Back To School Fun...

Even though my children are grown...for me, the onset of fall is still marked by school starting and big yellow buses! 
It's funny how school traditions and influences have 
found their way into today's decorating trends! 
Looking around our home, I found it in many places.  
We have lots of maps...


and globes.


I love vintage school trophies...


and chalkboards...



A vintage locker basket holds bathroom towels.


We have several vintage classroom chairs...



Do you have school decorating in your home?

Just for fun, I have some Back-To-School ephemera 
to share with one of my readers!








*THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED*

If you'd like to throw your name in the hat, just leave a comment below and make sure I have a way to reach you if you win.  This is for US readers only, due to the weight...and will close Sunday, August 21st, 10 PM CST.
Good luck!

Until next time...

58 comments

  1. Oh, I love all your vintage school-themed goodies! It was a walk down memory lane! I wish I had a couple of those chairs myself...I hate my office chair, LOL!

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  2. Linda, I really like all your school décor. We have a desk from the old Catholic school that Ted restored and one globe. Your maps are treasures. Do kids even look at them any more? Globes would have to be ever changing. My globe was made in the U.S.A. by the Roplougle Company....but I do not know the year. Blessings to you little school girl. :):) xoxo, Susie

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  3. I love school decor and your collection looks wonderful.

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  4. LOVE all your vintage school decor, especially that swivel chair!

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  5. Love the Vintage school treasures! Especially the map on the wall, the globes and chairs. How awesome! Have a wonderful weekend!

    Sandi
    sandraallen260@centurytel.net

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  6. What a fun trip down school memory lane.......

    Love the chalkboard w/holder you have on a cabinet..... Is that an old piece or something I could find now?

    Janice
    wallis104@yahoo.com

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    1. I found mine at the thrift store, but it is actually a piece that Target had...

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  7. That all reminds me of Back In The Day when I went to grade school in the 1950's !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! telling my age now LOL
    I'm young in heart just not age

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  8. I just love all your vintage goodies! My kids have vintage globes in their rooms, so some of these would look great in their rooms! I love decorating with this stuff!

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  9. Linda I feel like you could be writing this post for my blog. I've always had a thing for maps and globes--I had to stop collecting them because in this new home I have so little display space---and I loooove vintage trophies. Sadly in SoCal you can't find any that are affordable anymore. Seeing your large map reminded me of a pinterest photo I saw once of a room decoupaged in old maps. It looked so cool.
    How's your summer been? I hope you've had some good quality time with the family and kids.
    xo
    Leslie

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  10. Linda, I too have back to school in my family room! Two of my favorites are a miniature school desk and chair my best friend bought me for a birth! Sharon passed that year and I cherish the memories of the excitement she had when she gave it to me. I also adore my very vintage school report cards dating back to the late 1800's! The comments are awesome! The list goes on and on with the things I have. On the somewhat similar side in the same room are items from the bicentennial 1776-1976. Oh how I would adore to win to finally make that vintage banner I have been thinking about! later, Lori pinkfadedroses@sbcglobal.net

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  11. Ooo, I love all your school touches. I am on the hunt for some now as I am taking over the front display at the antique place I sell at for the month of September. I want to do a school display.

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  12. I love your school decor - I too have some, but would love to win your bundle!
    Marsha
    Marshas3@yahoo.com

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  13. I love all your vintage school items on display. I'll have to get out my Dick and Jane readers, chalkboards, etc. to decorate around the baker's rack of art/crafts supplies my grandchildren use when they're here with us. All your Back-To-School ephemera brings back fond memories of schooldays in the 50s/60s. tcmjem@aol.com

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  14. Linda, I love all of your scholastic décor! I don't have much school memorabilia, but I do love it.

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  15. Love seeing all of these great ideas. I work for an elementary school (Principal's Secretary) and am also drawn to chalkboards and alphabets and globes, well, you get the idea~thank you for your blog - it brings me a lot of joy-Rolinda rchristman@rocklin.k12.ca.us

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  16. These are awesome!! I'd love to use them in a junk journal for my daughter who is homeschooling her girls.

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  17. I love the old-school ephemera!

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  18. It's funny that you should be posting this give-away now. I was just looking on eBay for a globe, and while there, I have found some really neat maps. I haven't been able to find a globe locally, and I have been looking for some time. Also, I {still} love school supplies! Paper, pencils, binders...the smell makes me remember all those years I had to have those supplies. Of course, we had to follow a list, and I coveted things that weren't on the list, like markers, colored pencils, etc. Thank you for the opportunity to win and make another memory! rush88888 at gmail dot com

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  19. Love those flash cards. Thank you for a chance to win. Take care.
    binky931@yahoo.com

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  20. Linda, I'm with you--as a former teacher and homeschool Mom, I have always been drawn to school themed vignettes too. I love your assortment & thank you for the giveaway!

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  21. Oh my gosh- I LOVE ephemera!! Especially school ephemera! What a fantastic giveaway!
    Your school themed decor looks awesome. I, too, have globes and a roll down map. I also have 2 old school desks that Im trying to talk my hubby into hanging on the wall. I just love this kind of vintage style:)

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  22. What a cute post. The school memorabilia is all what I used when a child. I used to love the smell of paste and chalkboard dust along with the soap in the washrooms. Clearly---your soul is still going to school, and I just attended my 50th class reunion...and I'd go back in a second. Thanks for the memories, Sandi

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  23. The flashcards and other school memorabilia would look great with my school desks.

