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Picnics in Eucalyptus Park

Vintage GothamwarePicnics as a child were magical. Once a week, Mom would pack us in the car with a cooler, picnic basket, and big jug of Kool-Aid®. Of all the parks in San Diego county, my favorite was Eucalyptus park. Even today, the smell of eucalyptus oil takes me back to those hot summer days running through the winding trees, flying high on the swings, and eating hot dogs cooked outside, served on plates just like these.

I was thrilled to find these dishes recently at an estate sale. They look way better than I imagined they could after 50 years. If you’d like to bring back your childhood picnic memories, ordering this set on ebay would be a good start.

The Drive: Five Minutes, Six Seconds

Every true Denver Broncos fan remembers “The Drive”. On January 11, 1987, in the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship Game  between the Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns, John Elway led the Broncos 98 yards in 15 plays to tie the game with just 37 seconds left in regulation, a series known in Broncos history simply as “The Drive”. Denver won the game in overtime with a field goal, 23–20. In case you missed it, here is The Drive:

The Broncos won the game in OT (23-20) on a Rich Karlis field goal.

This bumper sticker is a great example of Broncos Primitive Fan Art commemorating that historic event. Perfect for your man cave or home bar where you display all your Broncos fan gear.

The Drive Bumper Sticker




Help the Champ Knock Out Illiteracy!

June 30, 1997 was a slow day in the office. A few of us had time to kick back and read the newspaper to kill some time. Scanned through the Denver Post, something caught my eye when I reached Section B. Page 5B had a full page ad for the Peter Lowe’s Success 1997 Business Seminar. Each speaker in the lineup was featured in the ad with a picture and short bio. I immediately recognized most of the people in the pictures, including Zig Ziglar, Lou Holtz, Amy VanDyken and Christopher Reeve. I also saw a photo of Barbara Bush, the former First Lady. Before I could read her bio, I noticed the caption under her photo, “World Heavyweight Boxing Champion.”

Barbara BushI showed the misprint to all the guys in the office and we got a good chuckle. I brought the newspaper home and packed it away in a box. I’ve pulled it out on occasion and it has always brought a smile to my face. I occasionally thought about sending it into Jay Leno for that newspaper misprint he used to do, but I never could bring myself to part with it.  Now, almost 20 years after it was published, I figure it may be time to let someone else appreciate this fun piece, especially if it can help to raise a few bucks for a charity. Since the former “Champ” has a wonderful nonprofit, selling it now and donating 50% of the price to that charity seems to be a no-brainer.

The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy was founded in 1989 by former First Lady, Barbara Bush. Citing research showing that the success of children is greatly influenced by the literacy of his/her parents, the organization is working hard to help the 1 in 4 adults who can’t read at a 5th grade level. The organization’s literacy programs and scholarships have benefited both children and parents in all 50 states.

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Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy:




A paper bag just won’t do

A purse is usually described as, “a small bag for carrying personal items.” But anyone who loves purses knows it is much more than that.

I have many purses to choose from. Which one I carry depends on what I’m wearing, where I’m going, how long I’ll be out, what time of day it is, and many other situational considerations that come up from time to time. My favorite purse is my Joe Boxer denim backpack bag. With zippers and snaps, it has several compartments to keep everything in order and works with my busy lifestyle. Unfortunately, one zipper pull has come loose, so I’m left with a decision. Do I spend money to get it fixed, so I can continue to carry this goes-with-everything everyday bag, or do I bid it goodbye and start over?

Starting over is hard, not because there are no good choices. It’s because there are too many. And, none of my special event, or goes-with-just-one-outfit purses won’t do. So a-hunting I will go.

If you’re looking for a new purse, handbag, clutch, pocketbook, or tote, or whatever you call your “bag that holds everything”, here’s some ideas from our ebay store.

Harrods PVC Tote Purse Black and White with Zipper Top Handbag

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Johnny Cupcakes Kitchen Handbag White Black Leather Purse Vtg 2007

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Crabtree & Evelyn Black Jacquard Fabric Accented Tote Bag with Faux Leather

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Pink Cadillac Scenic Microbead Beaded Purse Handbag with Leather Handles Quirky

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Anne Klein Handbag Black Pebbled Faux Leather Womens Purse Gold Trim Zipper

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Go Broncos! Go Orange Crush!

The Denver Broncos are out of the playoffs, which is causing all the fair-weather fans to jump off the bandwagon. A true fan knows they weren’t always the great team they are today, so they can be patient while the new players and coach work on a winning strategy.  They remember the Broncos first several years were really bad. That’s what makes this Vintage Orange Crush Denver Broncos Display Trophy Pen Set so special.
Orange Crush
In 1977, the Broncos hit their stride. The defensive line was nicknamed the Orange Crush, and they crushed the competition, heading to the Super Bowl for the first time.

This Orange Crush Trophy was created to commemorate their winning season. A nice collectible display piece, created by G. David Christmas, incorporates an original vintage Orange Crush can, a large horse and a football, a gold colored pen holder (no pen), a white Italian marble base, and a blue metal plate engraved with ’77 “DEFENSE” 78′.  The bottom of the base is is stamped and has a disclaimer stating that it was not manufactured or sponsored by Crush International. Measures 10″ tall x 7″ wide x 3″ deep.

Celebrate Denver Broncos history by displaying this trophy on your desk, or in your man cave.


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