I was a Nancy Drew kid. Whenever my parents took me to our neighborhood children’s bookstore (which was probably too often for the structural integrity of either my bedroom bookshelves or their bank account), I would browse the hell out of the racks filled with those mysterious, bright yellow delights.
These days, I don’t read very many Nancy Drews (alas). But I still enjoy the memories—and the aesthetics. Which is why I was delighted to find Etsy full to overflowing with crafty, charming takes on our favorite teenage detective.
Here are some of my favorites:
If you need to hide something from the nosy Nancy Drew in your life, you might as well be delightfully meta about it.
Also meta—and also awesome—is this keychain made from the endpapers from a vintage Nancy Drew to help you avoid a burglary that would require a teen detective’s help.
By cutting out line drawings from Nancy Drew and mounting them on other images, CharlesandSalem makes vivid little cards that capture the Nancy Drew mood but also invite you to invent your own stories.
Show everyone that your all that childhood Nancy Drew reading paid off and now you really know what you’re doing. (Plus, it glows in the dark.)
Keep your magnifying glass, fingerprint kit, and all your other mystery-solving accessories close at hand with this Nancy Drew purse.