Monday, June 12, 2017

Thursday, February 16, 2017

This Winter

I've abandoned this old blog, but glad now to have a little time to attend to and refresh with a little share.

  I hope you and yours have had a good fresh start in the new year.  This winter has been quite interesting, especially in that we've had more snow storms and wintery type weather than the norm here in Oregon.  It's been a winter with no major snow or ice problems.  Just a few good old fashion snowy weather days.

Not a ton, which was nice and always great to open
up the blinds and watch it fall.  A sense of soothing calm comes with it.

The best of the snowy day was the day we got nearly a foot, just perfect.  It's stuck around for a couple days, then melted away.

Most other days, liquid sunshine.  It's Oregon.

While I was away, a friend and I had decided to try and open a little junk store.  We decided before Christmas that we would start just after the new year.  It's been quite the month and half since we started and I can't believe that we're through the middle of February, Valentine's Day 2017 is in the history books, wow does time fly.  We've open, but haven't decided on a grand opening date.

Here are couple pics of what we've got going on...

So far, it's just us and we're planning on renting space, take on consignments, list items for peeps online, and who knows what else.  Part of the plan is to have an open-air market in the spring and summer as there's a perfect lot with plenty of parking.  Maybe some live music and barbeque!

I won't share the outside yet as I'll save those pics for the grand opening.

Pickin' this winter has been a bit slow as I've not had a lot of time with the new store, but I did managed to get out to a couple haunts.  Even got out with my fave pickin' pal Leslie and her daughter Tay (you've might have seen her in my side bar Operation Taylor link) and Tay's beau, Nathan. 

In my hunt for vintage finds, I was blessed with two of my favorite collectibles, both of which I'll share with you. 

While at an estate sale, my pal L comes up to me, say's "I found this in the closet" and was holding one of two of my faved collectibles, a Barbie!  Here she is poised in her new original American Airlines Stewardess ensemble..

Poor Barbie was left on top of a closet shelf and the only thing she had on her was that lovely vintage Barbie look on her face and a one dollar price sticker.  Ain't she purrrdy?!

Another, was this killer vintage Tyco Pro Electric Race Set...

Used gently and with a little cleaning, it'll look good as new!

Yup, been a slow winter for pickin', but a good start to the new year. 

That's all I got, but I'd love to hear what you've been up to this winter, so drop me a line.  In the meantime, I hope to get back here on a regular basis with new pics of the new brick n mortar store and to feature more of my favorite vintage goods from some of my fave vintage purveyors.

  I hope the new year has started off great for you all and that you are healthy, happy, and well.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

New Kid In Town

Just wanted to give a shout out to a new kid in town by the name of...

Owner of

Here's an example of her wonderful and whimsical works and my favorite thus far.

Just click the link or photo above to view in Denise's shop.

You can also find Denise by clicking any of the links below...

dgvPaintings on Instagram

I hope you'll stop by to see all of Denise's creative works and if you run into her, do tell her NeverTooOld sent ya!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

She's Fab-BOO-lous!

I can't believe this Fab-BOO-lous kid will be 16 years old in just a few months.  Here's a share of a few pics through the years at Halloween time.     

Her first Halloween trick or treating at age 3, "The Little Bat".
She was so excited, pumpkin in hand, but had no clue what going trick or treating really was.  She was so cute in the costume I had a friend create a polymer figurine for us.

The "Can-Can" girl.  Always so happy, but she opted for the "Little Bat" costume that Halloween.

"The Groucho Marx Singing Witch".  She insisted she would sing "Trick or Treat" and adlib the rest.  She still loves to clown around and insisted on the "nose and glasses" to go along with the outfit.  She's quite a card!

A little more sophisticated and a lot of "attitude", lol.  Where did all those curls go?  Definitely an urban cowgirl!

Raggedy Ann at her finest.  A friend made this costume and was just perfect.  Cheyenne looked like a real-life Raggedy Ann and remember everyone shouting out "it's Raggedy Ann" as we trick-or-treated through the neighborhood.

