Monday, January 11, 2010
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Mouseketeer's Talent Round-Up Record
The record itself has a big straight split, so I can't play it -- but I can't toss it either. Maybe there's a collector out there who really really needs this cover. Maybe I can discover a way to mend & play the 45. Maybe, maybe, maybe...
This is why I blog; to excuse the crap I hold onto under the guise of helping another collector find what they need.
Thanks to reruns playing after school during my teen babysitting years, every time I spy this on my shelf (and that happens more often than you might think), I hear the Mickey Mouse Club Today Is Tuesday song:
Today is Tuesday, you know what that means.This has nothing to do with the songs on this record, I suspect; but if I must have an earworm, you will too.
We're gonna have a special guest
So get out the broom and sweep the place clean.
And dust off the mat so the welcome can be seen.
Roll out the carpet, strike up the band,
And give out with a Hip, Hooray!
Wiggle your ears like good Mouseketeers.
We're gonna present a guest today
'Cause Tuesday is Guest Star Day!
That would also be why I blog.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Piggy Bank Tales
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Hefty Hefty Chalkware
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Squeaky Peep Toe Hobo
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Look Like A Vintage Secretary
I'm surprised any of these vintage writing tablets have survived... The "tops," with their celebrity images, maybe; but with paper? Amazing.
Read more about them at Things & Other Stuff, who also has some for salenow.
Friday, June 5, 2009
I Want To See Evelyn Green Dolls
Her collection, one of the most valuable in the nation, includes fur-clad cave-dwellers, Gay Nineties models, and modern bobby-sox types, depicting the fashions of mankind from 18,000 B.C. to the present. Mrs. Green requires a week or two to make a small doll and two or three months to complete a large, elaborate model. She has spent fourteen years on her hobby.There's scant information about Evelyn Green dolls online; even though the doll maker was featured in Doll Collector Magazine in what appears to be 2005 (presumably prompted by the Evelyn Green portrait dolls which were de-accessioned, via Theriaults, from the collections of the Strong Museum in 2004). I found no clearly labled photos of the dolls themselves. Pooh.
Evelyn Green dolls now appaer to sell for between $200 and $400 each.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Looking For Vintage & Retro Fun?
Sunday, April 5, 2009
You Can't Dust M&Ms
At $2, it was a thrift shop steal.
But then, being 9.5 inches tall, and having a mouth diameter of 4.5 inches (much narrower than the base), it would cost, what, $45 to fill it with peanut butter M&M's?
Plus there's the additional cost of "a lifetime on the hips" -- because you cannot dust off M&M's, you have to eat them.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Vintage Snow White Chalkware
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
A Real Collector's Swap Event
But after a few long talks, we decided that we weren't a good fit for the show. Not only do we have a crazy family dynamic but the requirement to forgo being on any other television show for 18 months would then limit our pursuit of more educational projects, such as my work with domestic violence, special needs, and history/culture issues.
(Plus, while we don't mind laughing at or being laughed at especially regarding our collecting habits, we* aren't exactly loud exhibitionists.)
However, if you belong to a family of collectors and welcome the chance to participate in this social experiment called reality television (for financial honorarium too!), check out the casting call and then contact Matthew McLaughlin at email@example.com ASAP. Don't forget to tell him that Deanna from Collectors' Quest sent you!
* When I say "we aren't exactly loud exhibitionists", I mean some of us are :cough-Me: and some of us aren't :cough-Him:
Bowling Pin Animals To Spare
But this deer made of small bowling pins (and on wheels -- so my mother-in-law would have loved him!) had to stay behind due to the $40 price tag. :sigh:
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
What's Verrry Intersting?
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Looking Forward To Spring? Maybe Not With This Old Lawn Sprinkler
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Vintage Geek Link Round Up
Vintage Goodness helps us all declare our Vintage Geek Pride.
Speaking of geeks, Michael Duff made me smile with his comment on the definition of "geek":
Past Perfect Vintage gives us history lessons on the inaugural dress of former First Ladies.
The Urban Dictionary defines “geek” as: The people you pick on in high school and wind up working for as an adult.
All this really proves is that the Urban Dictionary is written by geeks.
Cheetah Velour knows her stuff. The proof lies in the stuff she didn't buy -- and with good reason!
Crafting geeks, I wonder how well you know your pine cones!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Good Night, Nurse?
Monday, December 22, 2008
Trade Your Spaceship For Christmas Lights?
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Advice On Collecting Snow Globes
1) the trashier the better
2) glass is pretentious - go plastic whenever you can
3) like stamps, flaws can be awesome - if you see a Swiss Alps snow dome with no snow in it, grab it!
and 4) always leave the price tag on.
Friday, December 12, 2008
High-Five Friday - Thanks & Christmas Kitsch
3 Hey, did you know I was interviewed over at Marty's ephemera blog? Thanks to Marty, you can now get deeper inside my twisted little mind. (You know you want to!)
4 Shawnee at Kinsanity has a cool campy Christmas series called The Holidays Are For...
5 Friday Night Lists has posted a Top 10 Bits of Christmas Kitsch.
Want to give high-fives too? Sure you do!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Make A Mammy (& Pappy) Racist Utensil Rack
As a white girl, I don't think I should even own these instructions and pattern from a vintage set of Coping Saw Carpentry For Boys & Girls cards... As I've said, Black Americana isn't something I feel good about collecting myself.
