Vintage Inspiration from Holly Hobbie, Sarah Kay and Friends

17th December 2013

Holly Hobbie, Sarah Kay



As a child of the 1970s, images like these covered my world. I loved Holly Hobbie, Victoria Plum, Strawberry Shortcake and the sweet characters of Beautiful Sunday and Petticoats and Pantaloons. I had a small collection of Beautiful Sunday stationery and my Mum made me a dress from Holly Hobbie fabric. Treasures I wish I still had.

I recently discovered hundreds of these nostalgic images on Pinterest reigniting my love! I have a rather modest collection (see below), all of which came from local charity shops. You can buy plenty of these pretties on eBay and Etsy but I prefer to find them locally. I guess it’s like collecting vintage in a vintage way!

All images are from my nostalgia board on Pinterest. Further reading: my vintage European kitsch collection.

Holly Hobbie, Sarah Kay
Holly Hobbie, Sarah Kay
Holly Hobbie, Sarah Kay
Holly Hobbie, Sarah Kay
Holly Hobbie, Sarah Kay
Holly Hobbie, Sarah Kay
Holly Hobbie, Sarah Kay

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  • Reply Victoria Eales 17th December 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Well of course Victoria Plum is my favourite (I wonder why!!) but I used to have a bedding with the others. The days I regret 'getting older' and throwing out all this fun stuff.


    • Reply Candy Pop 17th December 2013 at 2:22 pm

      Why did we throw this stuff away? We should have known we would get old and sentimental! I wish I had a time machine…

  • Reply Eva 17th December 2013 at 8:13 pm

    I remember when I was a child, I had a little box and pencil cases! Sarah Kay is my favourite !! It's so cute!

  • Reply Mrs. Wyman 17th December 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Somewhere I have small "stuffed" Holly Hobby dolls. If I can find them, they are yours! 🙂

  • Reply Zoë Power 18th December 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Oh how fabulous! You have reminded me of some posters I had on my wall as a kid – can't remember what they were called, but I have just unearthed this pic of my mum reading me a bedtime story – precious memories! xxx

    • Reply Candy Pop 18th December 2013 at 7:45 pm

      Zoe, that photograph is beautiful, thank you for sharing it! 🙂

  • Reply Vintage Sheet Addict 18th December 2013 at 4:41 pm

    I've got some Holly Hobbie birthday cards somewhere, loved her! 🙂 x

  • Reply fatima malagueira 18th December 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Oh goodness I loved these!!! Had a mirror and posters up in my room. Thank you for taking me back to a lovely happy place x

  • Reply Hannapat 19th December 2013 at 6:17 pm

    It is so wonderful to look at all these wonderful images that trigger so many lovely memories. I so wish I kept some of my things. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment and I hope you find lots moments to enjoy the festive season. Wishing you and your family a very magical Christmas. Xoxo

  • Reply CraveCute 19th December 2013 at 10:36 pm

    I was a teenager in the 70's but I remember these cuties!

  • Reply jessthetics 20th December 2013 at 12:36 am

    These images are so gorgeous, and I love how 70s they are! They remind me of some of the comic books my mum has from the 70s. Your collection is beautiful, I especially love the little hedgehog, he's so cute 🙂 xx

  • Reply Anonymous 21st December 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Thanks for posting this – so lovely to see these images. I used to have a sweet wee Holly Hobby dress (over here in NZ) and many of these images I recognise. So sweet.

  • Reply Helen 22nd December 2013 at 3:23 pm

    I love these so much…I definitely remember having Victoria Plum bedroom wallpaper when I was really young 🙂 I love their bonnets 🙂

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