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The World of Unconventional Love Tokens

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You know Valentine’s Day is nearing when commercials for  jewelers take over the airwaves and you can’t throw a stuffed teddy bear without hitting a red and pink display of chocolates and roses. Now, don’t get me wrong. I like sugar, flowers, and all things gold as much as the next gal, but sometimes you want to get or give something a little more unexpected.

FindersKeeper

Vintage pressed pennies.

I don’t collect many things, but I go wild for a pressed penny. I have jars and jars of them, each a 51-cent souvenir from locations of varying degrees of awesomeness (Niagara Falls to Disneyland to the Sbarro Pizza in Times Square). During my last relationship, my boyfriend at the time took a cross-country trip and, upon arriving home, presented me with the most special gift I could imagine: a bag filled with squashed copper. He’d planned his route based on the locations of pressed penny machines and I cried tears that jewelry marketers suggest only a diamond could elicit. But that’s just it — those pressed pennies meant more to me than any ol’ gemstone, and even though our relationship ended, I still hold those little love tokens dear.

SundayandSunday

The front and back of an 1874 Victorian seated liberty dime love token coin charm.

As it turns out, at one point in time love tokens were actually somewhat literal, and not too far removed from the pressed penny. In the 1700s, it was popular in the United Kingdom for a beau to smooth one side of a coin and have it engraved with his initials before giving it to the apple of his eye. This trend made its way to the US and, according to an article in Pittsburgh Magazine, this practice “reached its greatest popularity in the States in the 1880s.” Thimbles, pin cushions, and carved wooden spoons were also popular romantic keepsakes according to the Love Token Society, a group of collectors dedicated to the artifacts. It was also during the latter half of the 19th century that a more corporeal type of love token was being doled out: locks of hair. Men who went off to fight in the Civil War would often give a chunk of their tresses to the lady they were leaving behind. And women would use their hair to fashion intricate designs to be forever displayed in a brooch on their husband’s lapel.

The Deeps

Victorian hair pendant.

Of course, the hair-swapping trend died out by the 20th century, but the practice of exchanging love tokens didn’t. As a writer for The Philadelphia Tribune noted, in the ’50s, “the class ring was a symbol of going steady. While it has been more than 50 years, I still have my wife’s class ring hanging on a chain.” He also touches upon the mid-century trend of girls wearing their boyfriend’s letterman jackets, a practice that is probably still somewhat in effect today. I remember watching The Goonies when I was a kid and, while the treacherous hunt for a dead pirate’s treasure was cool, what struck my little romantic heart was the moment in the movie when Andy’s boyfriend Troy gave her his letterman jacket to wear. Of course, by the time I was old enough to date a letterman, I’d fallen head over heels for a bad boy musician. He gave me his leather jacket (of course) and I wore it every day for months, 80-degree weather be damned.

jeanjeanvintage

1920s class ring.

RecentHistory

1980s Varsity jacket.

Still, the love token that truly defined my high school years was the ubiquitous mix tape. I spent more time crafting perfectly nuanced playlists, recording songs on my dual-cassette boombox, and handwriting flirty liner notes than I ever did studying. And someday, when my mom finally forces me to clean out the shed full of my old things in my parents’ backyard, the mix tapes stashed there will be like wonderful little time capsules, proof of my heart’s wants and desires committed to yards and yards of plastic-encased polymer ribbon.

Obviously, a love token is more about the love behind a token than the token itself. So don’t feel hemmed in by the holiday’s stereotypes. Given with the right sentiment, anything can be a romantic keepsake. Leave the Whitman’s Sampler at the drugstore, and the object of your affection will only love you more.

What’s the best unconventional love token you’ve ever given or received?

Lisa Butterworth is a writer and editor soaking up the eternal sunshine in Los Angeles. When she's not on the hunt for the latest and greatest in girl culture as the West Coast editor of BUST magazine, she's flea marketing, taco trucking, and generally raising a ruckus.

