I Brake for Vintage Neon

Throughout our entire trip there was lots of yelling “I’m pulling over!” or “Pull over!” depending on who was driving. Sometimes it was quite frantic. I have been called “dramatic” at times. But I just can’t help myself when I see a good vintage neon sign! And boy were there a lot of good ones! Some were attached to businesses still operating, others abandoned. So, in my last road trip post I share a collection of all of the gorgeous signs we saw, plus a few images of their accompanying buildings if the were pretty neat looking too!

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Greetings from Portland

Patrick and I are in Portland for a couple of days for his work, and I tagged along to spend some time with friends, see my dad, and do a bit of shopping. I felt it was a perfect opportunity to share more of my vintage postcard collection! This time I bring you vintage Portland postcards!

I can’t help but say that I fee like these postcards totally lie about what the sky looks like in Portland! It’s not blue with little fluffy clouds. It’s more just grey…because the sky is just full of clouds! Seeing blue sky is a rarity in Portland, and when you do, you instantly think the city had a population boom! Even as I type, it’s grey out, with a chance of rain.

Anyway, I’m off to shop!

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A Return to the Rose City

After only a month in Orange, Patrick and I had to make a trip back to Portland. Our trip was mainly for a friend’s wedding, but also for Patrick’s work, and it also happened to fall around the time of the October antique show at Portland’s Expo Center.

I honestly didn’t find too much at Expo, but I also did a bit of shopping around Portland, and I thought I would share with you my treasures that I brought back home!

The October show is an interesting and fun one, while not having as much clothing as the summer show, the October show boasts a lot of Halloween decor (as it takes place the weekend before Halloween) and Christmas decor as it is the last big show before the holiday. I was tempted by a great number of pieces for both holidays, but ultimately only came home with two Halloween pieces, which will sadly have to be tucked away until next year. The first was this dapper paper cat.

The other piece of Halloween decor is this redheaded witch pin-up from Petty. I often see this piece as a calendar page, which is smaller, so I was delighted to find this larger centerfold.

And speaking of records, I also bought this Disneyland Haunted Mansion album, which also features an illustrated story too.

What is so wonderful and interesting about this story inside is that it features the legendary Hatbox Ghost, even describing the ghost’s gag of his head disappearing and reappearing in this hatbox. It is this creative gag that was the ghost’s downfall, as late 60s technology proved not up to the task to make the gag convincing. He was removed from the attraction very shortly after the Haunted Mansion’s grand opening in August of 1969, and has since seeped into legend and become a beloved icon of Haunted Mansion fans. Sometimes I wonder why Disneyland does not bring back the Hatbox Ghost, as I think the technology of today would make the gag work now.

I added to my anti-Vietnam War/LBJ button collection. These ones are some of the harshest ones I’ve come across. You can read and see more of my collection here.

I couldn’t help swinging by my old haunt at Antique Alley to peek in to see what was new and visit with my pals there. While walking about, I stumbled upon an original of my favorite game ever, Barbie’s Queen of the Prom. The game was reproduced in 1994 and it quickly became a staple of slumber parties at my house. The funny thing about the game is that the boyfriend I always had to have (as part of the game includes getting a boyfriend) looks a lot like Pat in some ways, redish hair and glasses!

I also bought two blouses, though they have already managed to land themselves in my repairs pile! But I’m sure you’ll see them soon!

Well that wraps up my treasures from Portland! I hope to share more of our apartment with you soon too!

Aloha Portland

In this case, “Aloha” means “Goodbye”. Last night Patrick and I had a small going-away party at one of our favorite bars in town, Hale Pele. The fabulous tiki atmosphere I felt was fitting as we were traveling to a more tropical climate, and it gave me a very good excuse to wear my new-to-me Hawaiian frock!

Hale Pele offers the Chieftain’s Hut for reservations, a large, somewhat enclosed, booth located in the back of the bar. I had such a swell time chatting with friends that I really just failed miserably at taking photos, aside from these that Patrick snapped before heading over. I adore Hale Pele because it is so incredibly well themed, with the perfect level of kitsch, and offers incredible drinks, in addition to small, but tasty Hawaiian dishes.

