Friday, August 28, 2009

Your so CHARMing...

Gads!! It's been forever since I posted in here but I still come and visit often and have not forgotten about this blog..As a matter of fact coming up later will be one of my Bizarre and freaky finds at the last Antique show I went to..anyhoo...

I been on this mission looking for old CHARM Bracelets. I was sorting through my jewelery box when I came across my grandmother's old charm bracelet she gave me a long long time ago when I was about 16. On her bracelet she had a wish bone, a cowboy boots, her zodiac sign and a few other things.

I like the fact that you can personalize your charm bracelet to represent all the things you love!
Sometimes On ebay I will see vintage charm bracelets posted that people have found at estate sales and picture just by looking at the charms what this person was like.

Looking at my grandmothers charms you can certainly tell she was into country western. You can always almost find a Key or a heart on just about any charm bracelet as well. I am sure a key will always have a different meaning by each individual person. What a interesting question to ask that a person if you ever see them with a key charm...What is your meaning for the key? Here are a few random Charm bracelets I found online..hmm let's see how I can distinguish the previous owners to these bracelets...

This was obviously owned and created by a lover of the outdoors.
A lover of cats...
A catholic ..
A native American
A lover of appears maybe someone who had collected a charm from every place they have visited.
Charm bracelets..they are just so Charming aren't they..

Friday, June 19, 2009

The Werid, The Creepy and The Bizarre 1

Now you all know I LOVE Swap meets. I try and get out to the every weekend when I have no party to attend and when the cash is flowing. Last Sunday we went to the swap meet and looked around...My items I had an eye for that day..Barbies and other Miscellaneous dolls.

Anyway I came across this creepy looking clown doll in a pile of dolls at one booth...It totally reminded me of Poltergeist!! So I thought hmm In my collectors corner blog I am going to try and do a new feature of The weird, The Creepy And The Bizarre (a list of a creepy and down right weird items I find) hopefully a few times a month.

So Here is my first Creepy Find of many to come.....

Imagine finding this at the foot of your bed.muahahaahaha

Monday, June 8, 2009

The joy of treasure hunting

I have a Huge HUGE fascination about curiosity shops. Anytime I travel and see some strange little place that has eye catching Junk in front of it I immediately have to make an B-Line through the front doors..GET OUTTA MY WAY !!!

I kid you not I even have DREAMS of winding up in some strange antique store. It used to be a re occurring dream actually from when I was about 9 years old. It was strange.

Anyway, everyday on my drive home from work there is this strange little shop and in front it always has some tiki's, old furniture, old nautical ship stuff and other miscellaneous crap depending on what day you drive by littered on the sidewalks. I never been there before but have always wanted to check it out.

I always find one really creepy looking item when I stop at these stores too. Sometimes I just stare at them and think to myself WHO THE HELL Would Buy That??

I remember this old antique shop in my neighborhood it was in just your average neighborhood and someone converted their house into an antique shop and lived in the guest house behind the house/Antique shop and in the window of this place were these two dolls of Old folks and they had this leather looking shriveled skin that was really tanned and had this big smiles with these teeth that looked REAL..blahh it was like a train wreck too that I just could not look away from everytime I walked by that place.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Hey there Doll Face

Ok now I may collect a LOT of things but one thing I have never really gotten into was collecting Dolls..until now.
I don't know why the sudden change of heart..maybe it is the fact that I am a mother now of a little girl, maybe it was the attraction I got browsing around the flea markets or maybe it was something in the deep dark forest of my subconscious mind that has finally broken free telling me how I have always really wanted to start a doll collection and now is the time to start doing it.
Now I don't want to collect any specific brand of doll..(well technically speaking..I am attracted basically to dolls of the 60's) . I have also been taking a liking to Barbies lately as well. I had a few that I have received as gifts but now find myself buying some here and there.
The last thing I want to do is spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars on doll collecting (I say that now). I keep telling myself..oh I will start collecting them for Ava..I know I really want them for myself.
Than once I get the dolls , I will have to scout out the cool custom outfits and accessories that people make and sell on ebay or Etsy...I can see it room covered in dolls..I like the eerie kind too with the big eyes...oh my poor husband.
So my Wish List for doll dolls
are Susie Sad Eyes, Blythe, Chrissy by Ideal, Scooba-Doo, and Keane.
Now I am starting up a pretty good Barbie collection too..Some were gifts and others I have bought to add to my collection (that I'm starting for AVA)..That will be another blog all on it's own
Here's some pictures of my doll Wish List that I did searching images online..



Susie Sad Eyes


Monday, May 18, 2009

Let's Lighten things up a bit

Well It has been awhile since I blogged in my collectors corner blog..I blog every day in my everyday life blog and I have been slipping on days there too.

