Postcard Art

As I’m sure I will mention in many a post, I live in a fairly small apartment, with another human being, so a lot of modifications need to be made in our space in order for it to be livable and happy.  For instance, as much as I may or may not want to indulge in that grown-up female urge to decorate the heck out of every square inch, I can’t.  So, what is the answer?  To the walls!I can cover every last bit of my wall space in all sorts of things if I want to.  Now, I don’t want to, first of all because I have minimalist inclinations, and second of all, because I’m picky.  I don’t want just any old thing that anybody is bound to have hanging up in their house, and I want to be creative to any extent that I can be creative.  And a few years ago, I discovered postcard art! My husband and I love to travel and explore new places together, so when Doug had a birthday a couple years ago, I found a set of vintage postcards from Chicago on eBay (we had taken a trip there recently), slapped them in a frame, and bam! He loved it, and now it hangs on the wall in a home we share.  Even better, the postcard set cost about three bucks.

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All of this being said, this post isn’t extravagantly DIY, more of an idea I want to share.  There are postcards out there to suit every taste, and unless it’s some rare collector’s edition, they are usually dirt cheap.  Here are a couple of my favorites:From Etsy, 25 vintage English postcards for 11 bucks?  Yes please and cheerio.
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(Etsy listing photo from the shop of burstsofcreativity)Postcards used to be art all on their own back in the day! Like this one, from another wonderful Etsy shop,pecanhillpostcards:

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From the Victorian Era, “Love on a Balcony” is actually postmarked, 1908, sent from Danville, PA!  You can buy ‘used’ postcards, which I think is really cool.  Also, I smell wedding décor! Somebody out there needs to get on this, and then send me pictures of it.There is literally no reason why I don’t yet own the Postcards from Penguin:
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The photo is courtesy of Modcloth, and while they are no longer available there, you can hop on over to amazon.comand snag the set of ONE HUNDRED for $17.49.  And while you are there, you may want to check out these:
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Cant. Get over. The cuteness.Etsy and Amazon are just a few great places to start.  Also check out eBay, not to mention vintage and thrift shops in your area.  And, unlikeliest of sources, for my recent project, I bought a pack of 5 5×7 cards inspired by vintage floral postcards from Ikea for 99 cents.  You never know where inspiration will find you.
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Mismatched frames are all that’s left to buy.Happy decorating!~Lauren

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