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Toronto For First Timers!?

We're NYCers going on a 2 week trip to Toronto on the 26th. We've never been! What are the new exciting sites? The old established stuff? (Again, we've never been!) We like history, werid engineering dork stuff, movie stuff, dive bars, gayness, unusual stores and secondhand vintage menswear. We don't drive, but we'd like a nice trip out of town by train or even bus. Exciting cuisine a must overall. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on May 13, 2016 - 50 answers

Unique Victorian Bat Wedding Dress - where to start?

I am getting married on Halloween this year and after a few months of trying to find a unique dress for the occasion and kept coming back to one that I love, both for the personal touch (I have always loved bats since my childhood), appropriate for the elaborate-ness I was wanting to go for, and perfect for the vintage Halloween theme I had in mind. Where do I start? Many questions from someone with very little experience in the seamstress / costume industry. The original image that inspires the look is here. More below the fold of what I've found online. [more inside]
posted by hillabeans on May 9, 2016 - 11 answers

What are some vintage (board)games to buy and play?

So, my boyfriend and his friends enjoy playing boardgames together, especially ones regarding strategy (Settlers of Catan, Risk, etc.).They own a lot of modern boardgames, so for a gift, I wanted to get him a few fun vintage ones that they probably won't have played before. What vintage boardgames or other games have you played that you enjoyed most, especially those that are uncommon or no longer available today (except on Ebay)? [more inside]
posted by ClaireBear on Apr 26, 2016 - 39 answers

Audio engineers: What makes 1960s narrators sound the way they do?

In the recent FPP on early computing the voiceover has a beautiful subtle fuzz to it, that isn't apparent in the sound of the people being filmed. The sound is consistently heard in narration of 1960s films - how is it created? [more inside]
posted by cogat on Mar 5, 2016 - 6 answers

Etsy, taxes and selling personal vintage collection

A friend and I are starting an Etsy store. We're planning to sell a bunch of vintage clothes I collected in the nineties but do not wear, and then move on to reselling. I am confused about the tax implications and the best process. You Are Not My Tax Lawyer, but.... [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Feb 26, 2016 - 12 answers

What is the best way to source beauty and fragrance products for retail?

I'm new to beauty/fragrance buying - lend me your expertise! [more inside]
posted by moxie_milquetoast on Feb 18, 2016 - 2 answers

Internet detectives ASSEMBLE: Identify my mystery object!

Dear The Internets: I have had this shiny odd-shaped thing on my desk for over a decade now. People often ask me what it is. I have no answer. No one else has been able to figure it out either. Can you help me? Sincerely, frogs. [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs on Feb 11, 2016 - 16 answers

Like Dorothea Lange, but inside and without people.

Please help me find photos of poor to middle class living space interiors, in everyday condition vs. spiffed up for the photographer, from the Victorian era through the 1940s? American settings primarily, Western Europe okay too. Stipulation: no corpses. [more inside]
posted by Lou Stuells on Jan 1, 2016 - 11 answers

Polaroid pc-compatible printer (early 2000s, late 90s?)

Has anyone heard of or owned a vintage Polaroid printer that printed directly from a computer onto standard Polaroid stuff (not sure if 600 or SX-70). I'm trying to locate one for maybe experimenting with Impossible stock. Unfortunately, in the years since, Polaroid has made a ton of newer printers for smartphones etc and it's very hard to find with just the vague memory of when it came out. Any help would be appreciated.
posted by tremspeed on Dec 17, 2015 - 6 answers

Stores in San Francisco

I'm going to be in San Francisco for a week, and I'm looking for some stores that specialize in antique fine arts (prints, drawings, paintings, etc) and antique decorative arts (ceramics, jewelry, crystal, silver, etc.). [more inside]
posted by Think_Long on Nov 17, 2015 - 7 answers

How is a 30 year old woman supposed to dress?

