I’ll admit, this week’s “I Spy” is a bit phoned in (as evidenced by its lateness). but I’m not about excuses. I have only myself to blame.
That said, here we go!
I am a vintage kitchenwares nut and, as my knowledge of these items grows, it has been fun for me to notice some of the items I love in popular television shows and movies.
A few months back, I noticed Fire-King stackable mugs in the movie Dark Shadows (2012):
Picture courtesy of here.
Picture courtesy of here.
More recently, I have been watching old episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and noticed a solitary Fire-King Jade-ite D handle mug in several episodes. Finding one of these in real life is a thrift goal of mine, so it is kind of maddening and amusing to see this one over and over.
“Oh, you want one of these mugs?”
“Good luck with that.”
Even the Scooby Gang gets to use the mug. I must confess, it gnaws at me when Cordelia uses the mug.
I am not the only one with a keen eye. Evidently, someone else noticed the mug on Buffy and started a quest for one. Here is their find:
Preparations for today’s swap meet caused the week to fly by. I managed to take a few notes though:
- Did you know there are websites that can help you estimate the age of a vintage world globe? I used the Longwood site to estimate the age of two (one c. 1990, the other c. 1991/1993) globes I put in today’s sale that were similar to this Cram’s Imperial World Globe by RattyAndCatty on Etsy:
- I recently found a vintage Halloween decoration I recognized the style of, but the style name was unknown to me. A Google search led me to “popcorn plastic”. Popcorn plastic was popular for decorations like the following in the 60’s and 70’s. I grew up in the 80’s, but I remember having some popcorn plastic decorations when I was little.
My Halloween decoration find was a jack o’ lantern just like this one. Image from link above.
- 2013 marks the 30th Anniversary of Cabbage Patch Kids. In celebration, the Cabbage Patch Kids company has released a line of Limited Edition, 30th Birthday dolls.
Image from the Cabbage Patch Kids website. I’m pretty sure I had one like this.
- On Friday, my husband and I had the opportunity to go to Fort Collins, Colorado where I found two great vintage shops:
- Wear It Again, Sam. I had an enjoyable conversation with the woman working here on Friday about how people like us have trouble not taking the vintage clothing we find home, even if it’s not our size. I wish I had introduced myself because she was super nice. Wear It Again, Sam has a large, reasonably priced selection of vintage clothing and accessories displayed in clever, accessible ways. Being able to move around in a vintage shop is a treat because who hasn’t been in an over-crowded vintage clothing store? WIASam also offers costume rentals.
- Little Boxes Vintage. This small-scale shop is full of quality vintage items. Many of the items have a masculine appeal, but a woman need not feel left out. Especially, if that woman likes Pyrex and vintage advertising (as I do). Jimmy, the owner, is fun to talk to and from my home state of Kentucky. I’m happy to know a vintage store I won’t have to drag my husband to!
Jimmy, owner of Little Boxes Vintage
Here are some things I spotted this week:
- Vintage Style, whom I follow on Facebook, is starting their own own 1950’s inspired line called Quinn Avenue. If the gowns they post on their Facebook page are any indication, this is something to really look forward to!
Image courtesy of the Vintage Style Facebook page.
- The Denver Public Library Digital Collections. Here, you can browse through hundreds of historic Denver photographs. My favorite is the ‘Denver Buildings, Neighborhoods & Communities’ section. I enjoy comparing the “then” with the “now”.
The Denver Gas and Electric Building was one of the first buildings I saw when we moved to Denver and remains one of my favorites in town.
- How to Tie a Headscarf 1940s Style via Retro Chick. Retro Chick is absolutely darling and I envisioned what it must be like to “pop to the shops” while trying to recreate this look for myself. I need some more practice, but here was my result:
- Hangin’ Tough turned 25 on September 6th. Courtesy of @belleandrew on Instagram.
I was a Joey girl. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.