Evergreen State Fair goes Steampunk

So I took a bunch of pictures of the The Shannahan Cabin at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe, WA. I thought it would be a good way to compare super old vintage tools to the tools that I buy at estate sales and auctions and the like. The pictures were, well, they were boring and I get distracted. A LOT. Here is one picture. I’m only going to post one because like I said it’s boring, though I do like letterpress forms for steampunk jewelry customers. Here is a sampling 🙂

Vintage letterpress for steampunk fun.

Vintage letterpress for steampunk fun.

Original vintage letterpress. Pretty cool if you like this sort of thing.

Original vintage letterpress. Pretty cool if you like this sort of thing.

So naturally I moved on to the barnyard animals. Duh, animals are always interesting and they have people-like antics which makes them even more amusing. Take these goats for instance. BTW I had to name the goats because my photo program kept asking me for a name.

It’s highly likely that I’m the only person in the world (besides my sister who has the same quirky sense of humor) who thinks that goats on furniture is funny but there you have it. It’s the best they (the goats) can do under the circumstances with no mountains to climb. Very thoughtful of the human caretakers to provide furniture for them. 🙂

Goat attempting slide trick. It would def be a feat to stay upright on all four hooves before hitting the straw. Just saying.

Goat attempting slide trick. It would def be a feat to stay upright on all four hooves before hitting the straw. Just saying.

Here we have the King of the Table goat. His or her? little sibling is underneath the table.

Here we have the King of the Table goat. His or her? little sibling is underneath the table.


Best Vintage Blogs

Nice job Sally Jane Vintage! Worth repeating.

When we researched the launch issue of MOTIF Magazine, we came across more than one cool vintage fashion blog.
So this post today is dedicated to popping them all into one handy location.

In no particular order, we think all of these blogs are just fabuloso!

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Vintage Clean Up Time! WD-40 to the Rescue!

中文: 噴罐包裝的台灣版WD-40 WD-40是一款知名度非常高的多用途化學藥劑噴罐產品,擁...

中文: 噴罐包裝的台灣版WD-40 WD-40是一款知名度非常高的多用途化學藥劑噴罐產品,擁有抗鏽、除膠、潤滑等等的功能,因此常常被用在工業或家庭用途上。 圖中的產品包裝設計與商標皆為原生產廠商所有。 照片由上傳者User:SElephant本人於2005年3月拍攝。 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some of my vintage finds are really really well-loved, so much so that I’ve been compelled to spiff up the enamelware pot. A friend sent me this article about WD-40 and guess what? It appears this handy can with the macho name cleans just about everything but teeth!

Though WD-40 would prob work on these cool bathtub claws . . . I kind of prefer them rusted :)

Though WD-40 would prob work on these cool bathtub claws . . . I kind of prefer them rusted 🙂

WD-40 Uses:
1. Protects silver from tarnishing.
2. Removes road tar and grime from cars.
3. Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.
4. Gives floor that ‘just-waxed’ sheen without making them slippery.
5. Keeps the flies off of Cows, Horses, and other Farm Critters, as well. (Ya gotta love this one!!!)
6. Restores and cleans chalkboards.
7. Removes lipstick stains.
8. Loosens stubborn zippers.
9. Untangles jewelry chains.
10. Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.
11. Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.
12. Keeps ceramic / terracotta garden pots from oxidizing.
13. Removes tomato stains from clothing.
14. Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.
15. Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.
16. Keeps scissors working smoothly.
17. Lubricates noisy door hinges on both home and vehicles doors.
18. It removes that nasty tar and scuff marks from the kitchen flooring.
It doesn’t seem to harm the finish and you won’t have to scrub nearly as hard to get them off.
Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks.
19. Remove those nasty Bug guts that will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly!
20. Gives a children’s playground gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.
21. Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers…
22. Rids kids rocking chair and swings of squeaky noises.
23. Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open.
24. Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.
25. Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers.
26. Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.
27. Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.
28. Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling.
29. Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.
30. Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.
31. Removes grease splatters from stovetops or your favorite estate sale item.
32. Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.
33. Lubricates prosthetic limbs.
34. Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).
35. Removes all traces of duct tape.
36. Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.
37. Florida’s favorite use is: ‘cleans and removes love bugs from grills and bumpers.’
38. The favorite use in the state of New York, it protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements.
39. WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a little on live bait or lures and you will be catching the big one in no time. Also, it’s a lot cheaper than the chemical attractants that are made for just that purpose.
Keep in mind though, using some chemical laced baits or lures for fishing are not allowed in some states.
40. Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch.
41. It is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray it on the marks and wipe with a clean rag.
42. Also, if you’ve discovered that your teenage daughter has washed and dried a tube of lipstick with a load of laundry, saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40 and rewash. Presto! The lipstick is gone!
43. If you spray it inside a wet distributor cap, it will displace the moisture, allowing the engine to start.