I'm turning 30 soon. I don't want to look ridiculous, but I don't want to give up my bright colors and girly style either. Help! [more inside]
posted by tuberose on Nov 15, 2015 - 30 answers

Looking for information on O'Keefe and Merritt vintage stoves

I have been scouring the internet looking for information on O'Keefe and Merritt ranges, specifically manuals for models produced in the late 1950's, but I haven't had much luck. Anyone have any sources that could help me understand my vintage range? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Oct 17, 2015 - 3 answers

Two-player side-scrolling action: oldschool edition!

Looking for recommendations for retro (think mid-80s to mid-90s) console side-scrollers that have two-player support. [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Sep 29, 2015 - 10 answers

Where to shop for a vintage engagement ring?

Where are the best places to look at vintage engagement rings? Or just vintage rings made with fine materials in general? [more inside]
posted by Avosunspin on Sep 18, 2015 - 13 answers

Architectural salvage tourism?

I have a Victorian house in Southern California and am interested in restoring it using period-appropriate house parts. These are in short supply in my area and most architectural salvage places are not so internet-savvy, so I'm wondering if there might be a part of the country within road trip distance where the pickings are better. [more inside]
posted by contraption on Sep 13, 2015 - 11 answers

Can anyone identify this brand/logo on some vintage eyeglass frames?

Picture here . Made in france. 70s or 80s. Looks like a G and a Q combined.
posted by kenaldo on Sep 1, 2015 - 2 answers

Vintage hairstyles for dead straight hair or short hair.

I love vintage/pin-up styles, and 1950s style fashion is what suits my body type. Great. I am going through a stage of convincing myself I want to keep my long hair rather than cutting it all off by trying to style it more and incorporate pin-up and vintage hairstyles to go with the fashion. [more inside]
posted by Megami on Aug 28, 2015 - 12 answers

Is it worth it to hold onto my old stereo speakers?

Is it worth it to hold onto old stereo speakers? Are they a special luxury I'll never be able to afford again or are they just taking up space and keeping me from getting something way better? [more inside]
posted by aaxelrod on Aug 24, 2015 - 12 answers

Vintage/pinup fashionistas: what can I wear on my head with this dress?

I am attending a company party where the theme is somewhere along the lines of "vintage Havana." The event will be held in the evening and there will be Cuban dancing, cigars, cocktails, etc. I bought this dress to wear to it but I am totally stumped about what to do to decorate my head as I am growing out a short haircut that is not salvageable on its own. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by joan_holloway on Aug 4, 2015 - 28 answers

Arsenic and Old Plates

I like the look of vintage and antique dishes and utensils, but unlike certain old ladies, I don't want to slowly poison anybody. How do I choose items that are food-safe when I'm in an antique store or thrift shop? [more inside]
posted by wintersweet on Jul 24, 2015 - 3 answers

Trying to find these vintage-style toggle switches

Can anyone identify a manufacturer who makes these toggle switches? I'd like to get ahold of some, and want to know if they're still being manufactured, or, alternatively if there's a good source for them. This photo is of a Technics RS-263AUS cassette tape deck. Thanks for any help!
posted by dmalashock on Jul 22, 2015 - 8 answers

Date these sugar cubes

I found a very old box of Domino sugar cubes today and I am trying to get a better estimate on how old it is or what decade it is from. [more inside]
posted by donut_princess on Jul 2, 2015 - 9 answers

Car mag for one who isn't interested in pre '65 or post 95?

I like discovering and reading about [old-ish but not too old] cars. Thing is, I seem to have very odd, particular tastes and I can't find a magazine that really suits it. Does anyone have any suggestions for magazines (paper or electronic) to subscribe to? [more inside]
posted by nathancaswell on Jun 13, 2015 - 9 answers

Vintage Clothing reeking of cigarettes, what do I do with them?

Is there a relatively cheap (i.e. non-dry clean) way to get years of cigarette smoke out of somewhat sensitive vintage clothing (i.e. silk, wool, fur)? I see a lot of weird suggestions online but has anyone here had to go through this and what's the best solution? Also, what is the most ethical way to either sell or donate fur? Some context below in the break. [more inside]
posted by hillabeans on Jun 2, 2015 - 11 answers

What are these weird things my friend found in his wall?

