I was looking for "novelty items" (when I am not looking for novelty items?) to order as possible attendant gifts for our wedding, when I came across the Lovely and Strange on Etsy, which may be the greatest Etsy store of all time. Operating out of Madison, WI, this store has EVERYTHING-- I seriously could not get over how charming and lovely each little vintage novelty favor in the carefully collected shop was. I want it all! I want it now!
Shop owner P. Bailey puts forth the idea for the shop in her "about me":
I have a long-standing obsession with tiny trinkets, old dime store treasures, and paper ephemera of all kinds. My shop is filled with unusual and beautiful toys, trinkets, and small objects. I am very selective about what is listed here. I avoid "filler" items, so my shop will come together slowly as I unearth just the right things. My hope is that the shop can succeed while remaining curated, cohesive, and special. I want to always be proud of what I sell. This space is truly a collection that reflects a little bit of me.I love tiny things, especially those with spectacular graphics/packaging, and items that are made out of more tactile materials than plastic - paper, wood, tin, clay. I am especially drawn to 1930s - 50s trinkets and things from the Japan penny toy era.
If there is something not to love about this, I couldn't tell you what it is. The shop reminds me of nothing so much as pre-Bieber, pre-Backstreet (I know, I'm taking you back here, as well as showing my age) children's party favors. Do you remember those jointed snakes that would undulate at their tiny-nail-fastened hinges? My grandmother had one in the junk drawer of her laundry room, and it was both an object of fascination and an object of horror in my formative years. Who thought to make this?! Why does it look so much like an actual serpent? That "magician's toyshop" feeling of curiosity and delight is present in The Lovely and the Strange's etsy shop.
|Incredible magic trick novelty book|
|Tin movie star toy watch from 1930s Japan|
|Miniature 1940s starlet pocket mirrors|
|Lucky tattoo book - old stock toy|
|Paper cigarette whistles from Japan|
|Vintage screen printed half mask from Japan|
|Camel paper ring toss game|
So! Check the shop out for yourself. What are your favorite items? Do you have any novelty tricks up your sleeve? What is it about these cute little things that are so appealing? Let's talk!
That's all for today, but I'll be back tomorrow for Photo Friday. Take care, I'll see you then!