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14 Things This Collector Is Thankful For

14 Things This Collector Is Thankful For | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

Traditionally Thanksgiving involves giving thanks for family, friends, food and other blessings of a non-materialistic nature. I’ll be giving that little speech later today with family, don’t you worry about that; but this holiday I want to give special thanks from the bottom of my little collector heart.

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Enter the dull world of vintage corporate boardgames

Enter the dull world of vintage corporate boardgames | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Do you like forklift trucks and saving money for minor industrial groups of the midcentury midwest? We have the game for you!
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I Go Dotty Over A Vintage Mid-Century Modern Brass Metal Lipstick Tube & Case

I Go Dotty Over A Vintage Mid-Century Modern Brass Metal Lipstick Tube & Case | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Who wouldn't go dotty over this fabulous Mid-Century modern lipstick tube with polka-dots! The golden dots in the ivory enamel or paint expose the gold-tone metal beneath it. (Both the vintage lips...
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Wunnerful, Wunnerful, Easter

Wunnerful, Wunnerful, Easter | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
In case you were wondering why there was such a liberal use of the #LawrenceWelk on Tweety Machine tonight, hubby & I were Live Tweeting tonight's PBS showing of the 1979 Easter episode of The ...
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I should probably be too embarrassed to post this. Wasn't it bad enough to do it? And give a recap? Now I have to share it??

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Apparently I have no shame.

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Vintage Marketing To Women Was A-Wash In Premiums

Vintage Marketing To Women Was A-Wash In Premiums | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Some people think that the only premiums that came in boxes were in cereal boxes for kids. Sure, there were those coupon books and other early loyalty programs designed to bring people back to cert...
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Remember the old ads with Dolly Parton? Do you remember which brand it was?

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Kitchen Panic: a retro-game of frantic human gluttony

Kitchen Panic: a retro-game of frantic human gluttony | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
You might think Hungry Hungry Hippos was the ultimate consumption game; but that was hippos, not humans. Kitchen Panic is about people.
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Remembering Retro Risque T-Shirt Iron-Ons

Remembering Retro Risque T-Shirt Iron-Ons | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Back in the day, you couldn't go to a mall and avoid a visit to (or the smell of) the t-shirt shop. There you could select your t-shirt style (ringers were de rigueur, but then the baseball shirts ...
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70's Teen Beauty Diary Entry

70's Teen Beauty Diary Entry | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
OK, I'll admit that we tried this, my friend Mary & I. We were too young & silly -- hopped up on soda pop, disco music and teenybopper posters from Tiger Beat -- not to know what would happen. Which, in case you didn't see it coming, was
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Antique Up-Skirt Action

Antique Up-Skirt Action | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Who doesn't like a company that preaches values while looking up a lady's skirt? After complaining about Uncle Sam's tax, ye olde Day & Night tobacco company wants you to get your money's worth...
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Ye Olde Advertising

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"Topknot Troubles"

"Topknot Troubles" | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
If you collect vintage magazines and ephemera like I do, you know there's nothing new under the sun. The celebrity names & faces change, there's "modern" graphics and trends too. But the push o...
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Shhh, It's A Cookbook Secret...

Shhh, It's A Cookbook Secret... | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
I've been collecting vintage cookbooks (and other ephemera) for decades. But it's not because I actually cook. Other than baking, I nearly hate cooking. Thankfully, my dear hubby is the cook in the...
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Job Sprawl May Be Ending -- And For The Same Reasons The Partisan Politics Are Spreading

Job Sprawl May Be Ending -- And For The Same Reasons The Partisan Politics Are Spreading | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Home may be where your heart is, but a neighborhood is where you live. And it may be even more than that. It turns you, where you reside, the resulting lifestyle of your community, is further impac...
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Culture: New Urbanism, the economy, and politics.
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Ring-A-Ding-Ding, A Spy's Phone

Ring-A-Ding-Ding, A Spy's Phone | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
I'm a fan of FX's The Americans. So I was thrilled when I spotted the mod round brown Sculptura phone aka "the doughnut telephone" in the Jennings' master bedroom. I like to spot the vintage in TV ...
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Miniature Bibles On Greeting Cards

Miniature Bibles On Greeting Cards | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Did you know you can get a patent for a Bible? Not a copyright, but a patent? If so, why did it take until the 1940s? These were some of the questions I had when I discovered this vintage Christmas...
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Ordinary Politics Make For Strange Collectibles

