When I was a little girl my Mom would give me a sweet little figurine for Valentines Day and St. Patrick’s Day. These little treasures were made by Lefton China and were inexpensive items to collect, several of my friends had them growing up as well. Above, this fab vintage collection from Old Glory Cottage is the epidemy of vintage Valentines Day from vintage handkerchiefs to decorated heart candy boxes and the figurines I loved collecting .
Fast forward to 2013; you rarely find these figurines at estate sales or even antique shops anymore. They have become highly collectible ranging from $15.00 to $50.00 on Ebay or Esty for the rare pieces. Napco makes some of the figurines pictured here as well and others are just marked Made in Japan, in case you stumble upon them at your next estate sale.
So here is where my Friday Find begins, my husband and I actually went out on a date on Friday night. It was so nice to take a minute to re-connect, we have been running past each-other lately juggling three kids and work. After my Mom left from babysitting I noticed this little ceramic figurine sitting on my console, just like the one I used to have growing up. I forgot to mention my friends and I actually played with these little people and broke or chipped most of them. My Mom had been at an estate sale earlier in the day and found her, what a sweet surprise, thanks Mom. Here she is placed next to my HomeGoods find, a whimsical purse shaped heart lamp (LOL) and my sweet Valentines when they were little. My parents have a real passion for vintage finds and I am starting to understand why. It is a way to re-connect to our story, in this case a child-hood memory that I cherished. Let us know if you ever had the chance to connect to a piece of your past through a vintage find, we would love to hear about it.