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  • heatherfuture

    Heather from heatherfuture says: Featured

    If I still had a tape deck, I'd make Etsy a mixtape full of sweet kitschy love songs. I'd draw a turtle playing a ukulele on the cover, and write the tracklist in my neatest printing.

    2 years ago

  • puzzlemonkey

    puzzlemonkey from puzzlemonkey says: Featured

    This is too cute! Some of the things I treasure most are not expensive, but made with love and given with heart; like the pewter pendant my little brother made for me in his high school workshop, or the beads my mother bought in a junk shop becuase she knew I could upcycle them into something fantastic!

    2 years ago

  • 3crows

    Sara Pulver from 3crows says:

    That bow made of hair is really somethin' else..

    2 years ago

  • Noellemabelle

    Noellemabelle from Noellemabelle says:

    I gave my man a jar of spicy pickles this morning. yes he will smell of garlic later - but I know what he loves, and I love him the way he is.

    2 years ago

  • WellRavelled

    Melissa from WellRavelled says:

    I have to admit the hair tokens creep me out :) But the pressed coins are too sweet.

    2 years ago

  • sarantos

    sarantos from SARANTOS says:

    Okay just remembered and it is not something I can say. LOL

    2 years ago

  • Alwylan

    Alwylan says:

    An older man that used to hang out at my bus stop brought me an animatronic bear because he "didn't think my boyfriend would get me anything." The bear itself was kind of creepy but I will never part with it. Especially since the man disappeared a few months later, I think he may have passed way. That morning greeting changed my mind forever about this special day and from now on use it to remind me to celebrate all the love in my life, in all its varied forms.

    2 years ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie says:

    Love the salt and pepper shakers. I'm a big collector :)

    2 years ago

  • rutheshop

    Ruth Claydon from MothandMagpie says:

    Is it wrong to self gift inscribed jewellery [with life mottos or something]? I'm sounding desperate, I'm going to go now....

    2 years ago

  • vintagetogoetsy

    Kennedy Miranda from vintagetogoetsy says:

    Thank you for writing "unconventional love tokens". I used to collect pressed penny coins too! As a matter of fact, I passed up a penny press at the Natural History Museum a couple of weeks ago, which as a hoarder was a big step for me. I used to leave pennies on railroad tracks too. Thanks for bringing back some nostalgia!

    2 years ago

  • ArtDecoDame

    Desiree from ArtDecoDame says:

    Neat picks!I really like the mourning brooch!

    2 years ago

  • EdelweissPost

    Patrick from EdelweissPost says:

    Lisa, I loved the Goonies reference - one of my favorite movies, and the first movie I remember watching in the theater, not to age myself! .... I was going to mention that locks of hair are probably the most eco-friendly gift you can give on Valentine's Day ~ though al my close friends will receive repurposed vintage valentines in the mail inside a recycled brown kraft envelope, topped off with a love stamp~ Nothing beats *real mail*, this, the second most postal of holidays.

    2 years ago

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage says:

    Interesting! I'll pass on the hair jewelry.

    2 years ago

  • etcetrix

    etcetrix from etcetrix says:

    Lou is short for Louise, fanciful yarn tho'

    2 years ago

  • lbutterworth

    Lisa Butterworth says:

    @Patrick...Goonies was the first movie I saw in the theater too!! Real mail is definitely the best. Your friends are lucky!

    2 years ago

  • gboliver

    Gail Oliver from AttentionGetting says:

    Nice picks, as they are much more sentimental.

    2 years ago

  • KMalinka

    Natalia from KMalinkaVintage says:

    I like this Antique Simon Bros Sterling Silver Thimble With Cherub Angels And Garland Border!

    2 years ago

  • beachjewels72

    Wendy from beachjewels72 says:

    Love the pressed pennies!

