Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Vintage Compacts

After seeing the top photograph from the Lily + Jae collection I was inspired to do a little research into vintage compact cases. I was instantly attracted to the various shapes, sizes and motifs once used to create these charming compacts. They were more than just convenient makeup in pretty packaging...they were an accessory. I wonder how products would look if we treated them more as an accessory versus a disposable necessity. Hmm...maybe more sustainable, quality built items in environmental packaging?

Links - Lily + Jae, Vintage 1950s Vogue Compact, 6 Vintage Make Up Compacts, VOLUPTE Vintage Compact and Assorted Lot Vintage Make Up Items.

22 comments:

Good Girls Studio said...

So beautiful! It seems like packaging & products themselves used to have much more thought & love put into them. Collectible, sustainable & decorative!

please sir said...

I couldn't agree more. I also love that you used the word collectible. So true! After years these items are still functional, beautiful and desirable. It's hard to say that about current products. I guess that's why I love vintage so much!

Kate said...

Yes! It would be so wonderful to somehow be able to get my powder, etc refilled in a reusable, beautiful container rather than buying a new item every time.

erin said...

beautiful post and lovely sentiment. couldn't agree more--i'm always on the lookout for things that are not only beautiful, but long lasting. love these.

pink cupcake vintage said...

absoloutely in love!

RosyRevolver said...

Ah, I love these. They take me back to the days of haunting my grandmother's makeup drawer. They did it right back then! xoxo

Happy New Year my friend.

Holly said...

i can picture the prim women using those. :)

Sharon said...

Definitely less plastic and more eyecandy-esque. So feminine. Very lovely.

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I still have my grandma's compacts. :-) Thank you for reminding me they deserve to be displayed.

cindy said...

they are so special because often they were from grandma. they had it good in many ways when it comes to design. things were special unlike today when so many things are disposable.

Simply Grove said...

Love!!!

jane said...

i love the bow compact! I often buy items for the product design, and it doesn't get better than vintage*

Dana said...

Have you ever heard of Andrea Garland? She repurposes old compacts, cleans them out and fills them with new organic lipbalm. Once you buy one you can send it back for refills when you've used up the balm!

http://andreagarland.co.uk/

Nelly said...

I was lucky to find a couple of these myself in an antique market and for $1 each. They were thrown in these boxes of mixed things. I was amaze when I saw them! They're just treasures. What a neat idea Dana comments above!!

Sara Bradshaw said...

I need a place to display these first (I'm an organisation freak!) Thank you for sharing. Also you may wish to check out my 'Best 25 Blogs of 2009' here: http://www.cricketwife.com/2010/01/25-best-blogs-of-2009-part-1.html

katiecrackernuts said...

So very much from a bygone era. They are gorgeous. My mother had a compact like these. I am unsure whether it was hers, or whether it came from another family member. She used it, but I haven't seen it out when visiting her like I used to as a child. I must ask her about it.

seesaw designs said...

i see these alot on all my thrifting escapades, but never know what i'd do with them. maybe i should buy them just for the purposes of having another collection? :)

-angela

Vanilla Press said...

Love these!So nostalgic.

Mary-Laure said...

They are all so delicate... Love the one with the birds and the tree branches...

My name is Erin. said...

I have one of my grandmothers old compacts. I used it for years and now have it laying in a box or drawer somewhere. This reminds me that I should have it out on display... maybe on her old dresser that is now my own. Thanks for the reminder.

packaging supplier said...

These are all the very great and attractive packaging of these beauty boxes which tends to develop all the beauty and freshness as well in all the girlhood.

Moreover, you may also consult American Packaging & Supply for the best packaging, wrapping and all kind of packing and shipping solutions to your packing and packaging problems and have a wide variety of storing, moving and shipping supplies.

antique furniture said...

They're all the very great and appealing product packaging of the beauty boxes which will develop all the elegance and freshness too in all the girlhood.

Post a Comment

Thank you for taking the time to comment. Even if I don't get a chance to respond please know that I read and appreciate your thoughts. Every comment counts!

Related Posts with Thumbnails