Sunday, December 31, 2017

All is Quiet on New Year's Day

Happy New Year from me and Michelle!

We bid adieu to 2017 and looking forward to a rockin 2018 at Offbeat Avenue Vintage.

Here's a repost of Bertrand singing some ol' college drinking songs with his buds including this Penn State classic, Drink a Highball by Nightfall:


Thursday, December 28, 2017

Singalong with Bertrand! (with Lyrics)

Bertrand recalled one of the holiday songs he sang as a young boy. Here he is singing a couple of verses! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Free Shipping Offer Just in Time for Thanksgiving!

Get free shipping at Offbeat Avenue vintage on domestic orders over $50! Hurry! Expires November 18, 2017.
Click here to start shopping vintage now!

Did you say Free Shipping? YES!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Punkcake Halloween in Windy Woo!

We wrapped up our third Punkcake of 2017 at Ralph's Rock Diner in Worcester MA and it was a great time. The weather was mild and the music was awesome.

The wind, however, was fierce! Me and Michelle had to batten down the hatches a few times during the show as you'll see in this video.

Looking forward to Punkcake in 2018!


Sunday, October 1, 2017

We've Moved! Adios Downtown Leominster!

Yesterday we packed up the last of our inventory from at our Downtown Leominster location at 139 Central Street. We were so blessed to have the amazing help from Michelle's fiance Dennis, her daughter Rosie, and her son-in-law Mark and from my hub Steve. Thanks guys! 😄

Over the course of a year Michelle and I had acquired some truly amazing vintage pieces in addition to our existent inventory. It became impossible to adequately display what the beautiful items we had. We simply outgrew our tiny boutique!



Michelle and I were a little sad to see our cool shop go, but we also realize this move will allow us to begin the next chapter of our business where we can be more agile, expand our online business, and have the opportunity to do more pop-up shows and vintage fairs.

Back in 2014 we had the idea to open an online shop called Offbeat Avenue and it's been an awesome ride. Last year we opened up our Central Street boutique and had the chance to meet some really cool vintage lovers right here in Leominster. This summer we opened up a space at White Home Collections in Wilton New Hampshire, which allowed us to reach a brand new audience of vintage fans. At the end of October we will vacate that space and bring all of our combined inventory online at our always open vintage shop on Etsy.

Need to know what's next for the intrepid vintage OA gals? Cinchy! Just follow us on one of our social channels at Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter and of course right here at OffbeatAvenue.com.


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 thoughts.....do 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?

Gone.

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 song....you'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!)










Saturday, June 3, 2017

Offbeat Avenue Will Be at Punkcake Pop Up and Punk Rock Flea Market

We're so excited to have a table at this year's Punkcake Pop Up and Punk Rock Flea Market Sunday June 11, 12-5 at Ralph's Rock Diner in tropical Worcester MA.

Get ready to be wowed by amazing music, peeps, vintage, crafts and coolness! And plenty of vintage goodies from Offbeat Avenue!

This event  free! So come down and pick yourself up something nice while you rock out to live punk music from Origin Story, Loser's Circle, Marko and the Bruisers, Evil Filipe.

For more info visit the Punkcake Facebook Page.

Check out this video from one of their events this year:

  


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Summer Hours! Pop-Up Vintage Shows and More!

Starting this weekend we will be closed on Sundays so we can do some of the cool pop-up vintage shows, fairs, and markets going on in New England this summer! In fact, we'll be at the Punkcake Pop Up and Punk Rock Flea Market on Sunday, June 11 12PM-5PM.

It will take place in the parking lot at Ralph’s Rock Diner along with our table of rad vintage stuff there will be art, crafts, maker wares, baker wares, flea market treasures, and incredible live punk music from Origin Story, Loser's Circle, Marko and the Bruisers, and Evil Filipe. This is an ALL AGES event and FREE to attend!!
Michelle, Marguerite, and Bertrand will be on the road in a town near you!


As for the boutique in skyscraper city Leominster we will be open Wed-Fri 11AM-4PM and Saturdays 11AM to 5PM and of course we're always open online! Have a vintage-tastic weekend!


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Preparing for Leominster's City Wide Yard Sale

We will be closed today (Thursday, May 18) and tomorrow (Friday, May 19) because we are getting ready for Leominster's City Wide Yard sale on Saturday, May 20! (Of course we're always open at our online vintage shop).

The yard sale is a great way to unload some of the the items we've been accumulating in our search for the best vintage stuff!

Most of the vintage items we sell online and at our fab shop we acquire at auctions or estate sales, and they often come in large lots, with some items being vintage and others not.

We sort through the items and choose the vintage goodies we want to put in our vintage store, and then the ones that aren't vintage or if they aren't the type of item we usually sell, we set aside for a great yard sale like this!

