Saturday, November 29, 2014

Road Trip Souviners!

You know me, I love a souviner! Once the trip is over it is fun to pull everything out and reminisce. This time I kept everything together in a box in the trunk of our rental car, which worked out great! Thought it added up to more than I expected! We brought home EIGHT mugs! Ah!
Eight mugs, and two cups. Geeze! I got an ornament at the Christmas Story house, a new collar for Phyllis, and that bucket of pez of course.
We have been collecting magnets from places we have been since we were dating. Our fridge is pretty full now!
And you know I collect smashed pennies. Looking back at these photos I'm not sure where that Star Trek pin came from...I lost the skeleton pin from the Muter museum almost immediately after we got home. Dang! The vintage paper bat was a gift, and check out that book! Have you see the Pulp the Classics series of books? I LOVE them! I couldn't resist this one of one of my favorite books. Oh Darcy!
Here is all the glassware we came home with. Haha! We bought a bunch of the Starbucks location mugs for Travis' parents, who collect them, and the Niagara Falls one was so cool I had to get one! The Poe is from Baltimore of course, and by the time we got to Cleveland we didn't need anymore mugs but I could not resist that Cleveland Steamer one.
I brought home a nice selection of vintage photos.
These are from that shop in Salem. They are pretty big and beautiful shots. I love the ones of guys with cameras. Someday I have plans for a display of Travis' vintage cameras with these photos.
This pair might be my favorite from the trip! Look at that puppy pocket!
I got a bunch for my vintage dog collection, and look at that little boy holding the toy poodle! There is a toy poodle under the Christmas tree.
Look at the Niagara Falls photos! It's so fun to find vintage photos of places you have been, especially while you are on the trip! And that goat cart!
I had to bring home this one of the little girl and the muff with the dolls face! And look at that cutie with her birthday cake!
And last but not least, a poodle cozy! Yay!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Home By Way of Columbus

The time has come my friends.All good things must come to an end and we eventually had to come back home. We left Cleveland early-ish to start the trip home. It was supposed to take a little over 8 hours. We made a few pit stops of course.
Like at this field of corn in Dublin, Ohio! It is in the middle of an industrial park, so weird. Apparently it is a tribute to the inventor of hybrid corn. There are 109 ears. While we were there a girl about our age pulled up and proceeded to take corn selfies. It was a hot spot on Sunday morning.
We got to Columbus around lunch time and made our way to Dirty Frank's Hotdog Palace. What a place! What a town! We planned on just making a quick food stop but ended up staying for a few hours.
Everything about it was cute. I need that Freddie painting.
I got the picnic blanket. It was a veggie dog with slaw, baked beans, relish and crushed potato chips. Geeze! It was a little too much for me, I like stuff pretty plan usually, but it was good.
Travis loved it so much!
I  don't even remember what he got. He might be by soon to edit this post and tell you. Haha! He comes after me and fixes all my typos. A little behind the scenes for you!
We made our way to the Big Fun location in downtown Columbus so we could get another photobooth strip. Parking was awful and Travis dropped me off then took about 20 minutes to find a spot! It ended up being good though, because on the way back we found all kinds of cute shops to look in. It was such a nice day. I felt very happy and in love with life. And that Pee Wee sign.
Here is what we bought. I love the two photo strips we got this trip. And that Pee Wee fun pack was amazing! It temporary tattoos, a lenticular picture, sticks, a toy and an activity and every single thing was awesome! I wish I had bought a few more! The Addams Family cards were for Travis, obviously. He is obsessed. He keeps talking about getting a THIRD Addams Family tattoo.
We did some vintage browsing too. All I bought here was a little spun head guy. I wish I had bought this Elvis bust.
I heemed and hawed about buying this Life Magazine and now I wish I had! I haven't found it that cheap online. I need to see the Pee Wee party tips!!
More cute shops. Made the long walk to our car much more fun!
One shop had this awesome chicken machine, for a quarter you got an egg that had a button made with a vintage illustration! I got an owl and a squirrel! Made for me!
After we got back to the car we drove to 16 Bit, recommended to me by my buddy Jane Boston. It is a bar that is full of arcade games!
It was so fun! We had a bunch of quarters (I got a roll for tolls) but soon realized you didn't have to pay for most of the games! Really all you had to pay for was pinball. If we lived in town I'd love to come back. We didn't even end up getting drinks because it was early and we were about to get back on the road.
Travis loved the Simpsons game, and Time Crisis. We played Marble Madness too, it was so hard!
We got back on the road, and had about 6 hours left to go.
I got this at a coffee shop in Columbus. I love it! I need to find it somewhere around here.
We made great time until we got to Louisville and got stuck in stand still traffic! It made us too late to eat at Heart and Soy, which really is a tragedy. We finally got out of traffic, got pizza at Mellow Mushroom then high tailed it home. We got back at almost midnight and had to leave the pugs with my aunt another night. But for that, and the rain in Salem, our trip really went off without a hitch! I'm so thankful I have a partner who loves to go on trips like this with me. We had such a wonderful time, I can't wait for our next trip! We're thinking either Austin, Tx, or Portland and Seattle next fall!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Lorain Antiques: Probably the best vintage shop I've been to, EVER!

