Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Twelve Days of Vintage Christmas

For the next 11 days,  I'll be featuring some cool vintage items I found in some of the stores downtown.  As much as I deplore the rampant consumerism that seems to go hand in hand with the festive season, people are going to buy stuff, and I would rather encourage people to support the local independent businesses where I shop.   Why not give someone a gift that can inspire a fond memory, a good laugh, or maybe result in some quality together time as you explain the complexities of Parcheesi?  I realize that not everyone appreciates receiving an item that has already been used, worn, or played with, but for those who have no problem with receiving a gift that has had a previous life.......

This had to be the most unusual item I found in my afternoon of wandering.  It is a "Carnival" Brand Magic Bow Tyer.   Not sure of the date of manufacture, but in the booklet that comes with it, there was a note from the former owner to their staff asking them to keep the booklet with the machine, and it was dated 1971.  This would be the ideal pre-Christmas gift for that person who LOVES gift wrapping - think of the many happy hours that could be spent churning out your very own handmade bows for all of the presents in your family, or even your neighbourhood. 

The Magic Bow Tyer is available at Phantastica - and there's only one!

9 comments:

  1. I'm with you on giving something meaningful, if possible. I'll be following your 12 days Vintage Christmas!

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  2. that's so cool. With that and a bedazzler you could change the course of planets (well, maybe not)

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  3. I would also insist that the new owner takes the instruction manual with them too. I'm very happy to see you embracing your local, independent stores and I always turn to mush when I discover someone who loves to give second-hand gifts. The bow-maker reminds me of the gift I bought for hubby last year, an 8mm film camera, closely followed by an 8mm film projector in early March. Hey you know, I've just watched the Pedro Almodovar movie, Dark Habits, where the nuns hold a party the decorations are organza curtains covered in colourful fake flowers ... I think I need the bow-maker so I can make fabric bows and cover my clothes in them! xoxoxoxoxoxo

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  4. I'd much rather receive something second-hand and chosen with love than some hideous celebrity endorsed perfume bought in a last minute panic!
    I love the bow maker, even if it never gets using it's a marvel to look at! x

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  5. This is a great idea Shelley. A series which, as demonstrated in your photo, will be creative and offer unique ideas while promoting local businesses. A value that resonates with me! I think the bow-maker would honor any 'wrap artist' on your shopping list.

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  6. Lovely idea, Shelley; I'm firmly in the secondhand gift camp too, and I love that most of my friends think the same way, it makes shopping so much more interesting. That bow making contraption is amazing, but I'm not surprised the instructions needed to be kept with the machine, it looks complicated! xxx

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  7. That is just cool. I would use that thing like crazy.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  8. That bow tyer encompasses the true meaning of Christmas. I love it dearly. Whose life is complete without one? LOVE that. When I first saw it I thought it was either a tiny salami slicer or a film projector. I think a tiny meat slicer would be cute as well.

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  9. The Idiosyncratic Fashionistas agree with you and fellow commenters - there is really something quite lovely and heartwarming about receiving a charming second hand gift which far outweighs receiving Whatever just because it's NIB (new in box). Now, we hope that doesn't mean that someone sends us a label maker they found in a second hand shop. We'd really like a second hand Fortuny!

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