Sunday, September 3, 2017

How Many Days Til Halloween? We Like to Start a Bit Early

Ok so we like to get silly. It's just our MO.
Michelle and I have been feverishly listing vintage 90s Halloween gear (rubber masks, shoulder armor etc) in time for our favorite holiday, Halloween.
While getting ready for Punkcake last week, we tried on a few of the Halloween masks and had some fun.

Hope you enjoy this little video!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Offbeat Avenue at Punkcake August 2017 [Video]

We had another fantastic day at Punkcake on August 27th. The bands were amazing!
Here's a video with a couple of highlights and lowlights (Bertrand moshes it up!)

Sunday, August 6, 2017

What Sold This Week Ending August 5

Busy week for vintage sales! Here's a list of a few of the items that sold online this week. As we get toward the end of the summer our customers are looking for cool music, cool cooking, and looking cool!

Vintage Vinyl Record Album The Dead Milkmen Big Lizard in My Back Yard 1985 Fever Records Enigma 80's Punk Rock n Roll Music Bitchin' Camaro

The Dead Milkmen Big Lizard in My Back Yard 1985 

HOLD Kim Vintage Photo Album w Extra Package of Filler Pages Red Gold w Black Paper Pages 40's 50's Mid Century Photograph Album Scrapbook

Vintage Photo Album w Extra Package of Filler Pages  

Vintage Original 70's Wrap Dress Tomato Red with White Dots Wide Collar Long Sleeve Just Mort Draping Size Small Medium Plunging Neckline

70's Wrap Dress Tomato Red with White Dots

Vintage Purse Black Patent Leather Vinyl Clutch w Optional Skinny Strap Gold Frame 60's 70's Fashion Handbag Retro Art Deco

Vintage Purse Black Patent Leather Vinyl Clutch

Vintage Hazel Atlas Salt & Pepper Shakers Red, White, Yellow Striped w Red Caps 50's 60's Mid Century Kitchen Decor Collectible Picnic

Vintage Hazel Atlas Salt & Pepper Shakers Red, White, Yellow Striped

Vintage Cookbook Campbell Soup Recipes 1960's Mid Century Kitchen Convenience Foods Great Photos & Illustrations

Vintage Cookbook Campbell Soup Recipes 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Ladies Night Leominster 2017 - Special Offer

Don't miss out on coming to Ladies Night here in downtown Leominster at Monument Square on August 10 5PM to 8PM.
This is a FREE event with tons of local vendors, giveaways, raffles, music, and a fashion show!
You work hard so here's a chance to treat youself! Don't miss this awesome event!

Offbeat Avenue will be open from 12-7 and we're running a special 20% off any purchase of $25.00 or more. Drop into our vintage boutique to see what's new: albums, jewelry, clothing, handbags, collectibles. Cool music is always on the hi-fi!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

A Short Tour of Our New Digs in Wilton NH

Michelle added some more items to our new space at White Home Collections in Wilton NH this week! We are so excited because this space is almost as big as our store in downtown Leominster.
To get there from Leominster, follow route 12 north to 31 all the way to New Hampshire. It's at the intersection of 31 and 101.

Take a peek at this mini tour and when you get a chance, check it out!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

We're All Moved into Our Second Location!

Last weekend we moved into our second location at White Home Collections in Wilton NH (about 40 minutes from downtown Leominster) on the second floor. We're still at 139 Central St. in Leominster and of course we're always open online at the Offbeat Avenue Etsy shop. 

Check us out!
Our space looks so pretty!

Cozy corner
Some select vintage clothing
We love the light in this place
White Home is such a lovely spot
It was such a lovely day when we moved in!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Resurgence of Vinyl Record Albums

Do you remember how thrilling it was to go to the record store when you knew your favorite band was releasing a new album?

Or, going to KMart every week to see which 45's were in which spot on the charts?

(I have the Number 1 btw, on 45, that was bought at KMart, lol)

Did they correspond to the radio dj's list of most popular singles that week?

And, those weren't your only I need a new needle? Can I possibly schlep all of these over to Becky's for the sleepover? And, will she have a portable turntable so we don't have to compete with the "old folks" giant console? Because, no doubt, they will be spinning Englebert Humperdinck, Kenny Rodgers, Tom Jones or, worse, Showboat.

Fast forward. No pun intended....or maybe it is....we graduated from vinyl, to 8-tracks, to cassette tapes, to cds, to, *gasp* downloading/streaming everything from the internet.

Now, there is something to be said for instant gratification....if I can't find my Who album and want to hear "My Wife", I can now go to my computer, YouTube, or phone, and instantly play it! Sweet!

But, where's the sleeve, with all the words? (because, my family always skews them)
Where's the cool cover art that we can discuss or think about, while listening?
Where's the friggin' FUN of going to the store, finding it, bringing it home, taking it out of the sleeve for the first time, the needle crackling, and that first song BOOMING out of the speakers?


Until now :)

We have both always loved vinyl and all sorts of music, but, until recently, no one but bearded old dudes looking for Grateful Dead bootlegs were with us.

(Disclaimer: NOTHING wrong with either of the above. Bearded old guys got to see these bands LIVE and will entertain you with these wonderful stories (maybe over and over again, but still cool) and the Grateful Dead catalog is amazing, so :P).

During Christmas, I was at a Barnes & Noble in Boston and they had a pretty good display of colorful, reissued VINYL!

I was mesmerized!

I was also..."Damn. I have that. And, the original at that!"

I could remember the moment I fell in love with the song, that made me want to buy the album, that made me save up money to go to the store and buy it! The WHOLE album. Where then I found songs I liked even more!

Up until recently, you heard a song on the radio, liked it, went to the internet and bought the song. Just the song. How boring is that? The song you bought is just the record company's selection of what they think will sell....quite possibly NOT the best song on the album.

Think about it:
The Doors 1st album,  if you bought for "Light My Fire", you'd have never heard "Soul Kitchen" or "Alabama Song".
AC/DC "High Voltage" for "Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock n Roll)" and maybe the cover title'd have never heard "The Jack" or "Can I Sit Next to You".

Ok, how about more recently, 
You bought Soundgarden's "Badmotorfinger" for "Outshined", you never would have heard the amazing "Searching With My Good Eye Closed".
You bought Pearl Jam's "Vs." for "Animal" and completely missed "Rearview Mirror".

The list goes on and on.

But, back to Christmas Barnes & Noble....all these amazing albums are being reissued on VINYL. And, at $25.+ a pop, why not seek out the original pressing, with all the cracks and pops, that you can put on headphones and be transported away...

We have TONS of vinyl that we have purchased over the years from our love of the stuff and not wanting to see it end up in a dumpster. We listen to every album we post, which is why it takes us a little while for new stuff. But, again, even WE have found new (to us) things we can't live without.

Take "Smoke" by the Randy Carlos Orchestra....we LOVE it! So much, that we are not parting with that album and play it in the shop all the time!

Or, Boots Randolph....who we were playing and researching the album, and one of us said "Wow, this reminds me of Benny Hill". Well, it WAS the guy who did the Benny Hill theme song! Another piece of the musical history puzzle solved!

So, as nice as it is to have immediate gratification of songs right at your fingertips, PLEASE, after you download The Who's "Baba O'Riley" do yourself a favor and go seek out the entire "Who's Next" album on vinyl....even if it's only for "My Wife.

(But, the whole album is great!)