Anyways Yesterday we had a earthquake here in lovely California which I just so happen to be lounging around on my couch when I felt a small rumble and looked over at my Swag Lamp that started swinging ..which brings me to one of my favorite items I collect...LAMPS.

I have a HUGE fascination with lamps. I find that Lamps can really set the tone to ones home decor..I guess since I have so many from all eras.. this is why a few have commented my home looking like a consignment shop which some may feel insulted by that remark but I LOVE consignment shops so I think it is kinda cool.

I really wish I could just cover my home with all the lamps but the irony there is I am more of a Dim lighted atmosphere type of person. I have several table lamps,paper lanterns, velvet swag lamps, TV lamps, even Neon beer lights (those stay in the garage).

My ultimate favorite lamp though is my extremely ginormous gaudy White goddess rain lamp!

I remember my grandmother having a rain lamp as a child and I would spend the night there and I would be soothed to sleep by the sounds of the oil pump of the lamp. I always ALWAYS wanted to touch the little oil beads that would cascade down the clear sturdy threads.
(I always find that the things I cherish most are from memories of my grandmothers house)

Here are some pretty cool lamp photos I found from Lamp dealers around the US.

Monday, April 27, 2009

A room with a View

So my son has show and tell at school and I always try and think of something cool and unusual to give him to take (which I am sure what is cool to me is probably lame to him).
I had him take the pez collection last month.
Anyway I was going through my closet and found a huge box of Viewmaster slides from the 50's and a couple of viewmasters. I was thinking what a cool item for him to take. I than got to thinking after looking at the selection of slides..would any of these kids even have any interest in the slides..for example let's see what do we have to show..
I am really wanting though to get all the old Disneyland ones (not in this selection)
Buck rogers
The lone ranger
King Kong----maybe cool------
The story of Easter
The Washington monument
Batman----------------this they may find cool
Rudolph the red-nose reindeer
The grand Canyon
Red Rock
Joshua Tree

I was thinking back to when I had a viewmaster the slides I had
The Hobbit
Dark Crystal
Land of the Lost
Just to name a few...

After going though through my dusty old shoebox of brown rust stained slides and old plastic smelling viewmaster with the much needed oil treatment on the clicker I thought these first graders would destroy these slides...maybe I better just let him pick something out....As long as it is not the nintendo DS!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Where's my Mai Tai??

Yeah I ask myself that question every Friday when it is time to kick start the weekend and there is no better way to have a tropical libation than served in a Frightfully decorated Tiki mug!
I never got the desire to collect tiki mugs but I have to admit I do have a few. I can thank my mother for that one. See she works at a thrift store and she knows how I love old vintage pop culture knic knacks and she knows as well as everyone else under the sun.. loves tiki. What is there not to like about it. Just drinking out of one of those mugs is a tiny piece of tropical paradise.
Anyway she brings me home every once in awhile some vintage Polynesian items that get donated to her store. (She of course pays for them at a low low price). As a matter of fact one wall in my kitchen is dedicated to tiki culture. (thanks to my husband)
There are so many people out there collecting mugs now that more enthusiasts are even creating their own special tiki mugs and selling and trading them online. There is even a book about it.
I just love the creativity of each tiki mug you see out there. Some of them have so much detail and I love the old ones with the rhinestones embellishments on their eyes. ( I have a thing for Rhinestone eyes)
You know though what I like better than drinking out of a tiki mug??? How about one of those Big Coconut Shells that are carved like a monkey!! Now that's what I'm talking about!
This is a must have if you collect Polynesian stuff

I have this mug in my collection..But who doesn't?? Seriously this mug is in ever collection I see.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Where has the time gone??

Some happy clock photos

So my father (the true renaissance man) has discovered a New hobby to take up.
Let me take you back for a moment.
My dad is one of those people who always went from one extreme fanatical hobbyist to another.
The tiniest thing could set him off and all of a sudden he must spend every dime on books,supplies on that hobby for it to only last a few months until the next great thing comes along.
Let me is a list of hobbies that my dad has taken up throughout the years..

Playing musical instruments from Hammer Dulcimer to bongos from Electric Synthesizer to Mandolin to Several wind instruments to several guitars
Panning for gold and dredging
restoring his Willy's jeep
Restoring is VW Bus
boogie boarding
Model Rockets
Metal molding
sewing renaissance clothes
Leather tooling
Making oriental rugs
wood carving for sail boats
Really the list goes on and on but now they newest craze..vintage clock and watch repair and restoration ( cuckoo clocks primarily).
It all started when I bought my first cuckoo clock at a estate sale. I remember them as a small child because back in my German heritage on my dads side of the family they always had cuckoo clocks. My dad came to my house and took it off the wall and was looking at the mechanics of it all and he also started to reminisce about being a child and always being drawn to his grandmothers ornate cuckoo clocks hanging through out the house.
Than it began ..the buying of the books,the constant hours researching the clocks online, the hunting of old clocks at swap meets,thrift stores and eBay. Than the purchasing of vintage clock repair tools and clock restoration websites.
Now him being very into nautical themes he wants to start hand carving his own clocks. They would be like cuckoo clocks but with a nautical theme where a sailboat would sail on some waves with a old nautical song that would play.
My tiny clock collection is coming along. I have 3 cat clocks with moving eyes and tails in my bedroom. I can't wait to have my wall of clocks on display...something I am considering as I redecorate..

