Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight: CrookedJoesAntiques

This week’s Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight is CrookedJoesAntiques that’s run by Ted and Vanessa Osborn.

Vanessa says that 19 years ago her husband asked her when she was going to stop dragging old stuff home (he asked her this as he was dragging old stuff home). Her reply was that she would probably always be dragging old stuff home. Subsequently, the two opened an antique store.

Books and glassware were Vanessa’s early passions, but of course that expanded. The two deal in everything; books, glassware, primitives, automotive, jewelry, sports collectibles and they love everything metal.

Crooked Joe’s is a combination of both of their tastes so you will find feminine and manly and everything in between.

One item is this cool cigarette dispenser.

dispenser

A company named Kindel and Graham from Mission Street in San Francisco produced these wood cigarette dispensers in the 1920’s.  You can see this in their shop here.  Another item you can find in the CrookedJoesAntiques shop is this cool egg separator.

seperator

The lime green separator dates to the 1960’s, and I love the little lip on the end so you can safely set it on the edge of a bowl.  You can see this in their shop here.

As a matter of fact, you can check out everything in the CrookedJoesAntiques shop here.  Head on over and check them out!

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Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight: SecondHandNews

This week’s Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight is SecondHandNews that’s run by Michelle.

Michelle absolutely loves Shabby Chic and Country Cottage decor; particularly that which includes Robin’s Egg Blue, Pink or Barnwood Red – some of her favorite colors. Her work consists of primarily reworked pieces that she’s painted, distressed and transformed in some way.

Michelle also has an obsession with Vintage things whether it be home decor items or books. She’s always up for a trip to the Flea Market or an Estate Sale and loves to share her beautiful finds with all of you.

One of these great finds is this cool mustard tin.

Coleman's mustard

This tin is for Colman’s Mustard, and it dates to the 1970’s.  It still contains mustard, although I wouldn’t recommend using it.  You can see this great tin in their shop here.

Another great item in the SecondHandNews shop is this great wire memo board.

memo board

This great shabby cottage chic chicken wire memo board is made from a distressed picture frame and chicken wire, and I love the polymer clay rose applique attached to the top.

You can see this great item in the SecondHandNews shop here.

As a matter of fact, you can check out everything in the SecondHandNews shop here.  Head on over and check them out!

Here’s some fun facts about PEZ dispensers

One of the things that I remember having around during my childhood is a PEZ dispenser.  The Hulk, Garfield and even Spiderman were some of the dispensers that I had, and nothing could beat that cherry flavored candy.

PEZ candy was first produced in Vienna, Austria in 1927.  The candy was first advertised as a compressed peppermint sweet, and PEZ is actually an abbreviation for PfeffErminZ (that’s German for peppermint).  These candies came in a tin that looks like what Altoids come in today.

When the dispensers came about, they were not always called that.  They were called “regulars”, and they looked a lot like a cigarette lighter.  They dispensed an adult breath mint that were marketed as an alternative to smoking.

When 1955 rolled around, the dispensers started to have character heads on them, and this happened after PEZ was introduced in the United States.  One example of these character heads is this POLICEMAN dispenser.

pez man

As you can see, the dispenser should have a police hat on it, but has been lost over time.  Over the years, PEZ has made dispensers with and without feet.

pez feet

As you can tell from the picture above this great example has no feet, and the dispenser date to 1968.

What kind of PEZ dispensers have you had?

Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight: BumpedandBruised

This week’s Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight is BumpedandBruised that’s run by Mallory Knox.

Mallory Knox loves to sell perfectly imperfect vintage in her shop called bumpedandbruised.  She like misfits with flaws, loner salt and pepper shakers, chippy ceramics and snagged linens….

She says that everything has a story, and she likes that story to be told over and over again.

One of these great items that’s in her shop is this great Graniteware Set.

graniteware set

This great set is was made by General Steel Wares (also known as GSW).  The set features a 1/2 gallon and 1 pint sizes, and they date to the 1920’s.  The set can be seen in the bumpedandbruised shop here.

Another great item in Mallory’s shop is this fun bowl (or even a candy dish).

candy dish

This rare curling stone bowl or candy dish was made by Blue Mountain Pottery in the 1970’s.  I love the handle on the lid, and you can see this great item in Mallory’s shop here.

As a matter of fact, you can check out everything in the bumpedandbruised shop here.

Head on over and check them out!

Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight: LaKimonoya

This week’s Etsy Vintage Team Store Highlight is LaKimonoya that’s run by Isabelle.

The first time Isabelle came to Japan, she fell in love with the local flea markets, kimonos, haoris, kakemonos.  She loves Japanese vintage items, their uniqueness in color, touch and designs.  Isabelle has lived in Japan for few years now and feels very lucky that enjoying those became a part of their daily life!

One of the items in the LaKimonoya shop is this terrific Japanese long Kimono.

japanese long Kimono, wine red leaf pattern

I love the wine red leaf pattern that is on it, and you can see this terrific item in their shop here.  Another great item in the LaKimonoya shop is this great Lacquered Wood Lunch Box.

Jubako Lacquered Wood Lunch Box

This great 1970’s lacquered wood lunch box was originally aimed for festive food presentation (something like New Year’s celebrations or even for a wedding).  It could also be great storing little treasures, and you can see it in their shop here.

As a matter of fact, you can check out everything in the LaKimonoya shop here.  Head on over and check them out!

The boys of summer…in 1956?

The 1956 TOPPS baseball cards have been a favorite of mine for many years now.  There are quite a few of players that you can find in this set—Jackie Robinson and Al Rosen are just two of them.

1956 topps

When TOPPS came on the sports cards scene in the early 1950’s, they competed with another company named BOWMAN.

When 1956 rolled around, TOPPS bought out BOWMAN.  The wonderful thing that happened for the collectors was that all of the players were featured in just one set.  In the years before 1956, you could only find certain players on BOWMAN cards, while other players were just on TOPPS cards.

Collectors today also look for varieties in the set.  Two of the more famous verities deal the back of the cards with one being called “white back” (this is a white or cream color) and the other is called the “gray back” (this has more of a gray color).

A word of advice though—these cards are a little larger than today’s cards.  Be careful if you want to put these in pages for a three-ring binder (the cards won’t fit).  You may have to buy some pages for these to fit in.

You can see all of the 1956 TOPPS baseball cards that the Etsy Vintage Team has for sale here.

You can also see the card that is featured above in the Wisdom Lane Antiques Etsy shop here.  Have you ever run into these cards?