Monday, July 20, 2015


Two weekends ago, my sister Debby and I went to the huge Antiques and Collectables show at the Expo. Center.   This is the first time that I have been to this function, so I assumed it was basically a whole bunch of tables filled with the kind of stuff that I love.  A sort of glorified garage sale maybe?
WRONG!!  This thing was huge!!!  Make that gigantic!!  A huge, gigantic display of vintage treasures!!!   I seriously began to wonder if I could find a way to just sort of blend in and stay there for a few months.
In the first hour of wandering, I found the exact Raggedy Ann book that I had bought for myself at age 7 at a neighbors garage sale!!  I instantly remembered  every picture,  and how I had set up my bedroom like the classroom in the book, so that I could pretend to be the teacher for the dolls.  

As I continued to stroll through this paradise, I found a baseball print of Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. My brother had been a fan when he was growing up, so I knew I had to buy this for him.
Also at this spot, there was a box of movie star pictures from the 30's 40's and 50's  As I looked through, I came upon a beautiful, signed picture of movie star Vera Ellen!!!!  My brother is crazy about her!!!  Now I had another gift for him!!!!

At the next booth, I found a record with the clown "Rusty Nails" on the cover!!!  Remember him?  He was on t.v. in the early 60's.  I think his show would come on right after "Romper Room."  I used to fake being sick so I could miss kindergarten, and stay home to watch.  Hey, with "Rusty Nails" and "Romper Room," who needs kindergarten?  I wish they still had kid's t.v. shows like those. They were so much better than what is on for young kids today.

Debby and I didn't get to see everything.  We had been there for several hours, and we were beat.  It was time for a nice quiet drink and some nachos!!  It was a great day with my sister, who also loves antiques and vintage stuff.  I don't get to spend as much time hanging out with Debby as I would like. She is pretty busy with her work and her own life and friends.  So I always treasure the times when I get to do fun things with her.

That Saturday was a major day of family memories, and vintage pleasures for me.
And I loved every minute of it!!!