Sunday, November 4, 2018

Our Most Popular Items This Week - November 4 2018

Whew! October sure went by fast! We had an awesome time at Mill No 5 last weekend, met some great people and had some spooky fun. Now that the holiday season has officially begun, we're noticing certain vintage items are getting a lot of views at our Etsy shop. Here are the top vintage items for the past week. (HINT: popular items usually won't last long, so if you see something you like order now!)

We brought this to Mill No 5 and it was a big hit! 

Gorgeous chrome coffee maker!

One of our favorites in the shop!

Very unique rotary phone with silver embossed handle!

Visit Offbeat Avenue to view these items before they go!

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Unboxing Our Gift from the Marvelous Mrs Maisel TV Show!

We're so pleased with the lovely gift we received from the vintage lovin folks over at Amazon Prime's Golden Globe winning TV series, the Marvelous Mrs Maisel.

They had a special giveaway on their Instagram account that Michelle answered and won the gift!

We're huge fans of this well written very funny show about a 1950s housewife that decides to become a stand-up comic.

The prop master at the show has actually purchased a few items from yours truly, Offbeat Avenue!

It doesn't get any more authentic than that!

Watch the unboxing happen on our YouTube video:

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Vintage Bazaar Mill No 5 Lowell - Offbeat Avenue will be there!

Just one week til the big show, vintage mavens! We hope to see you on the 5th floor of Mill No 5 in historic Lowell, MA on Saturday September 22, 12PM-4PM for a vintage popup show you won't wanna miss!
Lots of vintage vendors to browse, a cool coffee shop, and a restored luxe movie theatre.
Here's an idea: see Pee Wees Big Adventure (playing at 11:05 in the theatre), then after the movie come upstairs to shop!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Popup Punkcake Vintage Show Next Week!

We've been getting ready for our next popup vintage show next weekend at Ralph's Rock n Roll Diner in Worcester MA.

Michelle went to work on some great new album cover journals that you're going to la la love!

We've also got some new domino pendants, button rings, and of course very cool vintage rock tee shirts in many sizes and colors.

When: Sunday, June 24, 12-5 PM.
What: 5 punk rock bands, tons of cool vintage vendors, beer, fun, sun.
Why:Free to attend, open to all ages, and, weather permitting, pet friendly.
Where: Ralph's Rock n Roll Diner, 148 Grove St. Worcester MA
Tell me more tell me more: Head on over to their event page for deets.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Cleaning a Vintage Copper Pot - Before and After!

Update: this copper pot sold!

Winter afternoons I like to start little projects for Offbeat Avenue. Michelle and I have our specialties, she's the expert in crafts and design, and I'm the fixer upper. I clean, sew, repair vintage items to get them ready for sale. I enjoy taking something that's been in hiding for decades and making it ready for its Offbeat Avenue debut!

Case in point, I have had this gorgeous copper pot for a few months and I didn't want to put it up for sale without giving it the once (or twice, thrice) over. 

This heavy duty Stockli Netstal Copper Hammered Pot Casserole Pan was a little rough, so I decided to shine it up.
Well that took some elbow grease as it hadn't been shined up in ages.

The wood handles needed to be cleaned up too as years of gunk got into the pretty scrolled design. I went through so many blackened napkins before you could really see the beauty of the hammered copper.

But once I was finished what a difference! This is the kind of pot you can cook in and you'd be proud to put it on your table to serve (on top of a nice trivet of course!)

Take a gander at the transformation! 

Just before I started.
The napkins got black with tarnish.

Close up of the handles

            The perfect size for a small casserole or rice.

A great name in copper pots.

Ta da! Look how lovely.

top view.

The final product! 
For more vintage kitchen items, visit our Etsy shop.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

This Week's Favorite Likes and Looks for Mother's Day

We're already two weeks into May and can start to see what's trending at the Offbeat Avenue shop.

This month, vintage fans are definitely thinking of dressing for the season's upcoming special occasions like graduations, weddings, showers, and of course Mother's Day!

Certain dresses are getting lots of likes and looks:

Here's one of our personal favorites, a black, plus size rayon crepe dress with sequins. Though not in perfect shape (the previous owner altered it to make it larger) it's really a classic little black dress fit for any special occasion.

Speaking of special occasion seems everyone has their eye on this peachy little satin dress number straight out of the 1970s or Studio 54! Slinky, sexy, Grecian styling in a super soft polyester knit. A local (to us) looker too, made in Providence, Rhode Island!

When the warm weather comes you want to be cool and chic, and this Nipon Boutique cotton dress is the perfect summery casual yet elegant dress, Perfect for sipping sangria by the seaside. In excellent condition with pockets and pleating. Union made. Size 8. SOLD!

Everyone must be thinking of travel now, or simply thinking about updating their decor with a bit of shabby chic. That's why our rustic vintage suitcase is getting so many views now. Even with the missing handle and dings and marks on the outside, this versatile hard suitcase would make a great DIY project, (we've seen crafters make these into ottomans, pet beds, and even organizers for craft supplies.) The possibilities are endless! SOLD!

Michelle just listed this Hall ceramic leftovers dish (the first one she listed sold almost immediately) but we don't expect this to last either. We love this pastel lemon yellow color, the lovely glaze, and unique shape that adds a farmhouse touch to any kitchen table. Why use an ugly plastic container when you can store and serve food in this expertly crafted and beautiful piece of refrigerator ware. 

Don't see one of your favorites here? Let us know!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Winner Announced for Bead Counting Contest from Offbeat Avenue

It all began when Michelle listed a Mason Jar full of beads on Instagram at the beginning of April.

When I saw the post it was as if a light-bulb in the shape of a giant jar full of craft beads appeared over my head. Let's start a contest to see who could guess how many beads were in the jar. 

Did I have any idea how many there were? Of course not. 

Whoever guesses the correct amount, or closest number to the actual amount, under or over, would win a custom made Bertrand bottle opener key chain!

Michelle filled this jar with a huge assortment of all kinds of beads: glass beads, charm beads, vintage beads, novelty beads, plastic beads, findings, pearls, gems, and much much more. It was as much a mystery to her how many were in there as it was to me.

So naturally we extended the contest to our fans of Facebook, and the guesses came pouring in!

Still no official count. But we had enthusiasm!

By now we decided we would actually have to get together and COUNT THEM!

So with paper, pen, and a calculator, on a rainy Saturday, Bertrand, Michelle, and I gathered in our studio, poured the contents of the jar into a bowl, and began to tally piles of 10 beads at a time into egg crates she brought along.

Two and a Half Hours Later...

Yes true, it took us 2 and a half hours to count them all. But we have an official count now: 3,656.

That's right, more than THREE THOUSAND BEADS!

The envelope please...

Many of the guesses were in the 400 bead range, with a couple 700 and 800 range, but our closest guesser and winner is...(bead roll please....)

Julie from @northeastpromotionandapparel on Instagram with the highest guess of 896.

And my promise never to start a contest without consulting with Michelle first.

To see the condensed version of our process and the ensuing silliness, watch this 8 minute video:

Thanks to everyone who participated! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜„