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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.

Vintage Finds: The Multi-Purpose 1930s Breakfaster

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With the introduction of electricity into most homes by the early twentieth century, manufacturers of small appliances endeavored to produce attractive functional gadgets that every homeowner would want for their own kitchens. Designs of small kitchen apparatus were intended to be both beautiful as well as clever space-savers. They needed to be beautiful so they

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Vintage Squirrel Salt and Pepper Shakers by Napco

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This adorable duo was manufactured in the 1950s by Napco (National Potteries Corporation) of Bedford, Ohio. Founded in 1938, Napco began by manufacturing porcelain and glass vases and other supplies for florists. In the mid-1940s Irwin Garber joined the company and directed the production of the very popular Napco head vases. Napco also began importing

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Vintage Finds: How Much Communication Technology Has Changed Over the Years

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This vintage telephone is one of our vintage finds discovered in an antique store in Arundel, Maine. The nameplate says, “Flygvapnet”, which is the name of Sweden’s Air Force. It’s probably from the ’60s or even early ’70s and is a great example of how far communication equipment technology has come. Pieces like this are

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Collecting Tiki Mugs: From Trader Vic’s to Tiki Farm

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Tiki mugs have been around nearly as long as the first generation of Polynesian-style restaurants.  The first of these, Don’s Beachcomber Cafe – later named Don the Beachcomber – opened in Los Angeles, California in 1934.  A second, Trader Vic’s of Oakland, California, quickly followed suit.  Both establishments served up exotic homemade cocktails, filled with

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Collecting Mexican Vintage Salt and Pepper Shakers

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Looking to start some kind of a collection, or merely to add some color and charm to a kitchen or dining room? Then consider starting a salt and pepper shaker collection. Salt and pepper shakers of all sorts are highly collectible nowadays but most are still very affordable, so it doesn’t have to cost a

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