Monday, May 31, 2010

Late 20's

Early Pep Boys catalog

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Small Version

So quite a few months ago a dealer at the Rose Bowl showed up with this huge collection of printed/die-cut samples of about any product you could imagine from the 1940's. Everyone went home with a group they were lucky to get in the frenzy that happened that morning. I bought a potato chip box, a few Disney character boxes and another warner bros box with Porky Pig. Most of the load were non-character boxes but all were super colorful and cool designs. So fast forward to this morning and here is the same dealer at the special 5th sunday Long Beach show. I walked by his booth early and there were a few shoppers looking thru what looked like matchbooks. I kept on hunting thinking on dropping by later to take a look. I did return and found out those things I thought were matchbooks turned out to be matchbook sizes original hand painted art of over 300 different packages!!! So my thinking was buy them all, which was a good idea until me and the dealer were about $1200 apart as to what I offered and he reluctantly told me he wanted. Oh well it was not going to happen so I walked on and figured I drop by later that day and see what was left.
I came back toward the end of the day and still there were a load left but most of the ones I liked had been sold. Trying to hold back I decided to just buy 1 that I had eyed in the morning that was left.

A work of art all hand painted from the 1940's, they must have had some small brushes and steady hands back then.
I know you all want a picture of the whole table right??? that was my idea too but unlike most people that come in my booth and just snap away with a camera I make it a point to ask first. We this is the how that went down after I payed him the $5 for this one.

Me: Do you mind if I take a picture of the collection?

Dealer: What are you going to do with it?

Me; Just post it on my blog.

Dealer: thinking thinking, thinking...

Dealer: Sorry I am not comfortable with that.

Me: Thanks... walk away sad.

I did send my friend Vince to sneak a shot but he was unable to get one either , he said to me " I tried but he would not give me an open shot like he knew what I was trying to do"

so sorry folks I only have the one to show you but don't say I did not try both ways.....

Next time I am just whipping the camera out and go at it Paparazzi style and bolt.

Friday, May 28, 2010


Still standing old Fosters Freeze in Downtown Torrance

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

In this Corner

Been searching for a Heywood Wakefield corner cabinet for many years and they just don't seem to turn up out there to often. Searching Craigslist about a month ago we scored one for a great price. Off it went the next day to be restored by a local shop.

The final product came out amazing to say the least.

The finish is as smooth as silk, Thanks for the great job Salvador.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Show

With about 3 hours sleep from the night before I set up at the Glittterfest Show. Made it thru the day and well over 500 people made it thru the doors. Some folks even bought a few trinkets from me. Heres a few shots of the crowd and my booth.

Great show all around !!! I highly recommend checking out the next show in October.

Thursday, May 20, 2010


I will be setting up a booth this Saturday at Glitterfest. Should be an interesting show with over 50 different artists. I will be bringing all sorts of this and that with a little other too. If your looking for something to do on Saturday, dew drop inn.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

A Girl, a Cat and a Dog

I was able to pry these two glued down snaps out of a photo album today. It is sometimes better to just buy the ones I like than pay full tilt for the whole album.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Santa's Kitchen

Kelly's thrift score yesterday.

Monday, May 10, 2010

School Years

Found inside a photo album.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Casa Glassa

Kerrie's giant rose colored brandy glass with Casa de Fritos , Disneyland, Mickey and Minnie in old school cut glass. One odd souvenir to say the least.