Vexed

Yes, I think vexed is a perfectly good word for it.  I am finding myself on Thursday afternoon trying to crank out a post, in a week where I thought I would have plenty of time to get one done.  How does that happen?  It MIGHT have something to do with a simple purchase, like a nice new freezer (after 32 years of service, our old one thinks it’s time to retire, and so do I!).  Who knew that freezers don’t come in standard sizes anymore?  We knew that it was taller, but we had plenty of space there.  We figured that is how it had more room inside.  Oops.  Now we have a 34″ wide freezer and a 32″ space to get it into.  Luckily, we are able to move the washer and dryer over a bit, but we also have to move a sink cabinet, back splash, upper cabinet, and fix the floor after doing all that.  Yes, where does the time go?  So, if I am a wee bit incoherent, it’s just because I am thinking about cracking out tile in a room that is supposed to be done already!

I would really rather be working on some fun landscaping projects like this:

Look closely on the tops of those stakes.  Yes, those are bowling balls!  I knew they were good for something other than taking out your frustrations on hapless bowling pins.  I sort of feel the need to go collect some fun color balls and have at this one.

I know we have featured these in myriad variations over the years, but here is another, just because he/she made us laugh:

Usually, these are not painted, and we haven’t seen too many with earrings, so we are going to give it an A for effort and some creativity.  We are a little worried that it is horrendously overpriced.  Unless that $1 is them paying you to take it away.  Most people prefer to purchase their own coconuts in a tropical setting where the warm breezes blow away their good taste.

Speaking of bad taste:

I am not even sure where to start, other than the obvious leaning tower quality of this lamp.  The bulbs were fairly far down in here, I suppose for mood lighting, but the only mood I would be in is crabby.  We can only hope a good stiff breeze came up before the end of the day and put the world out of its misery before this thing could pollute someone else’s home.  Knowing our luck, some clueless would-be dealer snapped it up and is going around calling it mid-century modern.  Saints preserve us!

Neither Deb, nor I, had ever seen a square angel food cake pan:

Finally, I know what you put on those lovely square cake stands that I see.  I always thought that a couple of your 8×8 pans would fill the bill, but this is better.  It was a really nice pan with the bottom that comes out and everything, but I have never been the kind of person with overflowing eggs who felt the need to make angel food cake.  Maybe someday when I get some chickens, I will look back on this pan with longing.

We also liked these shoes:

I mean, those are blingy enough, even for us, and you have to know how much we love rhinestones!  These must have been stunning with a sexy cocktail dress.  Heck, they are pretty good just on their own.  Put them up on a shelf and enjoy!  They weren’t even too tall, but sadly would not have fit either of us.  Oh well, saved from grocery shopping in heels, as that is the most exciting place I go.

Sometimes we just want an explanation:

I guess if you stretch it, there is an explanation, just not enough of one.  Yes, they were mini folded paper bow ties, but what does that mean for the doll house?  They were too big to stick in the maids or the children’s hair.  I can’t see them as wall decoration.  Maybe someone was just trying to help Grandma Claudie out, but you can see what she thought of them, as we found them floundering around in a 99¢ bin, and actually the recycle bin was a much better fit.

This one also came with a slight explanation:

This must be what guys like.  Punch someone with the brass knuckles, saw down a tree, cut up something and then dye it.  Poor fellas.  With a choice like this, I would be much more likely to go shop the ladies section.  Although it probably only had pots, pans, and knitting needles.  Of course when push come to shove, a lady can do some damage with all that, too!

This last item even made our favorite clerk at the 99¢ room come and take a look:

We really liked the sentiment, but we have grave reservations about that llama man thing.  We couldn’t decide if it was a true hybrid, or just a crazy guy in half a llama suit.  No matter what it was, we didn’t think that part of it was very awesome.  We also spent a few minutes discussing llamas’ propensity to spit, which is not very awesome either.

Well, I think I can cross blog post off my list, and head on back to my tile pounding.  Oh, I wish my laundry room were finished.  Oh wait, it USED to be!  Ack.

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To Thine Own Self Be True?