    2 years ago

  • gertieloo88

    Mary from WoodenHeartButtons says:

    My sweetheart gave me a jigsaw last Valentine's. I was over the moon.

    2 years ago

  • gertieloo88

    Mary from WoodenHeartButtons says:

    My sweetheart gave me a jigsaw last Valentine's.

    2 years ago

  • vinylclockwork

    Scott from vinylclockwork says:

    Neat Stuff

    2 years ago

  • sofialindgren

    Sofia Lindgren from MissDoodles says:

    I adore those Pressed Coins :>

    2 years ago

  • natureguild

    natureguild from natureguild says:

    nice to see that a conventional red heart for valentines is swapped for deeper meaningful articles sometimes

    2 years ago

  • WoodlandCottage

    WoodlandCottage from WoodlandCottage says:

    A dear, sweet friend (who, unfortunately passed away a couple of years ago) gave EVERYONE he met inexpensive (as in Dollar Store) kitchen utensils--spatulas, spoons, etc. Although his gift is long gone, I can't flip an egg or stir a stew without thinking of his kindness and generosity, and smiling at my good luck in having called him my friend. I still miss you, John!

    2 years ago

  • MaruMaru

    MaruMaru from MaruMaru says:

    The heart cup set is so cute!

    2 years ago

  • MissingHeirloom

    Elizabeth Pickett from MissingHeirloom says:

    I have the sweetest vintage ring - heart shaped onyx with a tiny diamond set in the center. Original engraving inside the band are two words: short stop. The more unconventional suits me fine!

    2 years ago

  • GeorgieGirlLLC

    D George from GeorgieGirlLLC says:

    The trench heart sure does bring back memories. Ain't Love Grand!!!

    2 years ago

  • MissingHeirloom

    Elizabeth Pickett from MissingHeirloom says:

    Lisa, you spin a fun yarn!

    2 years ago

  • yellowfishpaperie

    Amy from yellowfishpaperie says:

    Nice story Alwylan. Inspiring post, maybe next year!

    2 years ago

  • AScrappyLife

    AScrappyLife from AScrappyLife says:

    Love the pressed pennies, they are so much fun! My husband and I don't really give gifts because we aren't good at keeping secrets or surprises, lol, but we love each day we have with each other. : )

    2 years ago

  • jkmb4

    Karen from FortheLoveofMinis says:

    My daughter collect pressed pennies and you are so right, we go out of our way to find machined and we always pack extra quarters and shiny pennies on our trips :0)

    2 years ago

  • heatherfuture

    Heather from heatherfuture says: Featured

    If I still had a tape deck, I'd make Etsy a mixtape full of sweet kitschy love songs. I'd draw a turtle playing a ukulele on the cover, and write the tracklist in my neatest printing.

    2 years ago

  • CafePrimrose

    Amanda Gynther from CafePrimrose says:

    Wow, so wonderful!

    2 years ago

  • TheDeeps

    Hazel Deeps from TheDeeps says:

    Love this article! Thank you.

    2 years ago

  • TheDeeps

    Hazel Deeps from TheDeeps says:

    Sunday & Sunday has an amazing collection of old love tokens. So fond of these pieces made from the humblest means, with so much devotion. Really enjoyed your article.

    2 years ago

  • RetroRevivalBoutique

    RetroRevivalBoutique from RetroRevivalBoutique says:

    Super sweet article! :)

    2 years ago

  • isewcute

    June from isewcute says:

    Interesting read! I have my Nana's thimble & it's a most precious treasure to me. :)

    2 years ago

  • emwi

    Emily Wirt from emwi says:

    Fun idea! I especially love the pressed pennies. Reminds me of my childhood. Thanks for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • aressa

    aressa from OriginalBridalHanger says:

    I never knew about the hair exchange idea...Not sure I would have liked that!! I love seeing things like this, which bring back memories from the past....

    2 years ago

  • LoveYourBling

    Ruthie from LoveYourBling says:

    Someone once made me a ring out of quarter.

