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The World of Unconventional Love Tokens

Feb 12, 2014

by Lisa Butterworth

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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?

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Lavender Sachet . Red Heart Pincushion / heart ring pillow alternative . heart shaped pin cushion .  gift for mom her . i love you
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ANTIQUE 10K Gold Class Ring DHS 1917
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1850s Braided Hair Jewelry Brooch, Articulated 15K Rose Gold, Late Georgian or Early Victorian, May be Mourning Pin, UK.
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2 Featured Comments

  • heatherfuture

    Heather from heatherfuture said 3 years ago 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.

  • puzzlemonkey

    puzzlemonkey from puzzlemonkey said 3 years ago 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!

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  • 3crows

    Sara Pulver from 3crows said 3 years ago

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

  • Noellemabelle

    Noellemabelle from Noellemabelle said 3 years ago

    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.

  • WellRavelled

    Melissa from WellRavelled said 3 years ago

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

  • sarantos

    sarantos from SARANTOS said 3 years ago

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

  • Alwylan

    Alwylan said 3 years ago

    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.

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 3 years ago

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

  • rutheshop

    Ruth Claydon from MothandMagpie said 3 years ago

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

  • vintagetogoetsy

    Kennedy Miranda from vintagetogoetsy said 3 years ago

    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!

  • ArtDecoDame

    Desiree from ArtDecoDame said 3 years ago

    Neat picks!I really like the mourning brooch!

  • EdelweissPost

    Patrick from EdelweissPost said 3 years ago

    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.

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 3 years ago

    Interesting! I'll pass on the hair jewelry.

  • etcetrix

    etcetrix from etcetrix said 3 years ago

    Lou is short for Louise, fanciful yarn tho'

  • lbutterworth

    Lisa Butterworth said 3 years ago

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

  • gboliver

    Gail Oliver from AttentionGetting said 3 years ago

    Nice picks, as they are much more sentimental.

  • KMalinka

    Natalia from KMalinkaVintage said 3 years ago

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

  • beachjewels72

    Wendy from beachjewels72 said 3 years ago

    Love the pressed pennies!

  • gertieloo88

    Mary from WoodenHeartButtons said 3 years ago

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

  • gertieloo88

    Mary from WoodenHeartButtons said 3 years ago

    My sweetheart gave me a jigsaw last Valentine's.

  • vinylclockwork

    Scott from vinylclockwork said 3 years ago

    Neat Stuff

  • sofialindgren

    Sofia Lindgren from MissDoodles said 3 years ago

    I adore those Pressed Coins :>

  • natureguild

    natureguild from natureguild said 3 years ago

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

  • WoodlandCottage

    WoodlandCottage from WoodlandCottage said 3 years ago

    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!

  • MaruMaru

    MaruMaru from MaruMaru said 3 years ago

    The heart cup set is so cute!

  • MissingHeirloom

    Elizabeth Pickett from MissingHeirloom said 3 years ago

    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!

  • GeorgieGirlLLC

    D George from GeorgieGirlLLC said 3 years ago

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

  • MissingHeirloom

    Elizabeth Pickett from MissingHeirloom said 3 years ago

    Lisa, you spin a fun yarn!

  • yellowfishpaperie

    Amy from yellowfishpaperie said 3 years ago

    Nice story Alwylan. Inspiring post, maybe next year!

  • AScrappyLife

    AScrappyLife from AScrappyLife said 3 years ago

    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. : )

  • jkmb4

    Karen from FortheLoveofMinis said 3 years ago

    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)

  • heatherfuture

    Heather from heatherfuture said 3 years ago 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.

  • CafePrimrose

    Amanda Gynther from CafePrimrose said 3 years ago

    Wow, so wonderful!

  • TheDeeps

    Hazel Deeps from TheDeeps said 3 years ago

    Love this article! Thank you.

  • TheDeeps

    Hazel Deeps from TheDeeps said 3 years ago

    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.

  • RetroRevivalBoutique

    RetroRevivalBoutique from RetroRevivalBoutique said 3 years ago

    Super sweet article! :)

  • isewcute

    June from isewcute said 3 years ago

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

  • emwi

    Emily Wirt from emwi said 3 years ago

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

  • aressa

    aressa from OriginalBridalHanger said 3 years ago

    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....

  • LoveYourBling

    Ruthie from LoveYourBling said 3 years ago

    Someone once made me a ring out of quarter.

