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Adventures in Vintage

Today I’d like to launch a new feature for this blog. I’m calling it Adventures in Vintage. Maybe. I dunno, that’s probably going to change 20 times (I’ll keep you posted) but needless to say, it’s going to be about vintage things, and my enjoyment of them, and my pursuit of them. Join me, won’t you?


A West Bend pink metallic tea canister, with the sugar, creamer, and tea cup from a Japanese Atomic teaset...not pictured: the teapot. Because I'm not sure I can part with the teapot.

Right off the bat, let me say that I am NOT a hardcore vintage enthusiast who lives the lifestyle and adheres to a strict style guide. I love old things. Especially the 1940s and 50s, but I can go on up into the 70s if the mood strikes. I mostly see things I like and try to work them into my world a bit here and there. Inevitably, because of my day job (museum curator, for those of you who haven’t read the About Me section) I end up researching these old things and boring people with my newfound knowledge. Occupational hazard.


Another occupational hazard is that I am essentially encouraged (and paid) to be a hoarder. A neat, clean, organized hoarder, but still. So, if I’m not careful in my personal life, my workaday world can spill over and we might have a situation on our hands. Like a 278- vintage-teapots kind of situation (that never happened…probably). As it turns out, my favoritest part of vintage is the finding, with the arranging in cute displays (or shall we call them exhibits?) being a close second. So, the best way to keep myself from crossing a hoarding line in the sand is to indulge the aspects I love most…and then get rid of everything (okay, most of it). How do I do that, you ask? Well, I pass the joy on to others…in the form of a subscription box.


Yep, Canned Ham Studio sends out a seasonal subscription box of vintage goodies, paired with some of my handmade original goods, all related to a particular theme. It’s super-awesome. For me, anyway. I hope everyone else is enjoying it, too. I mean, who wouldn’t love coming home from a long day at work to find a surprise package of vintage goodness waiting for you on the doorstep? The summer box (theme: Great American Roadtrip!) just went out, and I. Cannot. Wait. to see what the recipients think (stay tuned)!


So, if you want to get in on the vintage action, or if you have real concern for my hoarder tendencies and wanna help me out there (aw, thanks guys!) check out the shop – you can subscribe to one box at a time if you like, or do the whole batch. Subscription boxes in general make great gift ideas!


And as for the “adventure” aspect of this new blog feature, me and some of my best pals headed out to THE BIG FLEA a couple weekends ago to get our vintage on. We probably walked 30 miles total, there was significant dust, and the Orange Julius was closed, but it’s always a good time! Stay tuned for pics of my haul…