Any long-time reader knows that we love summertime garage saling.  It’s the best shopping time of the year in our book.  Well, the times they are a-changin’.  We garage saled for about an hour give or take fifteen minutes, and then gave up and went to the Goodwill bins!  I don’t even know who we are any more!  Maybe things will change again when Goodwill’s back room doesn’t have mountains of donations for us to sift through to find the gold, but, I’m not sure when that’s going to be.  Lately, there has been so much to go through that we are stymied trying to shift it all to the next box which is itself full to overflowing.  I guess Fort Collins is collectively going through its closets and deciding that it’s too much trouble to have a garage sale.  Time to haul it off to the local Goodwill.

We did visit a few garage sales.  It’s funny how we get distracted by people’s yards:

PoppiesOld-fashioned poppies and iris are blooming now and they look wonderful together.  Sadly, the picture doesn’t show the mauvey colored poppies at the curb.  They looked great next to the red poppies.

This garage sale had great stuff, lots of it priced about 50¢ when we asked.  We liked the glass covers, but weren’t sure what to do with them:

Giant Glass Covers

There was a glass cake stand, but these babies were way too big for it.  I guess if I had a treasure the right size, this glass dome would make it look more special.  I also considered using one of them for a gardening cloche, but as big as they were, they weren’t tall enough, at least for my plants.  I’m sure someone found these and were thrilled to buy them for $3.

I have several of these old wooden spools, but just use them as pedestals:

Finally, something to make out of old wooden spools

Now, here is another idea of what to do with them.  Do any of you buy these things and then use them creatively?  I just went over to Pinterest to take a look at craft ideas, that should tell you how distractable I am today, and saw someone use the taller spools to hold scissors, knitting needles, and crochet hooks.  I should have used mine to roll my foot when I had plantar fasciitis.  The ends of the orange juice can kept coming off and making a mess.

We were at an estate sale and went into the house.  One item on this shelf annoyed us right off the bat.  Can you tell what it was?

It's the dog

It’s the Dalmatian.  Poor thing is just not good enough to be worth $15.  I decided that too many of his spots are the same size and shape.  I’m not sure those spots at the corner of the eye work either.  Reminds me of those tear drop tattoos that gang members have, and that’s not a good look for a dog!

In the same room was another indication of the owners’ questionable taste:

Leopard fabric covered shelf

They must have liked spotty things; that’s the only explanation I could come up with for this display cabinet.  The ladies running the estate sale were pushing it hard, but we knew that if we tried to sneak this in either of our homes, we would probably end up living in it.  It would definitely be an “it’s going or you’re going” situation with our hubbies. (Kathy here: Not that we even WANTED to sneak it into our homes, but the sale ladies mistook our photo taking for interest.  Before they were done, they were offering to GIVE it to us!)

We headed over to Goodwill and started to dig around.  This is just the thing for that man on your list with a death wish:

Do not ring my bell

We have had several of this kind of contraption on the blog before.  It’s our consensus opinion that if one of our husbands tried to use this infernal thing, the other Rose would be right over to help dispose of the body.  Maybe a fraternity could safely use it with the new pledges.

We found both of these Ed Hardy shoes in one bin:

Ed Hardy shoes   Ed Hardy Shoes side

They are pretty fun, and you can see that she wore them even though they look like ankle breakers.  I looked up Ed Hardy, and his shoes sell for $15 to $40 on ebay, even used!  I would think that you could wear these all over Las Vegas and no one would even give them a second glance.

You know us and dolls.  Even though these aren’t our preferred size, we had to take a look:

Franklin Heirloom dolls

They are Franklin Heritage dolls that are made by The Franklin Mint, according to Google.  Looking at the top layer of dolls, you could do a diorama of the Salem Witch Trials, although that number in red would probably have an “A” on her chest.  If you liked bigger dolls, these would be a great deal at 99¢ each–especially for those talented folks who enjoy doing dolly makeovers.

Well, that seems like enough nattering.  Thanks for reading and keep tuning in because you just don’t ever know what we might dig up!

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Easily Amused

You have no idea!  We originally started this blog waaay back in March of 2010 (We sort of let our anniversary slip by this year; not sure how that happened!) because folks would follow us around at the thrift stores just because we seemed to be having so much fun.  What do you know, seven years and 435 posts later, we are still just as silly, and we still get folks thinking we are having way too much fun.  Nah, we are just easily amused!  Here is a sampling of this week’s funny finds.

