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Vintage Rotary Phone Planter: Love It or Leave It?

Posted By Tech on Jan 26, 2009 at 7:35AM

Oh, vintage lovelies; how wonderful to have Etsy to bring to us rad retro things like this Vintage Rotary Phone Planter ($26). I kinda miss rotary phones — having to wind your finger all the way around for each number, being pulled in close to the base by a windy cord. . . wait, no I don't.

I miss the principle (and maybe the time of when phone calls meant a lot more), but not having to actually use rotary phones. In these times, well, they're as useful as a potted plant. Which, actually, makes this planter make sense.

What do you think of it?

Vintage Geek: Yellow Record Player and 8-Track Combo

Posted By Tech on Jan 21, 2009 at 4:00AM

Holy '70s! This vintage Yellow Record and 8-Track Player Combo is not for the decor faint of heart. That is some yellow and black retro business goin' on. It's all perched atop a wheeled tulip base, so you could conveniently move your vintage format (if you're one of those) player wherever you needed it.

It's being offered on Etsy by vintage specialist johnnyvintage, who says it's a rare Weltron 2005 (ring any bells? No, me neither), originally manufactured in Great Britain. Though this baby costs $650, it's no slouch; though it has its own speakers, it can also plug into yours and rock on.

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Feel Retro, Go Modern With the Skype Hulga Pappa Phone

Posted By Tech on Jan 5, 2009 at 1:05PM

You don't need to hang onto that landline just to keep a sexy-lookin' corded phone around; if you're a Skype user, you can use Hulger's Pappa Phone ($300). Like their ultrasexy Sophia phone, Hulger's Pappa plugs into a Mac or PC and becomes your vehicle for Skype.

But let's discuss what's really hot about this phone: Its looks. The wooden angles are modern, but they look to fit so naturally in your hand. And natural it is — the phone is made from one solid piece of walnut.

TV Frame Is Not Digital, Still Geeky

Posted By Tech on Dec 13, 2008 at 10:08AM

The last time I saw a TV Frame, it was a completely different deal altogether. This TV Frame ($18), conversely, is low-tech (no digital shenanigans).

It looks like an old CRT, which many of us have ousted in favor of high def flat panels, but their replacement doesn't mean that can't be the new kitschy vintage geek thing. I wonder: Are tube TVs the new mixtape?

Vintage Geek: Receiver Salt and Pepper Shakers

Posted By Tech on Dec 4, 2008 at 2:30PM

I'm slobbering over these Phone Receiver Salt and Pepper Shakers from Charles and Marie ($22) — which, though they're made of vintage telephone receivers, were never used in their original capacity, so you can be sure no one has already slobbered on your shakers.

They're genius — not to mention achingly cute and a perfect gift for the vintage geek-lover in your life — because you get all the thrill of vintage with none of that ABU (already been used) situation.


Typewriters and Laptops, Living Together in One World

Posted By Tech on Oct 14, 2008 at 1:30PM

Satisfy your love of vintage geek and typewriters without actually having to buy an old typewriter. Sure, they're gorgeous and romantic, but do you really have the space for one? I don't, but I don't have to give up on the dream if I get this Typewriter Laptop Bag ($55)!

Yup, you can combine your love for two eras of tech in one place and one product. Multitasking, that is.


Belong to That "Special" Group of Mobile Phone Owners!

Posted By Tech on Sep 19, 2008 at 2:45PM

Oh, those '80s! It was a time when stonewashed jeans were hot and cell phones were a luxury for only the richest people a la the snobby elite of Molly Ringwald movies.

Behold, the key to upgrading your class status! This vintage ad for an Imitation Cell Phone is by all accounts legitimate, and while funny, it's kind of true.

Tell me you weren't jealous of your friends who got cell phones before you! Maybe not buy-a-fake-cell-phone jealous, but jealous.