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Desperately Seeking 80's Madonna Fashions?

Desperately Seeking 80's Madonna Fashions? | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
UPDATE 10/18/2014: I've a pair of the black Desperately Seeking Susan boots for sale in my Etsy shop! Speaking of 1980's-Desperately-Seeking-Susan Madonna & boots... Fans of the film Desperatel...
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Tips & places for the iconic fashions.

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Review: Kommissar, the cold war board game

Review: Kommissar, the cold war board game | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Deanna Dahlsad escapes Soviet Russia, sends her friends to Siberia, and braves the wicked Kommissar in this 1960s-era board game.
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Salvaged Antique Church Fixtures and Furnishings

Salvaged Antique Church Fixtures and Furnishings | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
This past July, a fire broke-out in the historic St. John's Lutheran Church on the grounds of Bonanzaville in West Fargo, North Dakota. Bonanzaville, a pioneer village with 12 acres, 43 historic bu...
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Let's Talk About Sex -- With & For Youth With Disabilities & Special Needs

Let's Talk About Sex -- With & For Youth With Disabilities & Special Needs | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
As a parent, I've long been upset with the sad state of sex education in this country. As a parent of a (now adult) child with special needs, I'm even more upset. Children and even adults with spec...
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Things Your Grandmother Knew: Cleaning Antique Bottles Found In The Dirt

Things Your Grandmother Knew: Cleaning Antique Bottles Found In The Dirt | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

To safely clean old antique glass and vintage bottles (without paper labels) found in the dirt, here's what you do

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I Think You're Missing The Big Bottom Line In Those "Skinny" Subway Ads

I Think You're Missing The Big Bottom Line In Those "Skinny" Subway Ads | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Have you seen Subway's latest ad ~ the one with the woman who reminds us to "Eat Fresh!" and stay healthy & slim so we can fit into our sexy Halloween costumes? Jezebel did. And out came the re...
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It’s Halloween: Let’s Talk Creepy Dolls!

It’s Halloween: Let’s Talk Creepy Dolls! | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
My friend Kat from Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada (best known at at the Halloween Forum as -- wait for it! -- “Kat in the Hat”) makes these fantastically creepy horror dolls by cannibalizing old dolls....
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Making Spirit Bottles

Making Spirit Bottles | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
There are many stories and legends about trapping spirits or imps in bottles, and they are especially fun to make and display at holiday time. When you see these, you may be tempted to not even cle...
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The Best 5 Games For Family Gatherings

The Best 5 Games For Family Gatherings | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
As I wrote in my previous guide, Tips For Selecting Games For The Family To Play At Holiday Time, there are some things to consider when generations come together to play board games. If you'd prefer to...
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This Holiday Season Celebrate Postcards!

This Holiday Season Celebrate Postcards! | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Perhaps it comes as no surprise, but the evolution of the postcard contains many advances that took place during peak holiday seasons.The history of postcards begins with calling or visiting cards, cards...
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A history of postcards

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Tips For Selecting Games For The Family To Play At Holiday Time

Tips For Selecting Games For The Family To Play At Holiday Time | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Board games and other tabletop games are a great way for families to connect at holiday time. Rather than breaking off into different age groups, the generations can sit and interact together, creating...
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Why Collect?

Why Collect? | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Not only is is obvious (and lame) to say that the reasons for collecting are as varied as the collections themselves, but I've already discussed that the m
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Your Guide To The Tackiest In Ugly Holiday Sweaters

Your Guide To The Tackiest In Ugly Holiday Sweaters | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Ugly sweaters, especially ugly Christmas sweaters, have taken on a life of their own. Inspiring more than giggles and guffaws, these tacky textiles have encourage gag gift giving and even spawned  their...
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A Beginner's Guide To Flatware

A Beginner's Guide To Flatware | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Just a few weeks ago, my husband and I were working in the antique shop when a woman came in and asked about a vintage set of flatware. With the holidays coming she wanted a pretty set for her family gatherings....
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Decorating Your Home For #Halloween With Vintage Graphics #eBayGuides

Decorating Your Home For #Halloween With Vintage Graphics #eBayGuides | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

#If you want something more spook-tacular than the usual contemporary orange and black crepe paper streamers and the traditional cut-outs of orange pumpkins and black cats, consider decorating with antique...

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Nostalgia Drives The Collectibles Market

Nostalgia Drives The Collectibles Market | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
I was reading "Don't Count On Old Bikes Selling High" by Lynn Hopper, and one passage really stuck out: Nothing else drives the antiques and collectibles
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Bingo, Anyone?