    2 years ago

  • needleandfelt

    Amy from needleandfelt says:

    My husband and I started collecting pressed pennies on our travels for my son when he was just a year old...aw!

    2 years ago

  • sugarnspike613

    sugarnspike613 from sugarnspike613 says:

    My boyfriend has made me all sorts of things. The only thing I can think of that was a specific love token is a little heart he cut out of some sheet metal and stamped our initials in. He also made me a clockwork heart for my birthday. Lost in the depths of his room, I think there might also be a bracelet made of a string from his bass. He's pretty darn romantic ♥

    2 years ago

  • ginew

    Jeeranut Noikhong from ginew says:

    Wow nice story :)

    2 years ago

  • thevicagirl

    VaLon Frandsen from thevicagirl says:

    Oh how cool. Such neat things.

    2 years ago

  • messinabella

    messinabella from BandBEstate says:

    great post!

    2 years ago

  • iwantpizzanow

    Kate from DrawertoDrawer says:

    Lovely story :) Here in Canada we've recently discontinued the penny, and now I think I know what to do with all mine!

    2 years ago

  • gaiadesignstudios

    gaiadesignstudios from GaiaDesignStudios says:

    Such a fun idea, love the pressed pennies!

    2 years ago

  • pasin

    pasin from Pasin says:

    Wow nice story

    2 years ago

  • paigepitcher

    Paige Pitcher from TheBlackTurtle says:

    For Valentine's Day about four years ago, my husband came home with a back scratcher and some chocolate. When I asked about the back scratcher, he said he knows how my back gets itchy. That turned out to be one of the most thoughtful gifts I have ever received.

    2 years ago

  • RenataandJonathan
  • valeriephoto

    Valerie from valeriestitchery says:

    Great story! Thanks. I still have the mix tape given to me by the first boy I ever kissed when I was 15. Every now and then my mom gets on a cleaning kick and asks if she can "throw out all these old tapes." No way!

    2 years ago

  • WiseApple

    Nikki from WiseApple says:

    Awesome post - I just love to speculate about the history of vintage treasures, and these romantic keepsakes no doubt have some truly awesome stories behind them!

    2 years ago

  • rebeccagoebel

    Rebecca Goebel from OctoberNative says:

    This is such a cute post ... I love the history and the unique treasures!!

    2 years ago

  • puzzlemonkey

    puzzlemonkey from puzzlemonkey says: Featured

    This is too cute! Some of the things I treasure most are not expensive, but made with love and given with heart; like the pewter pendant my little brother made for me in his high school workshop, or the beads my mother bought in a junk shop becuase she knew I could upcycle them into something fantastic!

    2 years ago

  • pheelphree

    pheelphree from pheelphree says:

    Thanks for this lovely little article. For V-Day, I gave my fiancee a book of the writings of Rumi and a handkerchief doll I sewed from recycled fabric. It looked like him. ;) Nice to know V-Day doesn't have to be cheesy, over-commercialised and hollow.

    2 years ago

  • MaudeAndLola

    Jeanette from MaudeAndLola says:

    I adore the pressed penny story. Fun thing to collect! Over a decade ago, when I was teaching 2nd grade, I received the an unconventional love token of sorts. On my birthday, I was showered with gifts from students and parents. At the end of the day, one of the scholarship kids from a poor family, quietly walked up to my desk, dropped a wadded up tissue and walked away. Inside were his little treasures, a plastic martian, a shell, baseball card etc. I wept. He gave me all he had, his treasures. Best gift ever!

    2 years ago

  • dakotamaid

    Barb and Tara from DakotaMaid says:

    Oh ya I wore my boyfriends class ring with a roll of tape around it to make it fit, and his letter jacket. I regret that after we got married I threw the jacket away.

