Since I found and blogged about some old postcards of my grandparents, I’ve become a little obsessed with them. Last weekend I went to the yard sale at the Salvation Army offices in Fairfax, Virginia. My favorite booth was there and this time she had a stack of vintage postcards. I went through them sorting, yes, no, yes, no. I had to have the ones from Boston since we used to live near there. I posted pictures of them on my Facebook page. Some of them tugged at my heart because of where they were from, some because of the colors.You can click on the pictures to make them bigger.
I finally realized I’d better ask how much she wanted for them. A dollar apiece. When I told her I’d put some of them back she (I really need to find out her name, she’s a lovely woman) asked me how many I had. I counted — twenty-five! I’ve bought quite a few things from her over the past several months so she sold them to me for $10.00 or 40 cents apiece. (Relationship building is important even in the world of garage sales.)
These are from something called The Arcade in Cleveland. Two of them are stamped Cleveland Public Library on the back. It looks amazing and I’ll have to do some research to find out more about the building.
I also bought a few from Luray, Virginia. I love the color on the top one.
I don’t really have any connection with Rhode Island and have only been there a couple of times but bought these anyway. The bottom two of the first photo are actual photos. I loved the colors in the second set.
So now I’m on a quest to find vintage postcards from everywhere I’ve lived. I looked on eBay but that somehow feels like cheating. I’ll search for a bit but if I don’t have any luck I’ll go back to eBay and buy some there.
Readers: What do you collect?