With Easter a little over a month away, it's time to start thinking about decorating! I found this charming tin lithograph wagon yesterday at an estate auction. It was tucked away in a box lot. I only paid $5 for the box, so I think this was truly a steal!
The wagon was manufactured in Bryan, Ohio which, although not specifically marked, leads me to believe this was manufactured by Ohio Art. Ohio Art made a lot of toys over the years including tea sets, sand pails and is probably most famous for the Etch-a-Sketch product. To learn more about Ohio Art, click here.
The graphics on this piece are incredible. I did a little research to see if I could find the rest of the alphabet on other wagons. I was able to find one image on Pinterest, but nothing else. How I would love to have a full set.
This piece encompasses so much of what I love about about vintage tin toys. The graphics are stunning, the lithography is perfect and it's just a little bit rusty and crusty. Who doesn't love that?
When I saw the B is for Bunny graphic, I knew I had to incorporate this into my Easter decor. I have some faux eggs I purchased at Hobby Lobby a few years ago. I thought they would be perfect for this wagon. I picked up some basket filler, or "decorative shred" at Dollar Tree this afternoon. They have a variety of colors, but I chose the brown craft paper.
It only took about a quarter of the bag for the wagon.
Next, I simply added the eggs.
The colors on the eggs go really well with the lithography on the wagon.
I had picked up a couple of J.H. Millstein glass candy containers at an auction in February. I put one in the shop and sold it immediately. The other one has been hanging out on the mantel waiting for the other Easter decor to show up.
It's a great start to the Easter decorating. Now I just need to lug the box up from the basement with the rest of it!