Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Vintage Thingies Thursday!

I can't believe it's Thursday again already! I'm so glad...I've been waiting for almost a week to share with you my great finds. I dragged D antiquing this weekend. I didn't realize that in downtown Renton we have some amazing antique stores! Some are stuffy and the second you walk in you want to walk out because it just smells expensive. The first place we went to, we hit the jackpot. I bought 8 books (some more than 100 years old!) for less than $50. I posted about books last week, so this week we'll steer in a different direction.

I do, however, want to introduce you to Harry. I found him in a bin marked "Free with purchase" at the first antique stop. Not only was he in a bin marked "Free", his forehead was also marked "Free". Guess they really wanted to get rid of him. I'm going to try to get the remnants of permanent marker off his forehead. Any ideas? I think he's terrific, if not a little freaky-looking.

**here I am at 11pm recreating this blog because Blogger decided to erase my entire post when I tried to edit the published version. excuse me while I bash my head against a wall.**

Okay, I'm back. Thanks for waiting.
We have an entertainment room that is decorated with copies of artwork by a Northwest artist named Paul Lanquist (you can read more about him and see his work if you follow the link. You'll be glad you did!). They look like scenes from 1950s postcards sent from tourists hitting all the "hot spots" along Hwy 101 and around the Pacific Northwest. I love them. We found the photos and based the room around them. I haven't done much with the room yet, but I found the following maps at a great antique store we went to this weekend and I'm going to frame the maps and hang them in the room down there. I love the idea of a vintage travel room. I hope to keep collecting vintage travel items! I'll leave you with pictures of the maps. The one that cracks me up the most is the one that says about the Las Vegas convention center "So far ahead it will always be new". I wonder if it's still standing... I'll be in Vegas next week, maybe I'll check! :)

MAP 1 : Western U.S.
MAP 2 : Oregon

MAP 3 : Vegas (circa 1960)




I hope you enjoyed my maps! Next week I'll post my new old finds - the books! I have an old copy of Bambi and an old copy of Little Women that I can't wait to show you!

22 comments commented:

Beth Ann said...

OH! I love those! I love the Vegas one esp! What a great find!!!!
And I love Larry!

Beth Ann said...

Arrgghh! It's Harry, and I cant change my comment! Sorry! LOL
PS- the phone numbers are too cool on the maps!

Amy said...

What great finds! To get marker pen off Harry try using toothpaste, it worked on my furniture so it should work on him :-)

Coloradolady said...

I so love the vegas map. I think I have a vintage Colorado map, the art work is really great on these old maps. Thanks for sharing.

Jennifer said...

That is a great decorating theme! I love those maps!

eileen said...

Don't you hate that when they write on things with marker. I've never really figured out a good way to get it off. Hope you are successful with Harry. He's pretty cool.

Holly said...

SUCH GREAT FINDS!!! As far as trying to get the marker off, try hairspray, and if that doesn't work maybe a gentle nail polish remover.

Threeundertwo said...

Oh my gosh - Las Vegas was nearly empty back then. Love those maps.

Harry is freaking me out a little bit though.

ellen b said...

Oh what fun. All these items brought back an era I enjoyed as a kid. Our first phone number was Oxford something. So OX and some numbers...

Charlotte said...

I like Harry. I'm amazed he was free. The old maps remind me of the ones we used in the old days.

Stephanie said...

Great maps, and I like the travel idea for your entertainment room. You need some old suitcases stacked in a corner to keep with the theme. You could use them to store board games or dvd's.

sista #2 said...

Love love love Harry!!!!
And the fact he was free is even better!

The maps are awesome.

peace
#2

Elizabeth said...

I am a geography teacher, so I love the old maps! That Harry creeps me out, though, sorry!
Try nail polish remover that contains acetone, or a Mr. Clean magic eraser on his forehead.

Liz said...

Those maps are incredible! How fabulous!

Glamorous Life of a House Wife said...

Wow, you did get some great finds. That's awesome. :)

Patty said...

I love those maps! You could try an alcohol pad on Harry. That might work.

The Apron Queen said...

I think the "Free" on his head adds character! :)

Rebecca Ramsey said...

My hubby LOVES to collect old maps! They are always avalanching on me whenever I open the coat closet!
One of these days I will frame some of them. Yours are really cool art!

And good luck getting the FREE tattoo of Harry's forehead. Have you tried nail polish remover?
Becky

Jewelgirl said...

Cool Maps! Yep shows how time has
changed life. Blogger zapped you?
I think one of my posts got zapped too! :)

Debbie said...

Harry is so cool and I know he will make such a nice conversation piece. I don't have any ideas on removing that ink though. Like the old maps, they're so cool!

Heather said...

Very cool things you found! Try some rubbing alcohol on a q-tip to remove the ink from Harry's head.

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Glamorous Life of a House Wife said...

Um... you need to update!!!