    2 years ago

  • ekra

    Emily Kircher from ekra says:

    I just received the most wonderful non-traditional love token. My husband and I are working on a digital comic about cats together. We met 10 years ago and for our anniversary, he made a poster that recreated the scene of us meeting for the first time (in a music venue that no longer exists) with the cat characters as us and other people at the concert we were at. It was the best present I ever got.

    2 years ago

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas from FreakyPeas says:

    love all your picks.

    2 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery says:

    Ah I love sentimental gifts, always the thought that counts - I should totally make a mix tape sometime except I havent got a walkman anymore!

    2 years ago

  • susiedobberpuhl

    Susie and Allie Dobberpuhl from TeaandClover says:

    I adore the mixtape gifts. They would be a great thing to collect.

    2 years ago

  • librarianmari

    Marie R. from Storyfied says:

    I'd take any of these over flowers or candy! Okay ... except for the varsity jacket; that's just not my style.

    2 years ago

  • MelanieHollandArt

    Melanie Holland from NanabojoDesigns says:

    my sweetheart bought us a little pair of tiny spoons and each of us wears one as a necklace! but dont tell him that i returned the favor by buying us a set of anatomical-sized needle-felted human hearts! :)

    2 years ago

  • nowvintage

    Bobbie from nowvintage says:

    This is such a great article!! quite past valentines and I could have read and read and read more!! thank you! my favorite old keepsake is a slice of wood with my name painted on it and then covered with clear coat of some kind that my eighth grade boyfriend made for me. So sweet!

    2 years ago

  • boltandbutton

    Shelia Henk from gruenethreads says:

    My husband doesn't think like this. {Sigh.} But, I'm always giving him little tokens-- drawings, things I find, etc. I know he appreciates them, because they are on his bulletin board over his desk. But, my favorite love token was actually from my Momma. The teddy bear she bought when she found out she was pregnant with me. Actually, she didn't even buy it. She collected labels off of Brawny paper towels and sent them in for the bear. Now, that's love. I still have that ragged old bear and some nights when things get rough and I'm feeling homesick, I cuddle up with him.

    2 years ago

  • NinaRaizel

    Nina from NinaRaizel says:

    Locks of hair? Wow, odd but touching.

    2 years ago

  • sairamalik

    saira saira says:

    This is such a great article!! I love sentimental gifts..I love the history and the unique treasures!! http://www.pakgiftmarkaz.com/

    2 years ago

  • scottypotty619

    haley sears says:

    what is a tape deck please respond

    2 years ago

  • droolerynmore

    Betsy from ForestHeathen says:

    Over Christmas, my boyfriend got to go to Hawaii. When we saw each other again in early January, he gave me a jar of sand. He said that he saved me a pinch from every beach he visited, every landmark he saw. Just knowing that he was thinking of me everywhere he went really hit me hard, and it's a total treasure! I loved it more than the expensive gift he gave me as well.

    2 years ago

  • yellowllama

    yellowllama says:

    Similar coin exist here as well. Before a convict was transported to Australia they often made a love token to give to a family member or sweetheart. They are incredible and sweet and touching... http://www.nma.gov.au/collections-search/display?irn=121950

    2 years ago

  • curry47

    curry47 says:

    my girlfriend gave me a book she'd been writing in since before we started dating with a list of things she wanted to do together and typography phrases

    2 years ago

  • catherinemaria
  • RuxSenMetaphysics

    RuxSen Metaphysics from RuxsenCrystals says:

    Gotta love that mixtape :)

    2 years ago

  • seasidecloth

    seasidecloth from seasidecloth says:

    So many tokens of love and passion - why stop at jewelry?

    1 year ago

  • themefragrance

    Theme Fragrance from themefragrance says:

    a love stone with name engraved - first thing in the pocket and last thing out. i like the quirky with the traditional.