Deb pulled this out of one of Goodwill’s bins:

We thought it was awfully pretty, and it seemed like silk, then Deb found the label:

Well, at least they were honest: it did feel like silk.  I guess that they can’t just mark it as silky or, “You just thought this was silk; ha, ha!”  I think they might have had more integrity just marking it polyester, but some marketing guru probably thought of this one.

We managed to dig this out of the bottom of one of the boxes, and then wondered why we bothered:

Deb labeled the photo “pervy banana”.  That about sums it up.  We are sure he has nefarious designs on something or someone.  There is a shifty sideways glint to his eyes that makes you wonder.  Rarely do things stay in the back room for more than a week, as they recycle the boxes out, but he was still there and making friends the next week:

I am not sure who is in more danger, the snake or the banana!  Hope that purple anaconda doesn’t down him whole, as that would not be a pretty picture.

Frequently, we are floored by the things that actually live through a trip in the bins:

How in the world did all those feathers survive a Gaylord’s worth of stuff on top of them?  We sometimes rescue stuff, but we just weren’t feeling the need to throw a Mardi Gras party, so someone else will have to do the good deed.

This poor fellow has seen better days:

He is missing a foot, and does he know he has a stick up his butt?  I pity the undeserving dad that was presented with this on Father’s Day.  To his credit, he hung on to it for a while, as it looked to have been tossed around a few years.  Maybe some feathers from the mask above would make a more comfortable tail for this avian?

We always look at dolls.  We try not to bring them home, but we always look.  I pulled this cute little lady out from underneath a bunch of stuff:

I was on my way to show her to Deb, who was head first in another bin, when I noticed she seemed to be smuggling something under her skirt:

I wonder how long she has been wearing the turquoise and coral inlaid silver bracelet as a belt?  I have to admit to snitching her belt and leaving her.  I have probably been cursed roundly for it in fluent dolly.  Hopefully, someone else came along and gave her a new home to make up for being robbed!

These always intrigue us:

Neither of us can imagine walking in them.  Even if only one of us had them on, and the other tottered alongside to hold her up, would we manage more than a few steps?  They are still interesting to look at.  Here is a shot showing how pretty the tops are:

I notice they didn’t sell at the garage sale, so they ended up dumped in the bins.  Oh well, another souvenir fail.  Probably couldn’t figure out how to walk in them, either.

Sometimes, you should just leave the lid on a basket:

These two “kids” were stuffed in tight.  Having had a three-year-old at one time in my life, I get the motivation to stuff them in a basket, but if they are already stuffed, you don’t need a warning, and really, they just aren’t that much trouble.  Take that shirt and put it on a real toddler where it can do some good as a public warning.  This could also have served as a sort of voodoo symbolic stuffing of said toddlers, in which case, we are hoping it helped out a harried mom in need.

I spotted this last item at a sale with my hubby on Sat.  Deb should get down on her hands and knees and thank me that I DIDN’T buy it for her, as I know how much she loves poodles:

I think this is the most terrifying poodle I have seen.  The cord coming off the collar had something to do with air that made it move, just to make it a little worse.  I know why it survived all these years in such good shape, as no self-respecting kid was going to get near the thing, let alone play with it.  This is the stuff of nightmares!  And yes, we will probably get emails claiming that someone had this and it was their favorite toy.  We are sorry.

The weather and the calendar are finally cooperating to make this coming weekend a bonanza for garage sales.  We are ready and willing to shop another seven years, and tell you all about it!

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Colorado’s Wild Animal Sanctuary

My niece visited in April during her Spring break.  Samantha watches Dr. Jeff on Animal Planet and he had visited The Wild Animal Sanctuary (TWAS) to do some veterinary work on female lions.  She really wanted to make a visit to the sanctuary and it ended up being the highlight of her trip.

The sanctuary was created in 1980 by Pat Craig, just outside of Boulder.  Now, they are out on the eastern plains of Colorado and are the world’s largest carnivore sanctuary with 450 animals on 720 acres.  I highly recommend looking at their website.  The videos are both inspiring and heartbreaking.  It makes me so angry that these animals are taken from the wild to be pets or displayed in a zoo.  To me, the best practice for zoos is to buy animals from other zoos; I think that the wild should remain wild.  Do I even have to say that no private person should own a wild carnivore as a pet?  Sadly, I’m not the queen of the world, so we need rescues for large animals, too.

