What’s almost as hard to find as a needle in a haystack? While vintage patriotic or Independence Day clip art, of course. So,I thought I would share some of the sources I go to in order to grab a few Independence Day related vintage images. I have narrowed it down to about 3 very good sources of where you can find vintage patriotic images that are at least free for personal use for your vintage crafting, but still may require a little time investment in actually searching through the choices. In my opinion, they are as follows…
The Creative Commons area of Flickr will usually provide you with a good source of vintage images that will usually require attribution if you use the product online and the restrictions are a little more flexible if you are using the image for personal crafting. However, the down side is that you will have to do a little more intensive searching on Flickr and come up with variations of search terms such as “july 4th clip art”, “Independence day” etc.
3. Vintage Image Clip Art Reseller’s
Well, that’s my little round up of a few good sources of vintage patriotic clip art. Hope you find some great images for your vintage crafting…and have a Happy July 4th holiday!
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Online shopping has opened a whole new world of convenience and ease to shoppers and that includes vintage ephemera shoppers as well. There is a whole lot of shoppers that are looking for either mixed media collage kits for their personal art work or elements they can add to their hybrid scrapbooking kits.
Two of the great places that I really enjoy is Etsy and Ebay, for finding vintage paper ephemera that is not readily available in my local thrift stores ( or would take up too much of my time to find) or craft store. While all this is good news to both shoppers and sellers, there are a few caveats you should watch out for.
1. Know Your Purpose for Buying Vintage Paper Goods
If you are buying to collect actual vintage ephemera to add to your collection from an online seller, then you are going to want to check the authenticity of the item being sold and the reputation of the seller or online shop. Your reasons for buying will vastly differ from the vintage ephemera buyer that wants to use the items for collage, crafting or other personal use.
2. Check the Reputation of the Seller
In general, you can check the reputation of the seller by checking the feedback on either Etsy or Ebay online stores. A good seller usually has very good to excellent feedback. Try to discount that isolated negative buyer’s feedback, if the rest of the written feedback is consistently positive. Sometimes a lower number of feedback, means the person just started selling online and is working on their online reputation. Back to the super negative buyer, there are some buyers almost no one can please. Continue reading 5 Tips to Look Out For When Shopping For Vintage Ephemera Online
Here are two additional websites to add to your list of great websites for vintage ephemera and vintage images.
Continue reading 2 More Great Sites for Free Vintage Images