Thursday, February 4, 2016

Clever Retro Printable Favor Boxes from Simply Everyday Me

Valentine's Day is fast approaching and some of us (including myself) still need to prepare. I really enjoy giving everyone a little something like candy or baked goods. I thought these Retro Printable Favor Boxes from Simply Everyday Me on Etsy would be a real fun way to deliver my gifts. These are all instantly printable so you can get them today!

I think most of my friends would have a huge appreciation for this Boom Box Cupcake Box. Even my older cousins would even get a kick out of this. People forget that it wasn't that long ago that people had boom boxes. I still even have one!

It has always been my dream to ride in one of these. This Retro Woodie Surfer Wagon Box would be especially fun to deliver some treats in. This comes in different colors and styles such as cream, orange, and teal. Check them out!

This is the smallest box out of the ones I will show, but I'm sure there are many clever ideas for it. The Cassette Tape Box could be used as a gift box for small little gadgets like a USB drive (full of romantic music of course.) This one is very customizable as well.

The trendy VW Beetle Bug Box will probably never go out of style. It's large enough for so many different sweets from small candies to cookies. I have a couple friends who love the old Volkswagen Bug that would appreciate this gift box. There is also a Pink Downloadable Beetle Bug Box for those who do not want blue!

Now this is an oldie that is a goody. This Record Player Gift Box would be an awesome place to store some sweets for all those who miss listening to records to on what they're supposed to be played on! What a great idea for people who are collectors or even some of our older friends that don't mind being teased.

I had to save the best for last, the Kissing Booth Gift Box. I love watching movies where they had little kissing booths! This would be the best way to deliver your retro Valentine's Day Candy!

There are a ton more retro gift boxes for all year round! Take a look at Retro Printable Favor Boxes from Simply Everyday Me on Etsy. Tell me about it down below!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Darling New Western and Cowboy Themed Board Book for Babies

This adorable Wild West themed alphabet board book for babies comes out in March. The illustrator is Greg Paprocki, who has done the art for several other cute BabyLit books from Gibbs Smith.

When my dad was growing up in the 1950s and early 1960s, cowboys and the Wild West were a huge part of his (and probably every other American boy's) life. He had Western themed toys, cowboy hat and boots, and watched all the Westerns with my grampa.

I'm tempted to get this book for my dad's new grandkid (whenever one of my stepsisters gives birth to one!) so Grampa can read this colorful, cute retro styled book to the new baby. D'awww.

"V is for Vittles" will arrive on March 1st. Get your copy on Amazon or at Barnes and Noble!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Mimm Studio's Retro Coasters

I know there can never be enough coasters in my house. They always seem to go missing! When I ran into these vintage designed coasters by Mimm Studio on Etsy I needed to share. There is something for every one, so take a look!

Wouldn't these Vintage Tea Cup Coasters be really cute for springtime? It reminds me of my first cup of tea on a nice sunny spring morning looking out at my yard. It's really one of my favorite times of the year!

I almost want to combine the former with these Vintage Flower Coasters. I tend to throw lots of parties and I think a cute Victorian tea party would be so fun! Having these coasters would enhance the experience with the beautiful flower illustrations.

I think these Vintage Sports Coasters are actually quite cool. We often forget where baseball and American football started. These coasters are a blast from the past! I'm not a huge sports fan, but I can appreciate the history behind it all. Plus these would be a great gift for huge sports fans!

Who doesn't love Art Deco? Here's a set of four Art Deco coasters. I love the cute short hairstyles on the ladies.

Clearly these Vintage French Wine Coasters are a must have. These retro wine labels are so cool and would be great for my small dinner parties. I would also just use these everyday at home! I can't have enough wine in my house!

These Vintage French Hair Salon Coasters are really cool. It's so amazing to see what tools they used for styling hair about a century ago. This would be a great gift for any hair stylist or someone who is really into hair trends.

This set is one of my favorites, the Retro Hollywood Coasters. They have prints of Lauren Bacall, Ava Gardner, Jane Russell, and I believe Gene Tierney. All are great and memorable actresses from the early to mid 20th century!

