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Wishing You A Very Antique Valentine’s Day


I found a package of unopened Valentine cards from what looks like the 1960’s in an antique store a year or so ago and I fell in love with them.  I didn’t know what I would do with them, I just wanted them, so I bought them and stashed them away with the other retro stuff I randomly buy.

I guess I love these cards because they are innocent and sweet and cheesy – the things I think Valentine’s Day should be for kiddos and I still long for.  Is that when you are officially old?  When you start longing for things to be like when you were growing up?  I think so.

Yesterday, I had to pick up a box of Valentine cards for Sean to take to school today and as I stood there trying to choose among the unlovely and the even more unlovely, I thought about these cute little retro card with their cheesy messages.  I stood in front of the wall of Valentine cards for a long time not because there were so many great choices, but because all the choices made me shake my head.  Celebrity-themed? Movie-tie-in-themed?  Warrior-themed? Weird animated character-themed? No. No. No and no.

I ended up buying a box of extreme sports-themed cards only because they were one of the few that did not include tattoos.  The House of Antique does not dig tattoos. Sean sighed and said an unenthusiastic thank you when I handed him the box.  He was not thrilled with my choice.  When I told him I could have picked up a package of pretty princess-themed cards his mood brightened one degree above cloudy.

Or I could have handed him this box of retro cards which would really launch him into the stratosphere of cool.  Among antique mommies.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all my readers.  You are some of my most favorite people.


5 thoughts on “Wishing You A Very Antique Valentine’s Day

  1. I am with you in the “officially old” club. I must confess that I did go with a movie tie-in, but I did not spend any hard earned money on them. I did a “free printables” thing and felt much better about the whole situation.

  2. Me too! I am not a supporter of tattoos or the questionable tv character themes that are lodged in my throat. We gave lollipop life-savers with home made stickers on each saying – “Youre a lifesaver!” I am corny but so what. I make my kids cards each year with construction paper and silly rhymes. They laugh and look forward to them. Thats whats important right? 🙂

  3. I’ve got little ones and so far have avoided the exchanging valentine issue. We’ve made cards for Grandma’s and Grandpa’s and some close friends, but there have been no exchange related dramas to deal with as of yet. As we debate the whole home school vs. private vs. public issue I’m thinking homeschooling would win in this department! I’m with you that kids should have a sweet no drama kind of holiday.

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    Hold on to ‘yer hat sister. It seems to me that with each passing school year, the Martha-factor on the school holiday parties ratchets up by a factor of two or three. One of the things about homeschooling that really appeals to me is how much more you can get done in less time.

  4. Happy Sweet Valentine’s Day to the House of Antique.

    Has been many a moon since I had to pick out exchange cards. Lucky even then that cartoons characters still had 2-eyes instead of the just the one in the center of the head. But I do remember that transformers were becoming a big thing and the Ape’s were Grape.

    The added candy heart with not so mushy sayings added to the boys cards and kissy kissy stuff added to the girls. Or all red suckers for the girls and any color for the boys.

    I don’t miss being Room Mommy. I do miss all the sweet baby faces.

  5. I hate commercially produced cards, as they look cheap and have no “love” in them. That is why I decided that this year I would help my 6 and 8 year old children make their valentines. And since the advent of the internet there are so many adorable ideas to choose from. We had fun with this, did the project together, and ended up with Valentines with a lot of love in them.


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