Saturday, April 4, 2009

What Big Eyes you have

So I was watching Americas Next Top Model the other day and one of the contestants remind me of those fabulous Keane Big Eye Paintings from the 60's.

I have a few scattered about my garage and home. My favorite are the kitty ones.

I used to see these all the time at Thrift stores and yard sales and swap meets as a child because they prints were pretty widely distributed back in the 60's and 70's. They have become very collectible for hipsters and Indie kids. They make a really nice addition to that Kitschy home. They are so retro and now days you will find a lot of great artist replicating the oh so sweet yet a little freaky paintings.

They is something that is just so morbidly beautiful about those tall lanky children with the big sad eyes!

One day when I have a home with a long dark hallway ..I am going to line the whole hallway with my big eye paintings ..just purely to spook my friends out!
Photos I copied online from retailers and privatly owned collections

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Why you little!!!!!!

That's what I say in my head everytime I step on one of those little green plastic army men which I just did about twenty minutes ago. Which brings me to todays blog...Marx Playsets.

I really wish my husband was here right now cause this is big thing he collects. My closets and garages are FILLED with dusty old tattered boxes of army playsets, cowboys and Indians and lord knows what else he has got hiding in a matter of fact one day I am gonna take pictures of the garages and just blog about the kooky stuff in there.

My husband mainly collects the WWll playsets. He said what triggered his desire for these
playsets is when he was a child he wanted one so bad ...I believe it was the Normandy one...and his neighbor had one and he would go there all the time to play with it.
He found the playset on ebay and than just got into the addiction of collecting more and more. So many of these old playsets would be incomplete so than the new addiction was trying to make a complete set by hunting online and soon it became going to the toy soldier conventions and trading and selling with other aficionados and subscribing to playset magazines and going to message boards. I would wake up at like 3am for a drink of water and notice my husband in the computer room on ebay searching for Marx playset stuff.

Louis Marx was an American toy maker and was the largest toy maker in the 1950's. He sold his company to Quaker Oats in 1972....Every once in a while though my husband will find some cheapy unknown toy company who had made some reproductions from actual Marx toy molds.

It is UN BE LIEVABLE how much his playsets fetch with toy collectors. Almost one day a week I will find a playset assembled in my living room. My son plays with them so often that my house almost every corner you look in or surface we have has a army man or tank on it.

I did however HAD to get one playset for myself.....The Disneyland Playset. I think there are a couple minor missing pieces such as a Disney character and a car...but I am sure my husband will find it for me at 4am in the morning one of these nights.

Here are some pictures of some playsets...
We have these..

The Disneyland Playset

I think we have this one

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Even in Paradise it snows..

***snow globes***From a collectors image
A few years back at a flea market I came across the coolest old school Vegas snow globe ever. I was so tempted to buy it but I thought do I really need to start collecting any more items..and let alone it be snow globes where my walls would be covered..hmm I think not but I have to admit after looking at some collections they are pretty cool.
Snow globes or other known as water globes were first seen in Paris in the 1800's. They were basically a glorified Paperweight and became quite popular. They were made of glass and in the 50's they started being made in plastic as well. Every gift shop in every state began selling them and in the 50's back when taking family road trips were the norm it started becoming a must do thing to have a globe from every state you drove through..or spoons or bells for that matter.
There is something pretty magical about snow globes...gazing through them and whisking yourself off back to your much missed vacation. The kiddos love to shake them up too.
After awhile though the water will begin to evaporate and if kept in the window sill or where any active sunlight shines through the image will begin to fade. This is more common to happen with the novelty plastic globes.
I wish I had a globe now of my house where I can gaze into it and whisk myself away from work....

Monday, February 23, 2009

Come and Get it!!!!


Someones collection pictured on Flicker

It's Chow time..Today's Blog...Lunch Boxes!!

When I was younger the more fortunate children had lunch boxes..I came from a lower income Hippie family and most of the time my lunches came in a old brown bag. The contents a poor child like me would get in this old brown bag (which was a recycled old brown paper bag from the liquor store most likely). The contents..One bologna sandwich on Wheat bread ( and I am talking the darkest,dry est, wheat bread with the nuts and oats on top (no fun mind you for a 5 year old) a bruised banana or an orange, some fig newtons ( if I was lucky) and 15.cents for a carton of milk from the cafeteria window or water from the fountain was always good enough for me.