  • needleandfelt

    Amy from needleandfelt said 3 years ago

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

  • sugarnspike613

    sugarnspike613 from sugarnspike613 said 3 years ago

    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 ♥

  • ginew

    Jeeranut Noikhong from ginew said 3 years ago

    Wow nice story :)

  • thevicagirl

    VaLon Frandsen from thevicagirl said 3 years ago

    Oh how cool. Such neat things.

  • messinabella

    messinabella from BandBEstate said 3 years ago

    great post!

  • iwantpizzanow

    Kate from DrawertoDrawer said 3 years ago

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

  • gaiadesignstudios

    gaiadesignstudios from GaiaDesignStudios said 3 years ago

    Such a fun idea, love the pressed pennies!

  • pasin

    pasin from Pasin said 3 years ago

    Wow nice story

  • paigepitcher

    Paige Pitcher from TheBlackTurtle said 3 years ago

    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.

  • RenataandJonathan
  • valeriephoto

    Valerie from valeriestitchery said 3 years ago

    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!

  • WiseApple

    Nikki from WiseApple said 3 years ago

    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!

  • rebeccagoebel

    Rebecca Goebel from OctoberNative said 3 years ago

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

  • puzzlemonkey

    puzzlemonkey from puzzlemonkey said 3 years ago 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!

  • pheelphree

    pheelphree from pheelphree said 3 years ago

    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.

  • MaudeAndLola

    Jeanette from MaudeAndLola said 3 years ago

    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!

  • dakotamaid

    Barb and Tara from DakotaMaid said 3 years ago

    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.

  • ekra

    Emily Kircher from ekra said 3 years ago

    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.

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas from FreakyPeas said 3 years ago

    love all your picks.

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery said 3 years ago

    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!

  • susiedobberpuhl

    Susie and Allie Dobberpuhl from TeaandClover said 3 years ago

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

  • librarianmari

    Marie R. from Storyfied said 3 years ago

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

  • MelanieHollandArt

    Melanie Holland from NanabojoDesigns said 3 years ago

    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! :)

  • nowvintage

    Bobbie from nowvintage said 3 years ago

    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!

  • boltandbutton

    Shelia Henk from gruenethreads said 3 years ago

    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.

  • NinaRaizel

    Nina from NinaRaizel said 3 years ago

    Locks of hair? Wow, odd but touching.

  • sairamalik

    saira saira said 3 years ago

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

  • scottypotty619

    haley sears said 3 years ago

    what is a tape deck please respond

  • droolerynmore

    Betsy from ForestHeathen said 3 years ago

    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.

  • yellowllama

    yellowllama said 3 years ago

    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

  • curry47

    curry47 said 3 years ago

    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

  • catherinemaria
  • RuxSenMetaphysics

    RuxSen Metaphysics from RuxsenCrystals said 3 years ago

    Gotta love that mixtape :)

  • seasidecloth

    seasidecloth from seasidecloth said 2 years ago

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

  • themefragrance

    Theme Fragrance from themefragrance said 2 years ago

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

  • MyChouchou

    MyChouchou from MyChouChou said 2 years ago

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

  • danpickedminerals

    Daniel Burke from DanPickedMinerals said 2 years ago

    Excellent items :~)

  • DesertLightning

    J. said 2 years ago

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

  • MuffyandTrudy

    LeAnne Steiner from MuffyandTrudy said 2 years ago

    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!

  • landseasky

    Erica from landseasky said 2 years ago

    Really interesting!

  • vinylclockwork

    Scott from vinylclockwork said 2 years ago

    Nice Finds

  • TheGlowingSkin

    TheGlowingSkin from TheGlowingSkin said 2 years ago

    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.

  • MontclairMade

    Claire from MontclairMade said 2 years ago

    How romantic! Love this post!

  • menagerieatrois

    Angie at Kaert Vintage from kaert said 2 years ago

    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,

  • TNTJEWELRY

    Tiffany Robinson from AddaCharms said 2 years ago

    I think love tokens are awesome!!! Sweet

  • WhisperingOak

    Quality Handmade Items from WhisperingOak said 2 years ago

    This has been fun. Great post.

  • UnmoveableInHisWord

    Shana Israel from ShaFiberArt said 2 years ago

    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!

