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Vintage Beer love for Schlitz from That Beer Show

Vintage beer items are all the rage…and so is vintage beer! Witness the huge embrace in recent years of Pabst Blue Ribbon (or PBR) amongst the younger generations…

Check out this fun episode on Schlitz Beer from Wes Scott (Mr. Mod Bettie)  from the new web series, “That Beer Show:

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My Love Affair with Kitsch

This post originally as a guest post for the Metrolina ReStore blog:

Kitsch (/ˈkɪtʃ/; loanword from German) is a low-brow style of mass-produced art or design using popular or cultural icons. Kitsch generally includes unsubstantial or gaudy works or decoration, or works that are calculated to have popular appeal.

 I adore midcentury design for its sleek atomic lines and beautiful wood and structure.  I appreciate the craftsmanship put into so many of the midcentury designer pieces that are now timeless, highly sought and still functional after 50 or 60 years or more. I have been on the midcentury home tours  and ooohed and ahhed over the time capsule houses full of beautiful perfectly refinished, restored or never-touched-because-it-was-already-perfect mod Danish or Eames furniture and fixtures. But if I am honest, what really makes my heart sing-  is KITSCH. Call it gaudy, call it tacky, call it garish…I don’t care!  It’s nothing but complete fun; I adore it and will always seek it out in my vintage travels!

Not everyone sees the humor and fun in kitsch and many people toss it aside, lucky for me. These zany items are readily available at ReStores, just waiting to go home with you! Here are some favorite examples of the kitsch I personally adore:

Chalkware: fruit and veggies with faces, swimming mermaids, bathing fish, devil children (yes, you read that correctly).

Chalkware takes all forms:  fish, devil children, sexy fruit, redheaded mermaids, fawn

All things Elvis….. (read more here)

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Chef it up just like Sinatra with this back-from-the-future item now featured at Our Town’s Habitat

(This blog was originally written as a guest post for the Habitat Metrolina Restore Blog)

The most interestingly cool stuff shows up at ReStores; you just never know what you’ll find and that’s a huge part of the fun of shopping there!

Today I got an email from our fearless Habitat Blogsister Leader Rachel that the Our Towns Habitat ReStore had received this beauty that had just been removed from a house from Cornelius.

What is it, You ask?

Oh, you know I just a-dore a midmod research project! I dug right in and after a little clever web surfing here’s what I found out.

This fab and somewhat rare-ish item is a genuine a vintage…. (read more)