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Zootsuitmama was my shopname, but I closed it a while back. Now I have entered a magic timemachine and live in a time warp of vintage and retro ... Join me.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

room divider

I moved my bedroom to the back room for more privacy and space a while back and made my former bedroom off the living room a dining area. The only problem was no DOOR! How's that for planning? Anyway, I have had my eye on some folding screens, the kind old hospitals used -metal two panels that fold out and on wheels...hmmmm...I could cover the white generic panels with....BARKCLOTH! Guess what I brought home this weekend!? You got it. Here is a rough preview like all of my pictures are, with the barkcloth just hanging over the screen to give you an idea. When I need a door, I'll just roll it on over!

Sunday again...

I have been out and about this weekend! I have to say I scored some very cool stuff. I have needed this china cabinet for so long. It allows me to seperate my really mod fifties dishware in the dining room from my more cottagy grandma type and fiesta dishes in the kitchen. It worked! Now, the brightly colored and Mexican themed things really stand out in my kitchen. I love my stuff, but I get really overwhelmed sometimes when it clutters up. Anyone else feel that way? No, didn't think so! Ha!
I am so happy to have 13 followers now! So Tell Everyone You Know! Zootsuitmama is cooking up a cool giveaway when I reach 20!
All of my clutter will be your gain!


china cabinet

Saturday, February 27, 2010



new weekend finds

Here are some of my weekend finds. I especially love my mirror, with the Oriental lady on it.

Awesome fifties house

Just wanted to post this cool house I see when driving around my home town. It is the essence of a fifties dream house. It's been like this every since I was born, and one day I saw the old guy that lives there pushing a wheelbarrow in the yard that was wooden and painted with turquoise two toned to match the house!
Enjoy, Zootsuitmama

Friday, February 26, 2010

The Friday report

Didn't find anything I could afford last night, but someone gave Salvation Army a whole collection of Oriental figurines. Really cool ones. Do you know how that hurts and is anxiety producing when you have to leave them there???More tonight. Oh, and I may pick up and awesome blonde china cabinet tonight. I found it f or $44.00!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Thursday and thrift stores here I come!

I am jonesing for my thrift stores! Heck, I may even go on my lunch too! There's this little place down the street I try to hit at least once a week, Another One's Treasure, (gee, I wonder how many thrift stores are named that!?)They are super cheap, clean, and give discount coupons every month. Of course, you have to sift through lots of Aunt Jemima bottles people have painted, and '80's tacky-ness, but-the thrill of finding something cool and groovy is way worth it.
Tonight, I'll hit Goodwill, Salvation Army, 2 Family Thrifts, DAV (veterans) and Savers Super Thrift! Post my goodies later!!
Have a good one all! Zootsuitmama

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Here comes the sun!

So glad the sun was out today! Even tho I still feel like we're in the deepfreeze-it looks cheerier. I am so excited to get my retro laundryroom back together. I let my son stay downstairs for a while, and now he moved, but his stuff is still in there. I am vowing to get my cute lil laundryroom back soon...whatever it takes. By that I mean removing the stuff myself, but if I don't have to, that's better. The weather has prevented it, for the most part. He moved to Nevada Missouri. And, the drive, although only a couple of hours, is not happening if there is snow and ice. Anyway, does anyone have a vintage laundryroom? I'd love to see it!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Sunday, February 21, 2010

If it's the weekend, it must be snowing, raining, sleeting...you get the picture?

