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Original Elf on the Shelf –

Vintage Elf, photo by Caryn

Vintage Elf, photo by Caryn

It’s mid-week and Nashville is basically shut down. I know the Junk King trucks are not going anywhere. This Buffalo, NY transplant is loving the snow, the ice not so much. Though we are surrounded by ice, the sun has turned it into a wonderland. The little fellow pictured is a vintage Japan-made elf who found his way into our warehouse. My Facebook friends helped me name him: Swanson McShelfenhopper. That sweet, impish smile belies a devilish side that show itself from time to time.

Swanson Dumpster Diving, photo by Caryn

Swanson Dumpster Diving, photo by Caryn

#TBT Ideal School Supply Ingento #4 Guillotine Paper Cutter

Ideal School Supply Ingento #4 Guillotine Paper Cutter, Photo by Caryn

Ideal School Supply Ingento #4 Guillotine Paper Cutter, Photo by Caryn

Here is Junk Lady‘s Throwback Thursday blog post. Her friend John stopped by to visit and spied this beauty sitting in our metal recycling dumpster at work. It’s a vintage maple guillotine paper cutter made by Chicago’s Ideal School Supply Company. It is model Ingento #4. and though the blade is rusty and worn it is still sharp. Do you remember these from your school days?

Throwback Thursday: 1970’s Jukebox 45 RPM Records

1970s 45 Records: Shaun Cassidy, The Carpenters, Andy Kim, and The Captain & Tennile

1970s 45 Records: Shaun Cassidy, The Carpenters, Andy Kim, and Captain & Tennile

Today is Throwback Thursday and the Junk Lady found herself looking through some old vinyl records. 45 rpm records from the 1970’s to be exact. The Carpenters, Captain & Tennile, Shaun Cassidy, and Canadian Andy Kim’s ‘Rock Me Gently‘.

The yellow plastic 45 rpm adaptor has been known to confound more recent generations as to its purpose. It is to fit inside the 45’s larger opening so the record could be played on a regular 33 1/3 rpm turntable. The adaptors are still available and in a variety of colors.

Did you know that vinyl is alive and well and still being pressed into records right here in Nashville? United Record Pressing has the largest record pressing plant in North America and they are at capacity and almost done building their second Nashville plant.

#TBT Throwback Thursday – Krystal Shenango China Coffee Cup

The Krystal Shenango Coffee Mug, photo by Caryn

The Krystal Shenango Coffee Mug, photo by Caryn

A delightful find this week makes me think of late nights and early college mornings at Clinton, NY’s Breakfast At Tiffany’s Diner (a.k.a. Tiff’s). It is a Shenango China coffee mug so sturdy it could probably be used to hammer a nail into some drywall and come out unscathed. It is likely from the 1940’s and has the logo of ‘The Krystal‘ chain of hamburger restaurants where they encourage you to “Take Along A Sack Full”. It is heavy and sits well in the hand(s) and the thick walls will keep that coffee warm for a good long time.

‘Jogger’ Treadmaster by Vitamaster #TBT

'Jogger' Treadmaster by Vitamaster Treadmill

‘Jogger’ Treadmaster by Vitamaster Treadmill

This beauty of a relic was dropped off at a community recycling day in the City of Forest Hills here in Nashville last Spring. A lot like Fred Flintstone’s car, it has no power unless your feet get moving. It is the ‘Jogger’ Treadmaster by Vitamaster and there is a tread running belt over a series of rollers providing a surprising foot massage as one starts walking and then hitting a light jog.

Barbie Magic Change Hair – Throwback Thursday!

Mattel Barbie Magic Change Hair, photo by Caryn

Mattel Barbie Magic Change Hair, photo by Caryn

1 – So Easy To Do!

2. Pull Her Hair Through!

3. Style And Go!

Hello 90’s! I’m sure we all occasionally long for the big hair days of yore. Now Barbie can have bigger a̶n̶d̶ ̶b̶e̶t̶t̶e̶r̶ hair!

I wonder if it includes a giant can of hair spray?

 

 

Mattel Barbie Magic Change Hair, photo by Caryn

Mattel Barbie Magic Change Hair, photo by Caryn

Throwback Thursday – Sears Coldspot Refrigerator

Vintage 70s Sears Coldspot Refrigerator, photo by Caryn

Vintage 70s Sears Coldspot Refrigerator, photo by Caryn

Who remembers the fantastic color selections for kitchen appliances a few decades back? We are sadly down to the monochromatic white, black and stainless these days, but there used to be ‘Avocado Green’, ‘Orange’, ‘Brown’, and ‘Harvest Gold’. A lovely example of a Sears Coldspot in Harvest Gold is presently at our warehouse. After both crews were done for the day we surrounded it like a campfire and spoke of appliances past. Good times. We have a couple non-profits looking for working fridges of a smaller stature and this fits both bills. Hopefully one will want to go back in time.

Throwback Thursday – 1988 Jimmy Buffett at Starwood Amphitheater

1988 Jimmy Buffett Ticket Stub from Starwood Amphitheater, photo by Caryn

1988 Jimmy Buffett Ticket Stub from Starwood Amphitheater, photo by Caryn

In the course of my day other people’s ephemera crosses my path. This ticket stub from Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers Band’s appearance at Starwood Amphitheater in Nashville, TN gave me pause. 26 years ago a lawn seat at an amphitheater show cost $14.50 + $1.25 in fee fees. I looked up one of his 2014 amphitheater shows (6/28/14 in Tinley Park, IL at the First Midwest bank Amphitheater) to see what a lawn seat cost now: $36.00 + $13.50 in fee fees.

 

Throwback Thursday – Vintage BagBoy Golf Cart

Browning Bag Boy Play Day Golf Cart, photo by Caryn

Browning Bag Boy Play Day Golf Cart, photo by Caryn

Over 35 years ago my parents started to teach me how to play golf. Before they set me free on a ‘real’ course we would use the range, practice putting green, and 18-hole Par 3 course at Bob-O-Link in our hometown of Orchard Park, NY. There were no motorized carts but they did have these aluminum pull carts to use if you didn’t want to heft your clubs on your shoulder. Light as a feather and maneuverable, they had the bare necessities: straps to restrain the bag. Nowadays though many golf bags come with pop out stands to take the place of these beauties, Bag Boy still makes pull carts, but they have bells, whistles, and likely internet and a small fridge.

Throwback Thursday – WWII Willys JEEP Air Pump

Willys Jeep Air Pump from World War 2

Willys Jeep Air Pump from World War 2

One person’s broken air pump is another person’s piece of history. Husband tried the pump and it didn’t work and put it in the recycling bin. I saw the color and the ‘US ORD’ on the base and may have done a little dumpster diving. A quick Google told me we had a non-working 1942 Willys Jeep air pump from World War II. Willys were produced as a light utility military vehicle between 1941 and 1945. The word ‘Jeep’ appears to be a slurring of ‘GP’ standing for ‘Government Purpose’ or ‘General Purpose’.


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