Thursday, April 26, 2012

Alberto Vargas Girls Playing Cards

$75 at
Alberto Vargas came by his eye for beauty legitimately . . . His father was a famous portrait photographer in Peru. Alberto studied art in Zurich, Switzerland and at the age of 14 he toured all of Europe's  famed art galleries viewing paintings and sculptures by the hour. His work attracted the attention of publishers everywhere...His big break came in 1919 when he was contracted full time by Florenz Ziegfeld. Vargas "glorified the American Girl on canvas" just as Ziegfeld "glorified the American Girl on the stage."

His biggest accolade came with the world-wide acclaim through the pages of "Esquire" magazine. His first 1940 Girl Calendar was an unprecedented success. After Pearl Harbor, the American G.I.'s took the "Vargas Girls" to the four corners of the earth. Recognition for his efforts came from Peru wherein he received the medal and brevet of Knighthood in the Order Of The Sun. The American Government accorded him a citation for meritorious service to the country.
1950 - Spades Playing Cards
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Monday, April 23, 2012

Antique Alley Road Trip

I woke up early Friday morning to the sound of heavy rain hitting my bedroom window. It was the same morning that I planned to go to Antique Alley, a twenty five mile long route of flea markets, tag sales and estate sales. I was a little bummed, but decided that the rain wasn't going to stop me. I have always heard that rainy days are the best days to get good deals because not as many people are shopping. I think several others had the same idea, because I saw plenty of rain coats and umbrellas walking around with eager shoppers underneath.

This year I counted at least 15 flea markets along the route and I didn't even travel the full 25 miles.

I enjoyed just looking at the different booths in the flea markets. Some unique finds to be had - wish I had brought more money.

Be prepared to stop about every 30 feet for some sort of sale at a church, house, barn or country store. There are plenty of sales on the side roads.

To find out more about Antique Alley in Texas, visit the site.
Hope to see you there next time!!

Friday, April 13, 2012


You could win this fab set of 9 pinback buttons. To enter the drawing, become a follower of my blog before April 30, 2012. On April 30, a random number from 1 - ? will be drawn. Each number represents a follower of this blog. The number 1 represents the first person to follow the blog and so on. On May 1, 2012 the winner of the giveaway will be announce right here. If your number is chosen, then we will mail these wonderful buttons to you! You must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Each button gets its retro images from real vintage advertisements out of my grandparent's estate. These are actual ad images and not reproduction prints. Grandma was a paper collector and spent hours cutting thousands of unique images from magazines, books, newspapers and pamphlets. The ads I used for this set date between 1930 - 1960. What better way to capture and protect these little pieces of history. The buttons are 2.25" wide and can be worn or displayed on a coat, blouse, scarf, hat or bag. 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Antique Alley - Texas

I've only been in Texas a little over three years, but every year I look forward to Antique Alley. This biannual shopping experience spreads over 25 miles from Cleburne, to Grandview, and on to Maypearl via FM 4 and FM 916. I've only attend in July (which is way to hot) so this year I am going to see what April offers. If you're in the area, stop on by. Here is a link to the site:
I hope to come home with lots of goodies for the store!

Friday, April 6, 2012

What Happened To It - Vintage Bedspread

What Happened To It gives a glimpse into the travel and/or transformation of items once they leave Recycled Wares' store. Most items are used just as they are, while others are transformed into something totally different.

This weeks What Happened To It involves a vintage bedspread from the 1960's and the creative mind and hands of Maria Andrews of babyKAMP. Maria purchased the vintage bedspread from my store last year, and has lovingly transformed it into handmade gifts that will be treasured for years. The baby pail and baby blocks are available for sale in her Etsy store, as well as a burp cloth and bean bags made from the same bedspread. Maria can personalize each gift with a special message, name, colors and/or theme. All orders are custom made so please allow up to two weeks for your item to ship from the time of payment.

babyKAMP is a family owned and operated business that was passed down to Maria from her aunt, and in 2000 the business started to grow as request for personalized baby gifts increased. The store features handmade, personalized baby items including stroller quilts, bibs, burp cloths, fabric blocks, custom pails, bean bags, onesies and more. Almost every item is available for complimentary personalization with a child's name and your choice of colors. Visit her store for more gift ideas.
babyKamp Family

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