Getting the Cork Out When Stuck Inside Your Salt or Pepper Shaker

Vintage Anthropomorphic PY Blue Bird Salt and Pepper Shakers

Vintage Anthropomorphic PY Blue Bird Salt and Pepper Shakers

This a tip for all you salt and pepper shaker collectors for getting the stopper out that ended up inside your shaker. Usually you will have this problem with vintage cork stoppers as they tend to dry out and get brittle and if you fiddle with it…inside it goes.  Here is a picture of my latest shaker addition; it is a vintage Blue bird made by PY Japan and darn it, the cork stopper is inside. I take a sturdy toothpick and very carefully insert it into a sturdy area in the cork and slowly but surely with some light coxing out comes the stopper!! I find the toothpick is solid and strong enough but not too strong that it will break the cork as the last thing you want is your cork coming out in multiple crumbled bits and pieces.  It might take you a few tries with the toothpick but be gentle and go about slowly and you will be so relieved when that cork is pulled out . Once the old cork is out, you can clean it or replace it with a better fitting stopper. Hope this tip is helpful to you!!Cork Stuck Inside Shaker

Cork Stuck Inside Shaker

 

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Say Cheese! Vintage Valentine Cards

Where is the time going? It was just Christmas, then New Years, and now it will be Valentines Day. How sweet are these vintage Valentines? These are all camera / photography themed. A while back I did a post about all the cute vintage anthropomorphic Valentine cards and this year I came across these adorable cards of little cuties taking pictures. March will be here soon too and I am super excited as I will be heading up to Portland, Oregon for the Christine Palmer antiques and collectibles show where there will be 1,000 booths. I usually attend this show in July for the summer show and once in October for the Christmas show but this will be my first Spring show and I am really looking forward to it. I usually go to the show with my twin sister and we have the best time. I can’t wait to see what treasures we find. As has become my ‘norm’ I will be live tweeting and doing Vine video posts and fingers crossed the internet connection is better than it was at the summer show so please stay tuned, lots of great footage to come.

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Collecting Mid-Century Modern Spaghetti Poodle Dogs

Vintage 1950s Blue Mid-Century Spaghetti Poodle Dog w/ Glasses and Rhinestones Figurine

I have always been drawn to the vintage 1950 – 1960 poodle dog figurines and collectibles. The spaghetti poodles ALWAYS catch my eye when I am at flea markets, antique malls, and junk shops. I am amazed at the wide variety of poodle collectibles on the market today and we of course have the fabulous 1950s to thank for all the poodles on the market today. I am a Bichon Frise dog lover and proud owner of Luna – our 3-year-old Bichon but those cute poodles, I can’t stay away from them!

Poodle dogs have been portrayed and modeled into figurines and paintings since the early 1920s and in the 1950s poodles were at their peek of popularity. Nearly all poodles figurines and collectibles were made in Japan (as was nearly everything else) and manufacturers such as Lefton, Napco, Napcoware, Replo, Kreiss, Thames Company, Reubens, Shafford, Holt Howard, Vcagco, Ucagco, Arnart, Bradley, Artmark, Ries, Lipper and Mann, Commodor, Relco, Inarco, and Tilso to name a few, were all producing some type of Poodle collectible and Poodle ware from vanity items, to chained figures featuring mamma dog and puppies to parasol ladies with their poodle pooches. Poodles were depicted to look like mans best friend, silly poses, goofy faces, wearing sunglasses, and in playful poses and even with bees and flies on their noses. CUTE!

Spaghetti Poodles:

Spaghetti Poodles were made from clay, porcelain, and ceramic and their “hair” was applied in various ways to form various textures to mimic an actual poodle’s hair do. To accomplish the spaghetti look decorators and designers would have different techniques like using tea strainers and pushing the material through it to form strands that were then affixed to the poodle giving it a pom-pom look or swirled onto to the poodle for a curly look. Spaghetti is very fragile and tends to break or chip during the years and I am AMAZED at the many spaghetti poodles I come across that after 50 or 60 years old and still retain nearly all their spaghetti! These poodles were certainly loved and preserved to keep them in this type of fabulous condition. Many poodles also have applied on them sparkly rhinestones for the poodle’s eyes and rhinestones were also applied to the poodle’s dog collar. Pearls and ceramic/porcelain florals were also added to many poodles for decorations on their heads, hats and various parts of body to mimic pom-poms.

Vintage Napco Pink Spaghetti Poodles

Vintage Napco Pink Spaghetti Poodles

Today’s Poodle Market
Poodles are highly sought after and collectible today. Seems everywhere one looks we are returning to the nostalgia of yester year in some ways. Prices for  poodles will vary depending on the region you are located but average pricing for figurines and such are around $29.00 – $75.00 and go up from their depending on the rarity and maker of the item along with size and condition.

I think that currently eBay is the best place to buy your poodle collectibles right now as you will find a vast selection and prices are unbeatable when you can pick up rare poodles for $8.99 and at prices this low it makes starting or adding to a collection possible even in this tough economy. 

