I love old Albums!

Did you know up until a couple of years and a few nervous breakdowns ago, I had an antique booth at an antique mall.  I scrounged and scoured garage sales for stuff to sell.  I don’t think I ever paid more than $5 or $10 for anything I sold in that booth.  I had Moorcroft pottery, and kitchy stuff, and fine antiques among other things.  And bowls.  There was a Bennington bowl I still wish I’d never sold.  There are several things sitting in my basement, I wish I had sold.

Not the massive Oscarettes of course.

The thing about owning an antique booth is you never EVER know what is going to sell.  Ever.  I could bring something up there and think WOW, this is gonna be here for the next decade or so … and it’d be gone by the next week.  Other times I’d put something in I could barely stand to part with and it’d sit there for months.  With a price tag of, like, $1 on it.

The one thing I could always count on selling were my record bowls.  Just kitchy, bowls made out of old albums.  Oftentimes, ’78’s, or albums from the 50’s with great labels on them.  All they were were old scratched albums that I melted in the oven and formed into bowls.  Perfect for serving Oscar night chips in!  I’m sure you’ve seen the same sort of bowls around at craft sales over the years.   If you remind me, I’ll show you how to do them in an upcoming post.

I was pretty proud of my record bowls until I saw my next advertiser’s wares.  Um … her techniques seem slightly more sophisticated than my method of melting vinyl in the oven and bending them until they were sort of bowl shaped.

And as is often the case on the weekends, I leave you this week with a look at one of my advertisers!  One of the fine folks who give me money for no reason other than the fact that they love me.  And they have products to sell.  Lucky for us, they’re nice products.  And incredibly diverse I might add!

Without further adieu … the wares of Vindicated Vinyl.

Aside from the fact that this is made from an old Cars album, (which is cool) the way the album art looks when it’s forced into the shape of this Valet tray is GREAT. I love the look of it.

I’m pretty much a sucker for anything Cha Cha related.

The iPad cases are my absolute favourite. I couldn’t show everything about them here, but if you click on the picture, you’ll see more detailed pictures about how these things open up and stay propped open while you’re working on your iPad and such. Do you know what I’d like more than this brightly striped Go-Go’s iPad case? An iPad to put in it.  And Belinda Carlisle’s 1985 smile.

LOVED the Go-Go’s!

Again with the ’50’s vintage stuff I love, PLUS it’s green and pink!

And finally … a little something for my friend Karen.

All this 80’s stuff is bringing back memories of all the bands I went to see. Sigh.

My first concert ever?  The English Beat.  You?

Have a good weekend!


  1. Renee says:

    My parents took me to my first-ever ‘real concert’ when I was in 8th grade – Dave Matthews Band at an outdoor pavilion pretty early in their career (we live in their home state of Virginia).

    I specifically remember smelling something I hadn’t smelled before and my sister asking what it was. My parents made something up, but I later learned at future rock concerts what that smell was: pot! haha

    Some of my favorite concerts over the year have been big festivals (like what used to be HFStival in DC/Baltimore area), Weezer, and Ben Folds.

  2. jjjordan says:

    (whispering)Great White “The Once Bitten” tour with Warrant(The Cherry Pie Album and Ratt don’t recall thinkin they were has-beens by then). My dad took me and a few friends, we were 12 maybe 13. I wore WAY too much copper azziza makeup, had a black & white tiedyed tank top and splatter glitter painter spandex. I saw what I still think in the world’s largest joint smoked by a man in dreadlocks (also a first for me)
    Late 1980’s awesome.

  3. Mary says:

    Cool stuff! First concert? David Bowie Alladin Sane. Hard to top that, but I did, and continue to try LOL Bowie refused to do an encore, and there was a mini riot in the arena.

  4. liz a. says:

    my first concert was Blood, Sweat and Tears as the headliner group, and The Doors were the opening group. don’t even ask me how long ago that was. in southern california, west covina. omg!!!!

  5. Adrienne Audrey says:

    Really cool shop. I’d love to see a tutorial on how to make the record bowls. My first concert Britney Spears 1998!

  6. Julie shinnick says:

    I love love love old albums too! But I like to use the covers as pieces of art to hang on the walls….the daggier the better!
    oh some of them from the 50s/60’s are so insane!

  7. Valentina says:

    this stuff is fantastic!i *have* to talk about it on my website. can I? please please? 🙂
    I need to have the ZZ top tray.

    • Karen says:

      Valentina – Fine by me! And I’m sure my advertiser will be fine with it, LOL. Double the exposure. Win, win. 🙂 ~ karen

  8. Sam says:

    Ok stop!! Now i have to spend £500 on an iPad so I can own the Prince iPad cover.

