Well, one thing went right. The pink and white two tiered shade arrived, undamaged, and looks like it was made for the lamp I intended it for.
Anyone else have trouble getting these lampshades to "sit" evenly? They all seem to tilt a bit. The ones that clip on the bulb are easy enough to adjust, but the one's that fit on a lamp harp and use a finial seem to need little folds of paper, just the right thickness jammed between the finial and the shade hole to keep them from tilting one way or another.
On another note, Chris, my 1950's Atomic Ranch House cat seems to love that damaged box the crushed shade arrived in. The one I almost threw out, but grabbed just before the trash truck came along, when I got that not so nice note about a return demand.
One more round of advice from all of you:
I posted about this on the eBay Packing and Shipping board.
The consensus is this:
Once I opened a "case" with eBay, and she refunded, and the case was closed, she has no recourse to do anything about demanding the return of the crushed shade.
Also, I can ignore her.
I thought about offering to return it, IF she sends me the cost first, but then I realized:
The post office probably would not accept a damaged box, even if it's a return.
So I'd have to go find another box, which would likely weigh more, and be out time and money for additional weight (even if she did send me money to return the shade).
OK, so over at my buddy Space Commanders Atomic Living blog, he did a post about soda, after I did my post about soda bottle caps, after he did a post about cigar box treasures, and I showed my cigar boxes with my soda cap collection on top of my basket full of cigar boxes.
At any rate, this got me to thinking about the brands I remember as a kid. Dr Pepper was a favorite. I'm even old enough to remember when A&W Root Beer had a drive up restaurant and the waitresses rode around on roller skates and took your order from your parked car window, and the food was brought over on trays that hooked to the side of the open window of your car. Yes, I am that old!
And this is one of the sodas I used to drink as a kid. I don't think I was a "little" kid, because these came out after a show they did called "Kimba the Lion", and yes, I do believe Disney grabbed their idea from this original show, that used to air about the same time the old Speed Racer cartoons aired. And so this was more of a older kid drink for me. I think lol...
So Space Commander posted a photo of his favorite kid drink, and I went looking on eBay for mine. My usual old fashioned soda shop, Galcos Sodas doesn't carry these... Looks like they no longer make them. Too bad!
But I can buy an empty bottle on eBay. Hmmm, $16 total for a soda pop bottle? Not sure about that.
But, since I was too lazy to take photos of the very early Disneyland Anaheim photos my folks took of the park right before it opened, I decided to be lazy and grab photos from eBay instead and do this post first lol...
OK my friends, what kinds of soda, soda pop, or pop, or coke did you drink as a kid? And do you remember when they all came in glass bottles and you had to open them with a bottle opener like me? =D . .
I wanted to move on from my earlier post, to something more charming. Crushed lampshades and difficult sellers are two things I don't want to dwell on.
A couple of you asked about my vintage soda pop bottle cap collection from my previous post on cigar boxes.
So here it is in all it's technicolor glory lol...
Well, for those of you who are not old and decrepit like me, soda used to be sold in glass bottles. You used a bottle opener to open them. Nothing twisted off on these babies!
The caps had a cork lining underneath to help hold the metal against the glass top. And they were often colorful little works of art!
My favorite are the Ritz brand.
These are now used in Altered Artworks as my more artistic friends know.
Back in the day, we made little figures out of these by stringing them together front to back, running a wire through the layers, making arms and legs much like you might have also seen done with buttons.
Tramp art or folk art is what they call it now. Back then, we called it fun! (This is not mine, I stole it off the internet lol).
Do you collect any sort of soda related items? . .
. I made a full refund for the damaged shade getting a negative feedback in return. I had requested to have the shade returned to me and it was never received. Ebay suggested to initiate a report against you for abuse of the feedback and return policy which I'm planning to do if don't receive a satisfactory answer from you. lv
First of all. It was not "feedback abuse" lol!!
It was feedback honesty I gave her.
Second, why should I be out the return shipping of about $20 for HER mistake?
Thanks to inspiration from our darling Mz Pixie and a while ago from Mr Space Commander, who I think got the idea from someone else, I thought I'd ask you all:
What's in your old cigar boxes?
Above is a vintage picnic basket, full of my old cigar boxes. Of course my vintage soda pop bottle cap collection is just to the left in the vintage red Pyrex fridge glass thingie...
The painted box on top has: old office supplies. Love the little containers.
And the boxes inside the picnic basket.
Some of the old pens and such Dad used to bring home from his top secret Government job. It really was Top Secret, I never saw his office the decades he was there. Oops ignore the modern Bic pens lol...
Vintage greeting cards.
Overflow of vintage lace and such.
Dad used to deal in coins for a while there when I was a kid. Oh and the $2 bills I added to his collection.
For you Disneyland Anaheim CA lovers, two photos my folks took of Disneyland just before it opened, from the parking lot.
More of those super secret Government pens Dad used to bring home, and a couple old ties.
This one is special, because it has a lot of personal treasures, much like Mr Space Commander shared. I collected these together after I was a kid, so it wasn't my "kid box", but it has an awful lot of personal meaning to me.
And some of my vintage art supplies... Ok I cheated, that's not a cigar box lol...
Which also hold more vintage art supplies.
Now, share with us, what is in YOUR cigar boxes! Either a short note here, or better yet, a post with photos on your own blog, if you wish.
I don't like to spend a lot of money on my mid-century items. I think that's half the fun of buying: getting a good deal.
Oh sure, some things we have to pay extra for. The perfect couch, just the right chairs. But a whole lot of other things we can find for cheap.
My space room/office is one room I just don't want to pay a lot of money to decorate. I'd love to, but my budget is limited. And if I am going to splurge, that's what the living room and master bedroom are for. In my opinion.
But there are a lot of details you can buy very inexpensively to fill a room and it's style or theme. And that's what I do. Buy inexpensive things to round out a "look".
Like these 1950's and early 1960's Life magazines about the Space Race.
And this cool space theme covered booklet of tattoos. Awesome!
OK, so a mouse nibbled on the lower left corner, but for $0.99, how can you resist these super cool 1950's graphics?
And this vintage brass airplane mobile.
OK, OK, so it's advertised as a "wind chine". But hang it inside a room and it becomes a "mobile". Mobile sounds more masculine than "wind chime" lol...
What sorts of smaller, more affordable items to you need to buy to fill out your collection? . .
Because I had two older brothers, I tended to play with some of the cool stuff they had. I wasn't a "Barbie girl", I liked horses and Matchbox cars and throwing the plastic parachute-clad green army men my brothers played with off the roof of this very 1950's Atomic Ranch House. Yes I did a lot of "girly girl" stuff, I wasn't a tough tomboy, but I still appreciate the "boys toys" of the past!
I had a doll house and for a very short while, one brother played with the "miniatures", but it was mostly me playing with my brothers toys. They never used my Easy Bake Oven or anything "sissy" like that, but weren't against trying to run my Breyer horses over with their Tonka cars. Ha ha.
Admit it: Did you play with both boys and girls toys, or were you a purist?
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