Happy Thanksgiving! We're probably on our way to Bowling Green as you read this, ready to eat lots of field roast and vegan mashed potatoes! I thought I would celebrate today by posting about something I am thankful for, this amazing shop!
We hadn't done much vintage shopping on this trip. There was just so much to see! I read about this place on the Modcloth blog a few years ago (I keep extensive notes on places I want to go someday. Nerd alert.) Now you all know I have been to many vintage shops and antique malls over the years. And I've become a little spoiled with the great estate sales in Nashville. But Sweet Lorain's was something else! The best vintage shop I've been to EVER!
The first thing I saw was not one, not two, but SIX poodle bottle covers! You know, the ones I collect. It was a theme, if you were interested in something, they had 10 to 100 of that thing to choose from! It was incredible!
 Want some vintage necklaces? They have hundreds! There was a three tier display of enamel flowers too! I was zipping around with my mouth hanging open, not even sure where to look first! The guy working there said "Are you in your happy place?" Oh was I ever!
 I wondered if they had knee huggers or Dream Pet deer. They only had a bin full of each.
 Since it was close to Halloween they didn't have much Christmas out yet. i can't even imagine!
 And I know what you are wondering, how were the prices? They weren't flea market cheap of course, but everything was very reasonable! No price tag made me call the vendors delusional, which is something I do a lot. I never quite figured out how it worked, was it like an antique mall with different vendors, or did the owners of the store buy all this amazing stuff!
 I still can't get over it. I'm so used to the experience of walking through an antique mall and seeing one cool thing every few booths, with an occasional booth full of stuff I like. This whole place was full of stuff I like! I could have spent my entire souviner budget here!
 Even the bathroom was cute!
 So pink! So cute! The stalls were painted pink.
 The walls outside the bathroom were lined with vintage bathroom stuff. Loved every bit of it.
And the furniture! Not just one dinette set, I bet they had 10! And couches! And LAMPS! They might have had over 100 lamps, all cool! My head was spinning!
 I was very tempted by this poodle lady, who stores a set of curlers in her skirt!
 The last thing I need is vintage bar ware, but I love to look!
 And then there were these fish bowls FULL of vintage photos! Woah! I think we looked through six or seven. I didn't even get a close up look at the salt and pepper shakers. I just didn't have the strength!
 How many sections of vintage dog figurines can one store have??
 I didn't even get to the vintage clothes, which was probably a third of the store! I'm not much of a vintage clothing shopper, as I'm not really a vintage size. But I can't even imagine what is lurking in there! Travis found a BUNCH of cute men's jackets, but they were a little out of our budget, us being at the tail end of our vacation.
 I was tempted by this apron. Who is Larry? Who made him this apron? Is it a self portrait of him in just underwear, glasses, and boots?
 Here is just a tiny portion of their purses. You could spend hours digging here! We were going to go to a movie about an hour and a half after we got here, but I told Travis to forget it! I'm not sure how long we ended up staying, but it was hours!
 The man working there (might have been the owner) was great too. He sussed out my taste within moments and kept bringing me things I loved! He also printed off a list of his favorite places in Cleveland. Actually, Cleveland was the friendliest place we visited on our trip! Everyone was so nice and gave us tips on places to go and let us pet their pugs (I might have stopped two people and asked to pet their pugs. I was missing my girls!) Sweet Lorraine was amazing. We will be back for SURE!
 Here is what I brought home. The two best poodle covers of course, a POODLE TEA POT! I've seen lots of deer ones like it (I have two actually) but never a poodle! Two pennants and a pile of photos. The pennants are the start of our redo of the "Jesus hallway" in our house. I want to fill it with pennants and plates of places we have been.
 Close up of the poodle set! The cream and sugar bowls are missing the tops but I don't care! Beautiful!

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