There are plenty of other retro coasters from Mimm Studio on Etsy. I just wanted to show you my favorites! What do you think? Tell me about it down below in the comments section.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Beautiful Vintage French Kitchenwares from Scrumptious Venus

I just stumbled onto the Scrumptious Venus Etsy shop this morning and I'm so glad I did! I'm enjoying browsing - what an enjoyable way to spend my Sunday morning, mug of tea in hand, pets snuggled up nearby.

Shop owner Sandra is a French ex-pat living in Southern California. She's found the most lovely vintage French things for the kitchen! Here, let me show you a few of my favorites.

Check out the astonishing bright pink color of this Peugeot coffee mill! It dates from the 1950s. I don't drink coffee, so I'm frantically trying to think up a legitimate excuse to buy this and display it in my kitchen.

This store has quite a large selection of vintage French coffee mills besides this one!

I've never seen enamel sauce pans like these. From the 1930s, they're described as an Art Deco Red.

If you have a retro red-and-white kitchen, here's a striking French enamel coffee pot that would go perfectly in it. I can't get over what great shape this 1920s coffee pot is in!

I'm not a big fan of the color yellow, but I have to admit this is a darling vintage French enamel pitcher. It's most likely meant for milk, but I can see myself pouring out some sweet lemonade from it, too.

I had a hard time deciding which of the lovely vintage salt boxes to share with you, and finally settled on the orange one.

This tureen is a beautiful example of ironstone transferware from the late 1800s. This shop has many other ironstone dishes on offer.

Imagine going to light your kitchen candle and drawing out matches from this lovely vintage French small wall hanging matches box! It's from the 1920s and made from tin.

Now for the pièce de résistance, as the French would say: Look at this gorgeous set of vintage French enamel nesting canisters and matching match box! Stunning! The canisters are marked in French for flour, sugar, chicory, coffee, pepper, and pasta. They're the wrong color for my kitchen, or else I would be sorely tempted!

Here's another marvelous set of vintage canisters, this time in yellow and white.

I can just picture a cheerful bouquet of spring tulips peeping out of this enamel coffee pot should you choose to use it that way!

I hope you enjoyed exploring the Scrumptious Venus shop as much as I did!

--Copyright 2016 Retro Shopaholic

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Chic and Useful Vintage Retro Blendo Martini Barware

What happened to the time of the Beatles, beatniks and bohemians? It was such a rad time! I think it would be possible to recreate the mid-century (1950's-1960's) scene with Vintage Blendo Glassware!

This is a legitimate mid-century Vintage Blendo Glassware Turquoise Blue Martini Pitcher. I really wish I had this for my upcoming winter party! The glasses are white "frosted" with gold rims.

Maybe these Blendo Glass Champagne Flutes might be a better fit for your home. The colors that are available make me reminisce about my parents' vintage glassware. This would be super fun for a retro party or for a bar owner that might want to have a retro night.

This mid-century set is quite elegant. The Vintage Blendo Cocktail Pitcher and Six Matching Roly Poly Glasses almost looks gold in the pictures, but they are an olive green. I think this would be great for future parties!

I'm in love with this Vintage Blendo Fiery Pink Pitcher, Glasses, and Garnish Bowl Set. It exudes so much energy! I can imagine my parents pouring lemonade from a pitcher exactly like this. I really don't feel like millennials have the same appreciation for beautiful glassware like people did in the mid-century.

Easter is just around the corner, and these Vintage Blendo Frosted Margarita Glasses would be awesome for the adults! They come in very pastel colors. Maybe a collector of mid-century goods would find these enhance their collection.

This Orange Vintage Frosted Blendo Martini Tall Pitcher is lovely. This would be a great bowl for punch. Too bad Mad Men is over, because this would be a fun piece to have at a Mad Men party.

Finally, another stunning set, the Large Retro Blendo Frosted Mint Green Pitcher and Margarita Glasses. A margarita out of this baby would just be amazing!

