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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Pink Plastic Finds on Etsy


In the pink, 
One can never have enough. I enjoyed putting together this collage of items found on Etsy, that utilize pink or pinkish plastic in them.  These are some of my favorite things.  I have outlined the shop and where to get them. 

pink plastic fantastic

1.  These retro canisters are the cat's meow.  Vintage pink plastic with grey knobs, they are by Burroughs .  Hard to find, these 3 pieces encompass Flour, Coffee, Tea, price is $60 at Etsy Shop:  RetroGradeAntique

2.  Imagine, a custom written silly straw, well, in hot pink! This can be yours for birthdays, celebrations and even bridal gifts for only $13.75 at Etsy ShopHelloHarper.  

3.   This vintage baking cupcake cake set is something else. I've never seen a matching almost complete if not complete pink plastic set like this, for the tune of $20.  Find it at Etsy shop GlamourAndGrace15  

4.   Pinkish mauve makes for great plastic watering can.  I had one of these growing up in a putrid green, but Mom loved it none the less for watering houseplants.  This one is a great color, only $24.99 from Ditzy Blond Crochet. 

5. This vintage style but modern phone case comes in this cool tiger print and comes in Flexi Plastic for $12, or a harder case called tough case for $18.  Find these at 


6.  Monkey Diaper Pins? These vintage things would make for a fun repurpose project.  Pin your child's artwork  to the cork board or use them in junk journaling. Did I hear label pin?  Avaiable at RetroChalet , set of 3 for $15.

Plastic fantastic, how can we live without it? 
Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Vintage Plastic Halloween Collectibles


Vintage Plastic Halloween Pumpkins, Space Age Collectibles
Space Age Antiques has these great vintage plastic pumpkins, $14.95

Vintage Plastic Halloween Collectibles

What's as great as melmac and perfect for the Halloween season? Well, plastic vintage halloween collectibles of course, here's a list of our top five picks from Etsy this season.  Amazing so many of these survived!  Be sure to tune in to our Living a Vintage Life podcast, on all major networks!

Above: For only $14.95 you can get these MIP original little vintage plastic pumpkins. The graphics on the bag are lovely and to find these mint in the package from the 70's is amazing.   They would be great vintage collectibles in your home!

Melted Plastic Halloween Decorations on Etsy by Mamas Junkyard GIrl
Mama's Junkyard Girl offers this for $28

Missy over at Mama's Junkyard Girl found this great vintage pumpkin, these melted plastic window decorations were a huge thing when I was growing up. Over the years some broke and are becoming harder to find  I just love the vintage Halloween ones!

Vintage Halloween Squeaker Toy
SweeTootHorrorshop found this for $15

SweeTootHorrorshop is primarily all vintage Halloween items, we could get lost there but found this adorable little pop up pumpkin scary toy for only $15.  This is rare and hard to find and would look great in your vintage home!

Vintage Plastic Skeletons found on Etsy
DIY Spooky Crafts with these ten little skeletons available at TinselTrading on Etsy

DIY is huge and you can make garland, or wrap these around a fork/knife/spoon setting on your table, spook up the dinner table with these adorable little skeletons. They come in lots of ten pieces from Tinsel Trading on Etsy, for only $10

Witches Head Vintage Halloween CoveTableCuriousities
CoveTableCuriousities never ceases to amaze me

This witchy soft plastic doll head is waiting for you to buy her for only $18, for your DIY Halloween, if you are crafty...  Make something grand!

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Plastic Bag Rugs, Not Rag Rugs Recycled Plastic Fantastic

Plastic Bag Rug
My most recent find, at an antique store, was a crocheted interesting funky plastic bag rug. 

When the plastic bug bites, it stings.  I don't just look for melmac in thrift stores, antique malls, or rummage sales, I actually pay attention to all things plastic.   I recently stumbled upon some great plastic bag rugs, and bought the one above in the Serendipity Antiques Mall, a small multi level mall in old town Shrewsbury, PA for a steal. 

These are not exactly rag rugs, but made via crochet quite the same way.  I have found out information on them, and talked about them intensively in my most recent podcast episode. Not only is this a great way to reuse vintage plastic bags and keep them out of the landfill, but they come in quite interesting shapes, patterns, and colors. I find them holding up well in my home, better than any mass produced cheap throw rug I can find.  This is a great way to recycle plastic and keep these items out the landfill.  Enjoy.