Friday, July 27, 2012

the cat's outta the bag!

Miss Ivy is generally more interested in boxes, but really, who can resist a big, crinkly paper bag?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

New York World's Fair relic





Never used.

Never even off its original tag/label/backing/whateveryoucallit.

Mad Men-era bijoux

A whole bunch of recent costume jewelry finds, all dating back to the 1960's!

Sterling Swashbuckler

Buckle some swash with this exceptionally awesome vintage sterling brooch!

Monday, July 16, 2012

crazy from the heat

and yet busy.

Very, very busy.

You see, I have about 4,379,398, 220 items both here at home and in my storage locker that need to go on Etsy and be sold, thereby getting me $$$ to buy even MORE stuff.

In the last 24 hours, the following items have made it into my shops:

Three vintage scarves and a great old Pat Prichard hankie, all in my new-ish shop, FriskyVintage -

And, lastly, we find some jewelry, a great piece of old restaurant china, a nifty example of back in the day advertising, and a late 1950's Christmas gift box.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Woof woof

Cool (vintage) canines!!

1930's jointed plastic Scottie dog brooches!

1920's German dog cream pitcher!

1930's metal tray with German Shepherd!

1960's poodle figurine!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

BEEyootiful shell cameo

When, I ask you, have you even seen anything prettier than this, cameo-ally speaking?
As great as it looks in the photo, it looks exactly FIVE TIMES BETTER in person.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Football, you bet!

Direct from around 1930 to you!
 OK, I know it's not *real* football, at least to us Americans.  But for the rest of the world, soccer = football.

BTW, here's your opportunity to learn something totally worthless: the phrase 'Football, you bet!' comes from a 1977 show called the San Pedro Beach Bums.  Apparently, the entire world -- including me -- watched the pilot episode, the plot of which included a clueless foreigner whose mastery of English was limited to the phrase, 'Football, you bet!'  You STILL hear the phrase now and again, which is kind of incredible, when you consider that the show only lasted three months or so.

Alfred Mainzer kitty cat postcards

The art on these hugely popular and thoroughly adorable vintage cat postcards was actually done by Swiss artist Eugen Hurtung.  It's a shame more people don't know that. (Mr. Mainzer was just the publisher.)

In addition to cards with cats wearing clothes and doing things people don't generally do, he also did a few with mice, and I think I may have seen some with rabbits.

Chaos at the ticket window!
 I can actually see this happening, considering how popular the accessory of a live dog-ling is with certain people.  

Madness on the ferry!
 I don't ride ferries generally, so I can't attest to the verisimilitude of the above.

Badminton gone bananas!
 This one I can relate to.  See the naughty little customer in the green shirt bonking the little Siamese on the head with a racquet?  I got the same thing going on at home, except without the clothes and the sporting goods.

The party of the first part is Starlin, the baby of the family.  Sweet, loveable, innocent and, unfortunately for her, somewhat timid and not much for defending herself.
 Isn't she cute?

The party of the second part is former baby of the family, Ivy Spivington.  I don't know if she's motivated by jealousy or she does it just because she can, but once too often she viciously attacks her little sister.   

 Doesn't she looks like one of those miscreants on Law & Order who pretend to be asleep when the cops come calling?

Sunday, July 1, 2012