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Monday, November 29, 2010

random thoughts and cool old magazines

Happy Cyber Monday! Thought I'd start with some random comments. Etsy shop has been syndicated! Hooray! That means my stuff now shows up in Google Shopping. Since I've only been on Etsy for three months, I hadn't even bothered checking on syndication in the last month since I've heard terrible things about it taking a year or more to get syndicated. But, it happened! Woot!

Also, I have surpassed 30 sales (now at 31). Now, before you think I'm crazy for being happy about such a low number, consider that I had one the first month and eight the second month. So, 22 so far this month is great in my book!

I'm sure there's something else I planned to say, but it's escaped me now, so on to today's topic!

Did quite a bit of thrifting this weekend. Didn't find a whole lot, but had fun. I thought it would be fun to get some old magazines to look for vintage ads to frame for my kitchen. We went to this new thrift store near our house and scored 12 magazines from the early 1960s for only $3! There are McCall's, Ladies Home Journal, Look, and Saturday Evening Post. Most of them have covers that are in bad shape or missing, but since my interest was the ads, I didn't care.

As I flipped through one of the McCalls, I found some interesting and cool stuff, so I thought I would share some of them with you today.

Here is the cover - this particular issue is from March 1962.

The accent color in my kitchen is red, so I think this ad would look nice: 

Did you know Campbell's soup came FROZEN? I didn't:

Apparently college students really dug baked beans in the early 60s. Hmmm...baked beans combined with all that dancing? Doesn't sound like a great way to improve your social standing to me :)

Here's the Betsy McCall paper doll going to dancing school. Now, I'm not saying they were trying to indoctrinate an entire generation of little girls, but if the toe shoe fits...

Chef Boyardee made spaghetti sauce? Guess it makes sense, but I had no idea:

An ad for vinyl flooring. I just love the decor:

Apparently stereotyping was not a big deal in 1961 (after all, political correctness was still decades away). This ad uses the phrase "Mamma Mia" more than once and explains how beef parmigiana is the perfect dish for "your beloved American beef"! Somehow, I don't think real Italian cooks actually used Hunt's tomato paste!

Here's an ad for Frigidaire. Did whole families really dress alike in the early 1960s?

Finally, this ad offers a whole house for only $17,750 (not including the price of the lot)! While you can probably buy a house for that much today in Detroit, you aren't touching anything in California for even 10x that today!

Hope you enjoyed this as much as I did! Have a great day!


  1. Great Ads! I love those old magazines cause those were my teen years, the late 60's!

  2. 22 sales in a month is GREAT!!!! Congrats to you!

  3. Can you tell me the name of the thrift store where you found the magazines? I am looking for 1953 issues. Thank you!