I picked up this dress shortly after getting back from our vacation/secret mission. The reality of moving had set in when we returned, and I wasted no time in going through my closet and pulling out items to part with. Living in the Pacific Northwest automatically means you fill your closet with a buffet of wool skirts and dresses, and a plethora of coats, as nine months out the year a coat is all people will see of you! And many of the items would serve little to no purpose in Orange County, so I promptly filled up two bags to take to Sarah at Simply Vintage and traded in a stack of wool for this sarong that had been tempting me the moment it came into the shop. It fit like a glove and I adore the color palette.

It was wonderful to hang out with so many of my friends. It was also the first time that many of my friends from different circles met and while I initially dreaded the notion, everyone got along swimmingly! I’m in a mix of emotions as I am still very, very excited about the move, and the notion of doing more things, but I know there is a lot I am going to miss about Portland, especially my friends. I will miss using the excuse “I live in Portland” that I would use on myself if I was concerned about an outfit. Portland’s motto (which was stolen from Austin) is “Keep Portland Weird” and there are quite a few Portlanders who do their job of keeping Portland weird, and I felt that any time I was concerned about an outfit, I just told myself that anything I wore was okay because I lived in Portland. I will also miss the extreme ease of living here, especially in my neighborhood, where I am across the street from a Trader Joe’s, two blocks from a Whole Foods and the antique mall where I vended, which coincidentally has a Postal Annex located upstairs, which made shipping Etsy orders incredibly easy. There is a swell movie theatre just a block away, as was my dentist. And I was minutes from downtown. But easy living isn’t all there is to life. What is the point in easy living if you don’t actually live? And it is this sentiment that really made the decision to move. The fact that weekends were spent shopping, at the movies, or sewing, but when we went on vacation, we were way more active than we were at home, with a laundry list of places to visit, and we would always leave with only a handful crossed off. Today as I pack, I am trying to think of all of the wonderful places we’ll visit, the patio atmosphere I want to create, the frequent visits to Disneyland, and the friends I already have in southern California, and the new ones I hope to make. I also know that the goodbyes I made last night isn’t forever. I have so many friends who love Disneyland, and will visit, additionally, with the wonders of the internet it is so easy to keep in touch and up to date on what’s happening with your friends.

Outfit
Dress: Sun Fashions of Hawaii, Simply Vintage, Portland, Oregon
Nude Fishnets: Oroblu, Nordstorm
Shoes: Jeffery Campbell by way of Buffalo Exchange, Portland, Oregon
Purse: Thrifted
Coconut Bracelet: Antique Alley, I think…

I Brake for Antiques

Over the weekend I took a break from packing to travel south to visit with my dad and go to two antique shows, Albany’s Antiques in the Streets and the Coburg Antique Fair. Both started early and my dad and I walked up the rows of canopy draped vendors who had their vintage wares out for sale. From ancient Native American baskets to turn-of-the-century oak furnishings to rhinestones glinting in the sunlight, both shows had a lot to offer. But sadly, I walked out of Albany with only a black velvet painting. And please pardon the boxes, as we are in the midst of a move!

But Coburg proved to be a much better show for me and I came home with quite a few goodies.

As we will have a patio at our new place I have been on the look out for fun and colorful planters that I plan on filling with cacti, including a wonderful figural Madonna planter.

I picked up this vintage ashtray for Bali Hai, the renowned tiki bar in San Diego that we visited when we were there last.

I was happy to also find more star patterned vintage glass ornaments, as I decorate our trees in space themed ornaments.

I also added to Patrick’s camera collection, with this unique Color-Flex dual lens camera.

I love anything vintage Disneyland, but I especially have a soft spot for the vintage ticket books. For those who don’t know, prior to the “passport” style of ticket that Disneyland now has, where one ticket gets you in, as well as allows you onto all of the attractions, Disneyland had a ticket book system, where attractions were graded based upon their thrill level and complexity. Tickets ran A through D prior to 1959, but in 1959 the E ticket was introduced. A tickets were the slower attractions, like King Arthur’s Carousel, working its way up to more intense attractions. E tickets were the most complex and usually the best. When the E ticket was introduced in 1959, attractions like the Matterhorn and the Submarine Voyage were E ticket rides, and in the following years, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion joined their ranks. Soon the term “E ticket” became synonymous with something being awesome or really exciting. Since E tickets were what guests would exchange for the “best” attractions, finding vintage ticket books with E tickets in them is quite rare, but when I was at Coburg I found a ticket book that still had three E tickets in it! Ticket books met their end in 1982.