Ok, just a quick gripe session. Other than my garden area getting soaked for future planting, WHY! I know we can't control the weather, so-I have to accept it. I guess I'll get busy inside doing some changing around of my dishes, kitchen etc. that I have wanted to do. The eclectiveness (is that a word?) of my little kitchen is becoming too eclective.Anybody else have the problem of picking up stuff you just cannot pass up? Well-I knew you all couldn't relate! I love my atomic stuff, melmac, fiestaware, but need to seperate it into other areas. I am putting more "mod atomic" into my dining room and leaving the fiesta and bright colored in the kitchen. My goal has always been to have a pink and gray kitchen like my Aunt Ida. PIX LATER of that.
I got as far as a pink and gray formica table and some cannisters, then started leaning toward the Mexican tablecloths and Fiestaware of the '40's look. Besides, the reds and bright colors remind me of my Grandma's kitchen, the place I felt safest, happiest and most loved in my whole life. So, I will focus on that task, instead of looking at the sleet building up on the sidewalk and my car, and it'll make me happier. Zootsuitmama

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Hello all!

The one in the front with the big fake smile is me...always the clown. Note the chairs, the sunburst clock, the pyrex bowls!

Fav movies found

Saturday at last

I have decided Saturdays are my favorite day. We still have Sunday to look forward to and feel free to piddle if we choose! I guess it reminds me of the days when I could be a stay at home Mom, cook good meals, decorate and appreciate my vintage "playhouse" more. But, I need a career, I mean who else will pay the bills? And I love working with my elderly residents. But, as the song says, "I can dream, can't I?" Today I am sending a "care package" to my best friend, who has been by retro vintage partner in crime since the early days! We trade things, look out for each other's "stuff" at the thrift stores,etc...She has more of a '40's/50's cabin, since she lives at the Lake, and I like the more funky stuff. Anyway, Happy weekend, and keep dropping by. I have 6 whole followers, and I am thrilled! Love sharing my finds and seeing other's. Zootsuitmama

Thursday, February 18, 2010

My gazelle TV lamp


Hey all! I am so happy to be getting more people subscribing to the blog. Zootsuitmama feels her power growing! Hope to really do better on pictures etc. I feel a give away coming on. Send some people my way!! I do have some great linens and kitchen kitch to give away! I love having others to talk with about my obsession-Vintage STUFF!! So, stay tuned and keep on posting all your cool pix for me to ooogggle. I'll try and do the same!
later gator! Zootsuitmama

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wed. 2-17

Can anyone tell me what this type of metal is called? I've found tons of it and love it. This is my trash can

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Howdy again

This was just one of those days. Crazy people everywhere at work! Family members gone psycho! At one point - I thought "is this what it's like right before someone goes off the deep end and starts shooting?"

Dedicated to Mrs. Meers


Monday, February 15, 2010

Oriental madness

The Opium den is my sanctuary! Shooo - shoooow..."Thoroughly Modern Millie" .. My next few posts will be of the inner sanctum of the Oriental room.

pink collapsable pill cup

Ok, my Grandma always had these things in her "pocketbook"... a collapsable pill cup, a rain bonnet, and a package of Beeman's chewing gum. I can still smell it. So, before Ben Franklin's 5 and 10cent store closed (boo hoo), I made sure I got a little plastic rain bonnet in the little plastic envelop to carry - of course I left the price tag on!

Ok one more

Why can't I post several pix at once?? Oh well, here goes these are cool items from the weekend blitzkrieg.. on the thrift stores that is.

Thrift store a rama

Looky looky, what I got this weekend!

More of the kitchen

Howdy Doooody

No-not the clown! Well, a new day, Monday, and I am trying to post more often. I mean, who wants to go to a blog without blogging? So I decided to rev myself up by putting some more pix on of the swinging pad!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Feb 13th

Chain reaction! Now I have my couch and chair in the living room, and I had to rearrange everything else....and, want to replace my chandelier with something more MOD and Trashy Oriental! I have the perfect lamp in my storage, it's red metal Oriental. Must dig that out tomorrow! And take more pictures!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Yes, It's MINE!!

I went to my first ever auction! And...I bid on and got my couch and chair! I was so nervous, but got it! Cannot WAIT to get it home tomorrow and decorate!

The hunt for the perfect couch

I found it! Salmon pink fifties couch and chair in mint condition at an auction house. Going tonight -wish me luck! I tried to talk the guy out of it Saturday, but he wouldn't budge!


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