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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

Nolensville’s Three French Hens Vintage Store

Three French Hens, photo by Caryn

Three French Hens, photo by Caryn

Nolensville’s Historic District is only a short block long, but it is chock full of fun places to visit. One of my favorites is Stacy Harris-Fish’s Three French Hens. Located at 7305 Nolensville Road, Three French Hens is in and around a two story building from the late 1800’s. Stacy showcases her finds, refinished furniture, and gifts. Both upstairs and down have booths around the store from other local vendors with fun finds, crafts, and vintage lovelies.

Three French Hens, photo by Caryn

Three French Hens, photo by Caryn

Upcycled Candle Sticks Using Clarinet Parts

Junk King Upcycled Clarinet Candlesticks, photo by Caryn

Junk King Upcycled Clarinet Candlesticks, photo by Caryn

Junk Lady was going though boxes and found one all chockablock with old clarinet parts. After attempting to assemble one working instrument and failing I got to thinking what non-musical way they could be recycled. CLARINET CANDLESTICKS!

#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 – The 1982 Chevrolet Citation!

1982 Chevrolet Citation Brochure, photo by Caryn

1982 Chevrolet Citation Brochure, photo by Caryn

Finding 30 year old car brochures takes me back to the time when cars were made of metal, had cheesy names, and had a color palate ranging from beige to navy. May I present the 1982 Chevrolet Citation? Its classic lines provide the look of a sedan with the handiness of the Pinto. Who needs a minivan when you can fit three comfortably in the back seat of a hatchback? Wait, minivans were not invented until 1983 with Chrysler’s last ditch effort to stay afloat.

1982 Chevrolet Citation Brochure, photo by Caryn

1982 Chevrolet Citation Brochure, photo by Caryn

Throwback Thursday! Physician License Plate Topper

MD License Plate Topper, photo by Caryn

MD License Plate Topper, photo by Caryn

Remember when a physician’s car would have a fancy metal license plate topper proclaiming his or her profession? This harkens to an era of when house calls were the norm and this little gem helped doctors avoid tickets and get decent parking to get to their patients. Nowadays it would more than likely be a Bat Signal to burglars to come take a look inside once the car was parked.

Wacky Wednesday – TPAC Art-O-Mat

ARTOMAT at TPAC, Photo by Caryn

ARTOMAT at TPAC, Photo by Caryn

Our first visit to TPAC, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, brought many delights: the show, the architecture, the artwork and statues in expected and unexpected places, and the Art-O-Mat. After explaining to our daughter what a cigarette machine was, we both agreed it was a fantastic and productive up cycle. Placing $5.00 in this Art-O-Mat machine gave the patron a choice from a selection of palm-sized hand-made artwork from around the country. I say ‘patron’ because the proceeds go to support the TPAC Education Fund.

ARTOMAT at TPAC, Photo by Caryn

ARTOMAT at TPAC, Photo by Caryn

On further investigation we learned that the Art-O-Mat is not unique to TPAC. There are Art-O-Mats all over the country, with one of the newest being unveiled at Alfred University in New York State this week. Clark Whittington of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the founder and creator of Art-O-Mat, will be speaking about his work at Alfred University on March 19th.

Art-O-Mat continues to search for more artists to represent in their machines. There are very specific perimeters and uniform packaging – about the size of  pack of cigarettes. Here are the detailed guidelines. Once a prototype is accepted the artist needs to have at least 50 items together and ready to ship to one of the cities housing an Art-O-Matic machine. Usual price is $5.00 and once sold the artist will receive $2.50.

ARTOMAT at TPAC, Photo by Caryn

ARTOMAT at TPAC, Photo by Caryn

Happy 5th Anniversary to Fanny’s House of Music!

Fanny's House of Music, Nashville

Fanny’s House of Music, Nashville, Photo by Caryn

After the ice and cold of last week (month) yesterday was a breath of fresh, almost-Spring air and brought many folks out into the sunshine. We took a very late lunch and visited a few of our favorite places in East Nashville. We were making a bee-line to I Dream of Weenie for some hots and brats when we stopped in at Fanny’s House of Music yesterday for their 5th Anniversary celebration.  Fanny’s has multiple personalities and they all get along.

Fanny’s sells, new, used, and refurbished instruments. Fanny’s gives music lessons and has a very strong program for children: Kids Rock Band. Fanny’s has a delightful selection of vintage clothing as well as spotlighting new artwork. It is chock full of ‘hip’ without being pretentious. They are happy to see you whether you are just learning an instrument or just had a paying gig the night before. Fanny’s House of Music is located in an older house at 1101 Holly Street at the corner of 11th in East Nashville, right across the street from the Pied Piper Creamery.

Fanny's House of Music, Nashville

Fanny’s House of Music, Nashville, Photo by Caryn

Fanny's House of Music, Nashville

Fanny’s House of Music, Nashville, Photo by Caryn


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