  • farandtwee

    Vintage Minnow from VintageMinnow said 2 years ago

    everyone loves coiny pieces

  • Agasart

    Aga from AgasJourney said 2 years ago

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

  • DazzlersAccessories

    Chris from HarmonyBalls said 2 years ago

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

  • rebeccasanchez

    rebeccasanchez from rebeccasanchez said 2 years ago

    Such fun pieces!

  • ionesAttic

    Barbara from ionesAttic said 2 years ago

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

  • ToKid

    M. May Newman from NorthernNatives said 2 years ago

    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!

  • MollCutpurse

    Whitney Dirks-Schuster from TimeAndTrilobites said 2 years ago

    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!

  • moonula

    moonula from MoonulaVintage said 2 years ago

    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.

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 2 years ago

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

  • erikareboucas

    Erika Reboucas from littlebigtopstudio said 2 years ago

    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.

  • ShoeClipsOnly

    kathy johnson from ShoeClipsOnly said 2 years ago

    Wow - great ideas!

  • clarekapin

    Clare and Richard Kapin from VarietyArtworks said 2 years ago

    That victorian hair pendant freaks me out!

  • ksmedic

    Craig Sowards from CustomWoodturnings said 2 years ago

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

  • TheVegesaur

    Rosa Chung from TheVegesaur said 2 years ago

    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? :)

  • debvasbinder

    Deb Vasbinder from BabyCuteBaby said 2 years ago

    Great gift ideas and I loved reading your article.

  • KTFranklin
  • ESTATENOW

    VINTAGE NOW from ESTATENOW said 2 years ago

    Nice Job!! lovely ideas, congrats to all.

  • huzhi

    Hu Zhi from hzjarts said 2 years ago

    good post

  • FlutterbyeNotes

    Amie Jones from FlutterbyePrints said 2 years ago

    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 :)

  • WickedDarling

    WickedDarling from WickedDarling said 2 years ago

    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.

  • LalaPu

    Laura Pumputiene from LalaPu said 2 years ago

    Nice story! Thank you!!

  • sumonapalchoudhury

    Sumona Pal Choudhury from WoolenWorld said 2 years ago

    Nice read... Loved the collection..

  • kmacdonald5

    Karin M. from EchoesOfEla said 2 years ago

    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:)

  • mlpc92

    mlpc92 from AwwwThatsCute said 2 years ago

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

  • donnieleandro

    Donnie from DonniesDiscounts said 2 years ago

    penny for your thoughts

  • skullandsparrow

    Sarah Clark from skullandsparrow said 2 years ago

    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.

  • BangupBetty

    Betty from BangupBetty said 2 years ago

    Love this!

  • SunflowerGlassworks

    Mary Datwyler from SunflowerGlassworks said 2 years ago

    Love items with a past - these are great picks!

  • dominna

    Katrina Dzerkale from Dominna said 2 years ago

    Mix tapes are the best things ever :)

  • Sundayandsunday

    Ed and Carolyn Sunday from SundayandSunday said 2 years ago

    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!

  • Sundayandsunday

    Ed and Carolyn Sunday from SundayandSunday said 2 years ago

    shared the love on Facebook!

  • knobstoppers

    Chelsea and Justin Weise from MacMaddies said 2 years ago

    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.

  • voulashomemadeprodu1

    Voula Kambouris from Voulashomemadeprod said 2 years ago

    Nice shop ,congrats.

  • chocolateandsteel

    Christine Street from ChocolateAndSteel said 2 years ago

    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.

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  • I365Art

    Peipei M from I365Art said 2 years ago

    Very lovely. :)

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    Lana Manis from SimpleJoysPaperie said 2 years ago

    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. ♥

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    Lana Manis from SimpleJoysPaperie said 2 years ago

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

  • mikecork

    mikecork said 2 years ago

    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!

  • FieldsOfVintage

    C. Lydia from FieldsOfVintage said 2 years ago

    Lovely selections of love tokens.

  • qwynnstudios

    Qwynn Studios from WinstonandQwynns said 2 years ago

    Such a cute shop!

  • TheCupcakeMarket

    Julie Lynn from imjulielynn said 2 years ago

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

  • favmoongirl

    Leah Grace Helmrich from favmoongirl said 2 years ago

    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 :-)

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  • DeEscalaArt

    BEATRIZ DE ESCALA from DeEscalaArt said 2 years ago

    Very creative love it,,

  • Setlla

    Setlla Cai from RainbowSilk said 2 years ago

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

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