Collections: Sarah's Vintage Chalkware Animals

Collections: Sarah's Vintage Chalkware Animals

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Janel Laban
Nov 25, 2008

We're so happy that Sarah sent in her collection! Here is what she had to say: My collection of cartoony vintage animals grew out of a love for vintage carnival chalkware, swingy jazz music, old school warner brothers cartoons, and a nostalgia for living in a rural area as a child. These pieces add warmth to my house without making things (I hope) too juvenile. Outside of chalkware, my collection also includes Mold-a-rama animals, toys, textiles, and prints. Jump below for more:

I live in a vintage studio in Chicago, which was built in the 40s, which sort of lends itself to my collection. Like other collectors, I actually have a number of collections -- I also collect McCoy pottery, blue willow transferware, and other vintage tins, dishware and cookware from the 40s and 50s, vintage textiles, PEZ dispensers (they are displayed around a framed polaroid of my brother and I in Halloween costumes, in a nook between my main living space and my bathroom), zines, and postcards that have been color corrected to the point of being unusually blue.

These things are layered into my home, just like you would layer textiles into a room. I tend to stick to certain colors, to keep everything tied together, I try to keep my house uncluttered (of like piles), and my furniture choices are either clean and modern or clean and of an arts and crafts sort of variety, which I think helps keep things from getting too visually crazy.

See the entire photo set here. Thanks, Sarah!

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