You travel about the sanctuary on an overhead walkway.  Being face to face with the animals causes them stress because you are at the edge of their territory.  However, the animals don’t think they own the air above them.  For the most part they just ignore the people on the walkway.  The habitats are pretty big, so sometimes the animals are quite a distance from the walkway.  On the other hand, a number of animals were right underneath it.

The visitor’s center was full of interesting displays and videos aimed at the whole family.  After walking 15,000 steps, we really appreciated the delicious meal at the food court, which was reasonably priced.  Samantha was over the moon with the ice cream parlor; especially nice on a hot day.  We also visited the gift shop and each of us bought a pack of picture postcards featuring professional grade photos of the animals.

Just out of the visitors center, you see a leopard habitat:

The black leopard is on the rightmost perch of the aerial platform.  We thought he was the only cat in this area, until on the walk back were we saw a spotted leopard seemingly stalking the black one, sneaking through the taller grass at the edge of the enclosure.  There are lots of hiding places, so there sure could have been more cats that we didn’t see since there are six leopards.  One thing that we noticed right away is that all of the enclosures have “enrichment” features depending on the type of animals.  For example, leopards like high places.  The concrete pipes or culverts are buried into berms for protection from the weather.  These dens stay at about 60ºF all year round.

This is a fairly new area built for foxes:

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When animals are diggers, they either put concrete all around the fences, or install a rock moat.  This pen had lots of new trees, and a waterway for the foxes.  I think it will take a while for the trees to get established on the arid plains.  In the right picture, you can see the fox curled around the base of the tree outside of a shelter.  There are fourteen foxes at the sanctuary, of many different types.  They aren’t ALL in this pen, but it’s going to be a nice one.

There are 70 lions at the sanctuary at this time:

   

The newest, oldest, and sickest ones are kept in the Bolivian Lion House.  This was named after a big rescue in 2011 in conjunction with the Bolivian government, Bob Barker, and Animal Defenders International.  Circuses in Bolivia could no longer keep performing wild animals.  There were about 25 lions that needed homes, so they were moved to TWAS via a 747 jet, according to a volunteer.  Since the climate was so different, they built a separate fabric-covered building to help the lions acclimate to Colorado.  Most of the lions were eventually grouped into prides and they live in open pens.  This is where Dr. Jeff comes in.  You can’t neuter male lions—they lose their manes!  So, the staff captured the females and gave them long-lasting birth control shots.  TWAS does not breed their animals, and tries to use the least drastic form of birth control.

This is a pride eating:

They are fed every couple of days, and they eat chicken, beef, mutton, and pork, mixed with vitamins and other special additives.  TWAS gets some of the meat donated, thank goodness, as it costs about $8000 per year to feed one of the big carnivores.  A volunteer told us that she watches the female lions, and they are so satisfied with their diets that birds and rabbits safely live in their enclosures.

We asked a volunteer about the camels, ostriches, and llamas (?) we could see in a barn:

Apparently, the sanctuary doesn’t only take carnivores.  For instance, someone had a herd of alpacas that they could no longer care for.  They wanted to donate the herd to TWAS to be used as food.  The sanctuary took them, but couldn’t bear to feed them to the other animals.  The alpacas now live near the wolves and tigers, and seem none the worse for it.  In this picture, the tigers are being fed and were growling, which attracted the wolves, who in turn were howling.  The alpacas, being herbivores, were watching the whole show from a safe distance.

Speaking of wolves, there are 20 of them at the sanctuary:

    

They also accept wolf-dog mixes that are too wolfy to live in a home.  They are broken up into several large packs that were unfazed by visitors.  In addition to raw meat, there were piles of Kibble in the enclosures to tide them over.  The wolf pens had dead trees on top of rocks for the wolves to climb on:

    

I should say here that they aren’t kidding with the fencing on the enclosures.  This has fencing going in at the top to prevent wolves from jumping out or climbing the chain link.  My niece and I were impressed with the height of the leopard and lynx pens; they were over twelve feet high.

