Newly Listed – Bundt Pans and Barware

Doesn't your bar need one of these trays?  We finally got the Orange Bird tray listed!

Doesn’t your bar need one of these trays? We finally got the Orange Bird tray listed!

Wow, the summer is racing by!  We’ve been busy buying and cleaning and sorting and stocking – as well as selling!  A special thanks to everyone who has ordered from us in the last month.  I just added lots of new goodies to our Etsy shop – we’ve got some great bar and serving trays as well as some beautiful bundt pans in an assortment of colors.  We always do a lot of one tank trips during the summer months, and we promise to stop at every hole-in-the-wall Pennsylvanian antique shop and garage sale to bring you the best retro goodies.  Meanwhile, when we’re not polishing Shasta parts, we’ll keep listing new items.  I’ve got a bunch of darling swim suits and lots of Aloha shirts and dresses… and 1950s floral frocks… and 1960s psychedelic party dresses… oh goodness, what don’t we have?

We’ve started previewing items on our Instagram feed, so if you want first dibs on Pyrex and other goodies, find us over on Insta.  We’re really enjoying the community over there.

I can't even look at these without wanting cake.  Candy colored cake.

I can’t even look at these without wanting cake. Candy colored cake.

If you’re local, we’ll be back at the Allegheny Kiski Valley Historical Society FleaTique on July 20th at Tour-Ed Mine in Tarentum, PA – let’s hope it’ll be less muddy this time around.  See you there!

Retro Recipes: Sour Milk Pancakes

Mmmm... Sour Milk.

Mmmm… Sour Milk.

I love getting new recipes – who doesn’t?  Sometimes the best new recipes are old recipes.  It seems that whenever I pick up a recipe box or vintage cookbook, there is one page that is dog-eared and covered with flour – you can tell that the cook had come back to that one again and again.  In my last Retro Recipes post I featured ‘White Sauce’, which was certainly the go-to recipe from that collection!

This time I want to feature what appears to be another go-to recipe, Sour Milk Pancakes.  Recently we were at an older home, pawing through the cupboards, and found two recipe cards taped to the inside of the cupboard door – Sour Milk Pancakes and Biscuits Supreme.  I already have a go-to biscuit recipe for Cat Head Biscuits, rumored to be the kind preferred by Elvis.  You guessed it, they’re the size of a cat’s head.  So, Sour Milk Pancakes it is!  There’s nothing like breakfast for dinner.

Go-to recipes are used frequently for a reason – usually, it’s because they are easy!  This recipe is for a super easy buttermilk batter, and they didn’t bother to include any more instructions than that.  Thankfully, I know how to make pancakes.  The batter was really thick and didn’t spread in the hot pan, so these were a bit oddly shaped – but they still turned out to be pretty delicious!  I don’t usually use buttermilk in my pancakes, but these were good.  I can see why they got taped to the inside of the cupboard door.

A little misshapen - but tasty!

A little misshapen – but tasty!

Try them yourself and taste the past!  If I made them again, I would add blueberries.  And re-name them Buttermilk Pancakes.  It just sounds better, don’t you think?

 

Sour Milk Pancakes

Batter: –

1 t. baking soda
2 cups buttermilk
2 eggs, beaten
1 t. sugar, pinch of salt
2 cups sifted flour
1 T. melted butter
1 ttt. baking powder. *

Dissolve soda in buttermilk.  Stir in eggs.  Add sugar and salt.  Beat in flour a little at atime.  Add butter and baking powder.

*I believe they meant 1 teaspoon?  A mystery.  A delicious mystery.

It Hasta Be Shasta

The excitement on my face is real.

The excitement on my face is real.

We want to take a moment to talk about our other project – we’re restoring our 1972 Shasta 1400 this summer, and blogging about it here.  We’re really enjoying it, and are looking forward to a long summer on the farm full of nuts and bolts and butyl tape.  If you’re into that sort of thing, check it out!  Meanwhile, we’ll keep posting items to the shop.  Coming up – an assortment of barware and summer clothing.