I can see why mid-century Blendo Glassware is so coveted. Look at other colors and sets of Vintage Blendo Glassware on Etsy! Tell me what you think down below in the comments!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

I'm Fascinated By This Antique French Thatch House Sugar Dish

This antique French opaline thatch house is incredible!

It uses a bit of ormolu on the base of its stand.

It's sold by the Antiques Uncommon Treasure shop on eBay.

Design Toscano's Reproduction Retro Telephones

I was so thrilled to see these reproduction antique phones by Design Toscano. I remember going to my grandmother's house, where a few phones similar to these were on hand. I always thought they were really cool. All of these phones are painted with a beautiful bronze finish to give them a more vintage look. Here, check them out:

This is a really awesome Eiffel Tower Telephone. It might look older because of the rotary dialing and the overall look, but it actually has all the modern connections necessary for hooking it up to your house and using it.

The Roman Column Candlestick Telephone is a reproduction of a telephone from 1987. I always found these style of phones to be really fun to use. This may be a reproduction, but authentic phones with this style are still desired by collectors around the world.

I'm in love with the beautiful detail of this Swedish Royal Family Replica Telephone! The bronze embellishments are what make this phone perfect. It also has modern connections so you could use this as your home phone.

A simple design, but still a great reproduction: The Royal Victoria 1938 Telephone. It has a touch dial system and a sleek black and bronze design. I think it would fit well as a decoration or even used in any contemporary home.

This is such a funky phone. I mean that in a good way! Check out this Victorian Magneto 1923 Reproduction Telephone. The phone uses a hand-cranked generator that produces electricity to drive the ringers on the operator's console. I love what looks like faux gold plates and skirt decorating the phone.

I saved the most elegant for last. The Versailles Telephone in Polished Brass is also a touch dialing phone and is wired for modern day use! I really like the beautiful design on the brass. This phone looks really heavy!

I hope you enjoyed these as much as I did. Take a peek at all of Design Toscano's work! What do you think of these reproductions?

An Unusual Soviet Coffee Maker

This is such an interesting find! Monsters Under the Sea is an Etsy store that has new and vintage items from Eastern Europe and Soviet Russia.

I wouldn't be able to use this myself, but maybe a collector or someone here would be able to find use for this beautiful NOS Sand Coffee Maker! It's incredibly rare and not used at all. This item is from 1985.

It's an easy to use desktop coffee maker for brewing coffee on hot sand. It uses an ancient Middle Eastern technique that helps to make a delicious smooth, flavorful drink by using consistent heat.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Retro and Vintage Style Calendars for 2016

It's never too late to get organized. I know I didn't receive the calendar I wanted this year, so I bought one. Here are some 2016 calendars on Amazon that have all kinds of vintage art.

This Bon Appétit 2016 Wall Calendar would be a great addition to any kitchen. I love the old art from vintage Bon Appetit magazines.

When I saw this Retro Mama 2016 Wall Calendar I giggled to myself a little bit. This offers a humorous look with a contemporary twist to mother's of the past. As February says, it is always easier to get through a family dinner with a little Bailey's in my coffee.

I'm in love with this Vintage Ads 2016 Wall Calendar. It is inspired by vintage poster art from the late 1800s to the mid-1900s. These posters were created for fans of classic graphic art and design.

The Art Nouveau 2016 Calendar is another I really enjoy. Art Nouveau is one of my favorite periods of time. This calendar would be great for my office.

Some of my favorite calendars are the sassy vintage ones. This Anne Taintor 2016 Engagement Calendar is pretty much exactly what I want for this year.

The Vintage Burlesque Wall Calendar 2016 is really quite stunning. This features cabaret costumes, scantily clad chorus girls and burlesque dancers. It showcases the best dancers and actresses involved in the burlesque scene from the mid-twentieth century to the 1960s.

Maybe I didn't cover antique calendars that you might like. Check out Vintage 2016 calendars on Amazon Are there any other vintage calendars you particularly enjoy? Tell me about it down in the comments!