Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Happy Birthday Marc Bolan

We love vintage everything here, and that includes the music we loved way back when!
 
One of my top ten artists to bring to a deserted island....oh, who am I kidding, I'd need more than that...would be the music of Marc Bolan and T-Rex.
 
I remember years ago when I was working as a counter manager/makeup artist for Ultima II (another blast from the past)
 
 
Yes, it was the 80's.
Ultima II was some of the best stuff around! I still crave my ProCollagen Eye Complex and CHR makeup! Argh, and what ever happened to those awesome sticky, shiny lip glosses?
Where's my time machine?
 
Anyways, the adjoining Lancôme counter lady was just nuts for T. Rex back in the 70's.
I remember in the late 70's, listening to old T. Rex from one of my good friends Dad's collections and I loved it, but never really dug deep enough. Ms. Lancôme made me a bunch of tapes with all sorts of really far back, and to me obscure, before they were T. Rex and were Tyrannosaurus Rex, music.
I was hooked again!
 

 
 
 
I started buying all the vinyl I could find, and still have most of it to this day, though the cd's are much easier to play in my car :)
 
Well, fast forward to about two years ago. They don't play much on the radio here except for "Bang A Gong (Get It On)" and working in an office environment, I was subject to either horrible pop crap or whatever the rock dj was playing during the day, and my ride home was about 5 minutes, so not much time to listen in the car.
 
Until one day, I went out to the back room where all the younger guys worked. They usually had a pretty cool mix of what I listened to in my teens, but they were (probably) just finding. So anyway, one day I was rooting through the paper files and I hear something I hadn't heard in a really long time....
 
 
 
Brought me right back!!
 
I love how music does that :)
 
Now, since all of my vinyl was in storage, guess what I got for my birthday present?
A cd so I could listen in the car!
Plus, I found the wonders of YouTube and Pandora, which I love to listen to while I'm working.
 
So, Happy Birthday Marc Bolan!
Your music has brought much listening pleasure through the years to myself and many other people of varying ages that I know!
 
 
 
 


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Shopping Trip: What We Left Behind

We love going vintage shopping! It's fun to break away from the computer for a bit and wander around for an hour or two!
 
While we picked a few treasures for the Etsy shop, here are some of the fun things we didn't buy. Enjoy!
 
 
This one was a no brainer :) but didn't buy because we have so many of them now. Fun when your name is a sweet treat, but can also not be so fun: creepy old dudes, think before you speak please.
 
 
 
 
H.R. Pufnstuf was not vintage but had to snap him anyway, I LOVED this show as a kid....
 
H.R. Pufnstuf
Who's your friend when things get rough
H.R. Pufnstuf
Can't do a little, 'cause you can't do enough
Hmmm, what were they talking about....

 

 
Came close to buying Gene Kelly's An American in Paris, just love the colors and graphics! But, no more albums for awhile....so back it went.
 

 
The groovy mushroom canister was interesting. Liked the bee and mushroom graphics, and it still had really crisp color. It had this weird little handle on the top though filled with, geez they almost looked like those moisture balls that you put in your basement to get rid of, well, moisture. When I looked it up it's a special canister to, you guessed it, keep crackers fresh and protecting them from moisture. I don't know, just a little too weird for me. Price was a little high too.
(Found out they are called Krispy Kans with a Blue-Magic Dri-Knob, ew, NOT appetizing.)
 

 
He kind of speaks for himself, how kitschy is W.C. Fields? And as a battery tester whose red nose lights up? Everyone needs one of these!
 

 
Great vintage poster, not sure if it was real or reproduction, didn't want to get too close because it was not something I could see taking home that day. But, very cool!
 

 
Now, this one, Tables for Ladies, we may just go back and get. We both liked it and it was a fair price. Think it needs to go in our imaginary office kitchenette!
 

 
Sooooo pretty!! Sooooo tiny!! Sooooo expensive!!
 

 
If I could have justified this one it would have been mine. Zeppelin? Yes, please!
 

