vintage hair dryer

Meet Bettina

At the flea market on Sunday, I dropped $5 on this awesome vintage hair dryer:

Not that I ever really set my hair, because it’s completely curl-resistant and I feel like I look funny with curly or wavy hair, but something about this piece spoke to me.

It could be the great ostrich case…

ostrich case hairdryer

I love the rich caramel color.

Or that she comes with a name…

Bettina, the Universal Hair Dryer

Bettina, the Universal Hair Dryer

Or that there’s a nail dryer…

I'm not sure how you're supposed to position your hand, but I'll figure it out.

I’m not sure how you’re supposed to position your hand, but I’ll figure it out.

Or that she came from New Britain, Connecticut, near where I grew up…

Just in case she needs a tune-up....

Just in case she needs a tune-up….

Anyway, she lives with me now. Welcome home, Bettina.

Our friend Jack thought she was built in the mid-sixties based on the artwork. I found a newspaper ad from November 21, 1963 touting Bettina’s “New ultra chic high-fashion styling with dramatic new gift case” on sale for $23.88 (regularly 29.95).

Bettina the hair dryer.

Bettina the hair dryer.

Once I take her out for a test-dry, I’ll report back on my ultra chic-ness. Stay tuned.

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First flea market outing of 2013

Yesterday Tim and I went to the Hollis Flea Market with our friend Jack Younger of Basement 247 & Watch City Studios. It was our first trip of the season, and there were more vendors than I’ve ever seen there before. That may have been fueled by the classic car show down the street…in Amherst, New Hampshire there’s a monthly car show, but Tim and I have never quite figured out the schedule, so we’ve never been.

Jack was on the lookout for rusty gears, which he uses in cool steam punk sculptural things around his studio. He and Tim are both always looking for recording gear, and I’m typically keeping an eye out for jewelry, lady head vases, purses, compacts, and pin-up art. All three of us left with treasures.

I liked this radio.

I liked this radio.

A closer look at the radio's face.

A closer look at the radio’s face.

Look at all that bakelite!

Look at all that bakelite!

The woman with all the bakelite was really nice. She had a great variety of colors and widths and carved vs. uncarved pieces. Even though I loved some of the bangles and they fit me, I managed to resist. I may not pass them up if I encounter them again later in the season though! Then I’ll know they waited for me.

I love the carving in the red bangle and the colors in the butterscotch one.

I love the carving in the red bangle and the colors in the butterscotch one.

I didn’t resist this:

Bettina the hair dryer.

Bettina the hair dryer.

Awesome name, gorgeous ostrich case and wonderful artwork. For FIVE DOLLARS. Yes, I broke the moratorium. But for five dollars, I couldn’t leave Bettina the hair dryer to languish at the flea market. She’ll get her own post with more photos later this week.

Jack found some cool large industrial gears and Tim found something for his studio. We wanted to check out the car show, but by the time we were done with the flea market, we were starving. We did see some great classic cars on our way to and from the flea market, though.

We saw this great truck.

We saw this great truck.

And this beauty.

And this beauty.

We saw tons of other gorgeous cars, but I just wasn’t fast enough with my camera. We’ll definitely have to hit the car show later this summer so I can drool over the stunning rides and take tons of pictures.