Saturday, May 19, 2012

Enticing Advertising!

I love old advertising items.  The colorful lithographs are certainly an art from yesterday; so much detail went into each design.  And the enticing label descriptions!  Probably many bordering on false advertising, but they were so creative and entertaining!  Imagine the hopeful woman using “Facial Youth” with promises to restore her fading beauty.  Or how about Ramon’s Brownie Pills, a Diuretic Stimulant to the Kidneys.  “The Little Doctor Brings Happy Days”!  Two of my favorite antique bottles have wonderful embossed writing on them.  One is Hamlin’s Wizard Oil, not an expensive bottle, but sounds so Harry Potterish!  It’s from 1906 and is $6.00.   The other is an 1890’s medicine that is embossed with “Pain Killing Magic Oil” that “Works Like a Charm”!  Big promises in little bottles of magic!

You’ll find some unique advertising pieces here in Vintage Gal Antiques!  From a large porcelain enameled buttermilk dispenser to a nice selection of advertising tip trays~there is something special here for every type of antique advertising collector!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Downieville is Alive and Well!

Weekends are getting busier, weather is mostly warm and sunny and businesses in Downieville are re-opening for the 2012 season!  Yea!  So happy to come out of hibernation!   It’s wonderful to have a full-service town again!  We’ve got some great restaurants, shops, and interesting places to visit here.  The Grubstake Saloon has reopened for lunches and dinner--always a popular place for a great steak dinner!  The Two Rivers CafĂ© has pizza, pastas, burgers and more; open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  La Cocina Del Oro is a favorite for authentic Mexican food.  Fun atmosphere and tasty fresh dishes!  Coyoteville has great breakfast and lunches, and Belle's Cafe has food/snacks to go!  Lots of choices now and all are WINNERS!  Fishing season has opened, although at this time of the year, the river is still running a bit high.  Great for the kayakers, though, and there are lots around!  This end of Highway 49 is a popular putt for motorcycle enthusiasts and there are always large groups of riders visiting during the weekends.
 
Check out some of the new “old finds” at Vintage Gal!  I’ve been shopping during the winter and brought in some great new items!  May hours are Friday-Sunday 10am to 4pm.  Extended days and hours starting in June.  You can always call me at 530-289-3659 for an appointment, too.  I’m always happy to open up for you!

So come on up to Downieville!  We may be small….but we have it all!!
Very desirable Cascade Beer tray!

Cute pine drawer table and lots of vintage pottery!

Lots of great advertising and country store antique items

As always... BLING!!