"Hey, if I had somewhere to go, I certainly wouldn't be in Cleve-Land." -Howard the Duck

Friday, May 24, 2013

Spring Cleaning & Etsy

Well, I've been busy doing some more spring cleaning & clearing out here.  I've been donating stuff & passing some on through our local Freecycle group.  But some treasures have also landed in my Etsy shop, like the fun vintage puzzle above.  What's not to like about an apple with 2 smiling worms that hold it together?  I remember playing with this as a kid, so I figure it's from the 1950s.  My Grandma lived with us & worked at The Higbee Company downtown, and often she'd come home from work with a book or educational toy for me.  I'm pretty sure that's how I got this apple puzzle.  It's up for sale right now.
I also found this slide rule pencil cup.  Back in the 1970s I used to buy a few special gifts from the Neiman-Marcus Christmas catalog.  This one was a favorite of my Dad's...he was an Electrical Engineer & used this pencil cup on his desk at work until the day he retired.  With graduations & Father's Day approaching, I thought I'd offer it up so it can be used by someone else. 
The big key above has been hanging in our basement for as long as I can remember.  I'm quite sure it's from the 1950s & a souvenir from my Grandma & Grandpa's road trip out west.  It was originally a thermometer, but since that had seen better days, I removed it & now it would be great for a mixed media art piece, since there's a big indentation in the front.  The patina & detail on this one are great.
Hard to see, but it's from Yellowstone Park. 
I have many more treasures in my shop & I'll be listing more as I go along.  There will be more rubber stamps & studio destash, too...like I said, it's still spring cleaning time!

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