Newly Listed – Typewriters and Kitchenware

typewriters

Great colors!

We’ve been busy listing things in the shop this past week – check out these beautiful typewriters!  We also posted a lot of lovely pink and aqua kitchenware. We are taking a vacation from the shop for the next week – we’ll be out working on our 1972 Shasta 1400 travel trailer. You can still check out in our Etsy shop but our next shipping date will be June 3.  If you’re interested in the Shasta restoration, check out our other blog!

Flea Market Season is Here!

Obligatory selfie!

Obligatory selfie!

We had a great time at the Flea-Tique yesterday – we met lots of friendly people, sold some furniture, and hardly got sunburned at all!  We’ll be back to posting some great  in our shop soon – we’re still unpacking and repacking our goodies from the flea.  Coming up in the Etsy shop we’ll have typewriters, aqua and pink kitchen items, curtains, bathing suits, sunglasses, and eyeglass frames – everything you need for summer and more!

Shop Spotlight: Hotel Ashtrays

Hey, it’s Arlo again, back with more great stuff from the Polyverse. I love finding ashtrays of all kinds, whether it’s a plaster psychedelic mushroom or classy Art Deco aluminum from Kensington, but some of my favorite  ashtrays are from midcentury hotels.

Townhouse Midcentury Ashtray

Great font!

These are from the golden age of car travel, right about the time Holiday Inn was setting the standard for hotel chains, and interstate highways opened up the country for vacation exploration.

Smoking was much more popular then, and you could expect to find a unique ashtray in your room wherever you went. A lot of people decided these were complimentary souvenirs, which is fine by me, because that’s why they’re still around today to be enjoyed.

Top o' the Morn Midcentury Ashtray

Looks like 8:00 is the top o’ the morn in Hyannis.

These ashtrays combine cool advertising graphics and sculpture in a classic and functional package. They also barely take up any space, so you can collect a lot without filling up your house.

We have 3 midcentury hotel ashtrays for sale in our Etsy shop right now.

The first one, from the Townhouse Motor Lodge, has a great logo and font.

Our next one, from The Top o’ the Morn Motor Lodge, has a their sign and old-school phone number, plus great styling on the cigarette slots.

The final ashtray, and my personal favorite, is from the Thunderbird. An awesome logo and cool concentric circle pattern make this stand out from the crowd.

Thunderbird Midcentury Ashtray

Thunderbird graphics!

Pick one up and capture that thrill of the open road and the spirit of adventure for yourself!

Today’s Treasures: All Smalls!

Bright and beautiful!

Colorful plastics galore!

Another weekend, another collection of items.  We picked up a ton of smalls – it was a vintage barware and tray sort of weekend here in the Steel City!  We’ll be bringing these trays to the shop soon – including a fantastic 1970s Disney Orangebird Florida serving tray.  We also picked up some tea towels, costume jewelry, toys (Arlo loves finding GoBots!), a great 1970s ice bucket, some ashtrays, hats, and a Formica cutting board shaped like a pig!  We love blow mold holiday figures, so we’ll be keeping the cheerful Halloween ghost.  Keep an eye out as we get new items in the shop, and as always convo us if we post a picture of something you’re interested in!

1955 Drexel Dining Room Set

It's Drexel-time, people!

It’s Drexel-time, people!

While most of our buying, selling, and collecting is either clothing or smaller home décor items, we also love furniture of all shapes and sizes.  Our home was built in 1946 and we lean towards the 1960s as far as décor goes, although Arlo is truly the mid-mod lover – I have a soft spot for the late 1800s, so we do have some earlier pieces.  Our bedroom set is a 1963 Heywood Wakefield set – the Fascination group, in Topaz – and we have a Heywake dining room table and chairs as well.

