Little Bits of Vintage

by Emily Steers on 02/08/2011

As mentioned previously, most of the things in our house are new.  And most of them are from Ikea.  We’re on a budget, mmkay?

We’ve been hitting etsy with a vengeance to try to get some more interesting vintage pieces in our house (a few are going up this weekend, hopefully!), but it’s nice to actually get things that belonged to family in the humble abode.

Enter, my new collection of drink stirrers.  Swizzle sticks, if you don’t want to argue about how to spell “stirrers”.  David wants me to type “stirs”.  But we’re at an impass.

Swizzle sticks.

My late grandfather, my mom’s dad, was a purchasing agent in the time of “Mad Men.”  Suits every day, attractive young secretaries, had to wear a hat places.  That kind of stuff.

And he was either really obsessed with swizzle sticks, or thinking about interesting collections to leave his progeny, or kind of cheap and liked keeping these things for his own home bar.  We’ll never know.  But now I must have about a hundred of these things in my house.

Clearly, the ones with the novelty tchotskis at the top are the most photogenic, like Mr. Lobster up there.

Then, there are these kicky taglines:

Thanks, Champs!  (I googled, I don’t think this place exists anymore.  Sadly.)

But the real keepers are the glass ones that we found.

This epic black one is from The Ambassador. I doubt this was for the theatre of the same name, as there are too many swizzle sticks in the collection, and my grandpa wasn’t the musical theatre kind of guy.

Not sure if you can read this one, but it’s for The Roosevelt.

But I saved the best for last.  This one is plastic, but it totally wins.

It’s the hottest spot north of Havana!

You’re welcome.

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misty February 8, 2011 at 8:28 AM

First of all, IKEA is perfect for nearly any budget…

Second- those sticks are FABULOUS!


Liz February 8, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Love the swizzle sticks! I wish my grandpa had a cool collection like this. All he collects are expired credit cards. (He swears they’ll be worth something someday!)


emily February 8, 2011 at 11:59 AM

oh my gosh! i love that!


Meli February 8, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Hi Emily!…I loove these!…I too love mixing the old with the new…I think it adds interest in my decor, plus vintage pieces are just too cool!! ^_^
Funny thing is, I have a huge dividing bookshelf between my dining and living with loads of vintage things: cameras, toys, games, documents, etc….and people visiting always end up talking about these!…I love it that these items ended up in my home…when they had a previous home and owner…and a whole other purpose and history… ^_^

BTW…I’m going to Ikea this weekend to get some V-day goodies…My hubby asked: ..Baby what do you want for v-day?..Me:I want an Ikea guest bed please…. hehehe…so we’ll be taking a 3 hr. road trim sat. morning at 9am (ikea meals are also part of the experience!)
PS…you gotta show your cool etsy finds!!


Shaina N February 8, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Omgosh. I would love that sort of collection passed down.

Can we please discuss how uber jealous I am that you HAVE an ikea? The closest one to me is 5-7 hours away (I haven’t re map quested since we moved, so that’s a guesstimate)!

Adorable! I also stalk Etsy!


GingerWench February 8, 2011 at 8:55 PM

You know, I think that’s the coolest thing! Look at all the souvenirs you have of places with such history attached to them. I’d treasure that little collection, personally. Bars should go back to using them for promotional purposes… I’d collect them too! LOL


emily February 9, 2011 at 9:44 AM

i totally have a soft spot in my heart for New York, so i love that i have these awesome reminders of the city in it’s heyday! lucky grandpa got to see all the fun spots!


Kristin February 9, 2011 at 5:18 AM

What a super fun (if eccentric) collection to have passed down to you :-)!


emily February 9, 2011 at 9:43 AM

definitely weird, but i’m so happy to have them! it’s one of the parts of my grandfather’s life i know very little about. i like to imagine him all don draper suave, but he was probably more like harry crane, the square copywriter!


ericha September 15, 2012 at 7:23 PM

This is too funny, because I too have just come across a collection similar to this from my grandfather. Now i’m trying to figure out a clever way to display them. So many unique sticks!


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