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Hanger Management: Vintage Children's Hangers

Want to make a piece of vintage children’s clothing look even more button cute? Put it on a vintage hanger!

It does rather break my heart when I see today’s children’s hangers–so stiff and utilitarian when they were once a thing of whimsy.  Hangers of yesteryear had a sly little wink and giggle that added even more cuteness to an already wonderful piece of clothing.

Every now and then you can find the really old wooden hangers from the thirties through fifties.  But one word has my heart when I think of vintage hangers. Yup, Mrs. Robinson–PLASTIC. But regardless of what material they are made of, the pack plenty of punch for such a small item.

Case in point–check out these charmers:

This swell collection of wooden hangers comes from Heather Bailey, the wunderkind fabric designer.

A little boy and girl hangers set of hangers–oh!

Source: Flickr member CurdsnWhey

Cockle Doodle doo–wake up to these plastic friends with cut out chickens!

Source: Flickr member Library Fashionista

According to Galessa Plastics, the yellow and the blue hangers were made by TROL, while the peach one is unmarked. All made of injected Polystyrene plastic in Brazil in the 1950s or 60s.  I don’t know if the Scottie dogs are killing me more than the wonderful bunny in the dress.

source: Flickr member, Galessa Plastics

I have a few of these and I’m crazy for these carousel hangers.  Not only is it a carousel, but  it’s a boy and a girl on a carousel flanked with seals balancing balls on their noses.  Who thinks of these things?

From Etsy seller, Scrappy Jessi

Check out this cow jumping over the moon series in the prettiest mint green you ever did see.

From Etsy seller, Tiger Luxe. And oh my stars–you can see the stars (and even the cow udder) on these beauties!

And of course you can’t have vintage children without a little nod to Disney with these sweet Bambi-inspired blue hangers.

A gorgeous set of five from Etsy seller, She’s a Peach!

Let me leave you with this wonderful  trio of vintage plastic childrens hangers that are too charming to not sell.  As if the very simple clean lines of the pink one weren’t charming enough, the goosie one is just too sweet. But then they save the best for last with this choo choo choose me train hanger.

The level of detail on that train one is just a widge insane. I mean, you can see the animals in the zoo train and the whirls of smoke making the top part of the hanger!  Who can say no to a smiling engine like that?  Please–someone buy it them all for ninety nine cents. I’m begging you people!

Happy Monday, everyone!

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  1. Melinda says

    I remember having cute cut-out style hangers. Zelda has a couple cute hangars, but no closet.

    • Alix says

      Zelda really is quite possibly the best girl’s name around!

  2. heather says

    so funny i just scored 4 of the carousel and cow jumping over the moon today….. i had been wanting some forever. they weren’t for sale. they were just mixed within the new plastic ones on the rack. the sweet old lady at the thrift store said i don’t see why not how about $.50 for all four.

    • Dottie says

      Heather, you always score the best deals! You rock!

    • Alix says

      Whoa whoa whoa! Hold up. FOUR lamps? FOUR???!!!!!! That’s kookoo crazy!!! I love it.

  3. BethR says

    i nearly had a heart attack the other day when i noticed my husband had collected a big bag of hangers he was throwing out and had managed to include one of those vintage plastic hangers from my childhood.

    shame!

  4. Photography Classes Toronto says

    Me too, thanks for sharing this..

  5. Poker training says

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