Thursday, May 19, 2011

Flea Market Finds

Last Saturday, I went to the flea market that is held at the fairgrounds on most Saturdays. Since I didn't think I would buy anything, I took a few pictures of some of the neat booths to show you. I'd love to have all of these bakelite bangles. There was also a large collection of bakelite pins. They were very expensive, I'm sure, so I didn't even ask the price.
This booth was entirely filled with western gear. This is only a small part of the booth. They had even more cowboy boots, as well as vintage tooled leather purses and jewelry.
A boxing kangaroo caddy is like the one in "Pulp Fiction." The mister has one, too. The pouch is perfect for storing a watch and the tail holds rings. There's a slot on the side that can hold a wallet.
This is one of my favorite booths. This dealer is a regular at the flea market. She specializes in vintage costume jewelry, but she also has vintage clothing, records, household items, and all sorts of things. Last weekend, her booth was decorated in a Hawaiiana theme. This is just a small section of her booth. The whole thing was decorated and it really was impressive. 
The green people fighting and the blazing car going over the cliff really add to the greatness of this poster.  
There were plenty of vintage hats, shoes, handbags, and accessories in this booth. 
I thought I would go home empty handed, but just as I was preparing to leave, I saw a booth filled with records. They only cost $1 a piece. I found a couple of fun '60s records with great covers. One is by Paul Peterson, the actor who played Jeff on "The Donna Reed Show." 
The other record is by Paul and Paula. Add some Chubby Checker records to the lot and it's time for a twist party.
  

Monday, May 16, 2011

Atomic Ranch House for Sale in Wedgwood

A pretty cool house has come up for sale in our neighborhood. It's a 1959 ranch house with the original kitchen cabinetry. It has 2 bathrooms, one tiled in pink and the other blue. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping someone who appreciates the atomic ranch style will buy it. For more information and photos, please follow this link.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Our House on Album Cover





Shame on me! After I posted yesterday about the OK Sweetheart video that was filmed at our house, I remembered that I never posted about another musician who was photographed at our house. J.D. McPherson shot his album cover photo in our living room. The album is called Signs & Signifiers.  I think most people who read this blog will love the album. Do yourself a favor and check it out. 
The living room looks a little different now.The photo was taken before we replaced the green carpet with tile. The furniture in the room is still the same, but the mood of the photo is entirely different from that of the OK Sweetheart video.

OK Sweetheart




Our house was recently the location for a video shoot. OK Sweetheart filmed a music video for the song "Home," the title track on their recently released album. The video, filmed by Nathan Presley, features OK Sweetheart's Erin Austin. I don't think our house has ever looked so cute. Other Wedgwood residents participated, too. You'll see their houses, at least their opening doors, in the part of the video where Erin delivers cakes to her new neighbors.
Here a few behind-the-scene photographs.
Our bathroom became a makeshift wardrobe room.
The family room furniture was moved into the living room. The family room needed to be bare for the "moving-in" segment of the video. 
While Erin and Nathan are filming in the kitchen, baked goods are being prepared. These are the confections Erin will take to the neighbors. 
 They're inedible props, but they sure smelled good.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Retro Den

Retro Den is Tulsa's newest vintage store selling mid-century modern furniture. I've been in a couple of times, and drive by everyday on the way to work. It looks like the inventory changes frequently, so I should probably stop in more often. 
They have a large variety of items, such as furniture, clothing, and household items. It's a fun place to shop. 
By the way, this isn't a paid endorsement, or anything like that. I just want to spread the word about this store.


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Flea Market Finds: Vintage Poodle Purse

Regular readers of this blog know that I usually post things that I've bought at the flea market that I attend every Saturday. Lately, I haven't been able to go to the flea market because I've gone back to school. Foolishly, I signed up for a class that meets for 6 hours on Saturday morning. One Saturday, we got out of class early. I stopped by the flea market on the way home, but didn't expect to find anything so late in the day. It's best to go early before all the good deals are snatched up. Luckily, I found this adorable vintage poodle purse from the 1950s.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Retro Knitting For The Home

I've recently taken up knitting. After finishing my first project, a scarf, I found this free knitting pattern online. It's a vintage pattern for an afghan with a poodle design. The pattern is from the Columbia-Minerva Afghan Book, published in 1960. As I browsed the internet for vintage patterns, I wondered why I hadn't taken up knitting sooner. There are so many vintage patterns that can be found for free, or very inexpensively at sites like Etsy and Ebay.
The local craft store where I bought the yarn didn't have the 9 skeins of grey yarn I needed for this afghan, so I chose taupe for the background color and pink for the poodles. I may change the poodle color to black or cream, but for now it's pink. The poodles' collars and eyes will be rhinestones. 
Here's my progress, so far. I've finished 2 squares and only have 61 more to go.    
Since I'm new to this hobby, I'm still pretty slow. This project is going to take months to finish.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Snow-topped ranch houses


Here's a shot of our back yard, taken a few days ago through the living room window. The metal lawn chairs look like they're wishing for spring, but they're covered with snow. We got 14 inches of snow in Tulsa within a 24-hour period, which is an all-time record for us.
My neighbor's house has a tall snowdrift on the front porch. I would have shown more houses in the neighborhood, but I'm too wimpy to go outside. 


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

I'm Back

I’m happy to be back after several months of absence from the blog! I stopped blogging when my dad had a heart attack in September. He was in the hospital for 2 months, but now he's home and he's doing great. While he was in the hospital, I really got out of my normal routine of going to the flea market every weekend, shopping in antique stores, and looking for mid-century treasures and junk. That’s made it hard to come up with blog topics. I’m slowly getting back to my normal routine and I’m ready to blog!
Last weekend, I found a bunch of vintage Nancy Drew books at a local thrift store. They're the older editions with blue covers and dust jackets. A lot of the books I found still have their original dust jackets, although they're not in perfect condition. Some of the books have copyright dates in the 1930s, but I think they're really from the 1950s. Nancy Drew's clothing and hairstyles give that away. 

The cover art on one of the books, The Clue in the Jewel Box, has a style that is different from the others. This book is probably older. It looks like it was published in the 1940s.
Here are the books on the shelf with some of the other vintage children's books I've collected. 

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