It’s coming at us fast, that one day each year that can make even the strongest of men feel weak in the knees. You know there is no avoiding it, but past failures make you procrastinate until the only option left is to run to the grocery store and stand in line with 50 other men, to grab a handful of roses. This year can be different and it is simpler than you might think . . . here’s how it’s done.
Antique Jewelry — A classic gold, heart-shaped locket is always a winner. Available from 1/2” to several inches in size, they can be personalized with tiny photos of the two of you. Gold, gold plate and sterling lockets with ornate filigree are readily available and come in a wide variety of price ranges. Some will have tiny seed pearls or semi-precious stones, or personalize her gift by having it engraved. A favorite of mine are the lockets that hold miniature paintings on the inside. These are especially nice if your sweetheart is a lover of fine art. The best vintage selection I found online was through Etsy, where prices ran from $20 on up. Locally you can often find estate jewelry at family owned neighborhood jewelry stores.
Vintage lingerie — From 1960s black bustiers to red silk slips from the 1930s, lingerie tops the list again this year as the most desired Valentine’s Day gift! Cute little 1970s baby doll PJ’s, dramatic floor length night gowns with beautiful lace tops from the 1940s, flowing peignoir sets and 1950s quilted satin robes are all available online. I highly recommend Ruby Lane (www.rubylane.com) for a good selection and fast shipping. If your budget allows, you might include an embroidered French lingerie case or a 1940s acetate lingerie bag trimmed in lace.
Poetry — Not good with words? Let the great romantic poets speak for you. If her taste run to the classics, 19th Century poet Lord Byron (“She walks in beauty, like the night”) is always well received, as is Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116. Looking for something a little more contemporary? Carol Ann Duffy and e.e. cummings are two of my favorites. What’s that you say? You have no idea where to start? Amazon.com is loaded with ideas if you are looking for a “new” book. If you are wanting to up your game and add the element of antiquity to your gift, stop by Bookmamas at 9 South Johnson Avenue, in Irvington or Black Dog Books at 115 South Main in Zionsville. Both offer a wide selection and a knowledgeable sales staff.
Vintage candy boxes — Remember those boxes of chocolates that Dad always bought for Mom? Heart shaped 20th Century candy boxes are now highly collectible and can be found to fit most any budget. Prices range from $10 for a 1950s Russell Stover box with great retro graphics to $75 for a handwoven straw heart from the 1920s. Trending currently are discontinued Godiva red satin boxes from the early 2000s. Now, just slip in a card for a massage or a spa day, and you have a gift that is sure to please.
RED — If still in doubt almost anything red will do. A ruby glass vase filled with flowers or a piece of red glazed pottery. If she is a lover of dolls perhaps a vintage Scarlett O’Hara doll in her famous red dress from “Gone with the Wind” and a DVD of that epic love story. If she is a vintage clothing lover what about a little red dress to wear to your Valentine’s Eve dinner?
There you go guys! Now get out there and make her Valentine’s Day one she will remember. Until next time…Linda
Linda Kennett is a professional liquidation consultant specializing in down-sizing for seniors and the liquidation of estates and may be reached at 317-258-7835 or firstname.lastname@example.org