Saturday, December 26, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday

This caught my attention while out walking Gill today...

I thought it looked neat the way the snow had melted from the sunny spots, but survived in parts of the shadows. Made a cool pattern.

For a weekly dose of shadowy wonders from around the here.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Holidays

Wishing you and yours the very happiest of holidays!

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Season’s greetings from the fun-loving crew @ RetroStyle,

Lisa, Kevin, Gill and Chi

Monday, December 21, 2009

Happy Monday

This is a pretty little treasury. So many lovely things...and I really like the colors.

The umbrella..down on the bottom row, in the from one of my shops. Did you know I've opened another shop? I don't believe I've mentioned it here before. It's called Hazey Jane Vintage. It contains clothing and personal style related accessories. You can find it here.

Anyhoodles. What I was really going to call your attention to are those leaves. The first item in the second row. Aren't those pretty?!

Gosh, I just love them! What a great idea. If you like pretty floral-y things for your home, you really should have a look. You can find them here.

Happy Monday!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas Spirit

A Charlie Brown Christmas is on TV tonight. First aired in 1965, it is a true vintage Christmas classic.

If your holiday spirit needs a little boost...I think Charlie Brown is just the ticket. You know I'll be watching:D

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday

I'm working a little overtime this holiday season. Down in the bowels of my basement. Packing this and that to send here and there. This dude keeps me company...he and his shadow.

A little retro holiday inspiration in the form of an Etsy treasury.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009


I listed this typewriter, a Remington Quiet-Riter Eleven,

in this Etsy shop today. This booklet comes with it.

I was trying to find a date on the booklet to confirm the age of the typewriter. Alas, I found none. I did however notice this article that I found rather interesting.

(Click on photo to enlarge)

Fascinating. 159 years from first patent to first actual typewriter. Christopher Latham Sholes, "Father of the Typewriter", 1866. Got it. I may need to know that when I go on Jeopardy;)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday ~ Surprise

These bright stripes, on our stairs, caught me by surprise this morning. I've never noticed them there before.

See what other shadowy surprises await you at Hey Harriet's!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Black Friday / Cyber Monday

Last night, while sitting at the computer preparing my shops for the Black Friday thru Cyber Monday Sale, I was listening/watching a Paul McCartney special on the TV. I love nostalgia in general and Paul/the Beatles/Wings in particular. What a nice walk down memory lane.

Although I would have loved to have been apart of Beatlemania, I'm happy to say that I'm not quite that old. But that doesn't mean I missed out on them all together. I remember the year that I got this album for Christmas.

1977. A compilation album called Love Songs. And love it I did. Played it over and over. I still have it around here somewhere.

Anyway, I was inspired to share a little Beatles break with you on this, the busiest shopping day of the year. An opportunity to cop a squat and put your feet up. Enjoy.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Stay safe shopping!! Oh, and by the way, did I mention I'm having a little sale in my Etsy shop?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Roadside Kitsch - A Second Helping

Returning from a recent trip to Norm's Meat Market, we were driving on Hwy 83 when, a bit south of Frankenmuth, we spied these two characters standing on the side of the road. They were right across from the Oink Joint Diner. I'm not sure, but they may have been advertising some sort of attraction, still they looked pretty random to me.

Birch Run Twp

Birch Run Twp

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday

It has been the most amazing November I can remember! All the leaves are off the trees and it's so warm you would think it was spring.

Around these parts we need all the spring we can get before the long northern winter arrives!

Today's outdoor project, painting the new shed...

For your weekly dose of shadow shots visit Hey Harriet.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


What's the only thing greener that recycled goods? Green recycled goods!

