Vintage Print Advertisements from Alesia’s Attic

As I mentioned in a previous post my mother and I started going through the many things our family has collected over the years to sell on eBay as we begin the process of downsizing. Within the many items we have around the house we found hundreds of old magazines, most in great condition and some dating back as far as the 1960s if not older.

I’ve begun a Vintage Print Ad business as I have really fallen in love with these old advertisements. I’m eventually going to fully get into the Ephemera specialty. I have found old Greeting Cards, Advertising Booklets, Recipe Booklets, so many of these type of items that I’m gathering quite an inventory.

Definition of Ephemera:

In a nutshell, to collectors “ephemera” are vintage printed or written items which originally served some specific purpose and were not expected to be retained or preserved, but which are now cherished.

Those items that do not sell on eBay will eventually be moved to this website and available for purchase. This is because I can only have so many items listed at one time on eBay and the goal with my shop there is to downsize the stuff my mother and I have amassed over the years.

Here are some examples of the current ads I have listed at eBay:

1980 Full Page Magazine Ad for Tupperware. Taken from a 1980 October issue of Family Circle Magazine. Very good condition. No rips, tears, or stains. Please view photograph closely. Photo is of actual original product that will be shipped, no reproductions sold. Rough edges on magazine glue side left untrimmed so buyer can trim as desired. Mild age related discoloration.

Currently listed at eBay for $10 with free shipping.

Vintage 1980 Full Page Magazine Ad for Levi’s Youthwear  Taken from a 1980 October issue of Family Circle Magazine.  Very good condition.  No rips, tears, or stains.  Please view photograph closely.   Photo is of actual original product that will be shipped, no reproductions sold.  Rough edges on magazine glue side left untrimmed so buyer can trim as desired.  Mild age related discoloration.  

Currently listed at eBay for $10 with free shipping.

Keep an eye out for my new listings of products available for purchase directly from my website. As they cycle through their time on eBay they’ll be moved over here for archiving.

Happy Hunting!!

~ Alesia

Distractions Needed

I saw this on FaceBook today…

This is exactly what happens to me.

I finally found a job outside of my own personal business to help pay the bills and begin building a benefits package, and that job has the added benefit of “distracting” me. It keeps me busy and I actually do pretty good on my work days. But the job is only part time and I still end up with quite a bit of “free” time. That’s when the days still turn into hard days.

Almost two years since I lost my husband and very little has moved forward in my life. My free days are dedicated to providing care to my aging mother but that’s not enough to keep the thoughts away. Eventually I believe I will need to spend my time volunteering at some high-demand non-profit to keep the distraction levels up enough to stay sane.

In the meantime, please forgive my lack of posting on this blog and my participation in the real world. I’m really trying, but it’s so, so, so difficult.

Starting over with literally nothing and nobody is the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.

Being on your own when your young is hard but so much easier then this. You have the future to look forward to and know that there is still hope that a new and exciting path is open to you. It’s not the same once you’re older. No dreams of a marriage, family, exciting career – all the things you look forward to in your youth.

So, my advice to all of you young people – be excited about the unknown future – you still have possibilities and you never know when happiness and joy will find you! But, please, everyone – plan for that possible future where you may find yourself alone and starting over. Have a backup plan that allows for you personal health & happiness independent of your current family and support system. And in the meantime –

ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF LIFE, no matter how crazy it may seem on some days, it is beautiful.

Be well…


New Year Products

Like most of you, I can’t wait to get this lousy year behind me.

Things are starting to look up with the elections soon to be over, one of many vaccines on it’s way and hope that our economy will soon recover once the pandemic is as under control as we can manage.

So, it’s been fun to turn my design skills to celebrating the upcoming New Year!

Today I’ve been working on “Happy New Year” Champagne & Food Labels at my Zazzle Pattern Store.

Here area few quick examples:

If you would like to see more of my Pattern’s Food & Bottle Labels, you can find them at this link: AlesiaKaye Pattern Labels