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Vintage Card Table Playhouses

It’s rough realizing that your childhood toys are now considered ‘vintage’! The photo above is of my daughter playing with my old Fisher Price dollhouse. You know the one with Little People who are now considered choking hazards? I am so thankful that my parents kept it for all those years!

Here’s another vintage toy… a card table playhouse! This one belongs to a friend from high school.

vintage card table playhouse pattern, vintage playhouse

Someone in her family made it, using this decades old pattern.

vintage card table playhouse pattern, vintage playhouse

Isn’t it adorable? Check out the heart shaped cutouts on the shutters!

vintage card table playhouse pattern, vintage playhouse

Her three kids have an adorable place to play! For those wondering how the roof stands up… there is a box (that the house is stored in) sitting on top of the table and under the green roof. The green felt roof is detachable and stays in place with some velcro. Another cool feature of this old pattern is that the walls are four separate flaps, each attached to a roof piece, and they are joined at the table legs with a few squares of Velcro. Since folding a playhouse is little bit like folding a fitted sheet, that’s a pretty smart idea!

Here’s another vintage card table house pattern. It’s Vogue #2295 : The Card Table Cottage. (images from this listing)

vintage card table playhouse pattern, vintage playhouse

vintage card table playhouse pattern, vintage playhouse

If this one fits what you’re looking for (maybe you had one when you were young?), you can actually buy it! Here’s an ebay listing, an artfire listing, and an etsy listing for it.

And finally, an image from 1956! Check this out, kids!

vintage card table playhouse pattern, vintage playhouse

It’s pretty basic, but I love the image. Anyone else wondering how the girl got inside the door that doesn’t appear to have an opening along the side? Ha!

A woman at my guild meeting last week mentioned that they have an old card table playhouse from when she was little. Now her nephew uses it. I asked her to send me a photo, as it is not like any of the above houses. I can’t wait to see what it looks like!

Do any of you have a toy that you can’t believe is considered “vintage”?

6 Responses to Vintage Card Table Playhouses

    • Shea May 23, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

      Thanks for sharing, Emily! I LOVE the old school photo! Those are the best!

  1. jenniffier May 24, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    Oh my goodness I am in love. I wish I had kids, or young enough nieces and nephews, so I could make one. I may have to make this for some neighborhood kids just to enjoy making it. Or would that make me the weird married lady without kids on the block. I almost wonder if you could take the same idea and make it for back yard tables…. humm

  2. Shayla Sharp May 24, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

    Oh man, I played with those Little People as a kid–endless fun! That is the most adorable play house ever–I must now track down a pattern!

  3. Brandy August 8, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    I fell in love with the “vintage #1842-2 card table playhouse” they however do not sell the pattern anymore. I did find a few news articles from the 1980’s. (which doesn’t really feel like a long time ago aka “vintage”) Is there anyway you can share the pattern now that the pattern and company no longer exist?

    • Shea August 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

      I actually don’t have the full pattern. I just saw the cover and know of its existence because my friend’s aunt used it to make a playhouse. I am so sorry! If I could help you track down a copy to purchase, I would, but I seem to run into the same search results that you do.

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