We live in a part of the country that, for whatever reason, hasn’t quite caught on to the midcentury modern trend, so occasionally we find ourselves in the position of being the only folks who recognize the beauty of certain pieces. We see a lot of fantastic furniture, and we simply don’t have room for all of it. This happened to us recently when we had to leave a Heywood Wakefield Kohinoor bedroom set behind.  And we sadly passed on some great Lane tables the other weekend, too.

I love this table!

I love this table!

But sometimes, we see things we just can’t pass up.  I mentioned previously how much we love stories – and sometimes the story is so good, we wind up with some extra items in the back of the truck.  That’s what happened recently with this fantastic Drexel dining room set.  We visited a house that was being gutted and remodeled for sale.  It was a shame, because it was a classic 1950s suburban home, and we shudder to think how it was going to be modernized.  The kitchen was sublime!  Some of the original furniture was left, and we struck up a conversation with the past owner’s children about the house and furniture.  We were told this Drexel set had been purchased new when their parents married in 1955, and had never been moved.  Their daughter remembered sitting under the table as a small child, playing.

Chairs - so many beautiful chairs.

Chairs – so many beautiful chairs.

This set is the New Today’s Living line, which we have seen attributed to Milo Baughman. This line was produced in 1955, which, as far as we can tell, is when Baughman was working for the company.  We managed to find some original ad copy, and in Drexel’s original publicity for the line they describe it as having “light, smart beauty” and being “elm with spice finishes”.  We just know we saw it, we liked it, and we had to take it home.

More storage = more room for more vintage goodies!

More storage = more room for more vintage goodies!

This set includes an extension dining room table with two leaves, 6 chairs (4 mates and 2 captain’s chairs), a sideboard, and a china cabinet.  All pieces are in wonderful condition for their age, and are really good examples of midcentury style.  However, once we got it home it quickly became clear that we just weren’t going to have room to display it or store it – so we’re going to have to find it a new owner.  We live in Pittsburgh, and this would be pickup only, but if you’re interested in this beautiful set please contact us and make us an offer.  We want to see it find a good home, it’s such a lovely set with such a great story.  See the set here on eBay!

Again - more storage = more room for more vintage goodies!

Again – more storage = more room for more vintage goodies!

 

Today’s Treasures: Shiny Brite Aluminum Goodness!

20140426_203134187_iOSWe had a great weekend treasure hunting, and found some amazing items.  We’ve been so busy getting ready for flea market season that it’s been hard to get things into our Etsy shop!  Even though we’re running a little bit behind, I had to share a picture of some of this weekend’s finds.   We picked up a whole box of Shiny Brite and West German ornaments from a delightful elderly fellow who was cleaning out his basement.  I also bought yards and yards of floral 1970s fabric from him.  I’m going to use it for new curtains for our ’72 Shasta Trailer.  We’re always buying melamine and Pyrex, and got some lovely pink pieces for the shop.  There was a great old KitchenAid mixer for sale there too – I had to resist.  We visited an antique store in New Kensington, PA, Birthplace of the Aluminum Industry, and found a complete Lurelle Guild designed Mayfair coffee service tucked away in a corner.  It was surrounded by the most Kensington Ware we’d ever seen in once place – which makes perfect sense, because where else would it wind up?  We picked up a bundle of Kensington Ware, including the Lurelle Guild set, as well as two lovely hats for the shop.  Right next door is the storefront of Fresh Heirlooms, a fantastic little store that sells housewares with a repurposed, funky flair.  There we met Joe and the shop kitties, and I bought a BEAUTIFUL cherry red 1950s Sylvania radio for my kitchen.  If you’re in the area hit them up, we loved their shop and can’t wait to visit them again!  And if you’d like to come visit us, we’ll be at the Allegheny-Kiski Valley Historical Society Fleatique on May 18, weather permitting.  We’ll have melamine, lamps, furniture – there’s something for everyone in the Polyverse!