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Collections: Vintage Packaging & Advertising

Updated: Apr 6

It's kitschy collection time! I've shared several collections on the blog, including my ice cream cone cookie jars, printer drawers with miniatures, and my ever growing collection of local matchbooks.

I refuse to pick a favorite, but let's say that my vintage packaging collection is up there. In fact, almost every room in my house is in on the fun.

I have a bunch of vintage toiletries and medicine containers in my bathroom and a combination of cleaning products, spice containers, and birthday candle boxes in the kitchen.

The dining room has become a prime spot for vintage ice cream containers, and the living room has everything from a retro set of bean bag ashtrays to cardboard boxes of laundry detergent.

Variety is the spice of life, they say.

Vintage packaging displayed on metal plant stand

My vintage packaging and advertising collection has taken years to accumulate. And the fun part is that I'm never going to be finished with it. I'm kind of picky about what I buy so I don't enter full-on hoarder status, but I rarely turn down something that's really cool (and affordable).

Sometimes, one of the biggest hurdles when collecting is figuring out where the heck to put everything. I've owned a couple mid-century plant stands over the years, and I have to say ... they can be used for practically anything.

I placed mine in front of the fireplace in the living room (front and center) and it's been fun to decorate the shelves with old packaging.

vintage beanbag ashtrays

Happiness is an unused 3-pack of Beanie Jr. ashtrays in the original box. Among other things ...

vintage kordite freze box

I'm constantly amazed at the illustrations and fonts that were used on a simple things like a box that was kept in the freezer. It's a work of art. 🤓

vintage red sequin headband

This bright red sequin headband is one of my most recent finds. Isn't it great? I've never seen anything like it.

vintage 3-dimension viewer

vintage hershey's chocolate bar box

This is the packaging that Hershey's chocolate bars came in back in the 50s. How have things changed so much over the years?!

vintage button collection

I don't have a ton of them, but I love old buttons and necklace making supplies. The illustrations are perfect.

vintage spices and sprinkles on windowsill

I was so excited (definitely more than the average person) when I found an unopened package of sour orange gum. How does an old pack of gum remain unopened for so long? One will never know.

The rainbow sprinkles were in my grandma's kitchen cabinet from the 1980s up until she passed away a couple of years ago. It cracks me up that she kept them for so long, but I'm forever grateful that she did. I secretly hope they were used on one of my birthday cakes.

vintage green food coloring and colorful bottles

vintage frozen food saw box

It's not often that you find an unused frozen food saw in the original box. A frozen food saw?? Again, the designs are priceless.

vintage cleaning supplies on wood floor

Can you guess which one of these cleaning supplies is my favorite?

vintage collections displayed on wicker shelf

I stare at this shelf a lot. It's one of my favorite things in my house, and maybe of ALL TIME. The plastic ice cream cone container in the back is full of Avon bubble bath. The box it came in is equally cute.

The vintage Galaxy syrup bottle (it doubles as a coin bank) next to the bubble bath is a true gem—it was actually one of the first things I bought that made me want to start collecting vintage packaging.

vintage collections displayed on white shelf

Back in the olden days, you could buy cough syrup with chloroform in it. Can you even imagine? Lol. The box has the original glass bottle inside, and it's still filled with a black syrupy liquid. It's both terrifying and cool, in my opinion.

vintage advertising displayed on white shelf

Don't forget to smear on some Groom & Clean hair dressing and take a pull of Astring-O-Sol before you leave the house in the morning.

vintage band-aid tin

Here's another perfect example of the allure of vintage packaging. Band-Aids never looked so good.

vintage medicine tins on bathroom counter

I often wonder if people realized how COOL everything looked before the 1980s. I mean, even boxes of white chalk and bottles of Pine-Sol had character. Are people going to look back at today's packaging and want to collect it 50 years from now? I have a lot of questions!

xoxo, Jacki


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Jan 16

Great, thanks.


Jacki Moseley
Jacki Moseley
Jan 15

Thank you!! 😊


Jan 15

This is my favorite post so far! As you know, I've just started collecting old advertising and the 2 items I have came from your etsy shop. I loved how you placed everything in your house!

Jacki Moseley
Jacki Moseley
Jan 15
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Also, let me know if you’re looking for something in particular to add to your new collection and I’ll keep an eye out!

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