If you’re looking for a unique nursery decor idea, sometimes the best inspiration can be found right in your grandparents’ attic–if you’re lucky. I love the look of vintage toys framed as cool artwork for a baby’s room, or placed on bookshelves as striking accent pieces. But if you don’t have a relative who has saved every family heirloom for decades, then, hey, at least you have Etsy.
Here are 16 favorite finds (from zillions) that would make for great baby and kids’ room decor staples. Happy decorating!
Vintage Walkie Talkies; Vintage Toy Clock; Vintage Metal Airplane Toy; 1958 Vintage Toy Sewing Machine; Vintage Toy Truck ($36-58, all at Bellalulu)
Photograph of Vintage Girl Scout Camera ($30, Shade Tree Photography)
Vintage French Card Game ($17, French Attic Finds)
Vintage spinning top ($22, French Attic Finds)
Vintage 1940s alphabet blocks ($28, Paper Cherries)
Vintage 1930’s Jonthay Jack in the Box Toy ($75, Antique Whisperer)
Vintage 1950s Finel Finland Enamel Cup ($70, Swirling
Vintage Wooden Animals ($9-30, Goody Girl Red)
Little Bo Peep 1939 Playing Cards ($12, Swirling Orange 11)
Vintage 1950’s Berwyn Toy Typewriter: the one after this own writer’s heart! ($18, CJ Typewriters)
If you’re buying vintage toys for your kids, just keep in mind that safety standards for lead paint and other issues were different back then. Use these retro finds for decor, not teething toys. But you already knew that.