Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Way-Out Wednesday: Come On Baby! Let's Do The Hypno-Twist!

Welcome to Way-Out Wednesday!


Exercise, shmexercise. I've gotten so bored with my daily exercise routine lately, I could fall asleep on the treadmill. I sure wish there was some sort of new-fangled contraption out there to make working out fun again. Fun- and hep. Something that combines my love of Chubby Checker AND precariously gripping onto a lazy susan for dear life before inevitably losing my balance and plunging head-first to the floor in a predictably ugly broken hip accident.

Well now there is!


Ever since I discovered the Hypno-Twist, I spend less time on the treadmill, and more time in the hospital! Thanks, Hypno-Twist!


(See? It really IS basically a lazy susan-- but with polka dots. That makes all the difference.)

Vintage 60's Hypno-Twist Family Exerciser Exercise Disc (and dig that supremely cool packaging! Squee!) is currently available on Etsy from Vintage FanAttic.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Way-Out Wednesday: Gator Done!

(I bet only my peeps from the south will understand the pun-iness of today's title. And fans of Larry the Cable Guy. Or Nascar. To everyone else: I swear, it's not gibberish. And it's hilarious. I swear.)

Anyway, welcome to a better-late-than-never Way-Out Wednesday!


Now, let me preface this by saying I can't/won't/am too hungover to/or don't care enough to validate the authenticity of today's vintage pick. I have *no* idea if it's real, I don't know the seller from a hole in the ground or more importantly, if it's worth the crazy-ass price tag that goes with it. But I do know it's pretty crazy-ass in general and also weird and wonderful and freak show cool, so that, my friends, is worth all the money in the world! (Well, no. It's not. Like, at all. But the sentiment sure sounded nice, didn't it?)

I present to you, Gator Girl:


Why yes, it (allegedly) IS a Vintage 30's Ripley's Believe It or Not Sideshow Poster, thanks for asking.

If you ask me, the gator (oh, sorry, croc) mugging in the background is the show. He should be wearing a tiny top hat and a monocle. And smoking a cigar. And Gator Girl should have an eye patch, like a pirate. With a lizard hanging out of her mouth. And missing a tooth or 2. Then it would rule.


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Prints Charming Sunday: Is That A Swordfish In Your Pocket, Or Are You Just Happy To See Me?

Welcome back to a long overdue Prints Charming Sunday!


Sorry for the lapse in posting, friends! You can expect more weirdness like this off and on for the next couple months, with some regular ol' life changes going on (not like, menopause or anything, sheesh, I make it sound like a geriatric commercial or something), and I may not be around much (temporarily! only temporarily!), so please hang in there and bear with me!

Anyway, today's vintage novelty print is uber-perfecto for summer coming up! I'm sure it's been blogged about before elsewhere, but frankly my dears, I don't give a damn. It's charming! It's fun! It's seriously outta my price range!

May I present, this Vintage 40's Swordfish Novelty Print Rayon Pinup Swimsuit:


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Way-Out Wednesday: Fears Of A Clown


I know I show alot of scary-ass vintage clown items around here for Way-Out Wednesdays, for which I can only say: "you're welcome." But clowns are just beyond unnerving. Give me spiders, give me snakes, give me brain-eating zombies. I'll party with all of 'em. But clowns?! Oh hells no. Clowns are the worst.

As is this:



As if his face wasn't just totally warm and inviting (mass murder much?), this thing is actually a kid's lamp. A. Lamp. This thing looks like when you try to turn it on, it turns itself right off. Like the cheesy plot of any Stephen King novel. Children of the Clown Lamp. Clown Lamp Sematary. Sometimes Clown Lamps Come Back.

You're welcome.

Vintage Plastic Clown Electric Light is available on Etsy from seller The Art Floozy.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Prints Charming Sunday: Book To The Future

Welcome to a very late Prints Charming Sunday!


I apologize for the lateness of today's post- I've been slackified by reading all the live long day today-- on my new Look Book reader. I swore I would never, ever buy a Kindle or a Lookbook or any brand of e-reader for that matter. I'm not one who's easily impressed by technology or people who need to keep up with it. The Joneses can sprint right on past me with their high-tech gadgets, overpriced Starbucks and brand new SUVS. I've always, my entire life since about birth, had a 1940's "make do and mend" mentality instilled in me. The same goes for books. I love that instant vibe you get when you walk into a library and begin pacing the aisles until you see a crackly leather-bound calling your name. I love the feel of pages of brittle, yellowed, dry paper between my fingers and the musty "old book smell" that drifts out of it. And I ain't talking about a trip to Borders. The whole going-to-the-library process is tradition, spending rainy days sitting in old leather club chairs or sitting on the floorby the window can't ever be replaced. Call me a sentimental fool or a nostalgic sap, I don't mind. But when the opportunity to buy a brand spanking new Lookbook for 30 bucks came up, well, even *I* was dragged into the 21st century. (But I gotta tell you, pushing a button to turn a page just ain't doing it for me.)

So for today's vintage novelty print, I wanted to find something book-related for a theme, because themes are great! They're my raison d'etre. But alas, no book novelty prints. However, in the theme of all-things-nerdy, I did find a wonderfully geeky print...

Paper clips!


Vintage Green Paper Clip Novelty Print Cotton Jacket is currently available on Etsy from seller Bred Vintage.

Perfect for a walk to the library, isn't it?...

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Way-Out Wednesday: Indiana Jones And The Tutu Of Doom.


It's Way-Out Wednesday time!



Harrison Ford really let himself go.

Oh, those wacky 80's. An unshaven, scruffy, rugged manly man, smoking a cigar, holding a beer, wearing a bejeweled fairy princess dress in sneakers, no less?! Really? I guess this was still considered funny in the 1980's. I have to disagree. It's friggin' hilarious.

Circa 1985 Vintage "Want a wish?....You'll have to kiss the wand" Greeting Card is available on Etsy from seller Wandering Vintage.


Sunday, April 10, 2011

Prints Charming Sunday: It Came From The Beach

Welcome to Prints Charming Sunday!


Today's vintage novelty print pick makes me infinitely happy for no real reason, other than it's so summery cute it hurts. Or maybe because it looks like something that an Annette Funicello, Sandra Dee or any other generic Gidget-y character would wear in any generic, early 60's, non-Elvis, bad acting, highly unrealistic, low-grade beach movie. You know the plot: teen girl sings duets while learning valuable life lessons when she and her perfect nuclear family go to the beach for summer vacay and she of COURSE makes her Dad worried when she falls in love with the ONE random beatnik-ish surfer type (who's actually a pretty big weenie and would get his ass kicked on a daily basis by REAL beatnik-y surfer types, but for Disney's purpose he's "bad" enough) and oh yeah, throw in a screwball biker gang that hasn't ever committed any real crimes, other than perhaps jaywlking (gasp! not jaywalking!!) for some wacky hijinks involving a band, a bonfire and someone driving his bike off the pier and THAT, my friends, more or less sums up every awesomely bad 1960's beach movie ever made.

And THIS more or less looks like what any girl in that movie would wear:



Charming little Vintage 60's Novelty Beach Print Top is currently available on Etsy from seller Less Than Perfect Vintage.