Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Vintage, Thrifty Office Decor

Good Morning!

Linda @ Coastal Charm is once again hosting her Nifty Thrifty Tuesday link party.
As I was drinking my coffee and checking e-mails this morning I looked up at the vintage pieces I have displayed in my office and thought I would share these nifty and thrifty old office items at Linda's party today.

Here's where modern technology meets office old school.
 My favorite piece, this vintage phone, I found in my in-laws basement 14 years ago.  I remember my mother-in-law thinking I was crazy for wanting this old phone.  I love this phone as much today as I did back then.
This second phone was purchased at a flea market a couple of years ago for $5.00 (I can't remember what's on today's grocery list but I remember how much I paid for the phone....go figure!)
A few weeks ago I bought this old phone receiver for $2.00.
It may be a little difficult to see but I'm using it as a bookend for two old books.
I found this portable Underwood typewriter last fall at a flea market for $20.00.  It's the perfect size to fit on top of an old letter file box that is from the company my Dad worked at for over 40 years.
Last summer I found a cigar box full of old wood handled rubber stamps at a thrift store.
Of course I bought them all and I now have them displayed under a cloche.
These last few items round out the display.  They were all purchased at garage sales or thrift stores.
Office equipment has come a long way.  Although I love the look of the old equipment I can't imagine life now without my computer or cell phone!

Have a great day.

Jane

46 comments:

  1. that small typewriter is to die for! I love your collection and the fact, that yes, I can't remember where my car keys are but can remember when/where/how much I bought a treasured vintage item!
    enjoy the day
    amy

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  2. Jane,
    You have a wonderful collection here...love that typewriter (great size)...all those rubber stamps are soooo cool looking under that cloche and last...your MIL's phone is my fav!!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  3. So many interesting things in that hutch! I love old office supplies (and typewriters!). Great idea to put all the rubber stamps together in the cloche. I would love an old phone like that for my old telephone stand.

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  4. Love everything. I collect children's metal toy phones...very hard to find and often pricey, so I grab them up when I can...love the old stamp under the cloche...thanx for sharing, tiff

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  5. Hi Jane,

    That little typewriter is so cute! And such a deal...jealous!!

    Kelly
    Second Hand Chicks

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  6. I ♥♥♥ your vignette, when I was little I always wanted to be a secretary...
    I do remember those old rotary phones and the party lines! The typewriter was a wonderful find.
    Have a great week, Jane.

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  7. love it all Jane!
    that little typewriter is so cute.
    I too have a love for those old heavy phones.
    I can't imagine having to hold that receiver to have a conversation, so heavy. But I love the way they ring, startling and loud.
    You have the best garage sales ever to shop.
    Amy

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  8. Sweet collection and I think it looks great all displayed together in the one cabinet. Oh... and that vintage iMac too... LOL

    Di

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  9. What a great collection you have to look up at in your office, Jane! I look at my old electric typewriter like it's a dinosaur {as do my kids} so I couldn't even imagine typing on one of those oldies but goodies! The phones are great - I was a kid when they phased out the letters in the first two digits of a phone number, and I wonder how something like that would work today as they keep adding area codes {in New York, anyway}.

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  10. Your collection reminds of us how far we have come! Other than your computer, your office looks like the set of an old movie! Love everything!

    XO,
    Jane

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  11. You have some great old pieces shown here. I used to be a telephone operator(!) I still have my pink "trimline" phone, which is nothing like what you are showing but still unique in today's world. Love the old phones and typewriter. Fun post!
    Donna

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  12. Cool stuff, Jane! Love all those rubber stamps under glass, great idea! and what's really neat is that there's no dust, couldn't be my house! te he!
    hugs,
    Debra

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  13. I love how you have those displayed. It's a wonderful look.
    I have a phone like the 2nd one (garage sale-$1.00)and it works. I love that it sounds like a real telephone when it rings! When our 10 year old grandson first saw it, he said, "Is THAT a phone?"

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  14. OMG....I am in love with all of this. This is exactly my decorating style preferance. I don't have any of those things...but I am crazy for them. Great job!!