Whoopie, if you're reading this, I'll gladly send this to you for your collection. Free, of course.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Battle For The Soul Of Christmas
Sunday, November 23, 2008
What's A Pink Pussycat Worth?
Friday, November 14, 2008
Butts In The Air, Like They Just Don't Care
I only have two, so it's not a collection yet. The cat is a rather popular planter motif and typically they had cactus planted to be their kitty tails. But the dog is more of a mystery -- despite a partial label on the bottom.
The hole is too small for the pup to be a planter; hubby suspects it had a bobble-tail which wagged. The tag reads Little Pete (or, it could be Little Peter), but exhaustive searches have turned up nothing. Know something about Little Pete or his missing tail? Let me know.
Meanwhile, I keep my eyes opened for a third vintage pottery animal with it's hole-y butt up in the air.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Bertha & Tina Postcard
Sunday, November 9, 2008
It's Not My Mom
It's a small photo, just like the ones you give away to your friends in school. Only I didn't get this from Jeri herself (I told you I don't know her); I got it with some other vintage photos of famous people. That explains why it's not signed on the back with a note for me to 'stay sweet' (which I did) or how fun I was in math class (which I was).
If you know who this lady is -- even if she's not your mom -- please let me know.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Bray-Bray The Donkay
I, of course, was smitten by the ears -- but it was the remnants of fur on the figurine which made me whine and have the cashier at the thrift store bring her out from behind the glass so I could photograph her. You know she's expensive if she's behind the counter...
Not only is her mane real, but the saddle blanket is cloth. On her belly is a golden sticker stating she's hand painted in Japan, produced by the Ries company. But still, she was priced at $8.99 -- and they don't negotiate at the thrift stores. No matter how much you whine.
She was put away.
Hubby occasionally caves to my whining; that day he gave in. Bray-Bray The Donkay now lives with my other figurines with fur. Wo0t!
Friday, November 7, 2008
Personalized Banking With Kitschy Checks
I'd forgo cute kids and corporate logos, and put something seemingly incongruous on them. Something they'd actually look at (and no offense, but other than grandma, who looks at your kids?)
I want something on my checks that would make the envelope opener and the cashier pause and wonder just what kind of person they are dealing with here. And then smile and laugh at it so hard that they have a cute work story to share at the family dinner table -- and maybe even want to break the rules and photocopy the check for show-and-tell. (In some cases, maybe even run to their supervisor and ask if they should really do being business with this person.) Now that's real personal checks.
Of course with this household of kitsch collectors that's a rather long list of possibilities.
If I had to pick just one (which both budget and banker would prefer), I'd go with the "you've been kitsch-slapped" image. I'd love to at least send that message to those I owe money to.
And the thought of some future ephemera collector finding & coveting such a prize is equally delicious.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Our Kids Asked To Be Left Alone, Please
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
A Unicorn Missing Its Horn Is Not Just A Horse
Daylight Savings Time: Bane of Clock Collectors
If you're a clock collector, there are two things you hate: spring forward and fall back. Crazy-clock-lady, above, has 4,000 clocks to re-set, while crazy-clock-guy here, will spend two weeks re-setting his clocks to the correct time. That's a sign of a true clock collector: no matter how many you have, ten, a hundred, a thousand, if your clock collection isn't accurate, you may as well toss the whole lot in the trash. You're not a real clock collector.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Rosie The Riveter, More Than A Hill Of Beans
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Thanks, But I Prefer Bald Condiment Dispensers
But honestly, who wants to shake salt or pepper from them, knowing full well that dust & whatever else sits in the rabbit fur will also be shaken, not stirred, onto your food?
The Man Who Never Was -- Until...
Sunday, October 12, 2008
I believe the men are older in the second photo; hubby says the photos were taken the same day because of their suits. I insist the first photo of the trio is them in their hey-day, playing the college & club circuit; the latter them on the way down, older musicians trying to get a gig -- the same suits are the result of not being able to afford new suits.
A little research shows very little on the trio, other than they were Dorsey, Flo & Jimmy Clark (Dorsey presumably the one, in both photos, with the "D" hanky in his pocket) and they cut at least one comedy/party album. As the title of the recording is The Two Sides of the Nock-A-Bouts, I'm guessing hubby is right. And now I'll need to eat my own hat. Or pith helmet. Or whatever.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Destiny Meets Wes Cowan
Wes is an anthropologist, auctioneer, appraiser, and in his spare time he appears on TV. Tomorrow, D and I will be meeting with Wes for Collector's Quest (more over there during the weekend), but tonight was Destiny's only opportunity to meet Wes. We were early, so he sat down and chatted with us for a while after we introduced ourselves. During the Q&A, one of the audience asked about how to improve childrens' interest in collecting, and he pointed to Des as an example -- but pointed out she was weird, because she had weird parents. Des was taking notes, and I saw her scribbling like mad to write down his commentary on her interest in collecting. She had a great time, we enjoyed Wes' speech, and look forward to more in the next few days.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Retro Push-Button Phone Pushes My Buttons
Those enough old enough to remember using phones with coiled cords remember all-too-well how difficult they are to clean -- and that knowledge, my friends, was what removed the idea of purchasing from my mind.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
The Unknown Comic - Artist
And no one ever shows up to help me move.
Having a title seems to signify a series -- be it a regular comic series or an ad campaign -- but it's unsigned. The style is so familiar... Capp? Marge? I honestly don't know; neither does Google. If you do, please share.
Here's the bottom portion of the ad, in case that helps.