special Guest Post: by Abbey Hendrickson {aesthetic outburst}


Hello there, Poppytalk readers! First a quick thank you to Jan for inviting me to be a Special Guest. So fun! I like to think that I’m the type of guest who brings red wine, makes the bed, and cleans her own dishes. I guess we’ll see about that, right? I thought I’d start off this week by welcoming you into our world and sharing some of the things you’d see if you were a guest at our house. My husband and I are major thrift store junkies and are always bringing home new finds. For the last few years we’ve been particularly crazy for vintage pull-down school maps. The map above is hanging in our baby’s room.
Yes, you can find them on ebay, but my secret source for vintage maps (that I’m trusting you all to keep on the down low) is at your local school or university. Many universities have map collections and will de-accession outdated maps and schools are also often itching to unload their old pull-down maps. And that, my friends, is when you swoop in and cordially take them off their hands. I’ve also found them on school surplus auctions like this. If I haven’t convinced you yet, here are some other map images that I find inspiring…

IMAGE #2Perry S

IMAGE #3Three Potato Four sneak peak on Design*Sponge

IMAGE #4mattmill00

IMAGE #5Apartment Therapy SF

Good luck with your search and I’ll see you back here tomorrow.

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Jan Halvarson


charli3bird said...

Hi Abbey! Nice to see you as a guest here. Are most of the pull down maps you come across still functioning well? I'll be checking back all week to see what else you have to share.

Aesthetic Outburst... said...

Hi Meghan! Thanks for reading. :) Yes, most of the pull maps I've found are still functioning. If they aren't perhaps you could turn them into something different- or just hang it on the wall like some of these clever folks have done.

dee said...

I'm a big, big fan of maps, as well. Love your pull-down ones!

S. Rankin said...


I'm a lover of maps too!
You might want to take a gander at some of my work. Perhaps?



Aesthetic Outburst... said...

Shannon! I love your work! Thanks SO much for sharing.

kathleen // scout + lilly said...

Hey, everyone! I love maps too, and my wonderful husband found a vintage Texas map at his university that they let him take home (yaay!).

Unfortunately, it came without brackets or ANYTHING, so I was wondering, does anyone have an insight into where we could find brackets for them? I REALLY want to hang it, but it's on its original hardware. I might have to resort to Hercules Hooks...

Ideas? Any would be appreciated!!


Jan Halvarson said...

Hi Kat,

I would go to the local school board. I know there's one here for our area and that is where they have all those things.