* Sigh *

I have an an interest in a business called Mr. Ice Bucket. Not an interest like I’m an investor – just a fascination with them. It’s ” … the oldest continuously managed Ice Bucket manufacturing facility in the world!” They manufacture ice buckets (among other things) for retail sale, corporate gifts and wholesale to the hotel and hospitality industry.

The current crop of ice buckets are pretty good. And why wouldn’t they be? They’re made by local ice bucket artisans. In New Brunswick NJ. Right off of Rt 1. But I see that they change their line frequently to keep up with  design trends and probably to create desire in ice bucket consumers for continuing ice bucket acquisition. In fact, the one I just bought as a Christmas gift doesn’t seem to be in production any longer.

So that got me to thinking that since this company has been making trendy ice buckets since 1965, there must be some vintage psychedelic or pop-art ones still floating around. And sure enough, eBay does not disappoint. I didn’t find any 60s buckets but how about this late 80s-early 90s fad of tropical flora and dressed-up monkeys?

to die for
Dudes, back then dressed-up monkey stuff was to die for in certain circles of the greater metropolitan NYC area.

I mean look at this thing. Once you have gotten your fill of the dressed up monkey and start admiring how the little frosty stand-up circle knob matches the frosty handle, well … I mean.This is really a thing of beauty. And that is stated non-ironically in case that wasn’t clear.

It is a wonder to me that it has lasted this long on eBay. I can’t buy this because I already have 2 ice buckets maybe 3 and I’m supposed to be getting rid of stuff in anticipation of a move to a smaller house in a warmer retirement location next year and its not going as well as a certain spouse thinks it is, but if I was already in Florida I would have owned this so fast the turban would have flown right off that monkey’s head.  And I’m not saying you should buy it either. I’m just saying that a thing like this deserves to be looked at and admired and considered. You should at least go and see it. Only 15 hours left.


Apparently Target Learned NOTHING From The Mossimo Incident

I blinked and missed the part where we all got upset about Lilly Pulitzer but it seemed to be a two-part problem.

It had something to do with the recent Target release of the Lilly For Target goods it it is either “Lilly Pulitzer is the badge of the 1%” or “capitalists are making  too much money with resales.” Bonus peeve: Target executives are mad that the line sold out within hours instead of over a few weeks as they had planned.

So the problem boils down to money. I can’t teach everybody everything so let me just lay it out here:

  1. To the inflamed baby socialists: You know that the actual Lilly Pulitzer is dead, right? And this merchandise is low end repros and as-ifs? Lilly’s business survivors are selling this stuff in Target, not in Palm Beach boutiques.
  2. To the annoyed Target executives: The the same sellout/resale thing happened when Target unleashed that zigzaggy Mossimo stuff a few years ago. Unless there has been a 100% turnover in Target’s executive leadership and we’re looking at an Asimovian Nightfall scenario, how surprised and peeved could they have been?
  3. To the anti-capitalists: you haven’t killed it yet. God bless America and God bless capitalism.

Here’s my interest in this whole thing: Target has ruined the Lilly Pulitzer shopping experience on eBay. And when I say ruined I mean lifted up the rock and let the sunshine on the sad little amateur resellers who were practically throwing the stuff away.

Behold the Lilly For Estée Lauder cosmetic bag of Suzette:


$3.99 on eBay
At the time I bought this*, eBay was flooded with burgeoning entrepreneurs who “somehow” came into possession of a bunch of cosmetic counter free gift with purchase items and put them up for sale in order to get money for nothing and to provide happiness to others. Do you think this can happen now? Those days are over now THANK YOU VERY MUCH TARGET.

*I actually bought 2 of different styles but nobody wanted the other one so now I have an asset to liquidate. Boom. Capitalism.

Rachel Maddow vs Lady Buxton? No contest!

I am unwilling to spend an evening listening to the talking heads try to screw up the late voters by making half-assed predictions and calling races early. I will be spending my time instead trawling eBay for vintage key cases.

Do you know that the world is full of vintage key cases and their matching companions – wallets,eyeglass cases, lighters and more – that were received as gifts and then put immediately away in their boxes for decades?

“Leather Wallet Key Case Make Up Bag Glasses Case Vintage Set Rolfs Never Used”. Here for your delight from the glamourous 1960s: a set of 4 purse accessories in ivory colored leather: wallet, key case, make up bag, eye glasses case. They have been sitting unused in a box for 50 years, waiting for you! This high quality set was manufactured by Rolfs and is stamped ‘mellow leather’. Each piece is made of off white leather that has been tooled and gilded with a pattern of leaves and tiny berries.


Isn’t that gorgeous? White tooled leather embossed with gold. * sigh * I would buy this in a minute except I am really only interested in the key case.

Although I could probably use the eyeglass case for my sunglasses.

And I have the kind of hair that the gold-flecked comb would be effective on.

And Lord knows I’m always fishing around in the bottom of a big handbag for my lipstick so maybe that cosmetic cases would be …

No. Never mind. It’s really just the key case I’m after. So many choices! But the question is do I go with a fold over Key Keeper? Or should it be a hard-sided Key-Tainer?

These are just representative samples. I’ve got a million specific ones saved for consideration.

And so tonight you will have to seek out some other internet know-it-all for election coverage, ebola opinions and Lena Dunham disgust but if you want to think about things that are not produced anymore much to the diminishment of modern life, then I’m your woman.

The Key-tainer, right?