Monday, October 9, 2017

Why You Should Buy a Vintage Toaster | Indypicker

VINTAGE TOASTER BLOG

Buying something as utilitarian as a toaster may not give you much thought. But, maybe you should. Toasters today are made as cheap as possible, toasting quality is sub-par and reliability is questionable.
After polling some co-workers and friends about how long their toasters have lasted since they bought it, the conclusion was less than 6 years. My vintage Toastmaster was made in the 1950's. My parents had the same make and model of toaster growing up. They finally replaced theirs in the late 1980's just because they thought a new one would be better as there was nothing wrong with the current one.

We then ask them how they rated the quality of the toast that came from their toaster and when pressed about overall toasting most said it was just average. The reason behind this is in order to save money the manufacturers are limiting the turns of heater coils in the toaster. Were as my vintage Toastmaster has about a quarter inch between each wrap while the modern day toasters have over one half to five eights of an inch between each wrap of heater coil leaving light toasted gaps in the bread.
Vintage toasters are not just a shinny square box that sits in the counter. Many are ornately designed, especially those of the 1930s and 40s in the Art Deco Period. These are works of art. Then we go into the mid-century modern space age retro look of the 1950s and 60s. Followed by the wild colors and designs of the early 1970s. Put a harvest gold toaster or avocado green toaster on your counter makes a kitchen fashion statement.
Son Chief Toaster right side doors closed
Don't forget to check out our latest picks at Vintage Item Exchange 
Until next time, Indy

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Costume Jewelry Collection



We have just re-opened our Etsy Shop and posted for sale some nice costume jewelry from early 1900's to late 1960's. These include Bakelite, Lucite and Paste Stone pieces signed by jewelry designer Albert Weiss.

Costume jewelry has been around for centuries. In the United States there are specific periods that can be collected.

Art Deco 1920-30's - geometric and symmetrical lines

art deco jewelry


Retro Period 1930-50's - glamour, sophistication, Bakelite & Lucite ~ Hollywood influenced

bakelite jewelry

Art Modern Period 1940-60's - Bold and lavish, large chunky pieces
kenneth lane jelly belly jewelry


Collecting these can add everything from glamour to funky to your jewelry arsenal. These can be found at estate sales, garage sales and online shops such as ours Vintageitemexchange

Until next time, Indy

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Collecting Vintage Radios from the 1940's to 1960s


Before television there was radio. Radios have been around with us since the early 1900's. Today radio collectors seek out the relics of the past whether tube or transistor. Powell Crosley brought radios into the affordable market. Before he decide to design and mass-produce radios were only affordable for the well to do families of the time. He also started WLW radio station, owned the Cincinnati Reds having Crosley field named after him and produced the first night baseball game.

The early radios based on vacuum tube technology started in wood cases and then moved to Bakelite. Radios come in 3 types console, table top and pocket. The pocket radios I used as a kid to listen to World Series games during school days. Yes, the where played during the daytime once upon a time. And yes, teachers let us get away with it as long as we didn't bother other students.

Here are some examples of the some radios that we found in the hills of Tennessee. Check them out at Vintage Item Exhange

Until next time, Indy


Motorola Portable Tube Type from the late 1940s.

Emerson Vanguard 888 Space Age Design Large Pocket Radio

Alco AC-DC Transistor Space Age Design Made in Japan
  

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Adding Slot Cars and Vintage Kitchenware to VintageMARK Shop



Indypicker has been selling vintage items online since 2008. We just created a new brand and retail website called VintageMARK. While selling awesome vintage jewelry, watches, coins, toys, books and more we are going to be adding some new items such as vintage kitchen appliances and slot cars.

These toasters and waffle irons have become quit collectible. Our restoration shop will them spruce up and make sure they are in safe order.





As a kid of the 60's it was the prime of slot car racing. I can remember getting a slot car track for Christmas. It was a 1/32 scale set with a yellow and white indycar style cars. One of my classmates brother had a 4 lane 1/24 scale track in their basement which was incredible.

We are currently procuring vintage bodies and will be using 3D printing technology to duplicate these bodies and develop chassis that are no longer with the body. Vintage track accessories are something we are looking at with 3D technology.

We will keep you posted on the progress, check our twitter and Facebook pages for more on this.

Until next time, Indy

Friday, March 3, 2017

Collecting Period Costume Jewelry | Millennial Series Part 1




Millennial Series Part 1. This is part 1 of a multi-part educational series geared toward the millennial generation on collecting vintage and antique items. There will be series for both men and women. Part 2 will be collecting vintage toys. Comments, questions, feed-back is welcome.

To see some vintage jewelry check our new site at VintageMARK

Collecting Period Costume Jewelry 


Collecting period costume jewelry can be exciting and fun. So what is costume jewelry? Costume jewelry is usually but not always made from non-precious metals and non-gemstones. Many pieces are pot metal and paste gems, but not always.

