Friday, July 25, 2008

The Winkel Shrine

Since the opening of Winkel, I've accumulated many small items that make me smile and they live in the Winkel Shrine. It started with the lovely Ganesh that came from a television series I worked on before opening the shop. It's plastic rather than plaster, and many have wanted to purchase my beloved protector, but to no avail. Then the little things started being added...some are gifts from friends of Winkel, others just silly little novelties that give me a chuckle when I see them.

The Dutch girl is so wrong she's right on. Did fluorescent pink and orange replace the classic Delft blue and white?

Hey Pug! What have you done to Mr. Bill?????

The playdough representation of Hubble, the official dog of Winkel, saved from the Winkelbread house. It gets a little greasy in the summer, but I can't part with it. Buddha boy keeps an eye on things in the back.

An insipid cupid tchotchke rocks it out Gene Simmons style with a KISS makeover. The love child of the KISS Army!

Always the heartbreak in any vintage shop, the items that are NOT for sale. Why are they always the most appealing? When I eventually finish enjoying these treasures I'll send them on to a good home, but the gifts from friends will stay with the shop forever.