Ok ok maybe I exaggerated a little ( the wheat bread is no joke though and neither is the brown bag, nor the fig newtons). But I was lucky enough to have at least one pink plastic strawberry shortcake.. I believe it was.. lunchbox at one time. ( hey it was the 80's all the cool tins ones were replaced by thick plastic ones)

I was always so envious of everyones lunch pails and it really did tell alot about that individual child. They always had the most awesome lunches in them too. A peanut butter and Jelly sandwich on WONDER Bread with a snack pack or ding dong, and pieces of fruit like a Peach or Grapes and a nice thermos with some kool aid or fresh squeezed lemonade ((very few times would see a can of cola included)).

I can't believe the craze on collecting all started off basically by one guy who collected them and wrote a book about what he thought over all his years collecting what they were worth. I guess when you been collecting something for a long time and really done your research on it and it does not have a book can really determine what you believe the value on it would be.

My son..he get lunch money for the cafeteria.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

A greeting to remember

I was very surprised the day before Valentine's day to find a Will you be my Valentine card in my mailbox from a very dear friend. In today's world of Ecards and texted greetings it is a rare treat to find a mailed greeting delivered to your home.

Which brings the subject to toady's blog...Cards.

Ever since I was first born every Single Holiday I would get a card mailed to me and it was always signed with the date and year with big xoxo Grandma. I would get so excited and really did depend on those holiday cards to come to my house...I think they finally stopped at about 13 years old.

I kept every card! Well really my mom saved every card. It is pretty nice to go and look back at them. They bring back a lot of memories for me and you can see each year the card change with the times.

In my pile of cards I came across a few of those old tall cards you would find at the liquor stores. from the 1970's. At my local liquor store now you see tucked away a dusty rack with yellow tinted cards that look like they were there still since 1970.

Paper items (ephemera) are quite collectible because they are so easily disposable and destroyed. This is more towards certificates and paper decorations though that hold value.
I started saving cards for my children starting from my baby showers. I hope they appreciate them as much as I appreciated my mom saving my cards.

Friday, February 13, 2009

C is for Cookie..that's good enough for me

It's been awhile I know..but getting back on track now I would like to discuss another fond memory in Childhood

Now I been caught doing a lot of things as a child such as ripping small holes in wrapped xmas presents under the tree and looking in the closet for unwrapped birthday presents and drinking milk from the carton but NEVER have I been caught with my hand In the cookie jar.

Every household I been too has usually had some sort of "theme" going on whether it be Pillsbury or Strawberries or Roosters..the list is endless but where there is a themed will find it proudest piece ..a themed cookie jar.

Cookies jars can be rather valuable. I have seen some go on auction and end in Thousands of dollars. There are SO many different cookie jars out there and that is what makes them a wonderful thing to collect.

People are so Fanatical about their collections they build websites that revolve around their collections. ( a picture I found online of someones personal collection above)

When I try and think back to the cookie jars I had as a child I think one was a animal of some sort..maybe a teddy bear, than we had a beehive one, than a Garfield one.. than for some reason I guess cause I was no longer a child than became a old green Tin container that read FLOUR..

Monday, January 19, 2009

Plop plop fizz fizz oh what a relief it is....

Yesterday my mom went to the big Antique and Collectables show this weekend in Long Beach and because she knows I like to collect cat figurines( long neck cats mainly) she told me about a booth there that was filled with nothing but Black cats. I was thinking of the black cat shoe polish. This brings me to todays collectable blog..ADVERTISING COLLECTABLES.

Companies have used billboards,magazines,newspapers,calendars and the greatest TV to hype their products through catchy slogans and musical jingles. My favorite was the eveready cat.
Can you name the mascots below and above?

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Whats in a Happy Meal?

Last night at a dinner party we got to reminiscing about Happy meal toys. I remember as a child getting happy meal toys and I would play with them for a couple of hours than it was just another piece of junk sitting at the bottom of the toy box never to be played with again. I must have passed this trait over to my son cause its the same thing. He is begging for that toy than during spring cleaning he has nothing but a toy box of happy meal toys.
Everyone would believe that McDonald's was the first to promote this great marketing ploy but it was really a local small regional fast food chain called Burger Chef. They introduced these little thin plastic hand puppets.
Oh and if toys weren't enough than came the Play gyms at McDonald's, The paper King Crowns at Burger king and the antennae balls from Jack in the box. Oh than for .99cents with the purchase of a meal you could get a cool glass or wacky straw.
So Cheers to the happy meal toys....... you will never really be worth anything but a fond childhood memory.

These were from Burger King

The Mac Tonight figurines from Mcdonalds

**all photos were taken from online toys dealers**