A couple of happy wolf pictures:

 

It’s nice that we’re all winners here—visitors can see wolves up close, and the wolves have some more shade if they want it.

TWAS rescues more bears than any other animal:

They have 110 black bears and 43 grizzly bears.  They eat over 19,000 pounds of fruit, veggies, meat, and pasta per week!  There are a couple of black bear enclosures, seeing as there are so many bears:

This enclosure is being worked on while the bears are, hopefully, hibernating:

There were several teams out there with earth-moving equipment and shovels.  It was warm out so the water looked pretty inviting.

A grizzly bear had been rescued in February or March and when put into its enclosure, it went into the den and started to hibernate.  The volunteers hadn’t seen it, but it came out the day we were there:

That is one honking big bear!  I’m glad his pen was so close to the walkway.

The bears all seem to have water of some sort in their enclosures.  Here is a new pond in a bear pen, but we didn’t see what kind of bear(s) were living here:

It looks perfect to me.  We laughed pretty hard at the gnome at the top of the rock feature.  We saw several gnomes in enclosures.

I gathered that tigers are the most difficult of the big cats to rehabilitate.  A volunteer told us that they usually take up to two years to become acclimated and work their way into a group:

Until this happens, they live at the tiger roundhouse either by themselves or with another tiger they have bonded with.  Right now there are about 55 tigers, including several white tigers.

   

A lot of them were kept in small cages, so even this outdoor living area seems big to them.  They also have an indoor pen to get out of the weather.

The roundhouse is exactly that with pie-shaped pens all the way around it:

Every enclosure has a big water tank that the tiger can get into, plus logs, beds, and even big balls to play with.

Once they tigers get used to the sanctuary and other tigers, they end up in big enclosures:

This tiger is living the life on his kitty jungle gym.  I would rather be in one of these pens with their big water features:

  

We really wanted a tiger to jump in the water, but no such luck.

There were some inventive mountain lion pens.  They were fairly small but there was a covered walkway that the lions could get into that lead to a big enclosure.  All of the small enclosures had balls and toys for the mountain lions to play with.  The day that we were there, most of the cats seemed pretty lazy.

The lynxes also had cool pens with towers for them to climb.  The towers were almost as high as the walkway, so there were big Plexiglas screens at the top of the towers to prevent an escape. The lynxes seemed pretty content with their beds:

   

I loved visiting this sanctuary, and plan on going again soon.  There are many volunteers on the walkways to talk to about the animals; they had lots of great stories.  On their advice, I’m going later in the day to make sure I’m there for feeding time.  That’s when the animals are the most active and vocal.  It was so cool to hear lions roaring at the same time wolves were howling!  I hope you’ll make a visit to the sanctuary to see all the carnivorous awesomeness.

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S is for Spring, or is that Snow?

Most of the time, I adore living in Colorado.  Maybe not so much today:

This is my front flower garden in the process of getting flattened by a predicted five to eight inches of snow.  Mother Nature, did you LOOK at the calendar?  We are in for a rough couple of days, as most of the trees are fully leafed out, and this is heavy and wet.  There will probably be a lot of downed branches and broken trees.  I will be running out to shake my young ones often, but that is no help for the mature cottonwoods that this town is full of.  Sigh.

OK, enough grousing, on to something that is at least mildly amusing:

Who are we to laugh and point fingers at someone’s doll collection, but we did.  We are sure she thought they were all just the prettiest things ever, but as a group, they rather gave us a toothache.  I always feel bad for orphan dolls like this, as you know they are never going to find a new home.  Poor dears.  Of course, we didn’t feel bad enough to bring them home; we are not that crazy.

Here is another dolly find:

Actually, these were cute in a ’70s sort of way.  I am not sure why we felt the need to photograph them on that horrendous fabric.  It’s a used car salesman suit in the making, if ever I saw one.  If those little straw dollies weren’t confined to the plastic bag, they would have been running away shrieking in terror.  Now I feel sorry for them, too.

