Collecting vintage Christmas is hot across the board. Vintage Christmas cards are coming up in the collecting world. Affordable, fun to hunt. Little pieces of art and nostalgia.
At first, it wasn't cheap. They were luxurious and clearly a sign of wealth and power.
Millions of greeting cards have been made over the past 100 years. Your choices are endless. Every holiday, birthday, emotion, occasion, illness comes with a card. They are purchased to be given and written in, stamped and sent.
Cards were decorated by artists and could also be made "prettier" by adding lace, foil and glitter. Cards could become other things, like a Christmas ornament or toy, origami. Perfect for use in crafts and vintage decorating.
Unless they have value.
Many are worth little to nothing. Use these in your projects.
Many are worth something. So the key is, find what's in demand and why.
One of the easiest ways to find out what's in demand is Ebay. Search vintage Christmas car, then refine to search by highest price AND items that are sold. What's selling the highest and what's the common denominator?
Here's what I found
German die cut greeting cards are at the top.
Certain American makers Raphael Tuck
Artists created cards like Warhol
Signed or from someone famous
Midcentury Christmas cards
Condition is everything. paper is fragile.
Unsigned/unused cards should bring a premium.
Cards were saved in scrapbooks. If you pull them out, because careful about the glue and paper remnants.
Keep out of sun and moisture.
The Chicago Vintage Clothing and Jewelry Show will take place March 8, 3pm to 8pm, March 9, 2019. 10am to 5pm at 5649 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660. St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church at the corner of Hollywood and N. Sheridan Road. The official website is www.vintageclothingandjewelry.com
The 2018 Vintage Garage dates are April 22, May 20, June 17 , July 15, August 19, September 16, and October 21. There will be 100 vendors offering cool vintage and antique pieces every 3rd Sunday, April to October. Vintage Garage is located at 5051 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640. Hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with a $5 admission. Official website is www.vintagegaragechicago.com.