouldn’t think to buy for herself, but its a glamour girl must have! via My Southern Place 6 Absolutely adore these repurposed book cover journals via Spellbinder 7 Fine, a fantastic wooden birdcage may be a little over the top, unless the girl you’re buying for is me! via Buffalo Winter 8 Transferware serving trays, classic and functional for the hostess. via Roberta Grove 9 Who can resist a repurposed frame? via Revived Vintage Any Marilyn fan would appreciate the addition of Abe. 



Vintage and Repurposed Gift Guide for Kids

I’m willing to bet that on Christmas morning, kids don’t notice whether their presents are new or “gently used”. And considering how quickly children run through toys, it’s not a bad idea for Santa to go vintage and repurposed this year. (Side note: I’m starting my gift guides with little ones because I’ve got one special boy on my mind – I am over the moon about my friends Emily and Matt’s latest, early, addition… Samuel Thomas!)

1 Though they may not appreciate it now, start a vintage pewter goblet collection (via Attic Pickin) By adulthood, it would be a treasure. My brother and I both have a set! 2 A Recycled Skateboard Spinning Top (via Trillium Artisans) is a lovely colorful toy, harking back to simpler times. 3 Etsy is an amazing source for vintage (and new) wooden toys, like this Vintage Wooden Toy Truck (via EthanOllie) 4 I have a friend who loves finding foreign children’s books. What a fun way to cultivate global thinking kids. This Russian Fairy Tales Book is so beautiful (via Lucy Market) 5 Reclaimed Wood makes for a little person iPhone (via Wood Toy Shop) If there were a little BC/Erin, he/she would be getting one of these. We are devoted to Apple products in our home! 6 I’m crazy for this Reused Felt Playfood (via PickleThings) for tiny aspiring restauranteurs and cooks.  7 Another great thing to find online is the classic Vintage Snow Sled via (The Fancy Lamb) 8 And of course, Vintage Globes are a plenty online and a great decorating piece for baby’s bedroom (via Buffalo Winter) 9 The Vintage Rocking Horse (via Hindsvik) is another classic toy to look for online. So much sturdier and lovelier than the plastic cars and toys together. 10 What kid wouldn’t want a Nutcracker (via Baker Road)? 11 And finally, super sweet and cozy looking Toy Elephant made from old sweaters (via Sweatertoys.)