Ordinary Politics Make For Strange Collectibles | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Political collecting can be a strange area : not just because politicians are strange, but because the details may not transfer with time. Culture, pop
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Patriarchal Dads On Dating - Disgusting

Patriarchal Dads On Dating - Disgusting | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Straight out of the creepy files, dads are viewing their daughters as their own property -- property which can be defended like some backward "stand your ground" law. The following exhibits were al...
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Deanna Dahlsad's comment, January 21, 5:01 PM
@Laura Brown I can't agree with you. Wearing shirts about guns & violent threats isn't the answer to rape culture. In fact, this stinks more of rape culture than anything. It's about a man's property; not respect or a woman's value.
Laura Brown's comment, January 21, 6:23 PM
I'm reading it as more bluster or humour based. But the tone of protecting daughters is still important. People don't protect something or someone they don't value.
Laura Brown's comment, January 21, 6:25 PM
Maybe it's a Canada/ US difference too. Not many people here actually have a gun to wave around. So here a shirt like that would not be seen as serious versus humour or propaganda.
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Like Flies To Honey... An Antique Primitive Fly Trap

Like Flies To Honey... An Antique Primitive Fly Trap | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
We've sold a number of these primitive antique fly traps -- but none quite this large. (I forgot to measure it, but it's at least a foot tall.) Nor did any have their original maker tag with instru...
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Mapping Out Your Antiquing

Mapping Out Your Antiquing | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Whether your antiquing trips are local or you hit the road to search far and wide, there are a number of antique networks offering maps to help you discover places to haunt & hunt. The Minnesot...
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A great way to include antiquing in your travels to historical sites...

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If you have a real-world antique mall or shop, here are places to advertise.

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How I Spent My Afternoon: Cleaning Old Feed Sacks (A "How To" Guide!)

How I Spent My Afternoon: Cleaning Old Feed Sacks (A "How To" Guide!) | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
While the graphics can be real beauties, they lie beneath layers & clumps of stuff that is not so beautiful and smells — like dirt and, yes, manure.

In order to be of any real value, the vintage and antique feed sacks must be cleaned.

But it is neither safe nor advisable to throw them into the wash machine. (Since the weave of burlap sacks is so wide, I rarely ever trust my washing machine with them. Even the gentle or hand-wash settings always seems to create pulls or holes, often starting at the threads at the seams. I just don’t like to risk it.)

Instead, you must hand wash them — and, due to their size, one at a time at that.

While the old feed sacks I cleaned today are made of burlap, you can clean other feed, seed, flour, sugar sacks etc. in the same way.

How To Clean Old Feed, Flour, Seed Sacks Found In Barns
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The Care & Feeding Of Vintage Jewelry

The Care & Feeding Of Vintage Jewelry | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
I was born in the 60's & regularly going to & purchasing at rummage sales and flea markets in the 70's, so when the 80's hit, with all that flashy
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The Green-a Of Patina, Should You Scrape It Clean-a?

The Green-a Of Patina, Should You Scrape It Clean-a? | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
We don't talk much about the conditions of items here at Collectors' Quest; we figure any collector worthy of his salt & pepper shakers knows that if t
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Memories Of Vintage Colored Aluminum Kitchenalia

When hubby and I were selling at the Elkhorn Antique Flea Market, we had brought a large collection of vintage colored aluminum pieces to sell. While the display was incredibly vibrant, shining in the...
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Ghosts Of Christmas' Past: Toys

Ghosts Of Christmas' Past: Toys | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Looking for Kitschy crafts to scan I found myself shopping for children's toys -- in 1962's Today's Woman Christmas Ideas magazine (1962). So now you do to
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Collectible ERA? Yes!

Collectible ERA? Yes! | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
I don't like to make a lot of specific predictions regarding what will be the next collectible trend, but... On July 21, 2009, Representative Caroly
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I've Never Been There, But It Looks Nice: Collecting Travel Ephemera

I've Never Been There, But It Looks Nice: Collecting Travel Ephemera | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
A day without kids, just $20 to spend -- what should we do? Well, there's an auction in town... For just $5 of that $20 I get me a nice old box of ephe
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Appreciating Vintage Glass Punch Bowl Sets

Appreciating Vintage Glass Punch Bowl Sets | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
I know some collectors will find this inherently evil, but I like to use my collectibles. In fact, one of my favorite things about the holidays is using my vintage glassware. One of our family traditions...
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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
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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.