Hi, I’m Debbie, and I hoard old wrapping paper (Hi, Debbie).
I had the fortune of nabbing two boxes of nearly-moldering paper — one from a neighbor, and one from a company which was dumping old stock — within the span of a year or two. Sure, it’s brittle, and the folded edges a little faded, and is now terrible for actually wrapping gifts (though lord knows, I’ve done it anyway). But who can resist these florals!
Oh my gosh, so many florals. Girls in the 60's must have done nothing but give gifts to each other!
And these birthday wishes! It's a treasure trove of retro fonts.
Someone saved these kittens from the dustbin, and then I re-saved them. You're welcome, kittens!
Despite all of that loveliness, my favorite papers are the patterns. There are eye-popping colors:
And slightly more sedate ones, mixed with metallics:
At this point, I've had these papers for several years, and these remaining papers are retired from gift-wrapping duty. I still use them as details in collages and decoupage. I'll also wrap a gift in plain brown paper, then affix a square of vintage paper on top, like a picture in a frame. That way, they get the attention they deserve.
Am I a weirdo, or do you like vintage wrapping paper too? Or both? Both is the probably the best answer.
I'm Debbie Way, an artist and writer who enjoys making things.