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  15. I remember fondly.....EVERY SINGLE ITEM....you have posted today....you know...I really loved a simpler time....when texting and e-mails were not all the rage AND YOU ACTUALLY TALKED TO SOMEONE IN PERSON. LOL

    xo
    Jo

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  16. Love the old items Jane! I would love to get my hands on an old typewriter, my friend Elyce has one that she "plays" in her band!
    Dee Dee

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  17. I love all the vintage vignettes in this office and the mix of old and new.

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  18. you always have beautiful displays! I love what you do with the decorating. Today's technology we would not be able to live without for sure, but we can still enjoy the old things. Do you ever watch the tv show pickers?

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  19. Jane I love to see the old with the new! The phones are amazing. I like how you displayed the rubber stamps in the cloche. I can't imagine life without my computer or cell phone!

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  20. Jane, I am loving this whole thing and I really love the colors, more monochromatic with little pops, brilliant!

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  21. Love the old stamps under the cloche! I have old stamps that I have collected with no idea what to do with them-thanks for the inspiration!

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  22. cool, cool, cool!!!!

    love it all!

    blessings
    barbara jean

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  23. Your office items are so cool. It's true what you say, I can't remember what's on the grocery list (and I forget it at home on the counter to boot!) but I remember where I got the most random things.

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  24. Jane I love the typewriter and the phones!
    You have such great stuff!!!
    If you ever have a garage sale I am so there!

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  25. Jane - I love how the old blends with the new...
    all of the old office tools are so fun to look at.
    Aren't those phones heavy? I remember talking on my Granny's old phone as a child...it was heavy then, I tell ya!

    have a great week~ Pat

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  26. My Dad would have loved this display and had similar items in his office area. Oh the love of old is so very comforting....

    xx
    z

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  27. Cute smiling suit cases!! They are happy.
    Love your old phones and office goodies. The cloche look awesome loaded with the old stamps.
    Warmly,
    deb

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  28. I love it all, especially those rubber stamps you found at the thrift store. Why can't I find those little beauties? Your displays are always so amazing!

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  29. You way of displaying these old items is wonderful.
    History in you home abounds!

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  30. I love all of your vintage office decor, and how you have it displayed, but I agree 100% about modern technology. I couldn't do without my laptop!

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  31. You have a beautiful collection Jane! I would love a smaller, portable vintage typewriter myself!

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  32. What a great collection! You got them for great prices too!

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  33. Oh my gosh! What cool treasures you have!!!

    m ^..^

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  34. Thank you for sharing your collection. I am going to claim some of my for sale items. You have given me some great ideas. sandi

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  35. I love your mix of vintage and new...a great collection! Such a wonderful old phone!

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  36. Love the old office stuff! I actually have an ivory colored phone that is a lot like the one in your second pic, its the French style phone from Pottery Barn and its so cute on my side table in my living room! Looks quite authentic (if you look past the push buttons!).

    I noticed you have a few old law books! Also old office stuff (law firm) because nowadays 95% of legal research is done online, which of course is where the technology (thank goodness) has come in! Legal research the old fashioned way was a real bear!

    Best,

    Kimberly

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  37. Love every single piece, but you really got me with the rubber stamp collection in the cloche, and the phone receiver as book ends. You mind must work overtime. I agree with having to have my computer, but your display takes the eye away from the contemporary look of the computer.

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  38. Amazing! Now I am curious if your desk is always this neat and tidy?? I found a similar phone for 25 cents and donated it to our theater dept. Am thinking perhaps I should have kept it.

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  39. Oh yes, I love it all! Vintage office supplies....be still my heart!!

    I gasped when I say your collection of vintage stamps! SWOON! I buy them whenever I see them, which is not very often anymore! LOVE LOVE!!

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  40. Oh I love all of it Jane! Putting the stamps under a cloche is a great idea, very PBish and I have a thing for the typewriters too, I have one in the dining room like yours and Max asked me if I could get a new ink cartridge for it so he could type on it! too funny, xoxo

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  41. Jane, I love all of your vintage office pieces. What a wonderful display. So jealous of your wonderful (and cheap!) finds.

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  42. I would have bought every single item on your shelves too...neat display!

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  43. Jane, viewing these delightful vintage inspired vignettes makes me long for the old black phone that was in our home from childhood. I wonder where it ended up? Great post! ~ Sarah

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  44. thank you so much :)
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