Saturday, January 28, 2012

For the love of vintage luggage

I have a major slight obsession with vintage suitcases and travel cases.  I think it's the fantasy of how glamorous travel used to be...fancy gowns in the dinner car of the train, men in wonderfully tailored suits flying Pan Am and luxury trips to Europe aboard great ocean liners.

 I want to buy EVERY. SINGLE. ONE.

But, I know I can't.  I actually sold one of the suitcases from my own collection on Etsy last week {it sold within 24 hours}, and one of my vintage travel cases a couple of weeks earlier.

Vintage Suitcase Wedding Card Box, sky blue, burlap bunting, card banner

Vintage Travel Case

I'm not gonna lie, it was hard to let them go but I didn't have a place for them any longer now that I have rearranged the extra bedroom/craft room.  So, they had to go.  I strung them with a burlap banner that read "CARDS" for use as a card box in a wedding.

I have one more from my collection that I photographed and listed today.

Vintage Suitcase Wedding Card Box, sky blue, burlap bunting, card banner

My little Punky Brewster and I stopped by our local antique mall yesterday and I scored a vintage travel case and briefcase style suitcase at a really good price {I think the booth was getting ready to close because everything was 75% off}!

One was perfectly worn with vintage travel sticker on the top and bottom.

Vintage Suitcase Wedding Card Box WITH petite burlap bunting CARD BANNER

Vintage Suitcase Wedding Card Box WITH petite burlap bunting CARD BANNER

The other was in good condition but it has kiddie circus decals on it.  Not really my cup of tea so I'm going to give it the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint treatment soon.


It seems that I am seeing vintage luggage pop up everywhere in decorating lately:Country Living, magazine, Romantic Homes, Pottery Barn catalogues, so I guess I'm not alone in my obsession.  The only downside of that is that they are getting hard to find and even harder to find at a reasonable price. 

Do you share my weakness?

39 comments:

  1. i love vintage suitcases! the 3rd suitcase down, i have that same one. only mine was navy blue and i painted it white. i posted it on my blog a while back. will probably be using it in my wedding next year for cards just like how you've shown =)

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