A friend of mine is remodeling an older home in the midwest. Masons opened up a wall and found these mystery items. The bottle has a shiny residue inside; the stopper is rubber which is completely hardened and cracked. The third thing is glass, and a mystery. Does anyone here know what they are? (Bonus points if you have any idea why they might have been put inside a wall.)
posted by headspace on May 25, 2015 - 11 answers

Help me find this vintage camera strap!

Please help me find my husband's dad's 1970s era camera strap online. [more inside]
posted by makonan on May 12, 2015 - 8 answers

ID this 1950s California poster?

The headline is "Better Not Start Anything", and it's shown in this photo from this book, California Surfing and Climbing in the Fifties. [more inside]
posted by a halcyon day on Apr 30, 2015 - 12 answers

Where to buy a cocktail dress in NYC?

I'm buying my girlfriend a vintage or vintage-inspired cocktail dress for her birthday. We're in NYC. Where are some good places to shop? [more inside]
posted by goingonit on Mar 24, 2015 - 2 answers

Patterns recognition?

I'm looking for printable quality, large scale black and white patterns for background use in collage and decoupage work. [more inside]
posted by erskelyne on Mar 17, 2015 - 4 answers

Can anyone tell me what this toy/figure is from?

Asking for a co-worker. She brought in a vintage toy that is a tall, tan-colored "person" with a beak-shaped face and a bulging belly. The hands are cupped as if the character used to hold something. And the body is bobbly - think of a bobble-head doll, but instead the whole body is on springs while the legs are stationary. [more inside]
posted by tacodave on Mar 6, 2015 - 8 answers

How do I buy a used gemstone?

I'd like to buy a used/"vintage" gem for an engagement ring. Looking at vintage rings on ebay and etsy, I have zero idea how to assess the "quality" of the stone, or how to know if it's real, or what. Is it possible for a lay person to do this? What should be my basic steps for assessing the rings or loose stones I see online? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 7, 2015 - 11 answers

It isn't enough just to collect fancy fonts, I actually want to use them

Most of the books and tutorials on digital typography I've encountered are focused on readability, pairing fonts correctly, etc.. Where are the books and tutorials on making excessively ornamented type designs, in Illustrator? [more inside]
posted by Soliloquy on Jan 6, 2015 - 1 answer

Stuff needlepointers (who also like horses) like

Needlepointers/embroiderers of MeFi: what do you like, gift-wise? Especially if you like horses, too. [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn on Dec 8, 2014 - 6 answers

How do I wear this women's hat?

What is the proper way to wear a women's hat that is gathered at the back and tall in the front, with a brim? And what is this type of hat called? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes on Dec 4, 2014 - 10 answers

How do I clean this vintage beaded purse?

Looking for advice on how, if possible, I might clean a vintage beaded purse. The beadwork was done on a loom; it's not beaded to the fabric underneath. I'm wondering if there's a safe way to clean the beadwork, and am finding contradictory and possibly specious advice online. [more inside]
posted by Mothlight on Nov 25, 2014 - 8 answers

Learning to sew on a vintage sewing machine

This recent post about picking a sewing machine has inspired me: I followed advice similar to this answer and bought a newly reconditioned sturdy metal Singer 301A a couple of years ago. I acquired a buttonholer and zigzag attachment, as well as a box of other theoretically useful sewing feet (I will be able to sew ruffles just like in Dick and Jane readers!). [more inside]
posted by instamatic on Nov 24, 2014 - 9 answers

Help me find these retro drawer/cabinet pulls

I scored some nifty retro 60's or 70's kitchen cabinets and have been trying to find similar handles for my over sink dish drainer cabinet doors. [more inside]
posted by romakimmy on Nov 16, 2014 - 5 answers

Can you recommend a sewing pattern similar to this vintage one?

I absolutely love everything about this suit pattern. Could you help me find a modern day equivalent? [more inside]
posted by the webmistress on Oct 29, 2014 - 9 answers

What causes vibrating filaments in Edison bulbs?

