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Radio Control – Take Charge With 12 Business Goals for Vintage Shops

vintage store resolutionsRecently in our Vintage retail members Blog we posted an article on 12 New Year’s Resolutions for Vintage Shops – Make this Your Best year Ever in Retail. We thought that it would be worth sharing important aspects of the article with everyone who is in the vintage retail business, because I think all of us could use a little help improving the bottom line.

A smart business owner understands the inherent value of goal setting in steering a growing business in the right direction. Unfortunately, figuring out exactly what the right direction is—and the road map to get there—isn’t as much of a no-brainer.

More than 80 percent of the 300 small business owners surveyed in the recent 4th Annual Staples National Small Business Survey said that they don’t keep track of their business goals, and 77 percent have yet to achieve their vision for their company.

This year, instead of setting mindless resolutions that you never plan on obtaining, why not try to make a difference. We have put together a list of twelve New years Resolutions that are geared to help improve your bottom line. Hopefully these important retail business resolutions won’t take YOU over a decade to become habit, because these resolutions represent the traits we all need if we want to achieve long-term, big time success.
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Rick Griffin is known as a surfer, cartoonist, psychedelic poster artist, legend. Griffin was born near Palos Verdes in 1944, where he took-up surfing at age 14. While he was still in high school in the 50’s he was heavily influenced by Mad magazines comic styling but he soon found his own voice, creating his own surf style that would become iconic. Through his undeniable artistic talent and connections through surfing, Griffin was soon working for surf legend, Greg Noll, among others. After graduating from high school he joined Surfer Magazine as a staff artist– creating the legendary California surf scene character Murphy, and working his way up to Art Director by the time he was of 20. But by 1964, Griffin decided it was time to move on and see what the world outside of So Cal’s tight-knit surfer scene had for him.
View the original article SURF, 60′s PSYCHEDELIA & BORN AGAIN | THE TRINITY OF ARTIST RICK GRIFFIN at The Selvedge Yard


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Griffin attended Chouinard Art Institute which would set the course for this next stage of his life.  As an art school student Griffin met fellow artist and future wife, Ida Pfefferle, and started hanging with the Jook Savages– a group of musicians / artists.  In ’66, with the Psychedelic movement tugging at them, Rick & Ida headed to San Francisco, living out of their van for a while, and regrouped with the Jooks– for who Griffin would create his first poster.  His work was soon in high demand for its trademark creative blend of Native American, surf & psychedelic influences.  Everyone wanted Griffin to do their posters– from Jimi Hendrix, to the band his work is most popularly associated with– The Grateful Dead.  Now among the leaders in the poster art industry, Griffin teamed-up with fellow artists Alton Kelley, Stanley “Mouse” Miller, Victor Moscoso, and Wes Wilson to form the Berkeley-Bonaparte distribution agency in ’67– the ultimate poster art producers of that time.

Griffin poster Art

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Griffin did the typography for the Neil Young - On the Beach Album Cover

In ’69, Rick Griffin decided it was time to head back home to So Cal– settling with his wife in San Clemente.  John Severson, founder of Surfer magazine, was working on his latest project– a surf film called Pacific Vibrations, and approached Griffin about doing the poster.  What was supposed to take one month turned into an epic six-month drama, well told by Severson himself in the video below.

Rick Griffin Surfing

Rick Griffin Surfing

Poster Art


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It was artists like Rick Griffin that helped start the whole t-shirt generation by putting one of a kind artwork on t-shirt blanks. Without talented and original artists like Rick Griffin we would not have the great vintage t-shirts that we have today.

Source copyand Images Courtesy of The Selvedge Yard. Check out The Selvedge Yard for other great articles on men’s style and fashion

Dust Factory Wholesale Sale on Fall Items

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For a limited time only select vintage items are on sale ranging from women’s dresses, t-shirts, men’s plain and print flannels, women’s silk bombers, college sweatshirts and much much more.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to stock you Vintage Store with great vintage clothing at a price that can not be beat.


  • Dress Mix- $4.50/lb
  • Vintage T-shirts $3.00/pc
  • Flannel mix -$4.50/pc
  • Faux fur – $10/jacket
  • Secretary Blouses -$3.00/pc
  • Cowboy Boots -$12.50/pair
  • Leather bombers -$10/pc
  • Silk bombers -$7/pc
  • Men’s Dress Shirts -$3/pc




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Style on Wheels | 1970’s Custom Van Craze

Vintage Ad With Bikini Girl

The 1960’s had their counterculture revolution going on, with war protests and the civil rights moment happening simultaneously with the free love/dope flower children movement. When this group got a little older they continued to express their psychedelic free loving nature through the type of clothing they wore, the type of music they enjoyed and the type of art they liked.

In the 1970’s some of these individuals found a new way of expressing their independent cosmic nature by having murals painted on the side of their vans. These love wagons were somewhat cheep, easy to maintain and great for luggin a van full of stoners to the next Iron Butterfly Concert.

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Wait until you see the waterbed I installed in this baby!


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Who needs a limo when you can drive a van.


“Hey man you going to Van Land?”

Nothing says, “Hey I am a straight up guy,” like a painting of a horse in a cosmic desert on the side of your van


Brown, Yellow, orange and Beige never looked so good together.


The horse was a popular theme among these comsic cowboy enthusiasts.


Hey girls, guess what I am into?


So Hot your Cool, so Cool your hot!


The marketing geniuses at the big three automobile companies in the United States producing vans at the time Ford, Chevy and Dodge, all attempted to cash in on the craze with mixed results. Because of them we get to admire or laugh at the great adds that they produced in this era.


Beach Time Vintage Fun

Vintage 1970’s Ford Van Advertisement Featuring Surfers.

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Good Times at the beach – Vintage Dodge van Advertisement.

In the 1980’s the Custom Van movement began to loose momentum as the new conversion van started to hit the market.

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