Monday, April 26, 2010

Vintage Wallpaper Sample Books Are Popular Collectibles And Inspire Today's Designers

When You Find Vintage Wallpaper Sample Books Hang Onto To Them: They Are Very Popular

If you discover Vintage Wallpaper Books online or at a sale, grab them, they are very desirable. Lots of different buyers are after these sample books, decorators, collectors, artists etc.

1950's And 1960's Wallpaper Designs Are In Demand

As I discussed in my first book, Hot Kitchen And Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s (, prices for 1950s and 1960s wallpaper books continue to climb in value. In fact I have seen some Mid-Century books go for over a hundred dollars or more on eBay in a bidding frenzy.

Textile & Fashion Designers Compete For Old Sample Wallpaper Books

My theory is that designers from the textile, home and fashion industries are after these books to help as a jumping off point for new interpretations of the retro and vintage styles.

Using Vintage Wallpaper In Art Projects

Others use vintage wallpaper in art projects and up-cycling projects such as lining an antique desk drawer with wallpaper from the 1930's. Of course the gals who enjoy scrap book design love vintage paper including wallpaper.

Getting Ideas About Retro Home Interiors

For me the Kitschy Collector, I adore the older sample books because I get to see how home interiors looked as many of the original wallpaper samples are accompanied by photos of room interiors. Take a look at these photos from the Sears Harmony House Collection of the 1950's. . These images are from a 88 page sample book featured at

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro cafĂ©.To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.comVisit my website, CDianneZweig.comDianne is a member of:The American Society of Journalists and AuthorsThe Authors Guild, Inc.


  1. I would LOVE to find one of those books! So many crafting possibilities, and just pure eye candy!

  2. Hi Dianne! I never thought of looking for, and through, those kind of books for inspiration. Must be fun!

  3. That's a great tip!
    It hadn't occurred to me to even be on the lookout.
    Now I know!


  4. I have found that vintage wallpaper books are offered on eBay from time to time. I love to look at the old designs! Thanks for posting about this cool collectible!