See Us at Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend #17

Once again we’ll be at the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend! We’ll have loads of brand new products, sneak peeks at new items coming down the line and one off items you’ll only be able to grab at the show. And, for the 3rd year running, we’re the manufacturers of the officially licensed Viva Las Vegas sun parasol. It’s designed by artist Doug P’gosh. He’ll have a new painting that will be unveiled at the booth and his prints will be for sale too! So stop by and check out what’s new!

And, we can’t go without mentioning that we’ll have a booth, outside at the car show too. We specialize at selling mostly our parasols outside. We always have the best selection of designs- manufactured exclusively by us- and this year is no exception! If you need some shade on the hot black top of the car show, we’re your one stop shop for the coolest designs! Forget the rest and grab the best- from Retro-a-go-go!


Celebrating 10 years With Loads of New! New! New!

We’ve been lousy at keeping up with this blog! But that’s only because every minute is being spent developing and launching great new products for you, our valued customer.

We’re hitting a milestone for Retro-a-go-go! this June: our 10th Anniversary. All of us here at the studio want to make this a special year for our customers. We’re doing our best to offer our largest selection of new products, with higher quality and more creativity than ever. And we’re holding prices at the same level they’ve been at for years. We’re doing our best to give you the most for your money!

So stop back often and see what’s new. We’ve got dozens and dozens of new designs arriving each week. We’ll try and get them up on the site as fast as possible.

First in is buckles and our famous cigarette/wallet cases.

Buckles have been out of stock for almost a year- but we’ve brought them back with a vengeance! Check out the amazing new designs. And we’ve got a nice collection of buckles for the grease monkeys out there:  vintage Ford, Chevrolet, Cadillac, Pontiac and Oldsmobile designs, just to name a few.

And our Cigarette/wallet cases are back. The case was redesigned last year, after we plugged in plenty of input from our customers. Rounded corners, rugged design to take more punishment, textured to keep from dropping, heavier gauge metal. You’ll love ‘em.

And you’ve got to see the new designs! Our new Ford licensed designs, Chevrolet, Cadillac, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Buick, vintage pin-up girls, WWII propaganda posters. It’s one of our best offerings ever.




Free Shipping! But It’s Gone Soon…

We’re celebrating the holidays with a 3 day offer for Free Shipping for any domestic U.S. customer. And that’s good for both our retail AND wholesale customers! So whether you’re buying one item for yourself or you’re buying dozens for your store- now is the time to act.

The fine print: Must be a new order. No back-ordered or out-of stock items.

No code necessary- we’ll refund your card!

This offer is over at midnight on December 8.

By the way…if you are an international customer, contact us. We’ll do our best to give you a special discount on your order for the Holidays too! Spreading the joy ’round the world is the Retro-a-go-go! way!

Just what you wanted for Christmas!

Just what you wanted for Christmas!

Retro-a-go-go! In the News!!!

Fantastic! We’ve been featured in the paper in our wonderfully historical home town of Howell Michigan. Read the article and get to know us. Yet another big step for our studio, we are looking forward to wonderful things to come! If you’ve been keeping up with our blog or even watching/shopping our website, you’ve seen how much our styles have grown. From the kitchen table to our new digs in Howell Michigan, Retro-a-go-go! is stepping out loud and proud.

Our pop up shop for the holiday season! Come see our products and meet us in the flesh!!! Alive!

Our pop up shop for the holiday season! Come see our products and meet us in the flesh!!! Alive!

Click on the link below and read the full two page article!

It’s like old times at Retro-a-go-go!


Kirsten and our best selling Bettie Page Hot Rod Metal Sign!

Kirsten and our best selling Bettie Page Hot Rod Metal Sign!

Our staff in studio!

Our staff in studio!

The Art of Retro Photography in Miniature


Everything is not what it seems....

Everything is not what it seems….

Here a great video clip that came across this reporter’s desk: A gent has taken his collection of model cars and combined them with his skilled model making and photography skills to create fantastic retro style photographs. These terrific snap shots  aren’t photoshop manipulations or rendered in a computer. But are a throwback to the kinds of tricks Hollywood used to use before everything went digital. And somehow the humanity and soul of the craftsman involved in their production comes through in a way that the computer has yet to re-produce. We love it.

Check out the video profile here on flickr:

There's a giant of creative proportions in the house...

There’s a giant of creative proportions in the house…


New Shirt Designs Just In and Now Shipping

We’re kicking off a new series of shirt designs @! Inspired by the mom and pop bars, restaurants, nightclubs and more that USED to populate America from coast to coast (before high rents and the popularity of global and national chain stores and restaurants took over and put many of them out of business). These are bars and eateries that we WISHED existed.

The look of the art is inspired by vintage matchbooks, menus and signage. Graphic, bold, and with plenty of tongue-in-cheek humor.  And the art has a great looking weathered and antiqued style.

Watch for more great styles coming soon!

Who do that Voodoo?

Who do that Voodoo?


Where the Zombie elite love to meet.

Where the Zombie elite love to meet.





Retro-a-go-go! on the Mother Road: Route 66 /Part 1

Almost 18 years ago my wife and I quit our jobs, jumped in my convertible and headed for L.A….a loong drive out from Chicago, following what was left of the old Route 66. It was already fragmented with only the occasional old rest stop, store or sign left to tell the story of what life was like along the road in the 1930′s and 40′s.

The last 18 years haven’t been too kind to the remaining mementos of the road.

Granted, this time we were jumping on it in Northern Arizona. We also were more interested in trying to get back home to Detroit, rather than seeing as much of the old 66 as possible. But we jumped off the interstate often to see sites that we remembered fondly from our previous trip.

Most of the old neon signs that were in bad shape in the 1990′s are now gone. A few have been moved to neon museums, and restored, which is better than the dump.

Many of the old hotels and motels that we remembered were now replaced by a building from a giant hotel chain…or were empty lots.

But if you are into 30′s – 60′s  roadside architecture and signage, there are still a few jems  out there. Below are some pix from our trip, taken along old 66, mostly in Oklahoma, New Mexico and the Texas panhandle.










As you can probably tell from these photos, some of these establishments are nothing more than their weather beaten signs. Others appear to still be going strong, 50 or 60 years after opening.

Next up- a few amazing stops that are still part of the mother road. Check back soon for part 2.

Visit Us @ the San Diego Comic Con

Once again, Retro-a-go-go! will be heading to the grand daddy of pop-culture events: the San Diego Comic Con. We’ll have all kinds of new product intros, special show bargains and limited edition products available only at the con!

The showroom floor has been greatly re-designed by the organizers this year. Our booth location has flopped from one end of the convention center to the other. This year we are near artist’s alley (which is one of the few sections that have remained in it’s usual location). Visit us at booth number 5348.

See you in San Diego!



And to get you in the mood…we thought we would post a few great covers from some golden age horror and sci-fi greats!



We love anything from the brilliant EC line of the 50′s.

tomb terror


Some great work from Lee Elias…



Love the lurid design and color of this cover…see you among the stacks at the con!

We Move- You Save!


web moving sale


We’ve moved our offices to a bigger and better space to better serve you! And we couldn’t have done it without you- our customer! As a way of saying “thanks” we are having one of our best sales ever. 140 great items are marked down, as much as 55%, until midnight July 8. There’s something for everyone- and don’t forget your friends and family. They’ll love something from Retro-a-go-go! too!

Click on the billboard on the Retro-a-go-go! home page and you’ll be whisked away to our sale page. Grab these great items before they’re back to regular price- or gone forever!

And thanks again for being the best customers any company could ever hope for.