Yard Sale Deets:
When: Saturday May 20, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Where: 139 Central Street and locations all over Leominster (see map below)
Why: It's a yard sale lover's dream! Good stuff cheap!
Click to enlarge

DVDs for a dollar! Whoa Jaws!

VHS for a dollar. Classics!

Fun earrings!

Plenty of home items like these glasses

Tons of tees for a dollar

Mens and women's clothing for a dollar
Reader glasses and sunglasses, for 50 cents!
We'll have more items than are shown so we hope to see you Saturday! Come early!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Light the Town Purple! Cancer Awareness Event Leominster

Michelle and I were so proud to win the contest for the best store front display for Leominster's Light the Town Purple Event on Thursday, May 11. This event is in support of the Greater Gardner Relay for Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society. It was also a reminder for all of us to get cancer screenings early.

Offbeat Avenue was one of many local businesses that decorated their store front window in purple to show our support!

Watch our interview with Mayor Dean Mazzarella here:

Light the Town Purple: With Song!

It was a cool but very sunny evening when the event started at the steps of Leominster City Hall. The purple fire engine pulled up, along with the purple-adorned trolley full of the Fallbrook School Songbirds, who wowed us with their singing performances that evening.




It was the perfect spring evening.

A few of the songbirds before the performance 

The audience fills up the front steps at City Hall.

The Songbirds get ready for their performance

Through the Japanese elm we had perfect seats to view the Songbirds

A moving speech from cancer survivor Sandy with Mayor Dean Mazzarella.
It was a wonderful event! Thanks to the city of Leominster, the Mayor, and his amazing staff!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

How To Use Your Hollywood Fashion Clip



Look what we just unearthed,

SO FUN! 

Absolutely love these illustrations so we thought we would share the brochure with you....
...maybe you own one of these and have no idea what to do with it...now you can wear it!


It is a tri-fold brochure, though there is no date, the mod fashion and hair-dos dates it from the late 60's - early 70's.

Let's dive in! Here is the first section ~

"for an elegant head style"
"Follow the exact instructions for a Glamour bow using a 36" square scarf."


This is so pretty! She looks like a flower with this style!
And, everyone needs an elegant head style...

"utilize your smoke ring scarf"
"For an Ascot - Pull Just The Tip of the smoke ring scarf through the ring and close the clip. Form the style by spreading the tip of the Scarf."
"For a Collar -  Pull All The Material through the ring. Bring the clip to either side and close it on your neckline."

I don't know what a "smoke ring scarf" is, but this woman's hair faintly resembles my Grandmother's.



"western style"
"Fold your square scarf into a triangle and push the ends down through the ring. Bring the clip to either side of your neckline and secure it in position with the anchor pin."

While I love her pixie hairstyle, this scarf style looks like she is going to fly away. 
And, by the way, why do some of these women not have noses?

"add a flattering collar to your wardrobe"
"Use any size scarf. Push the open edges under your neckline and fold the scarf over to form a collar. Clip to your neckline or use the anchor pin in any location"

This sounds like a lot of work.

Next, the pamphlet opens up fully to display the directions (and more women without noses).




Close up of upper left side 


And the bottom, Your "basic ascot" 

All of these women look like they are coming to your home to sell Avon or Tupperware, don't they?

And now, for step by step, illustrated instructions:

"How you can create lovely scarf styles
Easy to follow illustrations for a Dickey bow with a long scarf folded in half or a square scarf folded into a triangle"

Hmmm... the finished woman on the right looks like she's about ready to serve you a cocktail in coach.

"make a Glamour bow with your Hollywood scarf clip and a square scarf folded in half"
I actually like figure 2 better than figure 3....figure 2 looks like a cute little Peter Pan collar...figure 3 looks like her head is wrapped like a present.

Finally, the back page ~



"Instead of buying expensive scarf hats, you can now create your own."

What it should say is "Go from Playboy bunny to Rhoda in 2 easy steps!"

And now, for the Ron Popeil/Billy Mays moment...

"But wait!!!"

"With a chain your Hollywood Fashion Clip becomes a Pendant, a Bracelet, or a Chatelaine."
"You'll find your Hollywood Fashion Clip to be the most versatile accessory in your wardrobe."

No doubt, no doubt.

*****

Now, while we do not currently have one of these in the shop, we do have LOADS of scarves!

Here are some in our Etsy shop along with some pretty Spring hankies and pins to use on them.

There are lots more in the Leominster boutique, stop by and see us :)

Scarves are such an easy and inexpensive way to add a pop of color to your wardrobe! 
We hope this has inspired you to wear them in different ways.