Remember the Cherished Collections series I occasionally posted last year (along with the week-long group series we did)? I’m dusting things off and bringing it back, since it seemed everyone really enjoyed these posts! Perhaps too, I might host another of the blog-tour Cherished Collections event in the spring too…
I have an bit of an accidental vintage handkerchief collection. While I’ve always loved looking at the beautiful florals and bright colors of women’s vintage hankies, I never thought of acquiring any until several years ago when a lovely treasure box arrived at my doorstep from one of my aunts. Inside was a lovely array of goodies leftover from my grandfather’s old antique business stock, including some hankies. This, my friends, started my tiny collection! Since then, I’ve added one or two over time that I’ve found for mere pennies in thrift shops and estate sales. It’s one of those “pretty to look at” collections, rather than practical–or so I thought!
The beautiful lacework and embroidery on many of these is eye catching and worthy of showing off. But displaying handkerchiefs can be a bit tricky when you’re trying to strike a balance between vintage-girliness and a more masculine style in a space. So I’ve mostly kept them packed away in a box of vintage linens I’m saving for our “one day house” (e.g. when we own a house and are staying put in one area for more than a few years! It’s just one thing less to pack when the Navy moves us…). But I’ve lately been seeing a lot of fantastic ideas floating around on Pinterest for using old hankies in fun ways: as curtains, framed and hung in a grouping, fun bunting, a beautiful quilt, and even a one-of-a-kind table runner!
This is my little homage to using a vintage handkerchief in decor, inspired by much of what I’ve seen. I remembered I had this vintage Florida souvenir hankie, and pulled it out to use in the powder room (which has managed to take on a very “Florida” theme, with a lot of our silly knick-knacks we acquired during our stay). It adds some color to the dull wall, and also brings in my favorite color: red. I’m really quite smitten with this display at the moment, I must admit! (Apologies for the odd photo angles, but we have quite possibly the world’s smallest powder room, which makes jamming myself in there to take photos a real challenge!)
Do you collect vintage handkerchiefs? What are some of the fun ways you display them?