Monday, November 11, 2013

Chinatown ~ Vintage Neon

A recent visit to San Francisco's Chinatown yielded a bounty of vintage neon. 


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Chalkware Fruit vs Mmm Gravy...

While doing listings for a few pieces of chalkware fruit this morning...


...I kept thinking of Grandma B...more specifically her kitchen. I was trying to remember if she'd had chalkware fruit on her walls...they certainly would have fit in very nicely.

However, my thoughts kept turning from the her milk gravy and biscuits. 
Oh. My. Best. EVER!

(Thelma Vergie Blades and Buck c. 1950's)

Monday, July 8, 2013

...and the winners are....

Super happy to see the announcement of the 2013 Benjamin Moore Main Street Matters campaign...and to see Flint, Mi among the winners!!


A big congrats to ALL the chosen cities!  I can't wait to see the results of the University Ave. facelift!!

UPDATE: I visited this neighborhood in late summer and fall 2013...looking for the improvements...and did not find any. I'll continue watching for progress and share it here when some is made.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

University Ave., formerly 3rd Ave., in Flint, MI is one of 100 "Main Streets" across the US and Canada vying to be 1 of 20 winners in the Benjamin Moore "Main Street Matters" facade revitalization campaign. 

The University and Downtown areas of Flint have come a long way in recent years. I'm amazed to witness the rebirth of this city who is clearly on its way to reinventing itself as a college town. 

University Ave., once a thriving street in a factory town just across the river from the infamous Chevy in the Hole, is now flanked at one end by the campus of Kettering University and on the other by University of Michigan- Flint. It's a fascinating mixed bag of decay and new growth. Next to a crumbling over grown  parking lot and abandoned buildings, a new modern building beckons. Next to new street signs directing you to hubs of activity are signs warning trespassers and would be arsonist that they are "fair game". Next to dilapidated and boarded houses are beautifully restored homes.

As a former Flint resident...I tip my hat to those persistent residents who have stood strong, and to those newcomers who are breathing new life into the city...kudos to you all! Flint is working hard to preserve its hard-working history. Let's give them a hand...

Voting on the "Main Street Matters" campaign continues thru June 30th. A vote for Flint would be much appreciate!! You can do so by going here...clicking on the blue "mitten" and choosing Flint from the list on the red, left side more click to cast the vote and you're done! If you're super can vote daily!!

I'm really looking forward to posting photos of those beautified facades with their fresh coats of paint!!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Gift of Roadside Kitsch

Hello blog...old friend...long time no see. Just stopped by to share a gift I recently received....a gift of roadside kitsch. Sent by my sweet Mother who found these lovelies in Hatch, New Mexico...a little something for my virtual collection. Hatch must be some sort of roadside kitsch mecca. Thanks Mom!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year

My heartfelt thanks to all those who have supported my business in 2012. HAPPY NEW YEAR...and may 2013 bring you all the best life has to offer!


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