Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year !!!

May you "dance in" the New Year with laughter and joy! See you in 2010.....

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas 2009

Merry pets!
Stay tuned for many exciting happenings in Rita Deco's World.
Happy New Year !!!

Monday, December 21, 2009

A Spaceship in Hollywood

If you spend time in the Hollywood area or NE Portland....perhaps you've seen this spaceship. It's known as "the star cruiser HMS Uranus". It's complete with an alien family in the backseat.
This advanced outerspace vehicle may be driving past you very soon.....
And it always makes me smile!

Can I take this to the planet to see the "Avatars"....?

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas is almost here!

Christmas is still goin' strong here at the Rita Deco Nostalgia Shop. We have a nice array of last-minute gift ideas. Lots of fun vintage decor for your festive home. Perfect place to find a "stocking stuffer" or cutie-patootie hostess gift. We also are jammed packed with all of our usual vintage and retro bargains. Hope to see you soon........!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Lovely Lamps....Lovely Ladies

Several lovely items have arrived recently at the shop. This is an amazing pair of mid-century lamps. A matched pair in very clean condition. Fabulous original shades in perfect shape. Currently at the shop and available for purchase.

Several lovely ladies have arrived: porcelain statues, ceramic heads, 1950's Asian motif decor, old paper items, and advertising finds.....all with that "feminine touch"...!

This Coca Cola tray is original and about 60 years old. Paint design is fabulous and it's in very nice condition.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Gnome for the Holidays

This pair of gnomes recently set up housekeeping here at Rita Deco. I told them I would provide them a "foster home" until a new owner steps forward. The boys spent a few hours in front of the shop yesterday.
They even brought a sign to display in their new home.

They got cold after the sun went I let them spend the night inside. These cute little guys are here at the shop waiting for YOU to take them home. They are easy to care for and they don't eat much....

Monday, December 7, 2009

Rita's Christmas Creations

We are featuring some great handcrafted Christmas creations here at the shop. These are made from vintage trims and found objects. Every items is unique and 'one of a kind'. Hurry in for best pick.....!
Included are bottlebrush tree Santas, vintage paper houses, and a gathering of angels.

We also have some holiday and Christmas signs. These are perfect for inside displays and tabletop. We even have some heavy-duty metal & wood signs that can be placed outside on a porch or entryway.

Next post will include old concrete gnomes and some fabulous paper finds.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. The Rita Deco Nostalgia Shop will be open the Friday after the holiday. We have a great selection of vintage Christmas and fabulous gift ideas. New (old) stuff is arriving every day. Stop by for visit......

Friday, November 20, 2009

Christmas Corner

The holiday season is in "full swing" at the Rita Deco Nostalgia Shop. We have a wide array of decorations for your holiday home. Outdoor signs and displays. Tabletop Santas, houses, and lighting. Plus lots of small decor & trims perfect for projects or cute gifts. More holiday items will be arriving in the next few weeks. Hurry in for best pick.....

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Holiday Heyday

The holiday goodies are rolling into the shop. We have two sections full of vintage delights and by the middle of next week our "Christmas Corner" will be complete with a whole stash of treasures we've been collecting all year. We have also been working on three estates (which did not have "estate sales") ...... so all those newly discovered items are currently being processed into the shop. Now is the time to come take a look and find those special gifts and retro collectibles. I'll be showing a few of the fabulous finds in the next few blog posts....STAY TUNED!!!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Rita's Halloween

It's Halloween time at Rita Deco! We have an array of spooky vintage finds and fine reproduction gift items. Below are some original 1960's era paper candy/treat bags.

Bottle brush Halloween trees. Festive paper Halloween lanterns. Seasonal paper trims and cut-outs. Black kitty cats. Wall decor and window hanging decorations.

Old-fashioned paper cutouts. These feature designs from the 1930's & 1940's. Perfect for card-making or use to decorate a window or tabletop.
The shop is full of Halloween cheer. We are fully stocked and many new items have arrived from recent estate liquidations. Lamps, tabletop, vanity items, linens, and jewelry are just a sample of what's new in the Rita Deco Shop. Stop by soon for a little nostalgia...!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Pretty as a Peacock

Peacock After Dark is a fabulous variety-entertainment show held at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts / Newmark Theatre. It is a fundraiser for the Audria M. Edwards scholarship fund. This organization gives money to gay and lesbian students so they can complete their education. The show features local talent and several acts from all over the western United States. I will be helping out with the show this year and I wanted advertise it here on the blog. Tickets are still available to this huge show which is fast becoming "the event of the season". Read more about it at:
The show is Sunday, October 11th at the Newmark Theatre - Downtown Portland - 7pm

Monday, October 5, 2009

Corn Dog

This is my dog. He REALLY likes corn on the cob. He eats it just like a person.
He learned this when he was a puppy. His name is Diego.
See video clip....

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Dolly in Hollywood

I found a dollhouse recently filled with 1970's era furniture and trinkets. The house is not displayed here because I'm still spiffing it up. I will post a few pics when it's ready to show. It's hardcore 1970's era and looks like a European "Brady Bunch" house. My favorite dollhouse furniture pieces were the kitchen units pictured above. They look like something in the Ikea showroom.

This doll family has to be the ugliest group in all of "Dolltown". Yikes....what happened to them?
Dad's face is melted off. Mom's dress/slip is held on by a dirty staple. And the kids look like aliens. Although..... I have to say, I've had uglier (real-life) neighbors than these folks.

All of this miniature home decor is now available at our Hollywood shop. Wide array of items and all priced to move out quickly. These make great gifts for a careful child or adult collector.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

hanky panky...bowling...and true crimes

Recent arrivals at the shop include a wonderful assortment of vintage hankies in amazing (fresh) condition. This great old "bowling portrait" featuring the team from Sigman Meat Co..... the players are (from left to right): "Roger"- "Margaret" - "Phyllis"(she has the gold sparkle ball) and "Jim". They bowled at the old 20th Century Bowl (SE Portland?).

These are great old detective magazines from 1947. They feature young women in perilous situations. The titles read: "Home Front Heroine", "Death Trap for a Lady in Love" and "Sailor's Bride - He Sent Me to My Doom". These were in a box of old magazines I picked up.

Nice 1960's metal vanity. This piece has great scrollwork and would be perfect for a "re-do". The top pops off and can be painted or covered. This would make a cute hall table or patio/garden potting bench.

Some very cute miniature garden chairs. The old doll high chair has a flip-up tray so dolly can fit on the seat. These make great gifts or group a few of these with some plants on the front porch.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Sad Little Rabbit

I rescued this sad little rabbit from a recent 'free pile'. He was hiding among discarded toys, socks, assorted lids and plastic throwaways, and a few incomplete board games. This guy is about 12" tall and made from concrete. He had an accident in his past and his ears have been carefully re-glued. I plan to sand off the glue residue and paint him. He will have a new home in our garden. His future looks brighter than a week ago.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Let these pictures do the talking....

Pam at "One Gal's Trash" challenged her readers to "show all your junk" and "show what you've been hiding". partner Steven said if I get anymore junk in the house and garage it will be just like "Grey Gardens". I confess this will be me in about twenty years. Enuff said....