Toylanta was this weekend—it’s a big annual toy convention held in Atlanta over a weekend. It started as a hub for GI Joe collectors but expanded to include vintage toys across the board. I have friends that attend, friends who are vendors, and friends who attend with me, so it was an all-around fab time Saturday! Here are some highlights:
Christmas is gone, and in years past, a crushing depression would befall me this time of year. Taking the tree down is almost too much for me to bear; I am a Christmas junkie, through and through, and I don’t like it one bit when my fix is over.
Luckily, I belong to a couple of Facebook groups who are composed of Christmas kitsch collectors, and they have assured me that it is totally okay to want Christmas all year round in some way. They’re a fun bunch.
This year I am doing something new, and I wish I could grab a time machine and go back and tell my 20-year-old self to do it, too. I assembled a “Christmas Fun Box”.
See,I LOVE looking at old Wish Book catalogs,seeing what styles of decor were the thing, and seeing what toys were hot. What were the popular foods for the main Christmas dinner or snacks? And best of all, what sort of fun novelties and toys were the stores carrying that people bought for stocking-stuffing and party favors and last-minute gifts? This is what I wanted to curate; I’m already doing it with Halloween, and I got ready for my Christmas collecting by getting a small, Christmas-decorated box…..
So the other day, as I am inclined to do when faced with lots of inexpensive Christmas novelties, I got some fun Christmas candy:
I have tried a Lip Pop before but forgot to take photos. Or if I did I forgot where I saved them.
So here we go.
As I’ve mentioned, I’m a big fan of old time radio shows. Another favorite program of mine is Escape. Although billed as “Designed to free you from the four walls of today for a half-hour of high adventure”, the show could be outright terrifying at times. An episode I just finished listening to is called “The Abominable Snowman” and involves four men climbing Mt. Everest on their own. One by one, their small expedition faces the challenges of the mountain and a very, very angry and carnivorous guardian of the realm.