Vintage Valentine Handkerchiefs and Link Party 17

Welcome to week 17 of the History and Home Link Party!  Have you ever thought about using vintage handkerchiefs in your seasonal home decor?  The idea struck me last year, so I ordered a few Valentines and St. Patrick’s Day-themed vintage hankies from some eBay sellers, and really enjoyed using them.  Thankfully, I remembered where I packed them up!  Here are the Valentines hankies:

vintage Valentines Day handkerchief hankie doily

You can use one as a doily under a pretty bowl, as I’ve used it on my dinette huntboard under a vintage Hazel Atlas Dutch Children bowl:

vintage Valentines Day handkerchief hankie doily Hazel Atlas dutch children bowl



Also, you can fold one in half, and use it on a shelf.  This little shelf was a great solution to a very tiny entryway that doesn’t let me have a little table just inside the front door, with a lamp on it, as I’d like to have.  The “lamp” is actually a battery-operated candle on a timer, and that cute little bear candle came from an estate sale.

vintage Valentines Day handkerchief hankie doily planter candle flameless shelf


The heart-shaped planter is maybe vintage, from a thrift store, but doesn’t appear to be too old.  Not “olde”, oh well!  I love the way the addition of the vintage handkerchief looks.  The painting above this shelf is the only true painting we have, and was painted by my sister-in-law’s mother, isn’t she a great artist?!

vintage Valentines Day handkerchief hankie doily planter candle flameless shelf


If you’d like to add some vintage Valentines hankies to your home decor, there are plenty for sale online, just do a search.  I have a few Irish linen ones in my Etsy shop at the time of this writing, for St. Pat’s decor.  (Etsy link is in the sidebar.)

I have lots more Valentines decor on the way so keep checking back, or better yet – Subscribe!  Friday I’ll be showing you how I finally made the wreath I’ve been planning with vintage Valentine cards.  Also, a banner and a bit on vignettes, and of course, you know a Valentines tablescape is in the works.

But now, it’s y’all’s turn!  (Yes, here in the south, it’s appropriate to put two apostrophes in y’all’s.  I’m not even getting a red squiggly line under it.  He he.)

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15 thoughts on “Vintage Valentine Handkerchiefs and Link Party 17

  1. Hankies are a staple for us in our space, Dawn. The special occasion ones always sell quickly, and at a premium. They’re getting harder to find. Have a great week…this week my topic is about organizing all the paper related to home (and junkin’). 😉
    Rita C. at Panoply

  2. You have some pretty hankies – the Valentine ones are always pretty. My Mom collected hankies – I have them all – 500!!! I’m set for hankies!!!

  3. Very cute handkerchiefs! I have some cloths that are similar to this, but are larger – like about 24″ square – that I purchased in Germany. They have Christmas embroidery on them and are intended to be used as decorative cloths on top of a square or round table which has a darker red or green or white full-length table cloth underneath. They give a similar effect to what you are achieving here. Very nice accents for the holidays!

  4. Dawn, your valentine hankies are lovely. I like to use them in bread baskets and for tea time napkins. I linked up to your party. Take a look at what I’m sharing. Thanks again for offering the darling painting. I absolutely love it. 😉

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