And we’re off…to Budapest!

budapestwinter4Yes, I am heading to Hungary for a few months.   While over there I am really hoping to discover some awesome treasures to return home with.

I would like to say that there will be some updates from lovely Budapest, but I doubt I’ll find the time for blogging and will be spending more time exploring and traveling.

But when we get back, there will be plenty to share!

Happy New Year to everyone and I’ll see you in the summer!

Pop Quiz – Happy Birthday to Edith.

Readers, I really have not had the time to regularly write my blog due due to real life vintage shows. However, I do have time to celebrate the 116th birthday of Edith Head, a designer who created some of the most amazing film costumes ever.

When I was young and would watch films with my mother (which was nearly every day) she would always pay close attention to the opening credits and then turn to me and say “Just remember, If you see Edith Head as the costume designer it will always be a good movie…”  This was the kind of priceless knowledge passed down in my family.

And frankly, I still check every time.  And it is always true.

So for today’s quiz… I am going to give you four sketches from Edith.  Tell me the actor and the film that each sketch is for!  Bonus if you know the scene from the movie.

Ready?  Go!


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Coming soon! The Vintage Bazaar…

The Vintage Bazaar will be at Pettengill Farm in Salisbury MA on Saturday Sept 21st and Sunday the 22nd 2013.  For more information you can see their website:

Retromat will be there with Rosie and she makes a great fitting room for trying on vintage clothes!

Come out and see what we have to offer. There are housewares, barware, super picnic stuff, mens and ladies hats and accessories, cute bags, bowling shoes…vintage typewriters,  great jewelry.  And of, of course, super cute vintage clothing.  That is JUST Retromat.  The whole fair has something for everyone.  There is a vintage motorcycle show on Sunday and they have some really cool food trucks as well!

Here is a sneak peek at some of my current inventory:

What to do, what to do…

Help me, readers.  I have this really cute phone bench to sell at my next vintage market and I can’t tell if I ought to try and recover the seat … or just leave it?

Here it is…






You can see where I at least removed the really scary yellow plastic that someone had covered it in.  The original blue knit fabric is intact, but has serious issues around the edges.  It is very discolored and fragile.



I have some fabric lying around that could be really cute… (click the pic for a bigger view)


SO, cover it? And if so, with which one?

Also… I will not paint it.  Don’t even suggest that, please.  There are painters of wood, and non-painters of wood.  I fall into the second category on this bench.  I totally get the bright white, turquoise, mint green, paint the old wood thing – with certain pieces.  But not every stick of vintage furniture needs to be made bright, shiny, chic, or shabby.  This bench is staying natural. At least while I have it. :)

Anyway, give me your thoughts on this one… I just cant make up my mind!

Back to School – The triumphant return of the Pop Quiz!

Well, gosh, not even one full month has passed since my last post where I promised to post more!  Ahem.  So… where were we?  Oh yes, I was going to blog weekly and that nearly happened…

For the record, I am hereby claiming that I had end of summer vacation fever which prevented me from approaching the computer  - and let us just leave it at that, shall we? Good.

Now that summer vacation is over it is back to school for you readers and what is better to start with than a good ol’ fashioned pop quiz? (Also, I know summer is not technically over but that does not fit with my post so I am ignoring that.  Please do the same.)

Dust off your thinking caps and get ready.  I assume you all recall how this works.  You just view the photo, and post your best guess below in the comments. No peeking down before you guess, NO going to google images and letting it tell you who this is,  and feel free to share any thoughts that the photo brings to mind.   He is pretty cute with all that wavy hair –  those were my first thoughts. Also, groovy shirt!

You get extra credit for knowing something else about the fellow in this photo.  And those of you who will know it don’t need me to tell you what that is.  How cryptic!!!

Without further ado here is your photo:

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And while you are busy contemplating this fellow, I will be working on the rest of the posts for this week.  I have photos of the nearly finished Rosie the Camper who made her first Vintage Fair debut.  I STILL owe you photos from the Roaring 20s Lawn Party at the Crane Estate.  I want to share thoughts on the experience of selling at the Vintage at Victoria Inn show from this past weekend.  I also want to show you what will be coming up at our sale in a few weeks at the Vintage Bazaar at Pettengill Farm in Salisbury MA.  AND I have a new feature to share.  It will be called Two Ways to Wear It.  Have I mentioned that one before?  I have been thinking about it for a long while.  Essentially I’ll take a vintage item and show you at least two different ways to style it.  So, stay tuned, I am going to do my best to get all of that information out to you this week!

Happy Quizzing!

Wow, busy busy busy!

So Readers, there is so much to share and I will get to it all this week.

I have been to a few great auctions…

I have been to an amazing 1920s lawn party at a beautiful mansion.

And we have been doing a lot of work on Rosie!  We have stripped half of her paint. I learned to repack wheel bearings, how to clean drums, and to take apart and put back together all of the stuff associated with wheels and brakes and axles and such.

Tomorrow the pop quiz will return.  And for now… here are a few photos from the wheel sessions and the stripping.


Here is me with a grease packed wheel bearing. Rosie’s new tires are behind me.


Inserting the bearing into the… hub? The drum? I learned what these things do, but hell if I can recall what they are called.


I am putting the brake assembly thingamajig back on the axle here.


We are sanding her entirely by hand. It is honestly no fun. But she will be so smoooth and ready for a new coat of paint soon!


This back layer of the diamond quilt aluminum was the most challenging so far. About a zillion layers of paint.

Anyway… stay tuned!  I will try and post lots more this week – I have some really fun pics from the lawn party.

Pop Quiz Results, Tuesday July 16th.

And once again, first guesser gets it!  The bathing beauty is indeed Shelley Winters.

Shelley Winters was born in East Saint Louis, IL, in 1922 and in her career she made over 100 films and starred in countless TV shows.

Growing up in the 70s, she was most familiar to me as a character actress from the Poseidon Adventure &  Match Game on TV.

I knew Shelly Winters as a big, bawdy, comedienne who was a little rough around the edges and did not take guff from anyone.

It was not until I saw her in A Place in the Sun that I began to be curious about her earlier career.  And then Night of the Hunter came into my life and again she was so different.

Alfie, Diary of Anne Frank, Lolita, and even the Roger Corman flick Bloody Mama are just some of her great films.

I’ll leave you with some parting shots of our Mystery Gal:

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Poseidon Adventure – 1972


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Alfie – 1966

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A Place in the Sun – 1951