As for that Basic, Main Ingredient…….
Well…. it’s FISH OIL….

I’m Shawn Underwood and I’m an American Picker

Have you ever watched American Pickers? I’ve watched every show. Mike Wolfe move on over . . .

I’m Mike Wolfe.  Shawn Underwood. I’m a picker. I travel the back roads of America looking for rusty gold. I’m looking for amazing things buried in people’s garages and barns. What most people see as junk, I see as dollar signs, though my husband rarely agrees with me. I’ll buy “anything” I think I can make a buck on (as long as he isn’t hovering over my shoulder J Each item I pick has a history all its own and the people I meet? Well, they’re a breed all their own.

I make a living telling the history of America…one piece at a time.

Vintage Camel Cigarette Sign

Vintage Camel Cigarette Sign

I honestly think I get as excited as Frank or Mike just about the time they literally trip over some disintegrated tire in barnyard back 40 and unearth great grandpa’s rare Atlantic Coast Line Railroad 1900’s silver plated teapot in great condition!!!! I mean I totally relate. Let me tell you about my last estate sale adventure.

The estate sale sign is parked in front of a sixties one level home. Hmmm. Not my favorite decade but you never know. Right? My cousin and I cursed ourselves immediately for not getting up earlier, because a long line serpentines down the driveway.  You know the old saying, “The early bird gets the worm.” Well there are a lot of worms walking out the door. I couldn’t contain myself with my “ohhhs and ahhh’s and how much?”

So here is the thing. Sometimes I find something that’s super cool but I have no idea what it is. I’m sure it’s happened to you too. My go to tactic is to ask pretty much anyone who is around me. “What is this thing? Do you know what it’s used for?” And because my fellow pickers get tired of listening to me . . . someone usually answers.  I picked up a solid, yet small brass piece. It looks like a metal cylindrical lollypop minus the stick. The sign above the table read, “19th Century Shipwright Tools.” The man next to me explained that a shipwright builds ships and boats however he doesn’t know the use for this particular tool. No matter. I plopped the brass lolly in my bag and combed through the rest of the sale. I can hardly wait to get home and research my treasure.

It turns out my brass lollipop is a Vintage Brass Plum Bob. Whaaaat? The plumb bob is an old-fashioned tool that is still in wide use today because of its accuracy. A simple brass or metal bulb with a point on the end uses gravity to help builders determine exact vertical alignment. Whenever you need to straighten a doorway, wall or other tall vertical structure that is longer than a conventional level, try a plumb bob. It’s easy and inexpensive

Read more: How to Use A Plumb Bob | eHow.com

Here is a website devoted exclusively to p.b. collectors . . . www.plumbbob.de

So I’ve discovered that though my plumb bob rates high on the “look cool” scale it is not overly valuable because it’s not in original packaging, it’s missing it’s string and it’s not made of a unique material like wood or ivory. I don’t care. I still love it and I’m sure someone else will too.

And yikes I just sold it! So so picture for you but it was cool!

We’d love to know about your curious find!