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.
It's also small and light enough for her to work by herself.
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.
There's a pocket in the back where she can keep books or drawing paper too!
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.
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.