I used to live in a small town of IL called West Dundee. It was just this summer where I picked up this beautiful 1970s blue/green ceramic ashtray. I always, always went thrifting with my grandma and we came upon this estate sale. When we approached this little yellow house, my heart started to race as I saw the 1970s mid century modern furniture outside. I knew this estate sale would be full of vintage treasures. I was just so right on the money, there were vintage 1960s and 1970s beauties everywhere!
This 1970s ashtray really caught my eye! I looked underneath the beauty and it has a makers mark of Haeger potteries of East Dundee IL.
Located in East Dundee, IL Haeger Potteries was around for 145 years before they closed. Actually, they closed only a week before I stood there in front of it at this estate sale. My eyes grew wide with amazement. So I quickly snagged this wonderful ashtray for only $3.
In the end since I do not smoke I decided to use it as a jewelry holder and it works perfectly!
This picture shows a glimpse of what my home looks like, a wall full of vintage treasures. Vintage is my passion and while living near Portland Maine I have discovered many secondhand stores that have captured my attention. Everything that is on this wall is from somewhere in Maine.
Unfortunately none of these items had markers marks but what I do know is that they are all from around the 1970s.
To start I found the key holder at A Good Cause Thrift Shop in Downtown Portland Maine. It is made out of this very nice solid piece of wood and has metal hooks to hang your keys. The font used for this was very common in the 1970s. Very flower power inspired.
The Strawberry brass trivet was also found at A Good Cause Thrift Shop. This piece is more heavy than expected and is a bit tarnished but that gives it a nostalgic flare to it. The 1970s always played up cartoonish patterns such as these strawberries
The two vegetable handmade crafty pictures I had to dig for at Goodwill by the Pound in Gorham Maine. I paid probably only $.10 for both and what a find that is! You know that rush when you find a great vintage item at a low low price , well that is how I got and I absolutely love the vegetables. These vegetables really give off a unique and crafty vibe to them.
Lastly this ceramic mushroom trivet. This trivet was found also at Goodwill by the Pound. Mushroom images and patterns such as on this trivet were very popular in the 1970s.
Crooners & Cocktails is a warm, dimly lit, cocktail lounge and restaurant on exchange street. As soon as you walk up to this establishment, you know everything is going to be amazing, they even have a red velvet rope and stanchion outside their door with outside seating! When you walk into the lounge, you are immersed by the songs and photos of The Rat Pack, Frank Sinatra Dean Martin and the like. The interior has a gorgeous silver decretive ceiling with TV’s playing current shows and sporting events in Black & White.
For drinks you can have anything from beer to classics like martini’s, Sazerac’s, Manhattans and the list goes on and one, basically if you know a drink, that you can’t get anywhere else in Portland, you can get it here. The Bartenders are expert mixologists, and hands down make the BEST Cocktails in The Old Port, expect to pay the big bucks though, for one of the cocktails mentioned above they run approximately $10, but you know you are getting quality. One of the bartenders and managers Alex is a sweetheart and has bartended all around Old Port and even in New York.
The food is also pricey, but you are still getting a quality and delicious meal, well worth the price you are paying. I’m not going to go through their entire menu, but I had their Filet Mignon and it was magical. The portions of their food is fantastic and filling and you definitely get your monies worth. If you have allergies to something like Gluten let your server know and they will work with you to make sure what you are getting you can eat and enjoy.
Vintage?!?! Do you love, love , love vintage? Well I love, love, love vintage too! Check out the Neon Mushroom for all your vintage needs! We sell vintage items from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Flower power, peace, love and vintage vibes! Follow us on Instagram @ the_neon_mushroom! Like us on Facebook @ The Neon Mushroom. Follow us on Twitter @ neon_mushroom_ You will be able to see our latest vintage treasures all coming from secondhand places in Portland, Maine and all around the New England area! Selling vintage gives the item a second chance to get a new life! A new life full of vintage fun!
Where do you find your vintage treasures? Yard Sales, flea markets, thrift stores and other secondhand wonderful places? Regardless of where you buy them you help give them another chance to be beautiful again! So explore you vintage wonders and treasures and always remember. Peace, love and vintage vibes!
My name is Emilee Cross and I’m currently taking the Hospitality Marketing class as a Hospitality Management student at SMCC.
Portland is a great place (and one of the only places) in Maine to come and enjoy some live music. My primary focus in this blog is to tell you all the local places to go when you want to enjoy a good concert, wether it be a local band or a famous band visiting. I will be telling you all about all the possibly venues to choose from and what I like or dislike about each place. I will also be sharing some of my own experiences with viewing some of the concerts here in Portland, Maine.
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Here’s a little glimpse of my experience at the Fun. concert at the State Theater in 2013.
Old Port Tavern in a unique building in The Old Port (OPT). There are 3 different venues within the same building. On the lowest level you have the Restaurant / Bar / Nightclub. On the next level there is a Billiards Hall and on the top level there is an event / wedding space.
The OPT bar has a unique vibe that really matches up with The Old Port. Everything from the wooden tables, fish tanks and seating screams Old Port. The venue is clean, the people are nice and the staff is respectful and homey.
There is typically an older crowd in the wee hours of the night, and the party really starts between 11 and 11:30, as does the majority of The Old Port. Typically OPT is a stop for everyone at some point in their night out, and recently it seems to be getting a little busier each weekend with their newest DJ’s.
OPT’s Newest DJ, DJ NoKlipz, plays Friday nights, and spins Throwbacks to Modern Day hits from Hip-Hop to Pop. DJ Corey plays Top 40 hits and plays most Saturdays.
OPT Serves food till 930 with live music and a DJ from 10 – 1am Friday and Saturday, with two different mixing and music styles. Mon – Thurs OPT has Karaoke until midnight.