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 lovely...so 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...
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/05/stories-from-the-automat-machines-in-a-harlem-basement/


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 RetroStyle...it is to many of our customers as well. Our recycling efforts don't stop with our vintage, antique and handmade from vintage wares...it 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 dumpster...no 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 made...it'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.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Retro Music Monday ~ Lionel Richie

This week, in 1983, began a 4 week run at the top of the charts for Lionel Richie with All Night Long.



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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Friday, November 5, 2010

Have Suitcase Will Travel

My love of vintage suitcases has two main roots 1.) I love travel and anything that puts me in mind of it and 2.) I love places to put things...and whether traveling or not...vintage suitcases are cool places to put things.


When I find one of these old lovelies I can't help but bring it home...no matter what its condition...I always think I can clean it up. Well, you know...sometimes it turns out you just can't. No matter how much you clean...while they may sparkle on the outside...their inners remain...well...skanky.


What's a girl to do? You can't abandon an old friend in its hour of need! So, I did the only thing left to do...


...I tore all that nastiness out...time for a makeover.

This sweet little blue and white number is my first completed makeover... 



...from fetid...

...to fetching...


The lining is from vintage fabric and the trim is secondhand bias tape. As my skills grow I hope to be able to add mirrors and perhaps pockets to future efforts...but for now simple, fresh and clean. 

This new and improved old girl is ready to be traveling on!

Happy Friday everyone!  

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Monday, November 1, 2010

Retro Music Monday ~ The Beatles

For nine weeks from September 22 thru November 23, 1968 the Beatles held the number one position on the charts with Hey Jude.

I love this song...and I love the way they let the crowd engulf them in this video.



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