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Thursday, October 25, 2012

She's got legs...

Coming to the shop this weekend, one amazingly detailed and life-like Wallendorf seated ballerina figurine, made in Germany. Beautiful porcelain, circa the mid-60's (though to me she looks more '50's). Marked 1396/0 on the bottom, along with the "W," 1764, and crown symbol.

Honestly, I'm not quite sure how I'm going to give this gal up. She's practically ALIVE!

See for yourself:



And I realize I'm about to step outside of my era here, (musically anyway), but the following video just seems way too perfect... Happy Thursday, cool cats!

Coming to the shop in the next week...

As promised, I wanted to post a few "money shots" of some of those exciting collectibles coming to our shop in the next week.

Without further ado, here they are!

Sony Tape Recorder. 1964-1965. Still works. Includes original box no less!

Remote controlled toy car, circa late 50's.

Davy Crockett lamp shade.

Transport truck, late 50's.

Late 50's, early 60's beautiful pitcher and glasses. In beautiful condition!

Enamel porcelain push sign advertising the Toronto Star (our local newspaper). 1940s.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Swingin' Saturday Night!

Wanted to drop in and wish everyone a swingin' Saturday night. Before we get to our main attraction however, just wanted to touch base on some news from the Etsy shop.

Looks like we may be selling our Crown canning jar which dates from the late 1800's. So, you can look forward to watching a video of yours truly, saying farewell to said antique canning jar... ;-)

Also, some future items to look forward to may be coming soon from our first consignment client and these include:

  • Vintage porcelain/enamel advertising sign (which advertises Toronto's local paper, the Toronto Star, no less!)

  • Very sweet '40's and '50's toy cars and trucks.
  • Two vintage Sony electronics: A very early Sony Walkman and a Sony tape recorder complete with original box and manual and all the fixin's!

I'll likely post some "money shots" of these future sale items soon - so stay tuned!

And now onto our regularly scheduled programming... Happy Saturday night, cool cats!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sunday sneak peek...

Coming to our shop this week, one red Nordmende "Transita Deluxe" transistor radio. Wow, can this West German songbird sing!

Here are lots of pictures of our lady in red:


A video of her playing will be following later today. Stay tuned if you'd like to see her in action!

As promised, here's the video! (I know - hugely embarrassingly geeky)

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Sold Digest

In light of the fact that there are now two, count 'em, two videos of me saying goodbye to two of my tube radios, I thought I would give you a "sold digest" post today to recap all the many things that have sold thus far in our Etsy shop. (and by "many things" I mean 4).

I also wanted to give you a heads up that I plan on saying farewell to each and everything I sell, via video. Why? Because I'm kooky like that! I'm geeky like that. I'm the nostalgist. These aren't "things" I'm selling. These are practically sentient beings! 

So without further ado, let's start recapping, shall we?

First sold was this Royal Winton lustreware creamer:

If I had created a video farewell to this piece I probably would've mentioned the fact that this piece would do well in a similarly themed palace where the chairs have vines carved into their legs and backs, table legs are the trunks of trees and chandeliers have green crystal leaves dangling from them. Royalty with Elvin features (slightly pointed ears) drink tea at the long oaken table. Farewell lustreware leaf creamer! May you survive for many decades to come. This creamer still lives in Toronto. She didn't travel far and wide.

Next sold is another Royal Winton ceramic, namely this gold and silver dipped stein/mug from 1951.

I marketed this mug as a "Game of Thrones" mug and indeed, there was something very Lord or Lady like about it. Not lady-like as in dainty but Lady with a capital L a la midevil times. This mug crossed the border and went to live with a Dungeons and Dragons playing fella in Chicago. Farewell you blingy mug/stein, you! May you sparkle and shine and dazzle others for many more decades to come.

Next up is my RCA Victor 9-BX-56 from 1949. I did actually capture this radio in action but it's lacking my incoherent mumbling in the background. Also, for shame, it's resting on my teak end table before I refinished the top so excuse the shabby (but not chic) background.

This radio went on to live in California. Farewell RCA Victor snake skin purse radio!

Next up, this sweet little Staffordshire sugar bowl. This gal went to live in Edmonton, Alberta. I learned only after this sold that this sugar bowl is partially made of actual bone. Yep, apparently "fine bone china" contains the actual ground-up bones of animals. Who knew? Stick that in your tea cup and drink it!


I'll let Bessie Smith take this post out. Here she is, singing, "I Need a Little Sugar in my Bowl:"

Monday, October 8, 2012

Living the vintage lifestyle...

For the '50's housewife in your life (or modern variation thereof) a couple of shiny chrome housewares coming to our shop today.

First up, this General Electric chrome "pot belly" coffee maker. Shiny chrome complimented by black bakelite handle and feet. Tested and works just as it should (why? because they don't make 'em like they used to!)

Here are lots of pictures of our shining kitchen starlet:

Her competition is this Osterizer beehive blender from 1949, including original booklet with ... recipes! One of the recipes, (see pics) includes one for pineapple mayonnaise. Insert barf emoticon here!

Here are lots of pics of our other shiny chrome kitchen starlet:

Being equal opportunists here at That's My Era, we've also included a couple of new vintage items for the menfolk. Up first, one Ronson Cadet lighter advertising my grandfather's favourite beer back in the late '50's, early '60's: O'Keefe ale! Doesn't get more vintage Canadian than this!

And last but not least, a very minty skinny 1950's tie, 100% acetate, blue-green with a lovely iridescent sheen and what look like very small baseballs (I don't think they're baseballs - probably just a design - but they could be. What do you think?)