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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Am I Kinda Weird? I Mean...Bowling Bags? Status: Out In The Garage Collecting Cobwebs.

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It's not only a strange collection, it's hard to display! But c'mon, don't these just Scream 1950s, 1960s!?!?

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I have managed to curb my enthusiasm for collecting these. I realized I just had no

way to properly display them. I need like, a china cabinet for them! The good news

it that we actually USE two of them! We do occasionally GO Bowling! Tropicana

lanes in Clayton may have the best neon sign
, but for my money...I prefer to bowl

at the Oldest Lanes west of the Mississippi River; Saratoga Lanes in Maplewood

Missouri
(where I grew up!).

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Maybe some day I'll find a cool set of Bowling Lockers to put in the laundry room

and display all these bags in there! Who knows, maybe I should sell them as

ladies retro handbags. All but the baby blue one with white & blue starbursts and

my dark blue side zip one. We use those. And how 'bout those vintage wingtip

bowling shoes? His and Hers! Wheeeeeee!

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7 comments:

  1. I love old bowling bags but I never pick them up because like you said; hard to display. I always think "What would I really do with one if I bought it"? I thought about carrying them as a purse then realized that was just not practical. Love your collection though!!

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  2. These are very hot with the NY hipster crowd. Post on the NYC Craigslist and you could make your money back and then some, even with shipping!

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  3. Rhan - I almost always leap first then look, especially when something is like 2 or 3 bucks. I'll figure out a way to display them properly sooner or later.

    mono - I KNEW they had a value beyond the obvious Somewhere!

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  4. I have a display suggestion...maybe a bit corny but 'tis the season. Cut out a piece triangular of plywood (tree shape). You'll need a base of some sort (small stump?). Paint it, hang the bags on it and you have your Bowling Ball Bag Christmas tree. Start with 1 bag at the top, 2 for next row, 3 for bottom row. If you want a larger tree, you're gonna need more bags! :) Who says you couldn't do this for lots of holidays? I could see a big green shamrock with bags hanging from it.

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  5. Krazy - "If you want a larger tree, you're gonna need more bags!" - Oh, I got more! I got lots more! I could have a couple trees. I'll probably just make some small shelves to display them in the laundry room. I don't know why I keep thinking that the laundry room is the best place for them.

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  6. Wow a little late on this post, but I have been looking for vintage bowling bags! I scored one at a garage sale as a teenager (I had the flare for vintage even then) and when I moved out on my own left it in storage (aka my rents' basement) and my mom threw it out. I'm crushed.

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  7. Laura - I see so many of these at the Thrift Stores. I just have to resist or I'll have a garage full of just Bowling Bags! Check your local Thrift stores.

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