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  24. I've been looking for old maps to hang- brings back so many memories!
    Carol S.
    sandyzoo45@comcast.net

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  25. I love seeing all your back to school inspired decor! I have a globe and some old school supplies. What a fun give away!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  26. What a nice variety of school supplies Really love youre globes Need to find one or two or more Please enter me in your giveaway

    linda m

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  27. As a teacher and lover of all things vintage, I LOVED this article! Thanks for the chance to win a small portion of your wares. :)

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  28. I live across from an elementary school and love watching t on the first day.

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  29. Linda - can't believe school is so close to starting! Ours starts here August 22nd and Laynee will go to Kindergarten. Seems impossible. Time flies so fast. You have lots of really neat school memorabilia. Thanks for the giveaway. Wonderful items and would be so much fun to play with.

    Judy

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  30. Linda- I taught high school English forever and I love when the beginning of the school year arrives.
    I still like to look at school supplies!!

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  31. Oh My Gosh...My kids are all grown up, but I still love the back to school season too! You reminded me of things I have in my house that really are "school related" and I think for September I'll gather them together to make a wonderful "Fall Vignette" Thanks for the inspiration! Your give away ephemera would sure look great spread throughout my "new" vignette so maybe I'll win!!!!!

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  32. I love the vintage look.love it!! KMillheim609@aol.com

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  33. Great giveaway! I loved going back to school every year, nothing better than a new Big Chief tablet!

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  34. How fun Linda!! We have one of the brown Collegiate Notebooks here that belonged to my MIL. It's full of her shorthand practice!! Isn't that neat? I never thought of using it in a vignette so I'm happy that you've talked about this today.

    I'm with Monica too, I loved those Big Chief tablets.

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  35. We have a restaurant in Dallas called "Public School"; it is decorated with many of these things and makes everyone immediately feel connected! The food is great, as well.

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  36. School days, school days.....love all of your school days decor. xo Laura

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  37. Hard to believe school starts so early!

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  38. Love your darling collection of school days décor! I have a weakness for it as well. I have a vintage school desk and I love old childrens books. Seems like school just ended and now it's starting again. :)
    hugs,
    Jann

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  39. .Oh how those back to school days overwhelmed me. My 4 kids and a trip to K-Mart, the cost just unbelievable. Then uniform and tuition day...so overwhelming while my four ran round with their school pals, comparing classes.

    Those days are over and a small memory with these kiddo's are positive. A true sign that we can't freak out over everyday situation...some of us won't remember them...

    Jane

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  40. Hi, I just love your blog, pretty much visit everyday. You give me great ideas and are so talented. Thanks so much. I'm a preschool teacher and lovvvvve school stuff!! You have wonderful school décor!

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  41. Your decorating style is right up my alley love all the globes I have one on display..Happy August Linda~

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  42. Oh yes, the Old School Locker Baskets, Vintage Globes and Chalkboard Slates of yesteryear grace our Home... the Grandkids love to utilize the functional objects and I like the form and the function. And who doesn't Love Ephemera, right? *winks*... Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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  43. I love your goodies. Now that school has started I'm ready for the cooler weather.

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  44. It would be so fun to win! You always seem to find such unique pieces! I always love reading your posts!

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  45. Nothing like new school supplies! Thank you for the opportunity to play along.

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  46. Some lovely thing´s there...a beautiful post!
    Have a nice week!
    Titti

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  47. This will be my last kid starting his last first day of school. I've been at it for 30 years. If I think of it I might be sad that chapter is closing on my life, but I'd be lying if I said I would miss a real lot. It's been a long run and I've enjoyed it, but I'm also ready not to be owned in part by the high school!

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  48. I was a school librarian for over 10 years and I have always loved Back to School time. We homeschooled our kids for 16 years, but still made a big deal of the first day of school. Great memories of those years. I collect old readers and textbooks. They are such a window into that time. Your prized package make me drool. :)

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  49. One thing I've always loved about back to school time is the new supplies! Clean notebooks, pens, pencils, markers in all sorts of fun colors, the 64-pack of Crayola crayons with the sharpener in back. :-) I saw a vintage locker basket just like yours last week at my favorite antique shop. I liked it but didn't buy it because I had no idea what to do with it! Of course, creative you thought of that wonderful idea with the bathroom towels. Though my bathrooms are so tiny, there's no room to put the basket! Thanks for the chance to win your awesome giveaway - I could do some great scrapbooking with a lot of that ephemera!

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  50. Vintage school supplies are always on my mind when thrifting! i would love to include these fun things in my back-to-school decor!
    ariedesel18@gmail.com :)

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  51. I love that chalkboard menu ♥

    summerdaisycottage.blogspot.com

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  52. Hi Linda, love all the school-house charm! I need to look for some of these wonderful reminders of those old school days. Such cute ideas! x Karen

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  53. I know you collect so many different things, Linda...do you think there is something subliminal with the school ephemera?!! I love maps, in fact I just saw a post that inspired me in a new way to display maps and I'm going to surprise hubby with some maps of his favorite places!

    You have a great giveaway going on...very, very sweet!

    Jane

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  55. As a retired teacher, I absolutely love all your back to school decor!

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