Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween

My prize winning costume at work today

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


I am on Instagram

so drop on by!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Become Licensed

These have just arrived at the Tikiranch.


 For more info please email

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Heavy Metal

I could not pass it up for $50
 even though it took 2 guys to put it in the back on my scion.

Then I realized how was I going to get it out?

It sat back there for a few days until I was able to muster the strength of the gods and somehow lifted it out and to the ground with no major groin injury or brain aneurism.  Now it sits  on a old trashcan dolly awaiting it's final resting place somewhere in the garage or maybe my desk in the office ( that should keep it in place during the next earthquake or tornado).

Friday, August 30, 2013

Bed Sheet

This shopper from Japan knows how to upcycle a vintage Roadrunner bed sheet.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Time to let go

all for sale email me if interested. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Show

The new and greatly improved All American Collector Show was back on the road to it once greatness. After many years of decline ( dealers and shoppers) Tauni and new partner Jim Maley revamped the show hours and also doubled the dealers from the last show. The whole floor was full both in the main hall and also all the available side rooms. Best part was having Sunday off ( Thanks You!) . Here is a few shots of my 1/2 booth setup and as always I brought more than I should have  but fit it all in. up , down and around.

Friday, August 09, 2013

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

B&M Surgery

I knew this day was coming and it did last Saturday. I was rearranging some things on my shelf and I picked up my B&M Brown bread in can.

What was under it?????? sticky brown goo! So the time had come to cut him open and take out the goo causing insides.

So I grabbed the can opener, flip the can upside down and went for it. After the blade went in there was a rush of escaping air and then I went around and took off the bottom. I was surprised it was not all gooey and pretty much was still as complete as it was when packed. Here is what was inside.

but not OLD

No I did not take a test taste but my Wife Kelly asked me if I did, guess she figured that was something I would do ( I learned my lesson on eating vintage food along with Dan and Steve out ion the parking lot of the Long Beach Vets Show with a old box of Moonstones) never again.
So now I have a inside-less can and no more goo problem on my shelf.

Monday, August 05, 2013

Monday, July 29, 2013


Vintage Humpty Box Graphics in a booth at the Junk Swap last Saturday

Friday, July 26, 2013

On Ebay

I wonder if the Pizza would spin???
and such a deal at $5999.99
shipping not included

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Summer Mosaic

 One fine craft project out at the Junk Swap last Saturday.

There was some fine cut tiles in the hair department

10 bucks for all that work. I almost picked it up but there was some damage to one of the foot plus I am trying to curb these "interesting to me but not much value on the resale market " buys.
Still an interesting piece and was gone from the booth on my next go around.

Enjoy the day!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


July Heat   /    Red Devil

Spotted at the Rose Bowl last Sunday and I had to get a shot.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Late NIght Pic

11;30 pm working on some projects and she just keeps smiling at me.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Sat stack

Saturday shopping was a good day for crates.

Thursday, July 11, 2013


Get Yours FREE today

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

The Farm

Can you name them all ?


Going thru boxes of stuff in an attempt to organize and de-clutter the garage and side of the house. Looking inside  a small plastic bag produced this little assortment of people and animals. Who knows what other things are hidden among the packed crates and boxes I have stashed away over the last 5 years. Stay tuned.........

Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Reddy Kilowatt  in a Spanish Motif
circa 11/27/62

Monday, June 24, 2013

Bug be Gone

The time had finally come to say goodbye to my 2002 VW Beetle. After almost 160,000 mile I got tired of it nickle and dime-ing me ( more like hundreds and thousand-ing me). I guess the last straw was when the Battery light decided to add itself to the already burning airbag light and check engine lights on my dash. Those, I was told, were just a sensor out somewhere and the fact that come next February I was going to need a new catalytic converter if I was planning on have it pass smog. So anyone out there looking at VW's run the other way, ours just seemed to start falling apart as the years progressed. So I jumped the vw ship after owning 2 and got  a  shiny new Scion XB.

I knew it was going to be the right car and now I am driving around with that new car smell.

Thanks Scion and goodbye VW.

Friday, June 21, 2013

This Size

box nails

(Not "Box of Nails")


Gotta love the way they indicate what size the nails are on the packaging.

This Size  ( Dummy )
just in case you brought a sample from home you were looking to match, like we all do....Right?

and yes you get over 145 nails in each box.

Thank you Sears !

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Sun is my Competition

Logo Detail off the side of a Edison Mazda Light bulb Store Display

Monday, June 17, 2013

New Sign

Found a new sign for the booth at the swaps

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Happy Dishes

Detail off the back of a Vintage Tide Detergent Box

Friday, June 07, 2013

Re Post

I thought since Today is

National Doughnut Day

I would repost this one I did back in April 2010



Once in a while while out hunting the swaps something happens that trips you out. In the past I have found some great thing by taking at turn down one row instead of another. You think about it later and it almost seems like it was meant to be for some odd reason or another. Coincidence or chance favoring your route that day at the show paying off with a new find for your collection that you otherwise would have passed by. Well yesterday was a doozie, I was in a booth and bought a small photo album ( Some great pics to share later this week) and some old keys. The booth was split between 2 dealers so the other side was a vintage paper dealers with just boxes and bins full of all sorts of old paper. After I paid for the album and keys I was poking around the paper and thinking "Randy you have enough paper stuff move along " so heading out of the booth I see a box full of vintage business cards and there is this one with a doughnut on it. I kinda like the early doughnut shop stuff so I pick it up and take a look.

Looking at it closer I cannot believe what I am holding..........

My Grandfathers business card from his supply business. Wow what a weird feeling came over me sort of a shock. We have been living in their home for about 3 years now so maybe it was his way of saying hello remember me?
I always will.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Garage Excavation

I had a emergency call from a fellow dealer in search of some crates for a up coming show display. I knew I might have a few so off to the garage I went. After about an hour of pulling, stacking,  moving,  squeezing and reaching I was able to pull 14 wooden cubes from the finely organized collection known as the garage.

After I put back all the extra stuff that had to be removed to get the crates out I am happy to report that it looks as packed as it was before I started.

Happy Friday Everyone !!!!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Beau

I came across this scary image on a product brochure

and this is what it was for

do we all have Secret Fears?  
should have bought this one looking back, oh well it lives on here at Tikiranch

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The End

The Last of the group

Nutty Nut Stores is my favorite of the bunch

Friday, May 24, 2013

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Back to the box.....

of labels we were showing off.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Happy 18th Anniversary Kelly

Here is my 1000th post and I am dedicating to my Wife Kelly.

Happy Anniversary  Kelly !

we have been together for 21 years and today we celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary. You look back at times like this and see how time fly's by ( Look I used to have hair on the top of my head believe it or not). So today I am sending out this post to my wonderful and caring wife Kelly

Love you 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Shifting to a more Square Dimension

So my next post will be Number 1000
who knew I had that much to show off to you all in the  Blog-O-Sphere.