A bar I visited the other day had old-school Edison bulbs hanging from the ceiling, and I noticed that in several of them, the filament was vibrating. And by vibrating I mean vibrating big time — swinging back and forth a full inch or so inside the bulb multiple times a second. The bartender didn't seem to know what caused it, but seemed to think it wasn't uncommon. Any idea? [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Oct 27, 2014 - 6 answers

Do you know a website or magazine that sells "new" vintage clothes?

Hi, I'm looking for a magazine or website that sells clothes that are new but have an old fashioned look. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Oct 27, 2014 - 21 answers

ALCO Pet carriers. Is there a modern equivalent?

My mom has had three green ALCO brand pet carriers for probably 30-40 years. They look like this and this. We still use them. They are awesome because they open from the biggest side of the box allowing you to easily shove a big, fat, ornery cat in there and close the mesh door. All modern carriers that I've seen have their door at the front, the smallest side of the box, and it's a total pain to get an animal in and out of there. Well, they certainly don't make ALCO carriers any more, and ALCO probably hasn't even existed for decades. Meanwhile, our carriers are in various stages of falling apart. I would like to know if any company makes a similar style, side-loading pet-carrier today, and, if so, where I can find it. [more inside]
posted by KinoAndHermes on Oct 8, 2014 - 11 answers

Vintage Watch Identification

Need help identifying a Hamilton 24-hour wristwatch, or at least help pointing me to some knowledgable current forums. [more inside]
posted by kuanes on Sep 27, 2014 - 2 answers

Replacement knobs for old receiver - DIY or other?

I am thinking of getting a friend's old Realistic receiver (Realistic STA-65C, I think). I am not of the nature that I need an exact model replacement of the treble knob and am curious if there is a place online or a store like Home Depot or Radio Shack that might sell knobs that could fit or made to fit. I know eventually I may find one on ebay but don't need it to be a perfect match nor spend too much. [more inside]
posted by chicaboom on Sep 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Help me find an old Victorian illustration of a person doing science

I use (this) for my current victorian calling card. My job description these days is more in the realm of data science (less domain specific although I still work at a museum of paleontology), but I'd still like to retain the same idea for my new card. So can you suggest any old illustrations (1800s or earlier) of people working with counting machines or such? Prefer black and white ones. Thanks
posted by special-k on Sep 12, 2014 - 5 answers

Vintage Record Player Whisperers Wanted

I have acquired a gorgeous vintage record player, which I would like to either repair myself, or find someone to repair in the Chicago area. [more inside]
posted by shaka_lulu on Sep 10, 2014 - 8 answers

Modern Japanese design shops & studios

My wife and I are visiting Japan soon and would like to visit interesting shops or design studios that specialise in uncommon and/or beautiful products, specifically for homewares, textiles and children’s toys and decor. We’re interested in contemporary design and want to get a feel for the modern Japanese aesthetic. [more inside]
posted by timshel on Sep 9, 2014 - 11 answers

NYC: Chelsea, flea markets, vintage clothing

Going to NYC in a couple weeks, staying in Chelsea, want to go to flea market ... [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri on Sep 7, 2014 - 11 answers

Nudge nudge wink wink: Where could someone get gay porn in the 1930s?

For fictional purposes, I need to know where someone could get porn (specifically photos, not necessarily films) for gay men in the 1930s/40s. This has been annoyingly difficult to find on an internet search, and I unfortunately don't have the time to get a lot of library books and sift through them to find this out. [more inside]
posted by emcat8 on Sep 4, 2014 - 14 answers

RIP, 1930s leopard

I bought a box of miscellaneous vintage things, mostly fur hats. At the bottom of the box was a muff that appears to be made of leopard. I know that I cannot legally resell it on the Internet, or in any other way that crosses state lines. So what should I do with it? Keep it? Resell in my vintage shop space in my own state? Viking funeral? [more inside]
posted by nonasuch on Jul 27, 2014 - 6 answers

GUH-luuuuuee? 70s/80s frozen pizza commercial

I've been trying to find a vintage frozen pizza commercial from the late 70s or early 80s. I've no idea why the particular commercial is stuck in my head, but it's like an ear worm. Until I can find and watch the thing, I shall be forever haunted by the memory. [more inside]
posted by Ickster on Jul 25, 2014 - 6 answers

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