Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Monday, December 27, 2010

Retro Music Monday ~ Simon and Garfunkel

December 26, 1965 found Simon and Garfunkel topping the charts with The Sounds of Silence.

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, - not even a mouse:
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there....
~Clement Clarke Moore

This Santa is my favorite holiday "decoration" and one of my most treasured possessions . Handmade by my mother in 1991, his suit was made from her old bathrobe. It wouldn't be Christmas without him.

I wish everyone the merriest of Christmases.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

Retro Music Monday ~ The Beatles

This week in 1964, began a 3 week run at the top of the charts for the Beatles with I Feel Fine

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I found this companion video, apparently filmed on the same day as the one above, a little sweet.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Library of Congress ~ Advertising in America

I've recently found a new favorite hangout...The Library of Congress (the online version that is). Have you been there? What a phenomenal amount of easy to get lost!

As regular readers know, I have a fascination with vintage, it was no surprize that one of the first places I gravitated to was "advertising in America".

I found some wonderful photos of vintage/antique billboards and other signage. All photos are Courtesy of © 2000 Duke University Part of American Memory at the Library of Congress. Please click on the images for a closer look. 

These photos are all part of the R. C. Maxwell Company (1909 - 1929) collection. I love this one...

And this one is cool...all lit up...

I especially enjoy enlarging the photos that include people in them. I think it's really cool when you can see their faces and dress up close.

Notice in this one, the sign that directs you to get a ticket for the "bathing ground"...I'm guessing that would be the beach (haha)?  Also notice the lone woman in her bathing suit.

You can view the entirety of this collection as well as hundreds more here.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Monday, December 13, 2010

Retro Music Monday ~ The Bangles

Beginning this week in 1986, The Bangles topped the charts for 4 weeks with Walk Like an Egyptian.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Nashville Flea Market

As luck would have it, a recent trip to Nashville coincided with the monthly flea market at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. While the front entry area was filled with the proverbial tube socks, sunglasses and cologne...about half way to the back of the grounds we were transported into a vintage wonderland!

I of course was too excited and my hands too full to take many photos...but here are the few I did remember to snap...

There was quite a bit of mid century stuff to be had.

I've already listed a couple of my finds...

Sadly, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean wants to "demolish the fairgrounds and redevelop it as something more economically viable" I for one hope he is not successful in his efforts. The grounds are a wonderful historic venue and it would be a real shame to lose it.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010

Retro Music Monday ~ Toni Basil

This week in 1982 Toni Basil held the number on spot on the charts with her hit Mickey.

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Friday, December 3, 2010

Christmas Gift Guide No. 1

What not to give for Christmas...


What to give...

For the Photography Buff

For the Nature Lover

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

Retro Music Monday ~ The Byrds

From November 28 – December 18, 1965 the Byrds spent 3 weeks at the top of the charts with their hit Turn! Turn! Turn!

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Friday, November 26, 2010

Recycling Thanksgiving Dinner

If there's one thing I love almost as much as Thanksgiving dinner....

...It's the day after and leftovers!

I'm always on the hunt for something new and exciting to do with leftover turkey. I think I've found a winner in this months issue of Real Simple.

Mmm...Curried Turkey Pita!


Looks and sound mouthwatering! I can't wait to try it :)

Do you have a favorite way to recycle Thanksgiving dinner?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010

Retro Music Monday ~ The Shangri-Las

This week in 1964 The Shangri-Las hit the top of the charts with Leader of The Pack.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Automatic for the People

 I'm enjoying this little book...I knew I would.

LET'S BRING BACK An Encyclopedia of Forgotten-Yet-Delightful, Chic, Useful, Curious and Otherwise Commendable Things from Times Gone By.

Just the title...I love it! Written by Lesley M. M. Blume. Here's a snippet from the "A's"... 

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Have you ever eaten in an Automat? I haven't. (Unless you count the rotating vending machines found in the basements of hospitals where the food is neither fresh nor easily identifiable.)

These dispensers are really deco.

courtesy of The Automat

This dining room is amazing!

A book titled The Automat pays tribute to New York's Horn and Hardart’s Automat and includes recipes for dishes that were sold at the establishment.

Courtesy of Eclectic Thoughts

So, what do you think...should we bring back automats?

*** Two Dog Pond said...

Could I have one installed in my kitchen?

That thought had occurred to me as well...and as a matter of fact I believe you could. You may want to start by contacting this man...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

Retro Music Monday ~ The Partridge Family

Beginning this week in 1970, The Partridge Family held the number one spot on the charts for three weeks with I Think I Love You.

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday

While shooting photos for the shop recently...I was mesmerized by the light and shadow pattern cast by this vintage "bubble" bowl.

Friday, November 12, 2010

...And Now a Word From Our Shipping Department....

As you can imagine recycling is very important here at is to many of our customers as well. Our recycling efforts don't stop with our vintage, antique and handmade from vintage also extends to our packing materials. We have a motto around here...


In this busy season of gift giving, packing and shipping I'd like to take a moment to let our customers know what they can expect from RetroStyle shipping. Non-customers may find some helpful tips as well.

Many ordinary sized and shaped items are shipped in USPS recyclable boxes.


However, the many not so ordinary items sold by RetroStyle are packed in custom built boxes. The boxes as well as the cushioning materials are all from post-consumer waste...which means they are made from things that were slated for recycling or landfills. 

Our biggest source of large sheets of cardboard is construction sites. Electric panels, cabinets and plumbing fixtures are but a few items that arrive to the site in big boxes. Most "waste" from a construction site goes right to the recycling there. Another good source of large pieces of cardboard are stores that sell appliances and TVs.

Those same sites are also a good sources for an assortment of cushioning materials. Although not conventionally recyclable, once Styrofoam and other plastic type cushioning materials have been's best to get as much use out of them as possible. 

Next to the assorted salvaged cushioning stuff, in the above photo, stands a roll of paper. That paper is actually our preferred cushioning material for most non-glass, lighter items. The paper also is post-consumer and fully recyclable.

For those in need of large sizes/quantities of plain off white paper...newspaper "roll ends" are available quite cheaply from your local newspaper printer. They make great filler material, are cleaner than printed newspaper and are the most eco-friendly packing material I'm aware of.

Following is an example of how one of our larger items is packed using 100% recycled, post-consumer waste...comprised of mostly recyclable materials.

Not always pretty...but ensuring the safe passage of many a vintage treasure...and in the most eco-responsible way possible.

We now return you to your regular programing.


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