Sneak Peek – History of Gift Wrap

We are so excited to share with you the beginning of our fun and unique, vintage-inspired products.   With the CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) Winter show coming up, we would like to share a sneak peek into what we have been designing and creating the last few months. 

Vintage Street Market would like to introduce our products, their history and projects to you over the next three weeks.  We hope you are as excited to see our creations as we are to share them with you.  Our new product has many aspects to it.  It is vintage, colorful, multipurpose, creative, original, one-of-a-kind and you are able to use and reuse it.  Please play along with us over the next few weeks and we won’t disappoint you in the end.  Oh, we are so excited!!!

To start this week off let’s discuss the History of gift wrap.  Gift wrap in the United States first began as solid, colored tissue paper.  It wasn’t until 1917 that patterned paper gift wrap was discovered and that was by accident.  It was Christmas and a  Hallmark store ran out of tissue paper for their customers to purchase.  They had to search their entire store to find a substitute product.  What they found were patterned lining sheets they used in their “fancy” envelopes.  They took the sheets of lining and sold them as their gift wrap instead.  It was received by their customers with great enthusiasm.  Each sheet sold for 10 cents that year and the next year they were able to sell three sheets for 25 cents.  The first patterns on the wrapping paper were very ornate and matched the fancy postcards that were popular back then and now.  Often the designs were of birds, cherubs and flowers.  Over the years they went from Art Deco designs back to more realistic patterns and artwork around the 50’s and 60’s.  There are many forms, designs and quality of grift wrap today, but we hope you find our product to stand out from them all in both design and quality.

Michelle will have a sneak peek of a project using some of our product tomorrow.  Yes, you will have to hold out until then.  Please enjoy our wonderful trips down memory lane and we hope you learn something new along the way.  We hope you enjoy the products and we can’t wait to see what you create with them.

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