Vintage Toys for Modern Kids

Designerly: Vintage Toys for Modern Kids

My sister was shopping for an antique vanity during the remodeling phase of her home. Naturally, I wanted to tag along. 

We didn't find what she was looking for, but I did happen across some amazing gems for Vy. Each piece was a nice, low-cost alternative to current products that are out there for kids today. So, I brought them home and gave them a new purpose.

I see old cameras in antique stores all the time. I usually pass them up, because I don't know what to do with them, or they don't work. On this particular trip with my sister, I saw a beat-up Kodak Instamatic Camera on sale for five dollars. I thought it would make a great toy camera for Vy. The film lever makes this hearty winding noise when she pulls it back, and the shutter release makes a loud clack every time she takes a picture. She can also turn the focusing ring for a more realistic experience.

Designerly: Vintage Toys for Modern Kids
Designerly: Vintage Toys for Modern Kids

It's also small and light enough for her to work by herself. 

Designerly: Vintage Toys for Modern Kids

Another item I found was a small, 1960s overnight bag for $18. Though originally intended for adults, the bag is the perfect size for Vy to use as a regular suitcase. 

It is made of a rich blue and green fabric, which makes it light to carry. Besides being a beautiful floral print, I love the fact that she can continue to use this bag as she gets older, because it's not kid-themed. And eventually, it can transition back to being an overnight bag.

Designerly: Vintage Toys for Modern Kids
Designerly: Vintage Toys for Modern Kids
Designerly: Vintage Toys for Modern Kids

There's a pocket in the back where she can keep books or drawing paper too!

Designerly: Vintage Toys for Modern Kids

To round out an already successful trip, I found some clothes and a handkerchief for Vy's dolls. Over the years, she has received a couple of 18in dolls and some smaller-sized ones, and they all like to play dress-up. One outfit can get pretty costly, so I was thrilled when I found a small box full of vintage outfits for $20. 

Designerly: Vintage Toys for Modern Kids
Designerly: Vintage Toys for Modern Kids
Designerly: Vintage Toys for Modern Kids

The chipped tooth cracks me up! But, seriously, the clothes transformed her dolls into different characters with new stories. I got lost in playing dress up with them too. There were about 15+ pieces in the box, ranging in size and style. Each one had such lovely details, I'll have to share them all in a separate post!

In the meantime, if you can't find any fun pieces like these at your local antique shop, there are several vendors on Etsy that have got you covered.

Happy hunting!

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