    1 year ago

  • MyChouchou

    MyChouchou from MyChouChou says:

    love those vintage pressed pennies! my kids have collected them since they were little : )

    1 year ago

  • danpickedminerals

    Daniel Burke from DanPickedMinerals says:

    Excellent items :~)

    1 year ago

  • DesertLightning

    J. says:

    Like you, I am a lover and collector of smashed pennies! What a thoughtful gift.

    1 year ago

  • MuffyandTrudy

    LeAnne Steiner from MuffyandTrudy says:

    I'm a collector and I would be thrilled to get an old brooch, stone, shell, or arrowhead for Valentine's Day. Way better than chocolate and flowers. Could you please tell my husband? Too bad he's not a collector!

    1 year ago

  • landseasky

    Erica from landseasky says:

    Really interesting!

    1 year ago

  • vinylclockwork

    Scott from vinylclockwork says:

    Nice Finds

    1 year ago

  • TheGlowingSkin

    TheGlowingSkin from TheGlowingSkin says:

    A quilt made of old bed sheets and blankets. A new thing that carries on the continuity of the old and then becomes an object hard to discard. We all get stock gifts for valentine, this I made 12 years back and we still use it.

    1 year ago

  • MontclairMade

    Claire from MontclairMade says:

    How romantic! Love this post!

    1 year ago

  • menagerieatrois

    Angie at Kaert Vintage from kaert says:

    I know a lot of people are creeped out by Victorian hair tokens but I think they are oddly beautiful! Hair is such a personal and unique material. Stalkers aside, sharing a piece of yourself with someone to keep them close is endearing. One of the most memorable gifts I shared with my partner was a victorian FOB seal pendant that has a glass seal/stamp engraved with "think on me" in it. These insignia seals were used to seal envelopes and letters with wax. At the time, my partner was going to sea for a couple of months so we wouldn't be able to see each other. I gave him the seal fob knowing that the affirmation would keep us connected. It was no lopped off hair mind you, but the sentiment was the same,

    1 year ago

  • TNTJEWELRY

    Tiffany Robinson from AddaCharms says:

    I think love tokens are awesome!!! Sweet

    1 year ago

  • WhisperingOak

    Quality Handmade Items from WhisperingOak says:

    This has been fun. Great post.

    1 year ago

  • UnmoveableInHisWord

    Shana Israel from ShaFiberArt says:

    Aww...the beginning of this post is super sweet, and thoughtful. Yes, unexpected gifts are the best because that means that the giver actually put some thought into the gifts. Great post!

    1 year ago

  • farandtwee

    Vintage Minnow from VintageMinnow says:

    everyone loves coiny pieces

    1 year ago

  • Agasart

    Aga from AgasJourney says:

    Interesting article and finds. Giving and sharing love every day is the biggest gift and gifts made with love are always very special!

    1 year ago

  • DazzlersAccessories

    Chris from HarmonyBalls says:

    wow.....awesome....love the flat coins....

    1 year ago

  • rebeccasanchez

    rebeccasanchez from rebeccasanchez says:

    Such fun pieces!

    1 year ago

  • ionesAttic

    Barbara from ionesAttic says:

    I'm getting my guy a voucher for a metal welding class. Although I love creative gifts I'm hoping for roses and chocolates!

    1 year ago

  • ToKid

    M. May Newman from NorthernNatives says:

    Love this! My husband and I have a collection of pressed pennies for every trip we've taken together. My favorite is still the buffalo from our honeymoon to South Dakota. I'm not a roses and chocolates girl and he's great at the unexpected and sentimental presents. Great to hear there are more people out there sentimentally attached to silly old pressed pennies!

    1 year ago

  • MollCutpurse

    Whitney Dirks-Schuster from MollCutpurse says:

    The first Valentine's Day I was dating my husband, he made me a card based around an awesome comic he found online. The absolute best part about it, though, was discovering the scrap paper on his dorm room floor on which he had calculated the exact placement of the image, so that when he printed it out, it would be properly centered. I hung both on my dorm wall every year through the end of college. What made it even more special, which I didn't discover for a few years, is how much my husband despises Hallmark holidays. He has refused to celebrate Valentine's Day ever since, but he was willing to put aside that animosity for a single year, just for me!

