Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Pillsbury Doughboy Bowl

Holy Cow!  I was ready to toss this Pillsbury bowl in the Goodwill pile.  I got it in an auction lot with a few other things I wanted.  I decided to look it up before I said goodbye and found that there are some serious Doughboy collectors out there.  I had no idea.

Ignore the dish on the right.  I already had this photo and am too lazy to take another.

This Ebay listing is for a bowl identical to mine. The condition even sounds like mine - PILLSBURY DOUGHBOY BOWL-HOME COOKIN-POPPIN FRESH-OVEN&MIRCOWAVE SAFE! ANCHOR OVENWARE-BOWL IS NOT PERFECT,NO CRACKS BUT SOME WEAR MARKS,VER USEABLE ITEM! NOTE:THESE ARE VERY HARD TO FIND AT BEST!  It sold for $19.99 plus shipping a little over 2 months ago.

I figured that was a fluke, so I looked some more. I found another that lists for $25 on this site dedicated to Doughboy Collectibles.

Trivia -
  • The Doughboy (his name is Poppin' Fresh) was first introduced in a commercial in 1965.
  • A young Maureen McCormick (Marsha Brady) co-starred with Poppin’ Fresh in his first commercial.
  • According To Forbes, Poppin Fresh is the 12th most loved spokescharacter (didn't even know that was a word)

Want to know more about Poppin'?
His official bio can be found here.

More links:
Pillsbury Doughboy Collectibles
Offical Doughboy Site
The Doughboy's Official Facebook Page

If you are a Doughboy fan, please stop here. The next section is in very poor taste and you will find it humorless and tacky and disturbing and it's a bald faced lie!  I mean it.  Stop reading right now.

Still reading?  Don't say I didn't warn you. 
I found this obituary while searching.  I didn't even know he had passed.

Please join me in remembering a great icon. Veteran Pillsbury spokesperson, The Pillsbury Doughboy, died yesterday of a severe yeast infection and complications from repeated pokes to the belly. He was 71. Doughboy was buried in a slightly greased coffin. Dozens of celebrities turned out, including Mrs. Butterworth, the California Raisins, Hungry Jack, Betty Crocker, the Hostess Twinkies, Captain Crunch and many others.
The graveside was piled high with flours as long-time friend, Aunt Jemima, delivered the eulogy, describing Doughboy as a man who "never knew how much he was kneaded."

Doughboy rose quickly in show business, but his later life was filled with many turnovers. He was not considered a very smart cookie, wasting much of his dough on half-baked schemes. Despite being a little flaky at times, even as a crusty old man, he was still considered a roll model for millions.

Toward the end, it was thought he'd rise once again, but he was no tart.

Doughboy is survived by his second wife, Play Dough. They have two children and one in the oven. The funeral was held at 3:50 for about 20 minutes.

Oh my word.  No wonder I can't get things done around here.  I get lost for ages doing stupid stuff like this.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Pyrex - More Excellent Finds

If you want to start a collection of vintage Pyrex, I can now say from personal experience that it's really easy.  I have had incredible luck in the last couple of months.  In the last couple of weeks, I have added to my collection and now am ready to begin letting go of some.  I'm getting picky, which surely means I've graduated to Level 2!!!

The pattern for my first set is often called Crazy Daisy, but the correct name is probably Spring Blossom Green.  There is a great explanation of the name controversy here.  I have learned so much from this web site (The Pyrex Files)!  This pattern is from the late 1960's and early 70's.  On a personal note, in my younger days, I really wasn't a fan of green when it came to clothes or decorating.  Now, I love it!  The colors of this set are really nice!

 I found 3 of these.  Apparently, I have the complete Cinderella Round Bake Set, lids and all! The numbers on mine are 471-,472-, and 473-B. 

Turquoise has always been a color I loved.  I found this next set at an auction and had very little competition bidding on it!  It was a farm auction, so there weren't many vintage-loving decorators to drive up the price. But I was swooning and refused to leave til it came up for bid. 

This pattern is called Butterprint.  It was introduced in 1957.  The turquoise was the most popular and they made a lot of it so it's easy to find.  See more info on Butterprint here.

I have almost the whole refrigerator set.  I'm missing two lids. 

I decided to use the top shelf of one of my cabinets to display these sets.  One day, I may actually use them, but for now I just want to look at them.  I am trying to change so that I only keep what I use, but I guess I'm not really there yet.  Does a prominent display count as being used? 

I forgot to take a photo of another small refrigerator dish and lid that I found at a yard sale.  It's in the Snowflake Blue pattern and was produced in the late 1960's and early 70's.  It looks just like the one shown below, which I found for sale online.

At the farm auction, I also found the two smallest bowls from the Primary Nesting Bowls set.  Now, I just need the green and yellow. These bowls were produced form the 1940's to 1970's.  At first the smallest bowl was more of a turquoise color, but later changed to a blue.  I have the blue.

Check out this early ad I found on I Adore Style:

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Cute White and Red Kitchen Cupboard

I found this cute little kitchen cupboard yesterday  I had thought about putting it in my house, but the size wasn't exactly right.  Instead I did some rearranging in my booth and slid it right in.  It looks wonderful.  I'm more interested in it for display than a quick sale, so I put a semi-high price on it.

I did a really quick rearrange and I'm not real happy with the things I chose to put in the cabinet.  I can definitely do better than that.  I have plenty of new things to take in, so hopefully, I'll fluff this look next week.

