If you’re looking for a unique nursery decor idea, sometimes the best inspiration can be found right in your grandparents’ attic–if you’re lucky. I love the look of vintage toys framed as cool artwork for a baby’s room, or placed on bookshelves as striking accent pieces. But if you don’t have a relative who has saved every family heirloom for decades, then, hey, at least you have Etsy. 

Here are 16 favorite finds (from zillions) that would make for great baby and kids’ room decor staples. Happy decorating!

vintage toys at bellalulu | cool mom picks

Vintage Walkie TalkiesVintage Toy ClockVintage Metal Airplane Toy1958 Vintage Toy Sewing MachineVintage Toy Truck  ($36-58, all at Bellalulu)


photograph of vintage girl scout camera by shade tree| cool mom picks

Photograph of Vintage Girl Scout Camera ($30, Shade Tree Photography)

vintage french card game | cool mom picks

Vintage French Card Game  ($17, French Attic Finds)

vintage spinning top | cool mom picks

Vintage spinning top  ($22, French Attic Finds)

vintage alphabet blocks | cool mom picks

Vintage 1940s alphabet blocks ($28, Paper Cherries) 


vintage jack in the box toy | cool mom picks

Vintage 1930’s Jonthay Jack in the Box Toy ($75, Antique Whisperer)

finel finland vintage enamel cup | cool mom picks

Vintage 1950s Finel Finland Enamel Cup ($70, Swirling Orange 11)

vintage wooden animal toys | cool mom picks

Vintage Wooden Animals ($9-30, Goody Girl Red)

vintage little bo peep playing cards | cool mom picks

Little Bo Peep 1939 Playing Cards  ($12, Swirling Orange 11)

vintage typewriter toy | cool mom picks

Vintage 1950’s Berwyn Toy Typewriter: the one after this own writer’s heart! ($18, CJ Typewriters)

If you’re buying vintage toys for your kids, just keep in mind that safety standards for lead paint and other issues were different back then. Use these retro finds for decor, not teething toys. But you already knew that. 

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