My mini-weekend get away was a lot of fun, and now it’s back to packing. We have about two weeks left in Portland, and lots still to pack. Once again, I’m not too sure how much blogging I’ll be getting in between now and the move. I really hope to get at least in a few posts!

Antiques in the Park

Oh my, it has been awhile, hasn’t it? If you like Atomic Redhead on Facebook then you’ll have maybe seen the status update making note that I have been incredibly stressed out lately, which has lead to a lack of blogging. And while I have done some fun things (which you may have seen if you follow me on Instagram, and if you don’t follow me, just search for atomic_redhead) including going to the drive-in a few items, out to drinks and coloring (yeah, it’s a thing I hope to blog about soon!), the coast for a photoshoot for my friend’s cosplay business, and even to the kitsch-tastic Enchanted Forest for a friend’s birthday, I really just kind of wanted to relax and enjoy those events without really having to worry about photographing along the way for my blog. As much as I adore blogging, it can be an added stressor, as well as time consuming. Okay, enough with that. Let’s move onto something more pleasant! Treasures!

Over the weekend I drove down to Eugene to spend the weekend with my dad and go to a small antique show in the town of Brownsville. There wasn’t a whole lot with regards to clothing or jewelry, but I am okay with that, as both my closet and jewelry boxes are bursting at the seams! But I didn’t come home empty handed by any means!

I bought two ceramic planters, one shaped like a stagecoach and the other a donkey and a man taking a siesta.

I hardly have a green thumb, but I’ve been finding creative uses for vintage planters. Using them for make-up brushes, hair doodads (think Spanish style hair combs, or hair sticks) and I’m sure these two will find uses soon.

I picked up this ashtray from the Horseshoe Club in Vegas.

I’ve always loved vintage Vegas items, though my dad seems to love it more than me, and most treasures end up at his home, but this baby came home with me. Now, I don’t smoke, so you may be wondering what on earth I use vintage ashtrays for, and if you were to ever visit you would notice many of them scattered about our living room. I use them as coasters! Most of the circular, flat bottom ashtrays are the perfect size for glasses or cans of soda.

I was delighted to find this vintage California souvenir scarf too. I adore its bright colors and fun illustrations.

When rummaging through vintage charms I came across this delightful Egyptian sarcophagus pendant, which even opens! Alas, no mummy inside.

I also picked up some Christmas decor. Including two more of what I like to call demented reindeer and a little ceramic girl who matches this girl here (sixth photo down) though in a different pose.

And last but not least, I picked up a bundle of patterns. I have yet to go through them all, but I’m sure some will end up in my Etsy shop.

Speaking of my Etsy shop, it’s important to note that it will be going into Vacation Mode this Wednesday! Patrick and I are headed to California for a vacation at the end of the week. So if you are interested in any patterns, purchase them now! Especially if they are in the Last Chance section! As they may very well expire while I am out of town, and they will not be renewed.

Well, that wraps up the weekend. I hope to get a blog post in before Patrick and I hit the road! I hope you all had a lovely weekend!

Cover Girl

A few weeks ago while at the 99W Drive-In Patrick and I were chatting with Brian, the owner and operator of the 99W. He made mention that a man from Ruralite magazine would be attending working on a piece about drive-ins.

As the evening progressed, Patrick and I made our way back to our car, played some games, and as dusk arrived we were huddled in our coats and a slew of blankets to keep us warm. Despite the cold, I still think sitting outside the car is more comfortable than sitting inside our new Ford Fusion, as great as it is. Then before I knew it the guy from the magazine approached us and was taking our picture. Then a few weeks later I received a message from a friend showing something she received in the mail. And there we were. Patrick and I on the cover!

Thankfully Ruralite also offers a digital copy, and I am able to share the magazine with you all! The story is a breeze to read, and offers a quick, but excellent snapshot of the current state of drive-ins, their history, and highlighting the difficulties in transitioning to digital, touching on Honda’s Project Drive-In, which is how the 99W has been able to keep its gates open. You can read the article here (click “Drive-Ins: The Sequel” on the left grey menu bar).