Sunday, September 19, 2010

Rosalie's House

Dear Reader,
If you thought this was just another slightly worn but charming house in NE Portland, you would be wrong. I would forgive you and still love you, but you would be wrong. It is, in fact, the nirvana of vintage greeting cards and stationery. I had been at an estate sale in this house for about 45 minutes when I heard some gal say something about vintage Christmas cards. "WHERE???" I hollered. I might have even grabbed her by the collar...I don't really remember. She pointed towards the back bedroom. I took off like the house was on fire. Here's what I got:


Parchment Christmas cards with envelopes...full box.

"Just-A-Notes". I remember these from the 70's. Complete and pristine in their folders including the gold stickers used to close the cards. I got a dozen different designs. This bird one was my favorite.

Don't think I'm not sending the partridge ones for Christmas.

This was the best box. Rosalie had organized the cards by theme. Many even have the date and price written in pencil on the envelopes. Something tells me that Rosalie must have had a lot of time on her hands.

These are just a few from the Valentine section.

And how did I know that the gal who lived in the house was named Rosalie? Because I found these notecards at the bottom of the pile. Gorgeous. How come they don't make things like this anymore? I might have to change my name to Rosalie.

13 comments:

laurie -magpie ethel said...

Dang Dot...you did good. I would consider changing my name too after seeing that last photo!

junquegypsy said...

You score the best things!!! Love vintage cards - in fact - in one of your pictures I have the exact same card. I got mine from my grandmother's stash of cards. Enjoy.

yardsaleprincess1 said...

Holy Canoli! I want to change my name to Rosalie too! I think I might have to start a new collection...vintage cards and stationary...ha ha, who am I kidding. I already have a few in my closet that may be the beginnings of a collection. Great finds!!!

flappergirlcreations said...

Awesome! What a score! I stopped by one estate sale on Friday on my way to the fabric store on 79th & Burnside and it sucked so bad. It was mostly just some crappy old-man furniture and some ugly ties.

Janelle said...

What a find! Old Valentines are my favorite--love that one with the dog that says "shot ter hell!" LOL.

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Pretty! I love old cards.

Barbara said...

I'd have wet my pants right there if I had scored those cards!!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

You so scored on those cards! I love them. Love the Rosalie cards the best!

Heidi Ann said...

Oh, I LOVE vintage cards so much! You certainly found some wonderful ones!!

Amber Von Felts said...

I just LOVE vintage cards! Those are wonderful and card sending season is right around the corner! I like the "rosalie" card too...it is sad that people do not really write to each other via snail mail anymore. Its a lost art form for sure.

Chickens in the Basement said...

I'm jealous! Paper ephemera makes me SOOO happy!

Wanda @ Just Vintage said...

What a score! I love vintage cards and stationery, too. But there's no way I'd be able to actually use any. I seem to prefer storing them away so I can run across them and rediscover them all over again.

EverydayMe said...

beautiful find!!! {{hugs}} Michelle