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Large Vintage Christmas Ornaments

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Mel was cruising Facebook and she came across a post from our friend Ed. He had scored a huge collection of vintage and NOS Christmas ornaments and blow molds. These ornaments are huge, some are three feet tall! These ornaments were used to decorate stores and city streets. Ed said these were from a family that had a business where they used these to adorn different locations.

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These are farm fresh. I need to clean them up, replace bad bulbs and make sure the cords are all good.

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When these are lit they are so cool looking!

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This piece is from the 50’s. It appears to be in good condition and just needs to be cleaned. The ornaments range from the 50’s to the 70’s. Ed has lots of other ornaments!

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These will cast such great light in the backyard and will really be a point of conversation.

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The reflective plastic gold inserts will need a freshen up with metallic gold spray paint.

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Ed had only two of these so we jumped on them!

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There are quite a few of these still available.

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These are medium sized and could be used for more than just Christmas decorating, maybe a tiki room???

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This lantern is NOS. We plan to try and hang it out front.

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These are the smaller ornaments. We purchased two green and two yellow.

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These ornaments are a rare finds. I don’t know if we will ever come across another opportunity to buy such cool vintage ornaments. We plan to hang some of these around our house, and some may end up in our shop. If you are interested in trying to get some of these vintage ornaments contact Ed at (916) 838-7880. Tell him Shane and Mel referred you. Here are some images from the original ornament catalog.

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We got two of these!

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Cool, check out the cab of that vintage Chevy truck.

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Witco Globe and Girl Wall Art

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One of our readers reached out to me recently. She said she had a large Witco Globe piece that she was interested in selling. She said it had been in her family for years and now she was ready to let it move on. A couple of our friends had the same globe piece and we had always admired it, so we jumped at the chance to get one of our own.

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The size of this piece is impressive. The design is so cool and will look great on our walls.

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We have always been a fan of the Witco style. I love that defined grain and the chunky pieces.

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Then, while we were out at our shop we noticed one of the other dealers had this piece and we loved it.

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It is such an interesting piece. I wonder if there is a matching boy or if she was a stand alone.

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These will be nice additions to our collection.

Vintage Fibrella “Le Barron” Pool and Patio Furniture

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Our friends Donny and Romy seem to find the coolest things. A while back they scored this patio set and were looking to sell it. Mel and I saw pics of it and we knew it must be ours.

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These were the photos Donny took of them. I wanted to just do a quick post on them before I start to buff and polish them up.

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Even has original tag! Can’t wait to get these done.

1952 Stewart Warner TV Restoration and Conversion Complete!!

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Here she is all done! Of course, this was originally a table top model but I couldn’t resist putting a lazy suzan hair pin leg base on it.

When Mel and I were first dealers at Midway I looked into Justin’s shop (Stellar Electronics) and I saw this TV cabinet. I remember thinking I would love to get my hands on it. Over time as I got to know Justin and he knocked out a couple of conversions for us I asked him about this TV cabinet. Justin said he actually had plans to dispose of it, so I asked him if a conversion was an option and he said sure!

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Here is where we started with. This restoration and conversion was a little bit of a Frankenstein, but I think it looks great.

As in my earlier post about this television, I took the cabinet home and restored the case and dressed it up. We had plans to place it in our kitchen so we could watch the boob tube as we enjoyed dinner.

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Once I was done with the restoration, I dropped the cabinet back off to Justin and he worked his magic. He found a donor television and mounted it into the cabinet. Justin also installed an HDMI connection!

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The front panel flips down for your component connections.

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Justin hid the sensor in the right knob. You can see the small hole.

Justin always manages to mount the remote sensor in hard to find locations.

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As usual, TCM is playing. I think that is Ingrid Bergman on screen, not sure what movie though.

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We are very pleased with how it all turned out. It is great to know that new life has been breathed into this old cabinet. Once more it will entertain a new family that will enjoy it for many years to come.

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Oh, you also might have noticed our Moss lamp with the Hedi Schoop

figure mounted on it. What makes this Moss lamp unique and rare is that it’s also an AM radio.

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I think we have all the conversions we have room for. I recommend that if this seems cool and something you might be interested in, to check with Justin of Stellar Electronics to see if he can complete a conversion for you.

1960’s Kenmore Roll-A-Matic Fan

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Mel and I were out and about antiquing when I came across this fantastic fan. It is pretty large and it looked like it had some unique controls. I loved the fact that it was attached to a roller stand.

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It’s great that it can be wheeled around so easily.

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This fan has a manual vertical adjustment. The above photo shows the fan all the way down and the photo below is raised. The great knobs on the side allow you to adjust the angle in any direction.

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This unit has some control options I am not familiar with.

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It has a simple control panel, but the one thing I noticed was that rectangular light on the top. I figure it has something to do with the thermostat this fan has. This was my first experience with a fan that has a thermostat. Another great thing about this fan is that it blows and sucks air. I imagine it was a great feature when by an open window.

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I am still trying to figure out the thermostat portion of the fan.

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When the Comfort Control Knob is adjusted…..

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This indicator light illuminates. I will have to play with it, but I am sure I will figure it out. I wish I had some literature on this fan. I am sure this was a high end fan for the time.

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What I also dig about this fan is how accessible everything is. Both back covers pop off easily for cleaning.

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This fan has a large motor and it has a lifetime lubrication warranty!

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With tempatures around 105 degrees lately, this fan will get a lot of use!

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1965 Electrohome ‘Circa 703’ cabinet by Deilcraft of Canada

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Space Age Mod

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Mel and I were at the Alameda Point Antiques Faire this last weekend that is held the first Sunday of every month. Since we are decorating a second location with space age and mod pieces, we knew we had to hit this faire. We are trying to stock pile a collection to help furnish our other place.

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There were some cool items out for sale, but we were blown away by this Electrohome unit for sale by our friend Ed. He saw our Hepcat Restorations and the recent post we did on our newly acquired “Ultra rare RCA record player, radio and cassette player“.  At the bottom of that post I showcased other units I wish I could find, and this was one of them! We were so excited to see Ed had this and he brought it thinking it was something we would dig, and he was right.

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1964 Motorola Cadet Portable Television

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I have always been a sucker for vintage electronics. We came across this when were out antiquing.

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What amazed me about this little portable television is how clean it is and that it has its original stand!

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As you can see it looks like this little fella was hardly used. It does turn on and has sound. If I decide to use it of course I will have to get a converter box.

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It’s such a cute little set!

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What makes the Cadet so unusual is the handle on the side and the antenna and earphone jack is apart of the handle as well.

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Because of the flash it looks baby blue but in person but it is more of an aqua color.

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I think I will put this in the kitchen and hook up with a small DVD player.

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This will join our museum, I mean home! LOL!

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