What’s in your closet?

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Three months after the launch of my Etsy shop, tcg VINTAGE etc: the curious g collection, I hadn’t realized what a collector I am. When anyone asked me if I collected anything, my quick response was always a resounding no!

How wrong I was. In trying to lighten up the “things” in my life, I’ve found enough vintage toys, games, books, vinyl and other objects in my closets to keep my shop stocked for quite a while. The hardest part, naturally, is deciding what to keep and what to potentially sell.

My criteria consists of three questions:

1 > Have I looked at, played, referred to, read… the item in the past 10 years?

2 > Is the item part of a bigger, cohesive collection?

3 > Does the item evoke a memory or is there some emotional connection to it?

If the answer to the above questions is no, then the item gets moved into the research pile as possible stock. Here’s a roundup of recent items that passed the test and have been added to Etsy’s tcgVINTAGEetc.

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1967 Vintage Investimatic Stock Calculator / Investing Wheel, The Kingston Company

I went through a phase of hoarding wheels of all kinds – proportion wheels, conversion wheels, many variations of color wheels. While most have degraded or gone missing, this one remains in fairly good shape. I find the stock calculator interesting because it’s now a kitschy, historical collectible with typography and design typical of the mid-century movement.

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1965 Vintage Blonde Skipper Bendable Legs Doll #1030 OSS in Original Box by Mattel / Made in Japan

Skipper was a fun doll to play with because she was closer to my age and shape, and not designed to be as model-perfect as Barbie was. When I came across my Skipper doll, I was surprised to find the original box that she came in, along with her original swimsuit and red flats. Clearly my organizational aptitude was ingrained from childhood.

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1960 Vintage Vinyl RCA Camden LP: Over 40 of the World’s Greatest Children’s Songs, with Original 16-page Sing Along Book

RCA and Nipper were big in my house while growing up. There was always some seasonal Nipper swag, and there were always records. The RCA Camden label repackaged a fair amount of the RCA Victor music and spoken word catalog. This children’s record is a perfect example of one of 15 found RCA Camden LPs. The bonus: when I pulled out the vinyl, the original sing-along book fell out, making a complete set.

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1920s-30s Vintage Book: Morrill Inks Trade Catalog / Published by George H. Morrill Company

On a trip to New Hampshire many years ago, I found this very special Morrill Inks sampler in an old barn bookstore. Morrill Inks manufactured printing inks for the lithography and letterpress trades. As a designer, it was a gold mine. The sampler displays classic printing techniques, along with historical graphics, photography and typography. This book has long been a great reference for vintage color palettes and design styles.

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Vintage Barbie Soft Bow Shoes / Lot of 3 pairs: Royal Blue, Orange & Dusty Blue by Mattel, Made in Japan

The most interesting aspect of Mattel’s Barbie doll brand and her world was the fashion. As I remember it, the dolls were affordable. Mattel hooked you with the expensive fashion outfits. Beginning with the rare, collectible early 60’s designs up until about 1968, Barbie had amazing fashion choices. This footwear was part of the fashion pack sets. Change up the footwear and you created a whole new look and fashion statement.

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1950-60s Vintage Book: Something of Scotland Visitors’ Guide / Legible Series, Tartan Cover, Made in Scotland

Before heading north to the Scottish Highlands in 1992, I found this visitors’ guide in a bookstore in Edinburgh. This unique, rare and wee book is an introduction for visitors to Scotland. The book includes Scottish history, songs, practical and humorous information and more. And naturally it’s bound in a beautiful tartan cloth.

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1976-78 Vintage Vinyl Disco 12” Singles / 4 Lot: My Sweet Summer Suite, This Will Be A Night To Remember, Beautiful Bend, Love Disco Style (Red Vinyl)

Those unique 12” singles that were played and spun endlessly in clubs were still sitting on my shelf. Since I no longer have a turntable, they’re time with me has come to an end. For vinyl collectors, one of the singles – Love Disco Style by Canada’s Erotic Drum Band – is translucent red vinyl. It seemed the perfect icon for the club scene of the 70’s along with the mirrored ball, the pounding rhythms and the endless fun.

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I feel a million times lighter already.

Photos: tcg VINTAGE etc. © 2015 Janet Giampietro

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