Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tiny's Lambertville: Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse

The weather is warming and Tiny is crawling out of her hole and back to the shop!  Given the brutal winter we've had, I'm thinking the shop will be closed from November through February each year -- Tiny's just not that tough to brave snow, ice and 20 degree temps, and neither, quite frankly, are shoppers.  But now that the sun's returning, be on the lookout for a March sale! . . .  details to come.

For now, Tiny wants to share these great eco-friendly finds!  One of her suppliers rescues old wooden window frames and repurposes them into chalkboards, bulletin boards and whiteboards:

I love how these retain the window hardware.  What a funky addition to the kitchen!

Also funky? Soda crate wagons! Back in olden times, before Target and Walmart, people did a lot of "make-do" around the house, especially when it came to kids' toys.  They'd take an old Pepsi or Coke crate, add wheels, and create a perfectly respectable little wagon:

Currently, Tiny's using this one to haul the girls, but come spring, picture it on your porch, filled with two pots of red geraniums.  TOO. CUTE.  Tiny has several of these wagons coming to the shop, but can't help but keep one for herself to store magazines, catalogs, etc.

Think you're "Green"?  Put your money where your mouth is!  Shop Tiny's!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Tiny's Lambertville: Character Culture & Citizenship Guide Prints

Tiny is so done with Winter.  This February feels like the demon spawn of a drunken one-night-stand between Mother Nature and Old Man Winter.  What with all the sickness, and snow days, and ice, and COLD, Tiny has seldom made it to the shop -- and her customers have made it even more seldom!  But Spring -- Tiny hopes, Tiny prays -- is coming in a mere month or so.  Time to stock the shop with some more great finds!

Ladies and gents, I give you two beautifully framed posters from the Nichols Character, Culture, and Citizenship Guides.  The Guides were classroom posters used in the twenties/thirties to promote good hygiene, moral fortitude, and red-blooded Americanism.  They are a pure hoot.  Plus, their deco-ish graphics are just delightful.

A vintage poster dealer told me it's a challenge to find these in good shape, since they were often used year-after-year, rotating from month-to-month in a special frame on the classroom wall.  Bends and tears are common.  These two posters, though, are pristine, aside from some slight browning.  Whoever framed them had the good sense to use a nice off-white matt board.

The pair makes such a fantastic set, since they both address hygiene.  I plan on hanging them in my dream bathroom.  You know, the one with white subway tile walls, black-and-white deco mosaic tile on the floor, a clean white pedestal sink, and nickel fixtures.  The bathroom in the historic home I own.

Wait.  I don't have an historic home.  Or a dream bathroom.

Then I guess I'll have to sell them to you.  Very reasonably priced at 100 each.  Collectors of this series know that this is a great deal, as unframed Guides sell upwards of this at vintage poster shops.  If you don't snap these up, there's no hope for ya'll.