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A Closer Look

Hello all,

Now that we have our new Carlos home we are able to take better pictures of them. We are very happy with these and look forward to trying to find a place to put them all.


This is the largest Carlo panther I have ever seen at 52 inches wide and 33.5 inches tall.

Mark and Ann purchased these from a Carlo collector in Fresno that was liquidating his collection. They really scored finding a collector who was willing to sell his whole collection. We are soo grateful they thought of us when they got these and gave us first shot at them! As Mark always says, “these are investment pieces”. At this point, I think it is more of an addiction!!! This puts us up to 92 Carlos! Mel and I are going to have to throw a party when we hit 100!


This is another monster about the same size as the one above. The colors of this one are breathtaking and there is a lot of detail. I like the dragon detail on the big flower vase. Mel likes the little dog.


The background makes this piece really stand out.



Bengal Tiger……what else can I really add?


The black background makes these just POP!!


These seem to be flawless.


These are going to flank the large panther and will look killer with the red frame against these acid green frames.


So simple but soo cool.

Mel and I spent all last weekend getting all our art in place in the Tiki room. With these new additions it seems we have to start all over again. With wall real estate at a premium, it is getting more and more difficult to find a new home for the Carlos we come across. Now off to the Carlo gallery to update it with these.

Tiki Mugs & More


Today I decided to head out to the Antique Trove in Roseville to see if they had any Tiki mugs I could purchase. I headed there with high hopes and cash in hand. Now that the main part of the Tiki room is done, all I need are accessories. I am just getting into collecting Tiki mugs so it will take time to amass a vast collection.


My goal is to not have any mugs be the same. I want all different kinds.


I am going to try and collect mostly vintage Tiki mugs. That isn’t to say that I wont buy newer ones, due to the fact they are making a lot of really cool ones.


This is a vintage Rum decanter. The hat screws off and may be usded to measure out shots.


This cool mug pays tribute to Hawaii 5-O with Jack Lord as Steve McGarett.


Here is the Hawaiian icon Don Ho. He was famous for his song Tiny Bubbles.


These were made by Hollywood Ceramics Co.. I purchased this one at The Antique Trove. I love the little earrings.


I found this great planter at Maholo Tiki.

I was driving down Sunrise Blvd. about a week ago when I glanced over at the store fronts I had driven by many of times, and there I saw something that got my attention….I saw a store called Maholo Tiki (3667 Recycle Road #10 Rancho Cordova, CA 95742)! I made it a point to make a mental note to come and check it out, and today was the day. I walked in and was greeted by Mary, one of the owners, and she was very pleasant to talk to. I was soo excited that we have something soo cool in our own backyard. If you get a chance to check them out, I am sure you will not be disappointed. I will make many happy returns to Maholo Tiki. Also, make sure you check out their Ebay store in case you are not local to take part in all the great items they sell. Here are some shots I took of the store to give you an idea of what they carry.


As you can see, there is a lot to choose from.


They sell vintage and modern Tiki items.


A cool selection of tropical clothing and jewelry.


They also sell books and artwork, including both prints and originals of the Hawaiian artist Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker!!!

Tiki Room Is Done………For Now


These cushions look great after being reupholstered by Bill at B&T Upholstery.

After a lot of work and searching for the right items the Tiki room is done. The last thing needing to be done to complete the bar was to reassemble the she stools.


These really glow now! It is amazing what some new polyurethane can do.

Once the stools were done we shot over to pick up some cool bamboo shelves that will hold the collection of tiki mugs we plan to collect.


These frame our Coaxial television perfectly.

With this new bar and shelves the room looks a lot more put together. It takes time to get things right but in the end it pays off when you see what all your hard work and searching is able to achieve. Here are some pictures of our room. The pictures tell you more then I can write. I hope you approve!






After all was done I collapsed on the 6 band and watched a true classic The Maltese Falcon. If you have never watched a classic movie on a classic television you haven’t lived. Its like being in a time warp!

Mel and I just purchased about 10 more Carlos that we will be featuring them soon and a few of them will make it into the Tiki Room. We are soo excited to get them.

Carlo of Hollywood “3 Of A Kind”


As you can see, these are all diamond shaped forced perspective frames. The two on the outside are medium sized and the middle one is larger.

Mel and I came across this set a few days ago on the internet and thought they would look great in our Tiki Room. We have a lot of wall space to fill since we removed the diner and are converting everything over to Tiki in that room.


These are the three images. They are in great shape.

I was fortunate that the frames are in good shape and needed no restoring. On the back of the two smaller ones there appears to be an original price of $29 each and the large one was $50. I wish we could of got them for that price!


This is the large center one. I have never seen a diamond Carlo this large before.


Here is the left one…


And the right one.

Next to arrive are a large desert scene & an Asian scene. There was a dry spell for Carlos but it looks like that is long gone. We are always looking for new Carlos. Tomorrow, we go get glass cut for the top of the Tiki bar. The vintage Hawaiian tropical postcards arrived today, so it shouldn’t be too long before it is all done!

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