  9. Sam says:

    Oh Ah Ha was my first concert. Portsmouth Guild Hall the 80’s.

  10. mimi says:

    Oh my God, these are stunning Karen!
    I love to make stuff, but seeing these, I’ll be off to buy instead, just could never, ever get this professional look. have a wonderful (Oscars) weekend.

  11. Jamieson says:

    WoW. Shopping!

  12. Farquist says:

    Doobie Brothers. Montreal Forum. Lots of doobies being passed around which terrified this young innocent west-islander.

  13. Anna says:

    Karen, I wish I could remember the first concert I went to. I was a child of the 60s don’t remember many of the concerts – if you get my drift!!!

  14. Lita says:

    Depeche Mode

  15. Christina says:

    I like the valet trays the best. It is too bad I am too young to know most of these artists very well. I would feel funny buying something made out of a vinyl for a band I’ve never listened to. Now I feel lame.

  16. Sandra says:

    George Michaels – Solo – Faith Tour – the only reason we got to go was cuz our mom’s thought that he had a cute butt!

  17. Oona says:

    Mt first concert was Tom Petty, in sixth grade, with my parents and a girlfriend. We sat on the lawn at an outdoor amphitheater and everyone one around us was hammered and smoking (not cigarettes). The people behind us spilled a beer into one of their shoes then one of the guys drank it! lol

  18. Brinda says:

    Thanks for the rockin’ write up Karen (*sorry, couldn’t resist that adjective)! My first concert, Loverboy 1982… and I’ve never made anything out of that album … yet…

    • mothership says:

      OMG! I vaguely remember a Loverboy concert…. pretty sure it was early 1981…. but did my mother REALLY let me out of the house at that age???? I ended up 4 wheeling in the hills… then in a hotel room with a bunch of strangers, but I do not think anything TOO inappropriate happened… or was Loverboy around in 1980???
      and my VERY 1st CONCERT???
      THINK… 1979…. Molly Hatchet??? or maybe Ozzy?
      was WAY too young!

  19. Michelle says:

    Chicago/Beach Boys at Day on the Green. Too.much.fun.

  20. blake says:

    I want to say my first concert wasn’t Donnie and Marie Osmond but it was! Then came Peter Cassidy. I did not ask to go but was dragged because my older sister loved these people. The story of my life!

    BUT…the first concert I begged my Mom to buy me tickets for until she finally caved and did…wait for it…ADAM and the ANTS!! and who opened for them??? INXS! Yes I was uber cool even at 13! One of the best nights of my little moody adolescent life!

    Love the GOGOS item here! Yummy new advertiser!

  21. patb says:

    Jetro Tull or Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. Can’t quite recall which came first.

  22. karen n says:

    OMG Karen!! You posted that Prince picture for me!! I am the biggest Prince fan and I must have that Prince IPad cover!! I don’t own an IPad, but this will not stop me. That literally brought a tear to my eye, that is so cool. Obviously this girl is not only talented, but she has excellent taste.
    My first concert was Kiss, the Destroyer tour at the CNE in Toronto. I have never been that excited for anything before or since. I sincerely wish I could get that excited about anything again

  23. Pammy says:

    Gosh, everyone is so YOUNG here – my first concert – James Taylor, Greensboro North Carolina, 1972, i think, maybe ’73. These Album art pieces are EXCELLENT – buy her stuff!!

    • Alisha says:

      And here I was thinking everyone was so old LOL My first concert was Korn (sad right?) with Papa Roach and Powerman 5000. If you like hard rock and new metal it was a kick ass concert. I’ll shame myself and say that 9 or so years later I would still go see Korn again.

  24. Marina says:

    Fantastic, amazing stuff. Love it!
    I think my first concert was Queen . Many, many years ago (Pleistocene?)

  25. Dana says:

    wanna talk about young, my first concert was hanson.

  26. Paula says:

    Glass Tiger, opening act was Haywire… many many moons ago.. but how the memories stay with us all 🙂

  27. Chrissa says:

    I love this idea.

    And it just pissed me off. I donated a GIANT box of old vinyl albums from the 80’s and 90’s.

    But to be fair, I was much younger and hadn’t even begun to think of upcycling.

  28. Jordan G says:

    My first concert was NSYNC in 6th grade. My friend’s mom drove us to their big show in Orlando. We thought we were so cool… To this day I still have a soft spot in my heart for those overly gelled frosted tips on Justin Timberlake.

