A journal of amazing vintage finds and all the adventures along the way

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Toy Preview

Spring is here! (or at least they tell me that. There is snow here....) So it is time to decorate the house with cute spring kitschy bunnies and chicks. Agent 137 has a ton of adorable Easter goodies coming to the shop this week so here is a little sneak peek at what you can expect starting tomorrow. There are many more than are pictured here.

<3 Agent 137

Measuring Time in Vintage

I love vintage clocks. The kitschier the better! So I decided to write a little tribute for my favorite clock picks from Etsy. Enjoy!
1968 Home Interior Catalog

Spinning Wheel TV Clock

Atomic Starburst

60s atomic Burst

Cheery Lemon Clock

Cuckoo wall Pocket

House Clock

Flower Power Clock

Timmy time

Smiley Clock

Friday, March 25, 2011

Vintage Kitsch Everywhere

On a recent trip back to my  rural hometown I decided to visit my grandmother, master of kitsch with her 1950s cottage kitchen. I remembered the familiar winding pattern in the road and the pot holes that had been festering in the same spots for decades. Little did I know that I had completely forgotten about one particularly kitschy landmark. Driving around one bend in the road I found this...

I have no idea what led the owners of the barn to paint such a kitschy happy face, but I it totally made my day so I wanted to share it with you :) 

Check out the blog this weekend for a sneak peek of upcoming Agent 137 goodies, plus a feature about vintage kitschy clocks....

Thursday, March 24, 2011


A special preview of some new items.... Some vintage Easter goodies and retro squeaky toys.The little squeaky elephant makes me smile every time I see him!

Also making his way to the shop... A special 1940s Big Eyed Easter bunny decoration made of a unique material

See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sneak Preview

I realize that this is a sorry excuse for a blog post... but I did want to leave you with something before I head off to dream land.

This is an item that I am super excited to add to the shop tomorrow morning. After much vacillating I finally decided that it just wasn't suited for my kitschen wall so hopefully someone out there will want her for their vintage decor.

She's an adorable vintage 1950s anthropomorphic wall pocket! A great way to add some cheer to your day!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Kitschy Carnival Inspired Art

A few weeks ago I filled an order for a visitor to the Agent 137 shop. I carefully wrapped the little leather carnival mouse and sent him off to Canada:

Little did I know that he was actually destined to arrive at the home of an amazing artist. Heather Millar is a professional painter living on Prince Edward Island in Canada. Her work has been featured in several publications as well as gallery shows. The creative paintings include kitschy toys poised in a sea of bright background. Although visually realistic her lens creates images that depict cheerful nostalgic childhood memories with a twinge of something darker. 

"Quite as a Mouse" 
Oil on canvas 36 X 36

In any case, her work is amazing and Agent 137 is honored to have her capture one of our toys in time. You can view more of her work on her blog at:  http://heathermillar.blogspot.com/

Monday, March 21, 2011

And the Winner Is...

The Agent 137 blog held its first contest this week! I was super excited to see what would happen when I posted the announcement on the Etsy shop. Within the contest week there were many enthusiastic participants and the blog received many more visits than it ever has before.

Unfortunately there could only be one winner drawn at random. I would like to thank everyone for participating. We will definitely be holding more contests in the future!

Congratulations to Raquellebelle! You will be receiving your prize in the mail soon :)

Friday, March 18, 2011


The sun is shining! Actually shining! I woke up this morning and could not believe it, but it looks as if spring is actually here. So in celebration of such an awesome day I thought that I would post a preview of some items coming to the shop next week. I am so excited to list the items coming up next week, some of my favorites ever will be listed so be sure to check back :)

Without further ado...

A super amazing Wolf doll. He doesn't look so scary...

The ultimate squeaky kitty. She is a big girl with sleepy eyes!

These two cuties will be up next week along with a lot more awesomely amazing goodies. And be sure to check in this Sunday when I announce the winner of the first Agent 137 blog contest!

<3 Agent 137

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Vintage Cooking Class

As promised, some shots from one of my vintage cook books! I am preparing to have a vintage 1960s themed party this weekend so I have been referencing this 1960s Mcall's Party H' ordeurves cook book.

Here are some images, including both cold and heated appetizers.

Don't they look delicious? 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Improvements in the Kitschen

I have been pretty busy lately taking orders for my pose deer and keeping up with orders so I haven't had time to post on the blog lately, but I wanted to throw up some photos of decorating in the house so here they are :

This wall is in process:

Coming up... vintage recipes and photos

<3 Agent 137

Friday, March 11, 2011

Find of the Week

I have my regular shops that I case for vintage goodies. Apparently my good karma I had been saving up finally paid off because on my regular rounds this week I happened to come across this pleasant surprise:

I found a pair of big sad eyed portraits two years ago and I decided to sell them. I have suffered with the regret this entire time, but no more! I am so thrilled to have found this guy that i hung him up on my wall the second I got home. I am redecorating my toy room into a vintage dream world. I also scored some cute vintage paint by numbers that will joining my big eyed friend. The best part of this find? He was on the $1 table!!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Hand Stitched Happiness

I have been negligent in the department of blogging lately. I have been attending auctions, flea markets, estate sales and have seen some truly incredible things, some of which have followed me home.

So I started to think, " I wish that there were something I could do to pass the time as I am sitting at these auctions." So I decided to experiment with some new types of doll making. I thought that i might share with everyone my first attempt. She is entirely hand stitched and dressed on bright yellow gingham and rick rack, planned to contrast with her mood.