Everyone loves a Thumper

By now you may have heard all the buzz surrounding the series of videos that Bruno Mars released on his Instagram account. Six video clips follow him as he takes a trip to the market to pick up some milk. During this excursion, he blasts his new hit single "Treasure" from a Curious Provisions Thumper Boombox. Never before have errands been so fun!

But you know, Bruno Mars isn't the only star to be repping a Thumper Boombox. It's hardly a surprise, what with the combination of audiophile sound quality and classic style, that it is something that everyone can love.

For instance, take Shaquille O'Neal. When he first saw (and heard) a Thumper Boombox in Los Angeles, he purchased it on the spot. Later, Shaq came by the Curious Provisions Atlanta office to pick out his second Thumper. What can we say, we pride ourselves on customer satisfaction.

Kaskade, a top American DJ, is another talented individual with a very special Thumper. He has the Dynasty Boombox, made in honor of his number one Billboard dance track by the same name. While each Thumper is already unique and one-of-a-kind, if there is opportunity for further customization, we are more than happy to comply.

We also have a great partnership with a truly great record store here in Atlanta, Criminal Records. Through Criminal Records, we have found more happy customers in Chuck Lightning (owner of Wondaland Productions) and CeeLo Green of Goodie Mob. In fact, check out Chuck's Thumper here, CeeLo's here, then do yourself a favor and watch this video of Goodie Mob's visit to Criminal Records.

In the case of the Thumper you see Bruno Mars sporting, it was one of our standard Thumpers. It's name was BuckShot, and as it was propelled into fame, it became known as The Bruno Mars Boombox. But while you see Bruno rocking out with the Thumper, it actually belongs to Cameron Duddy, an incredible director who has shot music videos for the likes of John Legend and Benny Benasi to name a couple. He reached out to us to procure a Thumper for the music video for Bruno Mars' song "Treasure". If you have already seen the music video, you'll notice that there is not a Thumper in sight. That is because the creative team decided to go in another direction with the video- but to our delight, we were able to get a peek of what the original concept was when Bruno uploaded some short clips to his Instagram account. If you haven't checked them out yet, see below and get to it!

"Out of milk. Off to the market."

"Bruno love the streets and the streets love Bruno"

"Bout dat dairy life #StayFirsty #BrunoLuhDaStreets"

"If I'm shinin too bright put yo shades on. Drive Smart. Drive Safe #Smafe #BrunoLuhDaStreets"

"One last jam out before I go home #BrunoLuhDaStreets"

"Today was a good day. #BrunoLuhDaStreets"

New Home History

So one of the most fun parts of working here at Curious Provisions is searching for the raddest pieces of vintage luggage we can get our grubby little paws on. When people hear about what I do here at CP, one of the first things they ask me is, "ohmygoshdoyougettoshopforoldsuitcases?"

 Did you have a hard time reading that? Don't worry, it's just as difficult for me to understand when people are gushing with excitement when they ask me that question. But what is it about this job that gets everyone so jazzed about the shopping aspect? I mean, no one was tripping over their tongue to ask me if I got to buy taco ingredients when I worked in the restaurant industry. 

The thing is, buying vintage suitcases, or anything vintage for that matter, is an entirely different experience. Each piece has a history, and it's fascinating to learn the stories behind them. Not to mention, when looking for cases, we get to sift through some other awesome relics of times gone by. Sadly, we haven't yet found a use for a 1930s circus wheel, but just like anyone else, we make impulse purchases. Luckily for us, our impulse purchases have so far been successful.



Take for example, CasaNueva. When we stumbled upon a New Home vintage sewing machine treadle hood, we fell in love with its ornate wooden design and purchased in on the spot. Impulse. It wasn't until after we bought it that we realized we couldn't bear to cut into the side paneling, and so we got creative. CasaNueva became a true surround sound beauty, when we reinforced the bottom, utilized the flat panels on the top and ends for our mid-range and bass, and added discreet tweeters to the main decorative panel. This unique setup allowed us to maintain our high quality sound, while keeping the integrity of the original design. 



When we first purchased the New Home treadle hood, we knew it was beautiful, but we didn't know much about its history. Based off the information given to us by the seller, we believe it to have been from the 1930s; however, upon further research, this piece could have been from as early as 1890, like this woman's model


I never though sewing machines and their accessories could be a history that interested me, but I have to say, it is pretty iconic of the American Dream. The man who started New Home was a chair manufacturer with $350 to his name, and in 1860 he took a risk and started making sewing machines. Can you believe that by 1937, there were roughly 7,000,000 New Home sewing machines in use? Dang.


I wonder what that man would think of CasaNueva...


THUMPER GONE GATSBY: Hawkeye swings by the 1920s

Those Gatsby parties! They were something else, with their champagne fountains, wild dancing, and overall opulence and decadence. Fiction or not, that man (Gatsby or Fitzgerald, take your pick) knew the ingredients to a raging party.

Of course, a Thumper was nothing more than a piece of luggage in the 1920s... but can you imagine if they did exist? Those parties certainly would have featured at least one Thumper... or five hundred. You know Gatsby never did anything small scale. 

Well, last week, I decided to find out. I was invited to a Gatsby themed party, and so I chose to bring along Thumper Hawkeye to help get the party started. 

Hawkeye was a hit. The party guests absolutely swooned, Old Sport.

Next thing you know, jazz and big band were streaming out of Hawkeye, ladies were dancing, and the booze was flowing. After a while, when the party moved to the patio, so did Hawkeye. That is part of the beauty of the Thumper- it can easily follow the party, wherever that may be

By the end of the night, Hawkeye was draped in pearls and pin wheels, and left with many promising prospects. 

The life of a playboy... it ain't easy, but it sure is glamorous.


Thumper Thursday: Yolandi


You may have noticed the above introduction as part of the product description of today's featured Thumper, Yolandi, on our website. Fun Fact: For a few hours, as a joke, the product description used to say, "I fink you freeky and I like you a lot".

Either those (admittedly weird) product descriptions are recognizable to you, or you now officially think we are certifiably nuts here at Curious Provisions. Well, for those of you not familiar with those phrases, they come from the music of Die Antwoord, a South African duo. Let's just say that their music is a little awful, a lot of fun, super catchy, pretty hilarious, and most certainly... different. 


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Grammys, New Tech, & The Big Aristotle

What a week! After bouncing around hotels due to Hurricane Sandy forcing thousands of tenants out of their apartments in lower Manhattan, I made an impulse decision to move.

"Where? I'll tell you where. Someplace warm. A place where the beer flows like wine. Where beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano. I'm talking about a little place called..." L.A. Where substance always meets beauty. *cough*

And what better time for Curious Provisions to get some love than Grammy weekend? The stars were out, the weather was warm, and the suitcases were, (dare I say?), thumping. Fellow founders Javier & David sent me this sexy thumper to wow the ladies and impress the audio nerds.

Will.i.am kicked off the party week at the Avalon in Hollywood ashost / founder for TRANS4M 2013. Originally, I thought I’d be walking into a meet-and-greet / snooty / overdressed cocktail party, since big wigs like Bill Clinton and Emmanuelle Chriqui, my dream woman, (mothereffin Sloan!) were attending, but of course, it was a concert at the Avalon – I should’ve known better. Ludacris, Alicia Keys, ThePeas, and Bobby Brown performed. Bobby murdered it – I was two stepping and sliding like never before (thought I’d say that).

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