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Vintage Toys as Decor

Inspired by “Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000,” this week we decided to bring some extra vintage to modern decor. When we receive requests to add a “touch of vintage” to children’s rooms, we always recommend that parents-to-be look for something that already belongs to their family, in particular toys. We also go around to flea markets or search online for original pieces or replicas that can add a nice touch.

We are big fans of the Kit-Cat Clock. Can you believe this clock has been around for 80 years? In 1932 during the heart of The Great Depression, the Kit-Cat Clock with his signature wagging tail, rolling eyes, and contagious smile inspired joy during one of America’s darkest hours. This clock remains incredibly popular—every three minutes, for the past 50 years, someone has purchased a Kit-Cat Clock.

Wagons are always in fashion! Instead of getting a new wagon, we like finding vintage wooden wagons, which we use to display children’s books.

We love tins. We are particularly fond of this Rocket Ride Tin and this Curious George Tin Bank.

These vintage metal tea cups are perfect for holding a little girl’s colored beads or Barbie’s accessories, but they can also be stacked and converted into a beautiful side lamp.


Do you have any vintage toys in your child’s room?


Tuesday 28th of August 2012

This sure made me wish I kept all my toys from when I was a kid.

Fabie Natashinov

Monday 27th of August 2012

Well, thank God for Etsy and eBay.  The things that reminded us of our childhood and that are long gone can still be found here.


Sunday 26th of August 2012

porcelain dolls, wooden blocks, tin kitchen sets. ah, i miss my toys from long ago!

Florence Amber

Tuesday 21st of August 2012

One vintage toy I can never forget are those wooden alphabet blocks. And the great thing about it is that they are still around and you can get them from toy stores every where.

Toy Vintage

Tuesday 21st of August 2012

It's amazing how many people agree with you here. Nice writing style.