Some of us are old enough to remember these beloved paper declarations of "puppy love" passed among grade-schoolers.
The puns were cheesy, but many of us carefully assigned each one to a particular classmate, depending on our fondness for the recipient.
How can we use these ephemera to decorate our modern homes?
Valentine's Day is always a red-letter day (usually red X's and O's) and a great excuse for eating chocolate. If you love vintage ephemera, this is a marvelous reason to decorate your home with some vintage red and pink. But how to use those sweet sentiments from the past?
Here are some of our favorite ideas.
Row 1, L-R: a Valentine vignette with a bingo card and scrabble tiles under a glass cloche, a small tin filled with sweet homemade valentine hearts, and a valentine heart made with vintage thread spools.
Row 2, L-R: a two-tiered tray filled with Valentine goodies, a wreath made from vintage valentines, and a front-door wreath using a frame and vintage sheet music.
Caring for ephemera, such as vintage valentines is fairly simple - make sure they are kept flat, away from direct sunlight or extreme heat, and tuck them in with some acid-free tissue paper to slow down the yellowing. Here's a list of do's and don'ts when storing ephemera, from ephemeracorner.com:
Note: All photos are courtesy of Pinterest. This article was originally shared with our friends at the Busy Bee Trader in their February 2020 issue. We are proud to create articles and advertise in this long-running guide to antiques and boutique stores in the mid-south.
WHO WRITES THIS STUFF?
I'm Terry Lea, owner of Re-Invintage Home, a vintage home goods shop just south of Nashville in Murfreesboro, TN. A lifelong passion for vintage picking led me to open a shop with my picking pal, Sherri in 2017. Come see us!