    1 year ago

  • moonula

    moonula from MoonulaVintage says:

    I feel the same way about the stereotypical diamonds that the big retailers try to push (puhleeze---DON'T go to Jared!). The best thing my honey gave me was a watercolor picture of a heart entwined with leaves that he painted himself :) It has a prominent place on the wall of our living room.

    1 year ago

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage says:

    Love the love token concept! Seems more meaningful than roses and chocolate.

    1 year ago

  • erikareboucas

    Erika Reboucas from littlebigtopstudio says:

    I love this! Two of my most treasured love tokens - my "engagement kitty", and a kid decorated tote bag one of my students made for me. The cat I received when my husband popped the question. I had been eyeing the new littler from the stray in the neighborhood and there was an adorable orange cat that was by far my favorite....he is mine now :) The tote bag was given to me by a first grader. She decorated it with her mom and it has drawings of her in art class (and me as the teacher). It was 10 years ago and I still carry it around.

    1 year ago

  • ShoeClipsOnly

    kathy johnson from ShoeClipsOnly says:

    Wow - great ideas!

    1 year ago

  • clarekapin

    Clare and Richard Kapin from VarietyArtworks says:

    That victorian hair pendant freaks me out!

    1 year ago

  • ksmedic

    Craig Sowards from CustomWoodturnings says:

    My wife still has my class ring. some great ideas for V-Day there.

    1 year ago

  • TheVegesaur

    Rosa Chung from TheVegesaur says:

    The best gifts can never be found in the store! Although, my best friend who lives in South Korea for graduate school really misses the Dove dark chocolate hearts. Guess what I sent her for Valentine's Day? :)

    1 year ago

  • debvasbinder

    Deb Vasbinder from BabyCuteBaby says:

    Great gift ideas and I loved reading your article.

    1 year ago

  • KTFranklin

    Katie Franklin from LeHoneyPot says:

    How fun!!

    1 year ago

  • ESTATENOW

    VINTAGE NOW from ESTATENOW says:

    Nice Job!! lovely ideas, congrats to all.

    1 year ago

  • huzhi

    Hu Zhi from hzjarts says:

    good post

    1 year ago

  • FlutterbyeNotes

    Amie Jones from FlutterbyePrints says:

    I'm a pressed penny lover, too! A little embarrassed to admit it, but I have the Penny Finder App on my phone. Except, the only way it counts in my collection, is if I have actually been present while it is smashed :)

    1 year ago

  • WickedDarling

    WickedDarling from WickedDarling says:

    This is such a wonderful article! Sentimental pieces are such a way to connect to the past. Just goes to show that no matter how much things change, we still have the same powerful need to connect to the most meaningful parts of our life. Treasuring loved ones and the past.

    1 year ago

  • LalaPu

    Laura Pumputiene from LalaPu says:

    Nice story! Thank you!!

    1 year ago

  • sumonapalchoudhury

    Sumona Pal Choudhury from WoolenWorld says:

    Nice read... Loved the collection..

    1 year ago

  • kmacdonald5

    Karin M. from EchoesOfEla says:

    The best Valentine's day gifts I ever got were little porcelain animals to add to my collection and the meat loaf my husband (who is not really a cook) had made for me. It had been a particularly rough day at work with a snowstorm to drive home in, so the fact that he really thought about what I liked made my day:)

    1 year ago

  • mlpc92

    mlpc92 from AwwwThatsCute says:

    I love all of these treasures! I, too, love squished pennies! I have a collection as well.

    1 year ago

  • donnieleandro

    Donnie from DonniesDiscounts says:

    penny for your thoughts

    1 year ago

  • skullandsparrow

    Sarah Clark from skullandsparrow says:

    What do the kids do today now that the mixtape is gone (although for me it was the burned cd in high school)? Also, is it terrible that when I read the words "love token" I thought of the brothel coins people used to use? You can find some here on Etsy.