Vintage Lefton Tall Neck Pink Poodle Dogs Salt and Pepper Shakers

When you are out searching for your poodle collectibles be sure to give the item(s) a thorough once-over by making sure rhinestones are all intact, spaghetti is intact, paint is not too worn, chained groups are still chained together with their original chains and items that have parasols still retain their parasols.

Oodles of Poodles to Collect:
Poodle dog figurines, poodle dog salt and pepper shakers, poodle dog themed dinnerware and coffee mugs, poodle dog planters, poodle dog candle holders, poodle dog coin banks, poodle dog brooches and pins and jewelry, poodle dog ashtrays, poodle dog scarf, poodle dog embroidered linens like tablecloths and tea towels, poodle dog bells, poodle dog lamps, poodle skirts, poodle dog pincushions, poodle dog greeting cards, poodle dog vanity trash cans, poodle dog lipstick holders, poodle dog wrapping paper, poodle dog aprons, poodle dog plush toys and more as there are also a slew of Christmas Holiday themed Poodle Dog Figurines and Collectibles too!

Vintage Lefton Pink Poodle Chef Jam Jelly Jar 1950s

Vintage 1950s DeForest of California Poodle Dog Wall Plaques

 

Vintage 1950s Pink Spaghetti Poodle Dog w/ Glasses and Rhinestones Figurine

You can find all these adorable Poodles and more in our stores – Etsy/crazy4me and Ebay/crazy4Me

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Vintage Christmas Cuties, Bottlebrush Trees, Candy Cane Pixie

Vintage Bottle Brush Christmas Tree Shinybrite Ornaments

As we all prep for Santa’s visit in the next 24hrs I wanted to post up a couple of my favorite finds this year. We didn’t get out nearly as much as in years past, not many visits to the antique malls or thrift stores. Dealing with the loss of a beloved family member at Christmas time has been very difficult; she really loved Christmas and always decorated and even collected Christmas and her favorite were the Snowmen. Finding vintage snowmen has not been easy!! Thames Japan made some vintage snowmen and snow lady figurines back in the 50s-60s but I haven’t seen any this year. I did manage to add this adorable vintage Norcrest pixie angel girl on candy cane skis to my collection as well as this over-the-top bottle brush tree, created by a seller in Texas who only lists her trees on Ebay during the holidays. I love the vintage tinsel wreath and diorama along with all these vintage outdoor Santa decorations, no, I didn’t get any of these outdoor Santa’s or the wreath but I spotted them this year and really liked them. To return to a simpler time!! Take me to yesteryear!! Wishing you all a safe and wonderful Christmas, hoping you get to enjoy your time with your family and friends!!

 

Vintage Norcrest Angel Candy Cane Skater

Vintage Christmas Tinsel Wreath

Vintage Blowmold Santas

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Dreaming of a Mid-Century Modern Christmas

Mid-Century Modern Christmas December 2014 has been a very difficult month. My mother-in-law passed away and we are not feeling that ‘holiday cheer’ this year. We spent the last couple weeks at her house clearing things out etc. The house was built in 1964 and has those iconic Mid-Century starburst details, period lighting fixtures, authentic Mid-Century kitchen and that fabulously pink bathroom. Mom loved Christmas, and she always decorated and made the best holiday treats. We will miss mom very much!!

Here’s an ode to a Mid-Century Modern Christmas;  pics from Pinterest.

Mid-Century Modern Christmas

Mid-Century Modern Christmas Tinsel Tree

Mid-Century Modern Christmas

Mid-Century Modern Christmas Tree

Mid-Century Modern Christmas Pink

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Black Friday at the Antique Mall

Vintage Christmas Trees

Okay, so it wasn’t the typical Black Friday where you wait in line with 200 other people in the dark and cold hoping to be one of the lucky ones that score that TV. Rather, it was more of a Holiday Open House at the Antique Society in Sebastopol, CA in wine country where many booths have great sales and lots of holiday items. We arrived around 10:30am there were so many cars, finding parking was not easy. What surprised me most was that there were several dealers pulling in with their carts and bins full of items to set out in their booths; shouldn’t they have done that a couple days earlier? Apparently the Holiday Open House happens every year on Black Friday.

Antique Society Holiday Open House

vintage aluminum Christmas tree

Vintage Primitive Christmas

Vintage Primitive Christmas Display

Vintage Outdoor Christmas Display

Once inside, the mall was packed with eager shoppers. There was a lovely setup of holiday treats and goodies that attracted many. Shoppers in all the booths and actually shopping!! It was great see that folks were buying up all the vintage kitchen canisters, jadeite, painting frames, glass and lovely antique lamps along with vintage Christmas ornaments and decorations.  The mall was nicely decorated. Lots of vintage tinsel and aluminum Christmas trees and ornaments. Some booths were event decorated to resemble a primitive or prairie holiday.

Vintage Mercury Beads for Christmas

We left with a great selection of vintage mercury glass beads and garlands. I am hoping to use these mercury beads and garlands on some vintage bottle brush tree creations and ornament wreaths and putz houses. More to come on these projects!!

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

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