Sunday, May 25, 2014

Vintage Children's Hankies

So the really special thing that I picked up on Friday that was not included in the earlier post about my weekend finds was this delightful box of vintage children's hankies. They were in horrible condition, very dirty and spotty so I asked the lady at the antique store if she would go down on the price since they were in such poor shape and she did. I was crossing my fingers that I could get them cleaned up. I was able to get them very white and clean but could not get the rust spots out from the pins that were holding them in the box for the past 65 years. They still look awesome! The box that they came in has little clown graphics that move (I thought this was so cool and it still works perfectly).

Here is what they looked like before:

Pretty Dirty Right! Here they are after soaking for a very long time.

The box that they came in was marked 1949 and was sold at Sears.

Such an adorable piece! I don't necessarily pass over linens just because they have stains, most can be cleaned (although rust is a tough one). Even if you can't get the stains out, sometimes parts of the linen can be saved and used in craft projects. 

Hope everyone has a great Memorial Day Weekend!

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  1. I love those! I am so glad you could get them clean. Children's hankies never leave my houses once I find them. I have a collection of them and I think it is because when we were little we would take them in our purses to church. I adore the graphics. Have a safe and happy Memorial Day. xxoo Dianne

  2. So sweet - glad you were able to save them! Love the graphics on the box.

  3. In the past, I've used a rust remover for the vintage linens I bring home. It rhymes with "ink" but I can't remember exactly what it was. Maybe Whink ? it works well and goes a long way. These are SO cute and worth the effort to get the rust out. Good luck ! p.s. I'm really glad that Google fixed whatever their issue was. For the past two months I haven't received the blogs that are powered by Google. I've missed you !