  29. mick says:

    My first concert was Rush. It was their Power Windows tour in ’86. My friends and I didn’t have the same musical taste. But my kids and I did. So they took their 50 year old mother to the concert.
    What a rush!!

  30. Betsy says:

    Beatles, Portland Or. 1965. The crowd screamed the entire time and we couldn’t hear them at all! But, feels special that we were there.

  31. kate says:

    Day on the Green (Oakland Collesium)
    opening band was Foreigner
    Then came:
    Steve Miller Band

    • Pam'a says:

      Geez. I guess it’s pretty much been downhill ever since, no? ‘Kind of like getting a brand new Mercedes for your sixteenth birthday!

  32. pat says:

    The Troggs, The Who, and The Ohio Express, 1966. First date ever, I was 16 years old.

  33. Sue says:

    Queen, Maple Leaf Gardens, 1976.

  34. Sky says:

    Chicago/ Beach Boys at Foxboro Stadium

  35. Bill Grigg says:

    In 1969 I saw Ian and Sylvia Tyson with the Great Speckled Bird play in Nanaimo. Jiminy cricket, I’m OLD!

    And using “jiminy cricket” proves it.

  36. Denise says:

    First official was in Jr. High in ’74. Kiss. During high school years in Cleveland we had lots of live bands.Rush played at a local all boy high-school and that was one I wish I had my iphone for…lol. And Wild Cherry played at our prom! I am so jealous of Sue seeing Queen. I still have their first album. Bowie is still my all time fav.

  37. Denise says:

    I did want to say that I like the items from this vendor, Vindicatedvinyl. I like how the tray looks. Not just the folded vinyl into a bowl, but the hardware and album itself. I’m checking to see if they have Pink Floyd for a gift…

  38. Shelley says:

    First concert ever was Pink Floyd! Tickets came on sale while we were on a flight to Florida. So we knew there was no chance. Several months later, and the day of the concert, my boyfriend comes home from a business trip with two tickets for totally awesome seats! He was seated on the plane right next to a rep from the sponsor. After learning we wanted to see the concert but couldn’t get our hands on tickets the guy just digs into his bag, produced two tickets, and says,”enjoy the show”.
    Every concert I’ve seen since has been a disappointment. How do you compete with PF?

  39. Tina says:

    I need to know how you make the record bowls!!! I’d would be great to have for my disco party!

  40. Shauna Rudy says:

    My first concert was the English Beat too, playing with the Clash at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. Great pairing, great venue. And I was so cute back then, in my little ska girl getup. Still love both those bands.

  41. Shauna says:

    The Cure in Oakland CA. I was 16 and my friend and I drove 3 hours to go see them. We couldn’t believe our parents were going to let us go all by ourselves (we were going to stay at my Nana’s house). At the last minute, my friend freaked out and insisted my Mom drive. We still drove to the concert by ourselves though;)

    The Cure was such a surreal concert to see – one of the best I’ve ever seen.

    We like making these bowls too. I think we put the instructions on our blog somewhere a long time ago. Now I have to go look;)

  42. Shauna says:

    p.s.: Karen, can you make your links open in a new window? I just clicked on vindicated vinyl, but didn’t want to click any further because I realize I lost you – I don’t want to lose you when I click on one of your sponsors – it makes me sad to see you go away so quickly;)

    Just a thought, a suggestion. Take it or leave it (but please take it).

  43. Pati Gulat says:

    First concert was Grand Funk Railroad…I “railroaded” this nerd guy, who I knew liked me,into taking me. He liked country but wanted to go out with me so bad that he asked me to go. This was after I asked him if he were going & he said “No,are you ??” LOL ! BEST concert I ever went to was Paul McCartney about 5 yrs ago..the US Tour. Be still my beating heart ! I have every album I ever owned..I should do this with some of them…

  44. angie says:

    1st concert ever, Garth Brooks. 2nd…Ozzy Osbourne. I’m eclectic.

  45. Mel says:

    This was from so long ago, but I must share…
    Bush (back when they were BushX in Canada) at the Warehouse in Toronto. I was 16, they were are are still my favourite band, took the Go Train into the city with my boyfriend, he got kicked in the head by a bodysurfer during the encore and best of all, I touched Gavin Rossdale’s sweaty chest. I’ve been to some awesomesauce concerts since and it is still my fave.
    I am jealous of those saw Queen! Love!

    • Karen says:

      LOL. I interviewed Gavin Rossdale when I was a host for MuchMoreMusic. He was nice and humble. Not all of them were. 🙂 ~ karen

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