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February 1, 2013

Vintage Souvenirs-What’s On Your Coffee Table?

By Sablemable

I know you’ve seen the travel souvenirs accumulated by grandparents, parents and well, yourself scattered about the house.

But nothing could be more MCM than memories of trips gone by.  And if you want a real taste of Americana, let me show you what I found on Etsy.


From seller ArtVandalDesigns this ceramic wall hanging.




From seller BabylonSisters this resin wall hanging.  Fabulous lobster!



From seller littlebigshop a resin plate to hang.


From seller studiostebbylee an ashtray too beautiful to use for ashes!


From seller ShabbyVintageHome a ceramic trinket box.  Gorgeous!




From seller InheritedTraits a ceramic foot!



From seller LadyRoseTreasures a pair of wooden shoes.



From seller CarlysCurations this wild ceramic table lighter!



From seller BlueRidgeRetro this fantastic woven tote!



From seller independencevintage a wood snap shot album.




From seller Lilasloot put on your sombrero.  Ole!



From seller moxiekin, clickity-clack your castanets!



From seller WhenRosesBloom, then shake your maracas!



From seller vintageeclecticity a spoon rest.



From seller PapasGoodOleDays, leather coin purses.  Cute!



From seller Ablast2thepast wooden Hawaiian tray.



From seller BingoBox, a tray, coasters, plates and unique ashtray.





From seller hossandgoose, salt & pepper shakers that look like irons!



From seller LUXURYLIFE, a ceramic Mai Tai glass from the Islander Restaurant in Stockton, California. 




From seller SSAliceAndGypsyWagon shot glasses from Las Vegas.



From seller NewLifeVintageRVs, (3) items:


A ceramic planter



(2) pennants from Canada




From seller NouveauOrleans and immaculate loose-powder compact!




From seller prWhimsy, a must-have souvenir thermometer.



From seller postGingerbread a colorful paperweight for your desk.



From seller nanusdollectibles, a frosted high-ball glass.



So, readers, how many travel souvenirs do you own and display?  Tell us about your favorite souvenir that you own

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12 Responses to Vintage Souvenirs-What’s On Your Coffee Table?

  1. Desirae Reply

    February 1, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Living in San Francisco, it would be fun to have the lighter on my coffee table.

    • sablemable Reply

      February 1, 2013 at 10:44 pm

      Des, isn’t that lighter wild? I love it!

  2. Sara In AZ Reply

    February 1, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    I just love the vintage souvenir stuff, I think it’s completely adorable! I don’t have tons of it but I do have some Hula girls and other Hawaiian stuff and also a few ashtrays…..funny though – that first item, the Missouri state wall plaque…I got one exactly the same for my Mom but of Wisconsin!

    • sablemable Reply

      February 1, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      Saraaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!! Does your mom still have that Wisconsin plaque?

      The straw tote, I thought of you instantly when I saw it. Great retro piece for hot weather.

      • Sara In AZ Reply

        February 2, 2013 at 3:15 pm

        Yes, she totally still has it Sable! I’m guessing they must have done all of the states as wall plaques – though this one and Mom’s are the only ones I have ever seen.

        That straw tote is killer, I really love that!

  3. Fanfreluche Reply

    February 1, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Not much, I do own a few shot glasses (I love the kitschy ones, they always make an impression on guests), a few tall glasses and coffee mugs. Not much of a souvenir person.

    • sablemable Reply

      February 1, 2013 at 10:50 pm

      Fan, the shot glasses are always interesting and are useful, LOL! I have exactly nothing in souvenirs, but maybe I’ll start looking for some vintage ones.

  4. RetroRuth Reply

    February 1, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    We are crazy-into the tall frosted glasses! We probably have about 30 right now, and we are running out of display room! Time to start moving some to the basement bar…

    • sablemable Reply

      February 1, 2013 at 10:48 pm

      Ruuuuuuuuuuth! Yes, they would look great in the basement behind the bar! You’ll have to do a follow-up piece about your glasses someday.

  5. Andrea Reply

    February 2, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Ohhhhh, I love those shot glasses! I also get a kick out f those Calgary pennants. I have a 50s era pennant that I found at an antique show from my small city – had to buy it, since it was so unusual. We are not a tourist destination, LOL!

  6. sablemable Reply

    February 3, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Andreaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!! I thought of you when I saw those pennants! Don’t you still have the Calgary Stampede every year? That must still draw loads of visitors.

  7. Hepcat Restorations Reply

    February 8, 2013 at 1:25 am

    Vintage souvenir stuff is awesome! Mel & I have tons of Hawaiian stuff in our tiki room, a vintage Florida souvenir tablecloth in the diner with these cool flamingos on them, and Gay Fad state glasses.

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