The first of the "makeup" costumes and I think was the first time for her to put makeup on of any kind.  The teeth were a tad bit too big, but she insisted "A vampire's not a vampire without fangs!"

She's now a HS sophmore on the Varsity Volleyball Team and near 6' tall, but she'll always be Papa's little girl.

Here with granddoggie "Delilah"

Saturday, September 17, 2016


My featured guest is a wonderful young lady that hails from my home state of California.  I met her when I was a member of the Etsy team Vintage Vertigo and fell in love with her marvelous vintage finds shop.  Here I'd like to share with you a little about this Etsy entrepreneur, her love of family, pets, and of course, her passion for vintage.  I introduce you to...   

Jenny is the owner of the Etsy shop

Jenny or Jen, has so graciously allowed me to share with you a little about her in this interview.  I hope you enjoy.

Who is Jackpot Jen?  Can you tell us a little bit about her?

"Jackpot Jen, a vintage shop on Etsy with over 600 items, is also known as Jenny Fox Fritz, a passionate artist, dancer, collector, cook, gardener, explorer, discriminating picker and Mom of two teenage boys, our big friendly wonder dog and six chickens. I like to call myself a self driven Etsy entrepreneur who loves running my own business. I don't really consider Jackpot Jen, my vintage shop work, since it is my passion, my niche and what makes me truly happy!"

Will you walk us through a day at Jackpot Jens?

"A typical day at Jackpot Jen's always starts off with a strong cup of French pressed coffee with my hubby. Must not forget to water the garden and feed the animals. Once the chores are done, it's time to get busy renewing listing items, editing, promoting on social media, prepping for a photo shoot, photographing my latest finds, adding new items to my shop, packaging sold items and running to the post office in town, since we live out in the country. Now if it's a Friday, then without a doubt you will find me out pickin' the back roads of Amador County searching for rare, cool, weird and unique finds as soon as the sun is up. Come evening time, this girl needs a break and usually heads out for a live music show, dancing and a cold I.P.A. with her man!"

This lovely photograph was also shared on Instagram by Jenny and reminds me of a place one might have seen Laura and Mary Ingalls from "Little House" play.

What was the first item you sold on Etsy?

"The first thing I ever sold on Etsy was a 1960's green striped pullover sweater. Very Beach Boys meets My 3 Sons."

Meets Wally Cleaver!

What was your favorite item sold?

"My favorite item I've sold so far was an amazing ceramic cast mug signed by John Wayne "The Duke" from the 1955 movie "Blood Alley." It went to a collector, so it has a good home!"

What, if anything would your improve upon at Jackpot Jen's?

"I really would love to improve and upgrade my photography equipment and get a more professional photographer's set up with lighting in order to really up the quality of the items I sell. Pictures really do tell a thousand words. Something else that I think would improve my shop is to make a shop video and perhaps even start a blog. Who knows what kind of doors those two things may unlock?"

If given the opportunity, would you drive an NHRA Dragster or a circle track Nascar car?

"I wouldn't want to drive a dragster or a Winston Cup car, instead I would love an old 30's Rat Rod to cruise around in!"

Skydive, Bungee, or Base Jump, which one and why?

"Skydive. It's on my bucket list. I've always wanted to jump out of a perfectly good plane and free fall!!"

Favorite music genre or artist, why?

"At the moment, my favorite musical genre, because my taste in music evolves every 6 months, is Beats Antique, a quirky Gypsy, Tribal Fusion band which makes me want to dance and puts a huge smile on my face."

Who on Gilligan's Island do you feel you most relate to?

"I really feel I can relate to both Ginger and Mary Ann on Gilligan's Island. I love both the brains and down-home cuteness of Mary Ann and the beauty and glamour of Ginger. I'd like to think I have a little bit of both in me. Just call me Gin Ann!"

Just one of the gals!

With that, I bring us to....

I hope you've enjoyed the read and that you'll stop by Jenny's shop

Jackpot Jen

to browse all of her wonderful vintage finds that include antique, collectibles, apparel for women and men, accessories, home décor and much, much, more!