 
Looks like they used the new "white washed" trend on these little owls and little girl & boy statuettes. Very nice, and I do love white, but, I love black more! Goes with everything, never looks dirty and is slimming :) Maybe this doesn't apply to statuettes...
 

 
Wow! Wow! Get a load of this mid century orange goodness! What a funky space ship looking serving tray! Actually, our funky space ship looking bar tray goes with this perfectly, same legs!
 

 
Again, we both wanted, but the cost was just too prohibitive. I think it was $600., which it is probably worth, but just not in the $600. candy dispenser market right now.
Now, if it was a vintage cigarette machine, hmm....no, not spending $600. on any machine right now.
 

 
I am not usually a giant wooden spoon and fork freak like Marie & Frank, but these were aqua and, look closely, have little Tiki faces carved into the handles! Perfect for your next luau!
 

 

 
*Swoon* Huge teak starburst screen!
Damn. No where to put it.
 

 
Diamond Dave.
Could never resist, obviously still can't.
 

 
Another thing we both love, this one may have to be purchased on the next trip.
 
A little bit of a weird vintage game, there are straws and little tissue paper fish. You have to pick up the fish using the suction of the straw and then toddle to the finish line without dropping the fish.
I'm thinking this was pretty hilarious when these vintage guys and dolls were drunk.
Not to mention all the different play on words that are springing to my mind....
 

 
We both loved this and have seen it numerous times there. We both picked it up on separate shopping trips. Only problem is, there has never been a price tag. Which is probably why it's still there, because it's too cute! Check out the yellow pom rick rack around the neckline! Stylin'!
 

 
(How I wish vendors would use removable stickers when pricing! We had to "color in" below the telescope as the big ass sticker ripped part of the cover off. Grr....)

 
Obviously, this book I did pick up, as the little guy loves the moon and planets. What's hilarious is that when I got it home and started reading it...well, it's from 1959. Here's the first few lines:
 
The moon is up there,
far away.
No one has been there yet.
But some one will go there soon.
Some day you may go there, too.
 
NO ONE HAS BEEN THERE YET.
Ha! Guess I should've read it before I bought it! Now, I'm gonna have to explain....doh!
 
Let us know about the things you left behind!
 
 

Friday, September 18, 2015

The Wind Cries Mary

We miss ya Jimi!
 
Still sounds current (and better than most) today!
 
 


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Warped Sense of Humor, Take 1

 
I love books, hell we BOTH love books!
 
And, as I was listing a book today, I found this spread.
 
Made me chuckle. Ok, made me completely laugh out loud.
 
Maybe it's just that there are always so many bananas around here.....
 
 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Shoe Addicts Unite!

Who doesn't love fashionable shoes?
 
Who doesn't have 50+ pairs of shoes?
 
Who has shoes they don't wear, but bought them because they were sooooo pretty?
 
Ha! I think we would ALL admit that we should be part of Shoe Hoarders Anonymous!
 
I know that I have proudly been a member since about the age of ten.
 
I can remember going to the mall when I was little....all I wanted to check out were the shoe displays (now, I'm gonna take you back here, do you remember?) at R.H. White's, Fayva, Thom McCann, Kinney's, Cherry Webb & Touraine, I know I'm missing at least one.


 
 Or, when the giant department store catalogs would come in the mail?
Boom! Right to the shoe section!
 
How I miss my Candie's, my Cherokee's, my knee high Minnetonka's, and, especially, my purple suede cowboy boots!
 
It's a problem, I know, and it had been under control until this past week.....
 
We have dubbed it the Week of Shoes! Estate sales, yard sales, rummage sales, and boxes from our storage, what we kept finding were shoes, glorious shoes! And boots!
 
Some are already up on Offbeat Avenue for you to add to your collection:
 
A fantastic pair of Doc Marten's oxfords/creepers, perfect for your next bouncy mosh pit!
 
 
A pair of Her Majesty silver pumps that would go perfectly with our Rain Cheetahs sexy 70's, wide lapel, silver raincoat! How regal!
 

