Friday, May 25, 2018

Any body remember these?  Did you or someone you know make these?  I know a couple of collectors of these little guys do you?  Great selection in the shop  So much fun!


Go here 
http://blog.readyteddygo.co.uk/sock-monkeys-history-and-information-to-make-your-own/
to read history and maybe even learn how to make your own. 


Monday, May 7, 2018

Here's the low down on these collectible cards.  As you can see we have a bowl full of them.



In the 1910s, Gallaher Ltd of Belfast & London and Ogden's Branch of the Imperial Tobacco Co
printed "How - To" series, with clever hints for both everyday and emergency situations.  From steaming out a splinter to stopping a mad dog, these cigarette cards told you the smart way to  handle many of life's problems.  They used them to stiffen cigarette packaging and to advertise cigarette brands.  Some of them are quite attractive.  


Start your collection here and for only
50 cents eachWhat a bargain.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018


We have bags of old postage stamps in the shop right now.  
I went on Pinterest and saw some fun crafty things to do with them.
I especially like the little flower pots covered with them. 
I bet you could do that on cans and it would be just as cute.
These all look like easy crafts that anyone could do even kids. 
Bookmarks, boxes, hearts, the fun is endless.





Tuesday, May 1, 2018

What's the story about these cute glasses from the 30's, 40's and 50's?
The Kraft Food Co. began to market cheese spread in these cute
 reusable decorated glasses in 1933.  They made them up to 
1958.  They called them Swankyswigs.
Super popular little collector item.  Just the right size for juice.
We have some of these happy little glasses in the shop right now.


They are so popular that someone even made a collector book
featuring them.  I saw this on Amazon
Who would have thought there were that many designs to 
make a book about them.

 Found this old ad for cheese spreads  
Don't you wish companies would do fun
usable giveaways again?





Sunday, April 29, 2018

Todays post is about Niles. 
We sold out of our first order of Mugs and just got in more.  They are super cute and not some little mug for a sip of coffee.  Nope they hold a lot.  Mother's Day is coming why not treat Mom to one and some of her favorite coffee or tea.

Second picture is what I saw on my walk around Niles. 
So beautiful! Flowers every where and I didn't even have to leave the sidewalk.
Come experience Niles for your self.  Spend a whole day in Niles.  Do a little walk on the back streets, shop My Friends and I and have a lunch in town.





Saturday, January 27, 2018


My Friends and I isn't about all girl stuff.  Here's an example of a few things guys would like in the store.  The sportsman's log is one of my favorites.  Maps etc. inside.  The Eagle Claw fish hooks are
cool too.  Great stuff for display.


Saturday, January 20, 2018


Valentines Day will be here before you know it.  

There are LOTS of vintage Valentines in the shop right now.  They so cute and different from the new ones in the stores now.  

If you collect them you will find some to add to your collection or they are perfect to give to family and friends and I bet they will be keepers and not thrown away. 

Here's a SPECIAL for you Blog followers, Facebook followers and for those who get our Emails from Dealer # 1 Buy one at regular price, get second one of equal value or less for free. 
This isn't advertised so you MUST say you saw this in one of these places to get the deal.

This offer is good now through Valentines Day February 14th.

Come and get them!