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Today we sell thousands of cool reproduction products, but our roots lie in the sales of vintage originals. We still shop estate sales, flea markets, eBay and antique stores to add to our ever expanding collection and to decorate the Retro Planet world headquarters. The Vintage Finds section of our blog highlights some of the cool and unusual stuff we find. Most of these items are not for sale but occasionally some may be available to buy in the Vintage Originals section of Retroplanet.com. Many items there are new old stock (NOS) and some are one-of-a-kind, so check them out regularly if you’re looking for great vintage finds.

Melted Popcorn Plastic Vintage Christmas Decorations

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Melted popcorn decorations. I remember these quirky decorations being hung in classrooms when I was growing up. They were also displayed in storefronts and many people hung them on their front doors and in bay windows. Little did I realize these cool decorations were being manufactured right in my own backyard. They were manufactured by

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Vintage Finds: Stronghold Building Screws and Nails Display

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We discovered a vintage find that is a great example of stylish mid-century advertising. This sample display from the Independent Nail & Packing Co. was created using type fonts and colors that were very popular in 1957—the copyright date of the printed display. The bold red, black, white and pink are all colors that were

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Vintage Finds: Minut-Bun Bar-BQ-Bar

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This vintage find is an interesting piece of restaurant equipment picked up at Antiques USA in Arundel, Maine. It’s a countertop barbecue sandwich warmer, made about 1951. From advertisements and trade articles discovered online, it appears that this food service machine was a popular invention in the 1950s.     Manufactured by Helmco, Inc. of

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