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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Happy Octoberween: Vintage Halloween Collectibles

Happy October 3rd dear friends! Okay, I know it's weird to be wishing you a happy October 3rd, but Derek have been busy with Halloween decorating insanity. I started on the evening of September 30th, as I packed away our "creepy" everyday decor to make way for all the pumpkins, banners, decorative figures, garland and other pieces that we deemed Halloween decor. 

Halloween Kitsch-en collectibles

October is the perfect time to talk about Halloween collectibles, especially my favorite type; vintage. I am not dismissing modern Halloween, I love it all, but I have a special place in my heart for blow molds, ceramic planters, chalkware, etc. So, come along with me and let's explore and maybe this may  help you spot some vintage treasures along your way!

Blow Molds

The cat with the pumpkin is probably one of the more common vintage Halloween blow molds that you will find floating around (you can see ours on one of our Kitsch-en shelves) at antique shops, garage sales, estate sales, etc. Mine isn't marked, but the companies that made the many sought after designs are; Union Products, Empire and General Foam Plastic Corp, etc. Don't be fooled by sellers who want crazy prices for this particular mold (that I have pictured up above), I wouldn't pay any more than $15 unless the little light and cord is included and the piece is in like-new condition. A lot of times the molds are faded or cracked, but still would make a nice display piece without lighting them up. 

Part of this year's decor, there is a mix of vintage and modern molds.

Vintage Planters

I would LOVE to own this Relpo planter. Too cute!

Planters were really popular home decor items in the 1950s & 1960s and were made for every holiday under the sun, but (in my opinion) the Halloween ones are the best! I have a few displayed on a high shelf above our windows and cherish their rarity and their whimsical designs. The most collectible and sought after pieces are made by Relpo and Lefton, yet if you see one that you love, just nab it! The only reason why I know about all this stuff is by turning over the pieces and looking at the markings and then researching the companies. I'm sorta a dork like that. Hehehe!!!!

Our planters were found at flea markets and thrift stores. You never know where you may find them!

Gurley Candles

Our witch has the original label on the bottom with a .59 cent price. Crazy!

This one mildly cracks me up because the Gurley Candle Company is based in my town of Buffalo, NY and I grew up with my Mother owning a bunch of their candles. If I would have known that I would be collecting all this Halloween shenannigans, I would have not let me Mother sell all the candles at a garage sale. Ha! I love all these candles, but refuse to pay the high prices that some sellers want, I just wait until I come across them organically. While writing this and doing a little research about Gurley candle's, it turns out the Vermont Country Store bought the molds and does some reproductions!

Noise Makers, Paper Decorations & Other Party Supplies

Photo from Pinterest. Look at their majesty!

In my mind, the party supplies are what hardcore crazy vintage Halloween people collect. You have to be a little bit nuts to spent time and money looking for relics such as; noise makers, paper decorations, cake toppers, candy containers, etc. These items were used for parties and often were discarded as one time use party items or were stored in a basement or attic to rot. I want it all, but I don't kid myself as the prices for of these items are high and it's due to their rarity. Sigh...... BUT, have no fear as the Beistle Company is reproducing their vintage designs (they have been around since 1900) and you and I can own some of these beautiful pieces! Yippppie!!!!!!

Our noise makers and a one of the candy containers we own 

I'm not an expert by any means, yet it's fun to get excited and share knowledge. I'm always learning and will always enjoy seeing other people's collections, decor items and decorating ideas. Happy Spook-tober everyone!!!!!

Thank you for reading, until next time!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Why Haven't I Purchased a Tank Dress Until Now?!

If you've been following my blog for any length of time, you may notice that I don't wear a lot of fitted clothing (other than leggings, etc.), so the idea of wearing a tank dress sorta terrified me. Then I got to thinking (and a friend of mine also mentioned she does this) of styling sweaters OVER the dress. 

I started to enjoy wearing chunky pull over sweaters that I find while thrifting, but was having a little issue styling them with the right bottoms. Now that I have the tank dress, I don't have to worry about tucking under layers into my skirts or feeling all bunched up or feeling a draft from the sweater being too short for the pants I'm wearing. Hey, I'm cold and I hate feeling back drafts. Hahahaha!

I also think I gravitated towards this one in particular was the length and the material. It's a stretch cotton blend that has great movement and isn't too clingy. Basically it's a reallllllllllllly long comfy tank top. Not only a great basic, I feel it will become a wardrobe staple.

I get excited when a wardrobe dilemma gets solved and it opens a whole new way of mixin' n' matchin'. The older I get, my wardrobe has become more curated and this way it makes dressing not only fun, but easy. I like reaching into my 'black vortex'  *cough (closet ) couch* and pulling out looks that make me feel good. Everyone should wear what they love!