Bingo, Anyone? | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Once upon a time, there was a collector who thought collecting vintage Bingo games would be one of the easiest things to collect... I nearly always foun
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Quick & Easy Halloween Party Treats | eBay

Quick & Easy Halloween Party Treats | eBay | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
If you’re a busy parent struggling to come up with yet another treat or snack to make for yet another child’s Halloween holiday party, I’ve got a clever -- and fast -- idea: Ghost Cookies. The advantage...
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Curator of Your Own Museum: Part Two

Curator of Your Own Museum: Part Two | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Perhaps the one area in which you are least likely to feel "like a museum" or a curator is that, at least in the beginning, you may not have defined your
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Curator of Your Own Museum: Part One

Curator of Your Own Museum: Part One | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Perhaps you resist the notion that as a collector you have your own museum. Maybe you (still) imagine that a museum must be significantly historical or b
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The Who Framed Roger Rabbit? board game reviewed

The Who Framed Roger Rabbit? board game reviewed | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
The board game based on the phantasmic film isn't that great, writes Deanna Dahlsad, but will be a coveted rarity for fans
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What Does Your Collection Say?

What Does Your Collection Say? | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
In the beginning, there was an object. It may have been purchased, inherited, or obtained long ago and never parted with. Somewhere in time this object c
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When Should I Sell My '80s Toys?

When Should I Sell My '80s Toys? | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
On Sunday I posted Nostalgia Drives The Collectibles Market, to which dinocollector posted the following comment: But my question is will generations of c
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The Typewriter: A Love Story

The Typewriter: A Love Story | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Joseph and his wife were about to celebrate their first anniversary. Like any good husband, he wanted to give his wife Julie a special gift. In this case, it was a vintage typewriter as the couple ...

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Categorizing & Organizing Collectibles: The Quandry Of Ephemera

Categorizing & Organizing Collectibles: The Quandry Of Ephemera | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Photographer Alex Waterhouse-Hayward's post has me thinking... He writes: The biggest worry in my mind these days as I toss and turn in bed the waning days of the year has been what to do with 13, ...

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Curated by Deanna Dahlsad
An opinionated woman obsessed with objects, entertained by ephemera, intrigued by researching, fascinated by culture & addicted to writing. The wind says my name; doesn't put an @ in front of it, so maybe you don't notice. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com
Other Topics
A Marketing Mix
Adventures in advertising and marketing - the contemporary, the historical, and the hysterical. http://deanna.dahlsad.com/
Antiques & Vintage Collectibles
Collecting old things; heirlooms and new to you things! Companion to http://www.inherited-values.com/
Colorful Prism Of Racism
Racism past and present. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/colorful-prism-of-racism/
Consumption Junction
Consumerism meets marketing; who & what manipulates the free market of goods & services. See also: http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/ze-big-mouth-promotions-stuff/
Crimes Against Humanity
From lone gunmen on hills to mass movements. Depressing as hell, really.
Cultural History
The roots of culture; history and pre-history.
Dare To Be A Feminist
I do. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/hey-sister-can-you-spare-some-social-change/
For Art's Sake-1
Art, crafts, and the people who make them. To inspire and purchase. Companion to http://www.ululating-undulating-ungulate.com/
Herstory
History as this woman sees it. The serious, the kitsch, the opinionated. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/
In The Name Of God
Mainly acts done in the name of religion, but also discussions of atheism, faith, & spirituality.
Kinsanity
Let's just say I have reasons to learn more about mental health, special needs children, psychology, and the like.
Kitsch
Mostly vintage and retro "badness" but you can decide how delicious it is. http://www.kitschy-kitschy-coo.com/blog/
Nerdy Needs
The stuff of nerdy, geeky, dreams.
Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic
The meaning behind the math of the bottom line in publishing and the media. For writers, publishers, and bloggers (which are a combination of the two).
Sex Positive
Sexuality as a human right.
Vintage Living Today For A Future Tormorrow
It's as easy to romanticize the past as it is to demonize it; instead, let's learn from it. More than living simply, more than living 'green', thrifty grandmas knew the importance of the 'economics' in Home Economics. The history of home ec, lessons in thrift, practical tips and ideas from the past focused on sustainability for families and out planet. Companion to http://www.thingsyourgrandmotherknew.com/
Visiting The Past
Travel based on grande ideas, locations, and persons of the past.
Walking On Sunshine
Stuff that makes me smile.
You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important
Links to (many of) my columns and articles.