Greetings from Niagara Falls!


We’re home from our road trip to Niagara Falls.

And slowly we turn . . . step by step . . . inch by inch . . . back to the ordinary things like dishes and laundry.

(Extra points if you’re old enough to recognize that quote.)

I bought myself a souvenir before we even got there. Because I am a total sucker for vintage souvenirs, you know.

In a cute little antique shop in Canandaigua, I found these salad servers. They’re never-used and still in the box!


Space-age Styron plastic, that is. Were these a gift for somebody back home—the new mother-in-law, perhaps?—who thought they were just too nice to actually use?

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Fabulous Florida fun at Flukes!

Fabulous Florida textile fun, that is!

Fabulous vintage Florida textile fun, that is!

Here’s what I spied on the sidewalk outside Flukes & Finds & Friends this afternoon.

A vintage state souvenir apron . . . that had never been used. Somebody from New England visited the Sunshine State, brought home a colorful and useful apron, and stuck it away in a drawer for 60 years.


It’s even got the original tag.

Heck yeah, there’s more!

Happy Independence Day!


Popular mythology notwithstanding, the Liberty Bell wasn’t actually rung on July 4, 1776. But heck, it should have been. So, for once, this history teacher is siding with popular mythology.

Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.

Happy Independence Day to all our stateside readers!

It’s a bit of a damp one here—New England’s getting rain, rain, rain all day and all night from the tail end of an Atlantic hurricane. No cookouts or fireworks for us tonight! It’s all been postponed till tomorrow.

We’re celebrating a bit anyway. We’ll take turns reading the Declaration of Independence out loud tonight, and ring this vintage souvenir bell mightily when we get to John Hancock’s big fat signature at the bottom.

Unlike the real bell, this one has a sweet sound!

You want to know more about that fabulous red, white & blue scarf, don’t you?

We met the Beatles in Manhattan!


You can spot all sorts of famous faces on the streets of New York. Even the Fab Four.

On our school vacation we took a quick midweek trip to New York City.

The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Times Square, Macy’s shoe department—we hit some famous places. On our walk through Lincoln Center Plaza we spied four famous faces—The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts had a fantastic exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ introduction to America.

There were lots of photographs, handwritten song lyrics, ticket stubs, posters, gold records, stage costumes, you name it.

Like the bass drum that Ringo played on the Ed Sullivan show. I saw that show. I was five years old. I couldn’t understand what all those girls were screaming about.

Ooooh! Ringo played this drum! SCREAM!!!

Ooooh! Ringo played this drum! SCREAM!!!

And there was an entire wall of consumer stuff cannily marketed to all those shrieking fans.

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