    1 year ago

  • BangupBetty

    Betty from BangupBetty says:

    Love this!

    1 year ago

  • SunflowerGlassworks

    Mary Datwyler from SunflowerGlassworks says:

    Love items with a past - these are great picks!

    1 year ago

  • dominna

    Katrina Dzerkale from Dominna says:

    Mix tapes are the best things ever :)

    1 year ago

  • Sundayandsunday

    Ed and Carolyn Sunday from SundayandSunday says:

    hi Lisa, thanks so much for including our Victorian love token in your article. Great read and thanks for bringing the wonderful world of love tokens to the collocting world, a great topic for Valentines Day!

    1 year ago

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    Ed and Carolyn Sunday from SundayandSunday says:

    shared the love on Facebook!

    1 year ago

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    Chelsea and Justin Weise from MacMaddies says:

    Beautiful items and great ideas for Valentine's Day. I used to love making mixtapes. Now, it has become the "playlist". I miss the good ole days.

    1 year ago

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    Voula Kambouris from Voulashomemadeprod says:

    Nice shop ,congrats.

    1 year ago

  • chocolateandsteel

    Christine Street from ChocolateAndSteel says:

    ok, I've always been "blah blah blah..... valentine's day... hallmark holiday...blah blah blah" But now I'm kind of getting into the spirit thanks to your article. I love the idea of a collection of something small and meaningful. I picture my husband and I being 80 years old and looking back on each one and remembering that year and the significance.

    1 year ago

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    Peipei M from I365Art says:

    Very lovely. :)

    1 year ago

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    Lana Manis from SimpleJoysPaperie says:

    I enjoyed this post! I make love tokens... or tokens of love... for years. They are inspired by paper love tokens of the 18th and 19th centuries. To me, nothing beats something handmade for a loved one. ♥

    1 year ago

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    Lana Manis from SimpleJoysPaperie says:

    Oops! Sorry for the typo. That should have been "I have made" not "I make". :)

    1 year ago

  • mikecork

    mikecork says:

    Although I am crazy for chocolate myself, I have a long history of unconventional love tokens from my Mom and Grandma. For example, on Valentines 2 years ago, I was given a copy of Susan P. Pilbeam's Mechanical Ventilation: Physiological and Clinical Applications (3rd edition). Since I am the "Ventilator Girl" and collect all kinds of items related to Respiratory Care and ICU equipment such as Ventilators used for life support, it was truly the perfect token of love for me!

    1 year ago

  • FieldsOfVintage

    C. Lydia from FieldsOfVintage says:

    Lovely selections of love tokens.

    1 year ago

  • qwynnstudios

    Qwynn Studios from WinstonandQwynns says:

    Such a cute shop!

    1 year ago

  • TheCupcakeMarket

    Julie Lynn from imjulielynn says:

    Oh wow. Those are some pretty cute and creative items. :)

    1 year ago

  • favmoongirl

    Leah Grace Helmrich from favmoongirl says:

    My favorite love token is actually plastered all over the ceiling and walls of my bedroom! They are glow in the dark stars, the cheap plastic ones that have graced many a childs room. They are near and dear to my heart as they are a throwback to one of the first dates with my boyfriend on a stormy night when we were supposed to have gone star gazing. He blindfolded me and covered my wall in stick on glow stars so that we still could have our starry night:-) We have a joint sweet spot for glow stars now and redecorated our ceiling with dozens and dozens of them so can always lie under the stars :-)

    1 year ago

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    BEATRIZ DE ESCALA from DeEscalaArt says:

    Very creative love it,,

    1 year ago

  • Setlla

    Setlla Cai from RainbowSilk says:

    love those vintage pressed pennies! my kids have collected them since they were little

    1 year ago