Ye olde boxes

As all old-house people know, acquiring the house often means inheriting previous owners’ leftovers (or, in some cases, heaps of stuff). My house came with a nifty little collection of vintage gift boxes. I get a kick out of making use of these. And since it’s that time of year again, I thought I’d share some shots.

Here are an old Sears box and a couple with unknown provenance but excellent graphics.



reindeer … ice skating … Santa


mistletoe … angel … snowman


E.J. Korvette—one of the first discount stores. It also says  Fifth Avenue; I wonder if this is from a NYC trip or a closer store.


King Size Men’s Shop—I can’t find any reference to this online.


And finally Doris, which I think is still in Ukrainian Village in Chicago, around the corner from where I used to live. I love the store motto: “Conversation clothes.” I fear that my clothes are slightly antisocial.




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