There’s a vintage flavour to my daughter’s bedroom that always leaves visitors oohing and aahing when they’re dragged in for an impromptu tea party on the floor. Some of the objects that grab their attention – like the sweet tin tea set and the pretty rag dolls that laze about on her cast iron bed – are actually new toys that have an old-fashioned charm.
But the wooden doll cradle at the foot of her bed, the fairytale books on her shelf, the nursery chairs by the fireplace and the threadbare teddies all over the floor are among the true vintage treasures saved from my own childhood. They add a character to her room that no modern-day plastic toys or decor can match.
Of course, it was easy for me to follow a retro theme because my parents are manic hoarders who don’t throw anything away. Not so lucky yourself? Then try stores like US-based Sonny Boutique to source fabulous vintage finds to decorate your own kids’ spaces.
Sonny has an ever-changing collection of vintage treasures sourced from flea markets in the States that will add character, charm and all that jazz to your nursery. At the moment their inventory includes quirky puzzles, books, a Disneyland tin lunchbox from the 50s and a kitsch-but-cool plastic bunny rattle.
Prices for vintage goodies start at a cheap US$5 but Sonny don’t ship to Australia so you will need to use a reshipper if you see something you like.