Thursday, October 2, 2008

I found some vintage roller skates - and I'm still in one piece!

A couple of weeks ago I found a box full of vintage roller skates at a sale, and I just had to bring them home! Only 2 pairs were worth saving, unfortunately...

I lived on my skates when I was a kid - either skating at the neighborhood roller rink (remember couples skate?), around my grandparents' basement, or up the street from their house for ice cream... It's been YEARS since I put on a pair though, and I probably wouldn't have even tried these awesome Roller Derby skates on, but I needed to determine the size.

I pulled them on and, of course, they fit like a glove. Why is it always like that? I was all ready to list them, and the next thing you know Will is pulling me down the hill of our driveway so I could skate around the cul-de-sac. It took me a few minutes to get the feel of them, but eventually I felt comfortable enough to head up the street and try to pick up some speed.

On my way back I saw Will coming out the door with his old skateboard in his hands. The race was on - I was woefully disadvantaged of course, he did circles around me... But it was so much fun! And neither of us fell and hurt ourselves, which is a bonus.

So, the skates are still here, not listed. I think I will put them on a few more times before I decide if I want to list them or not... The other pair I saved is up for auction now though (they are too small for me!):

They are 1970's Nash Cruisers tennis shoe style skates - a Women's size 6, in case you are interested. Here's a helpful link if you need to find a roller rink near you. ;)

10 comments:

AuctionWally said...

Oh wow! See that top pair? I had a pair in black, with the world famous Chicago wheels! I went rollerskating almost every weekend at Bobby's Roll-a-way.

Man, that brings up some great memories!
Thanks for the fun post.

DanaMc said...

Man, I wish you hadn't brought up the topic of skates. You see, I still have my Mom's pair (with wooden wheels) from the 60's. I used to skate back in 79-80 and it's been difficult to think about getting rid of Mom's skates.

And, just when I was about to get rid of them...here you come along *grin* showing me what a cool thing I have.

Dang. I suppose I could put em on a shelf in memory.
DanaMc

Rachel said...

such a cool blog! I am a vintage geek too. However, I am looking for a pair of vintage roller skates for a Halloween costume. (yes, I may end up in the ER). Does anyone have any suggestions of an online store where I might be able to find some? I know ebay has a few pairs, but I am not sure that I could bet, win, and still have them shipped to me in time. Thoughts? thanks.

Mitzi said...

Hi Rachel, did you Google it? If anyone has any somewhere off eBay Google should bring them up... good luck!

Bethany said...

i wear a size 7 1/2 - do you think those would fit? i would love to buy them off of you if you think they would fit - also for a Halloween costume.

Thanks,
B

Susannah said...

Were their any metal skates in the box? I've been lokking for metal skates for my skate collection.

Susannah said...

Does anyone know how vintage METAL skates work with the leather strap and the metal tabs on each side. I have a pair, but they're not staying on!

Anonymous said...

Wauw is it possible to use your blue skates for a fashionshoot in the netherlands?

Y.S aka Young Smasha said...

I was just wondering does any of you all have a any vintage Phenolic(fiber glass) wheels for sale.....

Red said...

I am looking to purchase a pair of vintage tennis shoe roller skates. I had a pair when I was younger but ended up getting rid of them and regretting it ever since. Ironic thing is I wear a size 6!!! Are yours for sale???