I’m very excited to launch one of the new products that I have been working on, and has kind of become a signature party gift of mine! I have personally gifted this to kids and adults alike, with great success, and most any theme or occasion can be customized to fit!
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Prize Puffs and Curio Cones!
But what’s a Prize Puff or a Curio Cone you ask?
Vintage inspired toys, trinkets, and treasures wrapped in over 100 feet of crepe paper streamers.
The prizes are all curated and hand rolled by me!
In the 1950’s Charles Gregor Surprise Balls, “The Toy You Destroy to Enjoy” flooded the five and dime stores, as well as those of Fao Schwarz and hospital gift shops. Today an original Charles Gregor Surprise Ball can cost you hundreds on auction sites, IF you can even find one.
Experience the simple joy and thrill of these nostalgic toys with my Prize Puffs! These are great party gifts for every age, and involves the entire crowd. What color will come next!? What prize will fall out next!? Great for developing fine motor skills, and requires little effort so it is the perfect gift for a get well or hospital patient.
Each Prize Puff and Curio Cone is hand wrapped with prizes in each layer that have been diligently searched out in an attempt to remain authentic to their original predecessors. Prizes may include vintage and vintage inspired trinkets, toys, jokes, riddles, fortunes, candy from around the world, and other treasures hand selected and sought out from vendors and personal artisans.
I was always the black sheep of my family. While other kids my age were interested in sports, or social interactions, I was busy staging full scale Broadway productions of Disney Flicks in my grandma’s living room, and carnivals on the weekends. As a young adult, and with the discovery of my love for vintage childhood nostalgia, I began to entertain at out home. Each event was meticulously planned, making sure the theme was carried throughout, from decor to food to favors.
For most of my life I’ve been surrounded by individuals who merely “put up with me” but never really understood my passions. However, with the vast connecting powers of the internet, I discovered others who shared in my oddball passions. I found others who loved talking about their estate sale treasure hunts, and the thrill of finding that lovely vintage item for a steal. Others who loved planning events with sometimes obscure themes, but that were painstakingly researched in order to stay true to the authenticity of the time period, and theme. Others were out there that reveled in a weekly thrift store ritual, or who were content to spend their Friday evenings creating art.
I often wish I could go back in time to visit a five and dime store, with it’s rows of penny candy and vintage trinkets… I would surely be in heaven! Perhaps, in a past lifetime, I had happy memories visiting with only a handful of coins in tow. Until the popularity of such fads rise again, here is my time machine for others who find they are a little like me.