What is meant by period? You have the term antique jewelry which covers any piece that is over 100 years old. But we have periods that are defined and those pieces can usually be defined by the look of the period.

Victorian Period [named after Queen Victoria] - 1837 to 1901 












Edwardian Period [named after King Edward] - roughly 1901 to end of World War I













Art Nouveau Period -1890 to 1910 was defined as a style that defined architecture, art to furniture and jewelry. Art Nouveau period costume jewelry usually involved earth object shapes such as insects, goddess images and flowery flowing images. Many curved designs.










Art Deco Period - 1920 to 1940 replaced the trend of Art Nouveau with designs being symmetrical changing from the nature designs of Nouvea.














Celluloid, Bakelite & Lucite the plastics come of age from early 1900's through the 1960's. Celluloid is easily recognized as you will see in the example. Bakelite must be tested to assure its Bakelite. Lucite replaced Bakelite around the 1950s. Quality Bakelite is getting harder to find and be aware of Chinese Fakelite selling on eBay.

 

Friday, November 4, 2016

Vintage Item Collecting for Millennials - Intro






Welcome millennials to the first of a multi-part educational series on collecting vintage items. 

A little about Indypicker ~ we are a husband and wife team [high school sweethearts] that after first being married started going together to antique stores/flea markets in the 1970s for entertainment on the weekends while being stationed in the Air Force in Merced, California. We continued this throughout the years and then in 2008 started an online business based on our passion for items of the past and have sold thousand of items since then.

Why do we collect? collecting is a hobby of seeking, locating, purchasing and cataloging like items to display for enjoyment by yourself and by your friends. Some collect as an investment such as coins, watches and such but, mainly we collect for the enjoyment. Whether you are single or a couple it is something you can do to ENJOY! 

First, collecting doesn't mean you have to spend hundreds of dollars as the popular TV shows like Pawn Stars and American Picker portray. You can start a collection for items under $10.

Now what do I collect? for me it's vintage radios [tube and transistor], Indy500 memorabilia [of course I was born in Indianapolis] and Indy 500 diecast cars. For you it can be either something of your childhood or your parents and grandparents lifetimes. The term "Vintage" is defined by sellers meaning something that is at least 20-25 years old. So does that make you millennials vintage? LOL ya, the old guy made a joke.

Next, the term "Retro" usually means something that is new but is in the design of something from the past. We will discuss in future posts of how to determine whether or not the item you are currently starring at is really a period piece of a newer Made in China "Retro" piece.

We will also give you ideas of where to find your treasured items you seek and how to put together a weekend of fun in the car hunting these items at local shops, flea markets and swap meets or where to find them on the web.


Here is my prize 1937 Zenith Art Deco style radio that we found in an antique mall in Springfield Ohio. It is in working order as well. Below are just some reference items that are put together by genre.

Vintage Bakelite 1920-40's
 
Vintage Mid-Century Toys


We will break the series into periods such as the Victorian, Art Deco, Mid-century and Current Vintage [20-years old] and niche items for guys and gals such as jewelry, mid-century home decor, coins, watches, comic books, vintage toys, star wars and more. While these are just a few of the items we will discuss we will be asking for your help in what you would like to see [enter a comment]. If you have a question on something you already own again comment or send us an email at indypicker@woh.rr.com. Remember this blog series is for you.  

Don't forget to jump over to VintageMARK to see our current vintage items we have for sale. These are always changing so join us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @indypicker.

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Until next time, Indy

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Collecting Bakelite in Today's Market Place



We have been buying and selling Bakelite jewelry and other Bakelite items since 2008 and have witnessed the landscape change in the last 8 years. It is becoming harder to find good quality items at a fair price. We have also seen the introduction of Fakelite coming from China and being sold on eBay.

eBay is packed with items that claim to be Bakelite but most first looks can tell you they are plastic or other materials. Sellers list items as Bakelite Celluloid Lucite trying to cover all the keywords that a piece of jewelry might be. Didn't take me long to find this example as it was on the first page of my search. Sometimes the seller just doesn't know what it is and while it is so easy to test Bakelite using semichrome, plastic polish or even water and a Q-tip.


Estate sales are yielding more and more plastic costume jewelry as the age of the owners start to creep into the 1950's and 60's from the 1930's to 40's. Unless they got grandmothers items you are to likely find more Lucite and just plain plastic pieces.

Here are some of our current Bakelite jewelry we have for sale on our online shop. These have all been verified and are identified by their industry known Bakelite colors such as Rootbeer, Ice Tea, Creamed Spinach, Paprika and such not brown and green..

http://www.govintagecollectibles.net/store/c5/Jewelry_%26_Watches.html

We would be interested to hear what you are seeing in your market places. Don't forget to check out our current selection of Bakelite items by clicking on the picture above or go to VintageMARK.

Until next time, Indy