This cool Etsy treasury is bought to you by Vintage Station. Help make green "Front Page" news by stopping in and giving it a few clicks!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Vintage Shadows

1960's plant stand throwing shadows on a 1950's flashlight.
Get your weekly shadow fix from Hey Harriet.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Hector the Collector
Collected bits of string,
Collected dolls with broken heads
And rusty bells that would not ring.
Pieces out of picture puzzles,
Bent-up nails and ice-cream sticks,
Twists of wire, worn-out tires,
Paper bags and broken bricks.
Old chipped vase, half shoelace,
Gatlin' guns that wouldn't shoot,
Leaky boats that wouldn't float
And stopped-up horns that wouldn't toot.
Butter knives that had no handles,
Copper keys that fit no locks,
Rings that were too small for fingers,
Dried-up leaves and patched-up socks.
Worn-out belts that had no buckles,
'Lectric trains that had no tracks,
Airplane models, broken bottles,
Three-legged chairs and cups with cracks.
Hector the Collector
Loved these things with all his soul --
Loved them more than shining diamonds,
Loved them more that glistenin' gold.
Hector called to all the people,
"Come and share my treasure trunk!"
And all the silly sightless people
Came and looked...and called it junk.

-Shel Silverstein

Poor, poor "silly sightless people".

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Roadside Kitsch

I love roadside kitsch. I'm always wanting to stop and take photos, but usually never do. Well, I finally got in the slow lane and stopped for some kitschy photo-ops. These were all found in Michigan, mostly along US 23. Enjoy...






Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Ain't She Sweet

This old Victor Victrola is just so sweet I wanted to share it. It belongs to my neighbor who acquired it recently from an estate sale. He's offering it for sale thru Lisa's RetroStyle.

Check it out...I just love the crackly old sound it makes...

You'll want to mute my player on the sidebar before clicking play on the video.

Cool huh?! Now that would make one SWEET Christmas gift for a music lover!!

Saturday, October 10, 2009


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Thursday, September 3, 2009


It has been a crazy busy summer! I can't believe it's almost over. Only 18 glorious days until the first day of Fall. I intend to savor each and every delicious remaining day. To that end, I will be taking a month long blog break. I expect to return the first full week in October, well rested with renewed vim and vigor!

How are you squeezing every last bit of goodness out of summer?

Thursday, August 27, 2009


I really enjoy knowing the ownership history of the things I buy and sell. I like to know to whom things belonged and to whom they will belong in the future. It's a sentimental notion that we are somehow connected by these old possessions.

About a month ago a lovely gal by the name of Sheila purchased a hoop slip from my Etsy shop. She loved it and wrote to tell me so. Very sweet of her! A couple weeks after that she wrote me again to let me know that she had worn the slip to a Faire and was quite pleased with it.

Sheila enjoys going to Renaissance Faires and delights in dressing in period appropriate attire. She was kind enough to send me photos of her in costume...

She looks beautiful! Although it can't be seen...underneath it all is that antique hoop slip! Many thanks to Sheila for allowing me the satisfaction of knowing what exactly has become of this treasure. It certainly is good to know that it is in such happy hands!

Saturday, August 22, 2009


For more shadowy goodness visit Hey Harriet. Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Last weekend I went to the "Back to the Bricks" car cruise in Flint, Michigan. I was born and spent much of my childhood in Flint. It has been a city in decline since the late 60's or early 70's. Although I haven't seen the movie since it came out in 1989, as I recall, Roger and Me depicts Flint pretty accurately.

Despite its pitiful state, I do have a little soft spot in my heart for this underdog city. I've been pleased to see small but positive changes in recent years and it gives me hope. Back to the Bricks is one of those changes. Rarely does one see this many people in downtown Flint.

I feel like a bit of a traitor saying this (I'm pretty sure T-bird's were made in Detroit), but a vintage Thunderbird is my all time favorite classic car.

A properly loyal Flintoid would have chosen the homegrown Corvette...

But lets face it...there is no room in either of those for all my junk finds anyway! What I really need is something more like this.

Now that's a car I could live with and it's even a Chevy!

Plenty of room back there.

And since I love to camp, I'm betting that old school SUV could even pull this little thing...

