Monday, September 30, 2013

Awesome 1950s-60s Marx Mini Climbing Tractor

This little gem just showed up and we had to share it with you. It is a mini climbing tractor made by the Louis Marx and Company of New York sometime in the late 1950s to early 60s. The litho paint on it is in superb condition very bright with minimal wear. The only thing it is missing is its original box.

This little guy needs a new home and can purchased at This would be a great addition to a collection or as a starter and just in time for Christmas this year.

Louis Marx and Company made some the best toys from 1919 to 1980 when the last United States plant was closed.  Marx was the initial inductee into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame. During the 1920s 100 million Marx yoyo's were sold. Marx tin litho toys included windup toys, trains, cars and even airplanes. The also created play sets during the 1950s and 60s based on popular TV shows. Some Marx toys can reach very high 3 figure price tags.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

1960s Chic Ladies Collectibles found by IndyPicker

Out and about doing some picking and found the following cool ladies retro items from the 1960s. A pair of cat eye sunglasses and a nice beaded clutch purse made in Japan. Both of these are in search of new homes and can be found on our shop.

1960s Cat Eye Sunglasses
1960s Ladies Beaded Clutch Purse
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

IndyPicker's Guide to Cleaning Your Cast Iron Skillet

So you've been out to the flea market or garage sale and you found this great old Griswald cast iron skillet that you just had to have. You get it home and look it over and see years of someone else's  grease on it, now what do you do. First its off to Google where you will find 10-20 different ways, baking it at high temp in the oven, easy-off oven cleaner and even sand-blasting it [don't do this as it will ruin the original finish].

He is an easy way with little fuss. 
1. Need a 5 gal bucket or plastic container, some lye based drain cleaner that you can get at the hardware, some rubber gloves and a nylon brush.

2. Fill your bucket or tub with water and add a healthy dose of drain cleaner. Drain cleaner??? why would IndyPicker tell me to use drain cleaner? what is drain cleaner for? to open up drains that are clogged with grease and such.

3. Soak your skillet for about 3 days, remove the skillet using your rubber gloves of course and test the grease using your nylon brush. If the lye has done its job the grease will come right off. If it is a little stubborn then let it set another day after a complete scrub down.

4. Finally after all the grease is removed it's time to season your skillet. Use some Crisco Shortening rubbing it all over the cooking surface and then bake in your oven at around 200 deg for 30-min.
Griswald Cast Iron Skillet

We use this method on any Griswald's we pick. Buyers have always raved how the look when purchasing them.

IndyPicker finds a Rare Coca Cola Pam Clock from the 1950s

We recently came across a great Coca Cola clock and decided to buy it. After doing further research we could only find 3 times this specific clock design had come up for sale on the web. Most of these period clocks show the red fish tail coke logo. This one has a hand holding a cup that says with the tag lines "Refresh Your Self" Have a Coke. PAM Clock Company of New York made clocks for lots companies to advertise their products. Coca Cola was one of the largest.

1950s PAM Coca Cola Clock
We installed new 15W bulbs and tested it. It works great and looks great. It is looking for a new home and can be purchased here at our shop.

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