And NOW for something completely different! I rarely talk about TV shows because I only watch horror movies, cartoons, and disco/retro/Price/Michael Jackson music videos with few exceptions. Mad Men is an important exception that's not only a feast of sumptuous mod porn for the eyes and food for the soul, it's money in the bank!
I was looking at my Etsy Shop stats yesterday and noticed a big boost in item favorites and traffic. A Mad Men themed set was being favorited the most, of course! I can only assume people searched Etsy hot and heavy for Mad Men goods to make their lives as sexy and glamorous as the world Mad Men depicts. Or dsytopian and morbid like this new season's turning out to me. Whatever, pour me another glass, I needs it!
Don Draper's iconic Dorothy Thrope Roly Poly drinking are more prized than ever, and I've sold look-a-likes (I always tell people they're not the real deal, don't worry) and originals alike at $60.00 to $75.00 for four glass sets. Mid Century Modern housewares were already making a comeback, but it's worth discussing, is it even bigger now all because of Mad Men? (See the listing here.)
Mad Men evokes thoughtful commentary and the attention to detail they put into each scene make it a designer's wet dream. Behold that stunning poster they commissioned for Season 6 at the top of this post! They hired seasoned graphic artist from 1960s advertising, Brian Sanders (below), to create the illustration. Details like this give Mad Men authenticity, I feel like I could easily see this artwork in a 1967 issue of LIFE magazine.
We see two Dons, light and dark. Is it his mischievous misogynistic cheater side walking away from the side of Don that's good and moral? Is it Donald Draper walking away from Dick Whitman? We see a "One Way" and "Stop" sign. Don's turning a corner in his life, is it death? Like the black despondency hinted at, is Don going to end his moral dilemmas by jumping out of his office's high rise window? (Reenacting the show's iconic opening?) Only the best entertainment inspires this type of conversation and dedicated viewers. I'd watch this excellent program even if it didn't help me get more money in the bank.
What do you think? Did Mad Men create a huge surge in interest in vintage housewares, or was that already in vogue? Does Mad Men make a difference in your sales? What did you think of Sunday's episode? What character do you relate to the most?