Do you have any tank dresses? How do you style them?

Thank you for reading, until next time!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Glad To Be Back in My "Uniform"

I'm a 'weather watcher' when it comes to checking the weather in order to determine how to dress, because in Buffalo it can go from 80+ degrees (Sunday-Wednesday) to 65 degrees (Thursday) and then waking up to 47 degrees on Friday. So yeah, I gotta check to make sure I won't sweat my face off or freeze my buns off. Hahahaha!!!!!

I was so excited about the cooler weather that I jokingly said, "Which black sweater should I wear today?!". Seeing as I haven't rotated my closet yet, I choose the long sweater (H&M) that I throw over most things. I loooooooooove over size long sweaters or my 'old lady/man sweaters' that I so lovingly dubbed them. I think my over size sweater obsession started with stealing my Dad's burgundy cardigan while in mid school and claiming it for my own.  (BTW-the 90s are back in full force. Over size sweaters galore!)

I called this post, "Glad To Be Back in My Uniform", as I feel so cozy and comfortable in a; button up shirt, leggings or fitted pants, silver jewelry combo and topped off with boots or creepers. Default mode is happy mode! Hahahaha!!! PS- My new TUK loafer creepers are AMAZING!

Oh yeah, over size sweaters make for great bat poses. Weeee!

Do you have a "uniform" type outfit that makes you feel the most comfortable?

Thank you for reading, until next time!

Weekend Getaway: Davide's Tropical Paradise

Okay, so sorry for the delay about our getaway weekend in Cleveland earlier this month. My parents had been staying with us (up from Florida, their house is OK, etc.) and it's been hectic and my mind has been in a fog. BUT, now that things are back to "normal" I can share some of our silliness.

So, I had seen some Instagram photos that my friend Shannon had posted about this amazingly kitschy AirBnB, which turned out to be Davide's Tropical Paradise. Once I told Derek about this little slice of paradise in Cleveland, Ohio, we knew we had to book a weekend! Turns out Adam Ant was performing so, a concert + Tikitastic fun=OH YES!!!!!

I hate feet, lol!

We loaded up our suitcases with our tropical garb as we wanted to take full advantage of the bar and the decor in the kitchen/eating area. I *may* have had a little hangover the next day due to me imbibing more than normal. Oh well, worth it! 

Derek the bartender

The rest of the apartment is decorated with different themes, which you can see on their website. My descriptions (I should have taken more photos) of the decor will not do it justice. This will be the only place we will stay when we visit Cleveland, we felt soooo at home. Hahahaha!

I love going to Cleveland area, we get to visit some of our favorite vintage shops, eat some tasty food and visit Tiki bars. In fact, there is a new Tiki bar in the Akron, Ohio area called Tiki Underground, which we visited first thing before heading to the AirBnB on that Friday.

The outside and area are interesting, very odd spot for a Tiki bar. It didn't even look open when we arrived.

Bar area has a lot of cool mugs and decor. The owner was super nice and inviting. I have to admit the cocktail menu hanging on a little flip stand was different and bit odd.

Tons of Witco! I love these chairs!

Witco Vulture(?) on a Witco table.

Tiki Underground has not even been open a year and I wish the owners all the luck in the world! I think they have some things they still need to figure out, but I hope they grow in popularity and I hope travelers (like us) visit this interesting place.

Thank you for reading, until next time!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Weekend Getaway: Adam Ant

This past weekend Derek and I took a weekend get-a-way to Cleveland, Ohio for some kitsch-tastic fun at Davide's Tropical Paradise (more about that in another blog), but mostly to see Adam Ant!

Derek is a huge fan and being the super fan that I am, I suggested we got dressed up for the show in our best Adam Ant-esque fashions. Turns out we both opted to wear clothing* that doesn't get much wear, but certainly got a lot of compliments and attention....very flattering! The funniest part for me was when we went to have a drink at Porco (Tiki lounge) before the show and got asked so many questions about our outfits. "Do you always dress this way?!!?!?!!?" and people forced hugs on me. I guess we made them happy...or they were just drunk. LOL! Needless to say I ordered a Navy Grog  as I was in a pirate-y state of mind. Mmmmmm!

*Derek's coat and shirt are by Shrine Clothing *My dress is by Shawna Hofmann, hat is from a costume store

Adam Ant was fabulous, the crowd was fabulous and we dance and sang our hearts out. I have to say, Adam looks very sexy in his leather pants. Me-OW!!!!!

Thank you for reading, until next time!