How cute!

There were an amazing number of cars at the cruise. Here's a few more that caught my eye.

If your interested in seeing more about the 2009 Back to the Bricks you can check out the video. I think it's a bit over 8 minutes, so be warned.

Saturday, August 15, 2009


I haven't seen one of these old ice cream carts in ages. I just love the sound of the bells! Their ringing brought back a flood of happy summer memories!

Get your weekly shadow shot fix @ Hey Harriet's. Happy Sunday!

Monday, August 10, 2009


One month last summer, at Allegan, a kindred spirit wandered into my little booth. She was set up in a space nearby. We shared a first name and similar taste in vintage and easily struck up a conversation. Turns out she was a fellow Etsian...and a rather famous one at that! Being new to Etsy, I had a million questions for her. Lisa was so gracious in providing me loads of useful tips. In the course of the conversation she mentioned she had two shops on Etsy, one for her vintage and one for her art. Being my ever nosey self I inquired about her art. When she started describing her block prints...something flickered in my memory.

I knew I'd seen her artwork...somewhere. As soon as I got home I started rifling through my old magazines. Sure enough there it Better Homes and Gardens! It had really left an impression on me!!

Here's a little sample from her art shop, Artgoodies...

Love her work!!

And here's a peek into her vintage shop, Vintagegoodies...

You can always count on finding loads of fun, colorful vintage @ Vintagegoodies!

Lisa and I have continued to meet up at Allegan from time to time and exchange convos on Etsy. Recently, Lisa started blogging. I've added her blog to my blogroll, but since her RSS feeding isn't up and running yet, the link has been stuck down at the bottom of my list. So, I'd like to invite everyone to pay her a visit and welcome her to the blogosphere! I think you'll find Lisa and her blog delightful!

Speaking of inviting, I'd also like to invite anyone planning on attending the Country Living Fair in Columbus Ohio, to meet up with me for a fun day of shopping. Lisa will be set up as a vendor. I'll just be having fun!

One last's a ways off, but something to really look forward to! I for one have always wanted to go to the Brimfield Antique Show, but have yet to do so. Next spring, the time has finally come. I'm not just going as a shopper...I'm setting up....right next to Vintagegoodies! Lisa did the show this last May and had a great time. So I'm just gonna dive in head first and see what it's all about! Anyone planning on attending...please come by and say hi! We'll be in the New England Motel field. WooHoo...can't wait!!

Hope everyone is having a fabulous week!

Saturday, August 8, 2009


Caught a glimpse of my shadow on the wash line earlier this week.

Visit Hey Harriet for more shadows from around the globe. Happy Sunday everyone!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


The last few days here have been just perfect. Perfect temperature. Bright sunshine. Lovely breezes. Perfect. So far, I am loving August!

Given the beautiful weather, I was very happy to be outside...even if it did involve doing laundry.

I recently found a couple of old laundry tubs at a sale.

I especially liked this one because of its lid, even though cosmetically it needs some attention.

I was also amused by its name...

"Maid of Honor" was a housewares product line introduced by Sears in 1945.

Fortunately the inside was looking much better than the outside.

On my 3 day shopping binge last week, I acquired a LOT of vintage clothing, linens and assorted textiles. Most of them were in great condition. But a number of them needed a good soak. Like this Strawberry tablecloth...

Since it was so beautiful outside, I thought I'd give my new old washtub a go. I filled it up out on the patio and did my laundry retro style!

I must say I rather enjoyed doing laundry outside. Usually this soaking would take all the sinks and tubs in my house. Since it needs to soak for several hours (at least) it would've been a real pain tying up the kitchen sink for that long. This worked perfect! The tub holds a lot, and when it was finished was only a few steps to the line.

A perfectly lovely way to spend a perfectly beautiful summer day! And that strawberry tablecloth...nearly perfectly clean:)

Hope you're enjoy some summer perfection of your own!


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