 
How about some kickin' leather Frye cowgirl boots?
 

 
Those floors are starting to get cold, slipper time!
 
 
Ha! Right in the middle of writing this post and what comes on my Pandora?
Alabama Shakes "Shoegaze"!! See? Shoes are in the atmosphere :)
 
Here's some sexy date night shoes from last week, they are red suede and very, very high!
How did we used to wear these all day on a concrete mall floor?
 
 
Now, none of us reading this is going to fit into these next funky boots, but that's ok, Barbie's got her own dream house hoard....
 
 
Still to come are these amazing 30's Italian Vecchio stunners from B. Altman! Love the salmon pink and gold colors together!
 
 
These crazy COOL French Arche suede boots, never worn! Coming soon...
 
 
We also have more that have not been photographed, but are just as cool, if not COOLER!
 
A pair of Exquisites Golden Girl pumps in yellow satin from the 60's!
 
A pair of Italian cork platforms from the early 70's!
 
And, the ones we were most excited to find,
a pair of Suberflex Italian cork platforms that are just amazing!

Oh my, how did I forget the wonderful vintage Frye black and floral painted cowboy boots?!
 
So, check Offbeat Avenue soon for all of these great shoe additions that you can add to your funky closet.
 
Also upcoming:
 
*Loads of costume jewelry finds
*Sci-Fi books galore
*Halloween, Thanksgiving, & Christmas goodies
*Wonderful clothing for your vintage wardrobe
*Games & toys
*Great retro home & bar finds
*Loads of fun vintage gift giving items
 
If there is something you would like to see us try and find, let us know....we may already have it!
 
 
 

Friday, September 11, 2015

This Week's Top 5 Vintage Favorites: Gremlins, Blonde Wig, Turkey Platter and More

Seems fall is really in the air for everyone going by this week's most favorited items on Offbeat Avenue.

1. First on the list is not surprisingly, with Halloween coming up so fast, our vintage Gremlins movie Gizmo costume pattern!

Still factory-folded, this is in excellent shape and is at a great price at $30.
No one at the party will have this costume! UPDATE: This pattern sold September 12!

Gremlins Costume Pattern


2. Next is our vintage Argus camera with leather case.
For photographer buffs, the Argus is a film camera that produces sharp high quality pictures and was once one of the best selling cameras in the U.S. It's durable and relatively easy to repair (unlike digital cameras of today).

Argus Camera

3. Too early to be thinking about Thanksgiving? Not for our shoppers.
Our huge vintage Turkey Platter got tons of favorites and views this week. Perfect for your old-fashioned Thanksgiving.

Vintage Turkey Platter

4. The time to dress up for the weather is fall and we've got what everyone wants: silver lamé
This 70s smashing raincoat is a one of a kind metallic silver lamé coat with wide lapels and original silver belt. Just gorgeous!
Silver lamé Coat

5. And last but not least, one of our most popular items, this super sexy 70s vintage blonde wig. For costume parties or just a special night on the town you want a wig that will make you look like a movie star---not a wanna be. This thick, wavy blonde-streaked lace front wig is very high quality and comes with original tag. It makes me think of the Lindsay Wagner or Julie Christie or Cybill Shepherd.
Blonde Wig

For more goodies shop Offbeat Avenue now!



Friday, September 4, 2015

Here Comes Fall!

It's been a busy week here at Offbeat Avenue! Michelle's gone into her troves and begun listing some awesome Halloween vintage goodies and I've started to get some fallish fashion on the site.

It's just before Labor Day weekend and everyone's anticipating a gorgeous autumn here in New England. So it's a great time to shop!

For Halloween we've got vintage tablecloths, and some great vintage Halloween costume patterns. We also just listed cool DIY Halloween crafts books as well.


The Ren Faire season has also started up in the Northeast, so we just listed a velvet bustier that is already getting favorited on the shop. I also have just listed a sumptuous suede blouse and a lightweight wool Mod tunic that can be worn as a top or dress.



Enjoy the Labor Day Weekend!