Hmmmm.  Now I'm wondering.  Did I price it high enough?  Shoot.  If that thing sells fast, I won't be happy.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Chewed Up and Spit Out

If you hate the look of brand new shoes and want a way to give them that vintage worn look FAST, I have the answer for you.  Get a lab puppy.

We have two lab puppies.  They are a tad over 7 months old now and NOTHING in or out of our house looks new anymore.  Their latest accomplishment involved a pair of shoes I ordered online from Zappos.

I was at Rockin B fluffing my booth.  My husband called and asked had I ordered something.  Yes.  A pair of shoes.  Well, there are only bits of cardboard in the yard.  A little while later he called back to say he found the shoes. One of our little precious darlings was throwing it up in the air and playing catch.  They were a bit chewed up.  Unwearable.  Not even good enough to be paint shoes.

I'm glad I wasn't home.  It would have been like an episode of Snapped, only the pet version.  By the time I got home, I had calmed down to extremely irritated.  It's a good thing I am madly in love with them. 

These two, very cute, very lovable dogs, have chewed up soooooooooo many things around our house - furniture, rugs, cables...  I love them dearly, but I will NEVER, as God is my witness, have puppies again!!!!  I will rescue an older dog who is out of the chewing stage, but, read my lips, "NO NEW PUPPIES!"

My next online order may be a couple of muzzles.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

More Improvements to My Booth

Today I bought an old rustic wood table that is the perfect size for my new (old) blue metal shelf.  I took down the bakers rack and packed it away. 

A fold up bakers rack is such a good thing to have for a booth.  When something big sells, it can be set up to fill in a space and hold lots of smalls.

I had been using the bakers rack to hold vintage table linens.  Now, I have a display that is more "me".  Rustic, chippy, farmhouse, vintage...

I love bakers racks, but I have to say, I find this crazy display more appealing for my booth.  There are still improvements to be made with the display of the linens, but I'm definitely a step closer.

Once I moved the blue metal cart to the back, I needed to redo the front section.  I finished and sent up front to get my camera.  By the time I came back two big things had sold from it and I had to rearrange.  this is the second arrangement.  The platters look so-so, but I wanted to give them a little time up front.

By the way, those vintage orange glasses on the metal tray are so wonderful.  every time I see them, I'm tempted to bring them back home. If they don't sell this month, I probably will.  I need to take a better photo of them so you can see how wonderful they are.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

On My Own in a Booth

Martie and I have shared a booth at Rockin' B Antiques for over a year.  Last week, we separated.  We joke that it's an amicable divorce.

We were in a double booth (10x20).  It was wide and spacious.  Now we are next door neighbors and we each have a 10x10 booth. 

Looking at our things side by side makes it apparent just how different our styles really are.  Martie loves traditional and formal.  She's well traveled and artsy. She's a born entertainer. Her booth turned out great - I should post photos.

I love beat up,  hunky things.  With strong vibrant retro colors.  And a farmhouse look.  Rust, chipped paint, galvanized metal and burlap are my friends. 

I won't lie.  My new booth is a bit cramped and after putting all my stuff in this space, my first inclination was to get a bigger booth.  I even talked to the owner about it and began making plans for a fabulous corner booth. 

But then, a funny thing happened.  I began to love my little spot.  I rearranged a little and made better use of the space.  And I started thinking about the increased responsibility involved with a larger booth - the increased work responsibilities, working harder to keep the booth stocked, etc. Plus, I already have a 1/6th piece of The White Booth.  Suddenly it made since to keep it simple. The last thing I need to do is take on something pulling even more on my time.  Once that decision was made, I felt incredibly relaxed and happy.

Here are a few photos of the booth. Not everything in it reflects my style.  That's going to take time.  Heck, I'm still trying to figure out my style.  It's a work in progress.  In fact, I'm going over this afternoon to do some tweaking.  I bought a smaller, taller table for one of the corners and that will give me more room for the medium size (easy for me to handle) furniture pieces that I plan to focus on. 

Things have already changed several times since first moving in.  I had a fabulous, chippy yellow farm table on the left.  The color and style really popped.  It sold.  I had just finished painting this green one, so it went right in the same spot.  It's pretty, but I miss the stronger color.  I also had a colorful rug on the floor.  It sold.  I need to find another.  Lots of my colorful smalls have sold, too. 

In the photo above, you can also see that I have a spot up high on the right where I can hang a chandelier.  So, guess what I'm on the lookout for!?!?!

I have three shelves that are not for sale - two on the right and one on the left (you can see just a little of that one in the photo below).  I'm thinking about moving the one on the left to create more room for a transitional vignette.   Eventually, I hope to replace those shelves with pieces that have more personality.  Barnwood and wavy tin maybe?

In the corner, I covered a round card table with my pretty toile tablecloth.  That's where the new round table is going to go.  I wanted something smaller and sturdier that I could pile high with a fun display.  The tablecloth will still work.  I'll take photos and post them soon.

My back wall has a jut out in an odd location.  At first, I hated it.  I wanted a straight wall with no restrictions.  But, again, I am actually falling in love with this odd little nook.  It's 30 inches wide.  I put a square card table in there (30 inches square) and covered it with my burlap tablecloth.  It turned out fun and quirky, but I'm looking for something better. 

By the way, don't you just love the submarine man poster sticking out!  I may mark him up to some crazy price because it will break my heart when it sells.  I really like him peaking out.  He definitely grabs the attention of everyone walking by the booth.  Maybe he needs to be $99.95!  If it sold for that, I think I would be able to get over my grief.


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