I can’t remember if we saw this at the same sale or not, but it sure fits:

Someone’s very own version of a big eyes painting.  Looking at it, it was fairly well done (if you can stand that sort of thing), but it would bother me hanging on the wall.  I would always be wondering if that pair of orphans had found their very own Daddy Warbucks, or if they were still out on their own somewhere.  At least, I am quite sure we didn’t leave a masterpiece hanging around waiting to make its debut on Antiques Roadshow!

We saw this at yet another garage sale (You can tell we found a whole bunch of sales last week; I think this week is out of the question!):

Is this about as cute as it comes?  We have seen these Shriners’ cars before and still have a mad desire to take one for a test drive.  This one wasn’t for sale, and I am sure that it still brings joy to a whole lot of kids!  It sure made us smile!  I admire the quality of the workmanship on these.  I am positive they are a labor of love for any Shriner who owns one.

Well, you can’t win them all, and we have a loser right here:

Deb pointed out that the purse in the upper right corner would be a fitting companion to last week’s doggy needlepoint (scroll to last week’s post to see it, if you really feel you must).  We are hoping that she didn’t own the perfect outfit for this bag, as that would have been pretty hard to swallow, too.  We like purses, and none of these were fit to drag home.  We didn’t buy much of anything at garage sales last week, but it was in the mid 70s and the sun was shining, the birds were singing … Oh, I digress.  Blasted snow.

This caught our eye:

We couldn’t decide if this was us HAVING a garage sale, or if this was our favorite type of garage sale to GO to.  Either way, it looked like fun.  Slap in a few more linens, and a vintage Barbie or two, and we would be in hog heaven.  We really were planning to have a garage sale this Friday and Saturday, so I guess we should take the blame for the snow, but it couldn’t be all us, could it?

I know this flower picture was at the same sale as Ol’ Big Eyes:

The flowers were all carefully cut out of paper and applied to the background.  Now this took a little talent, and the pic is cute.  We probably would have turned this into a card instead of something to hang on the wall, as there is less guilt involved in shoving it in a drawer, than getting rid of it at a garage sale.  After all, someone worked pretty hard.

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Long pause.  I just had to go out and shake all the trees and loosen my brand-new canvas gazebo top before the snow broke it down like it just did my sun sail.  Just snapped the hook holding it to the house (Broke the weld, mind you!) so the shade is safe, but a quick look at the gazebo top showed some peril there, too.

For heaven’s sake, I was thinking we needed to save this for Christmas:

They may be more appropriate than we think!  These made us chortle, but all in all, could be worse.

This was worse:

Why didn’t you EAT the chocolate, or share it with someone?  Giving it to Goodwill and having it end up in the 99¢ bins is wrong on so many levels.  Waste of good chocolate, or any chocolate for that matter, and as far as Goodwill chocolate … ew!

If you are reading this Friday morning, there is still time to get in on last week’s bird card drawing, just hop over to last week’s post, and comment, or like it on Facebook.  The drawing will be at 8:30pm on May 19th.  Thanks for putting up with my snow rant!  Hope it is spring where you are.

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M is for the Many Things Goodwill Gives Us

That’s right, this is another Goodwill bin post.  Even with garage sales, we just can’t stay away.

First, though, we have a giveaway.  Kathy found several packs of these Arm & Hammer bird cards that were premiums.  I love the set’s title—Useful Birds of America:

Bird Cards2

The cards measure 3 × 2.75 inches and there are 15 different birds; for some reason, this set has a duplicate Downy Woodpecker card.  According to sellers on Etsy, the cards are from the 1930s.  You know us, we are suckers for paper ephemera, and we hope some of you are, too.  To enter the drawing, like this post or leave a comment.  You can also like this post’s FB link or comment there.  The drawing will be held 5/19/17 at 8:30 pm MDT.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled post.

Elvis is in the house, the big house:

Elvis is in the house

This caught our eye when we walked into bin heaven a couple of weeks ago.  It’s a huge piece of fabric.  We’re not sure what mere mortals would do with it, but I’m sure a real Elvis fan could make a bedspread out of it.

I’m not even sure what kind of flower this is supposed to be:

What flower is this?

By the shape of the flower, but not the leaves, it looks like a pink daffodil.  The nub behind the open flower either looks like an unopened poppy, or a tulip minus the petals.  The leaves look kind of like tulip leaves, but that is a piss-poor rendition of a tulip.  It kind of looks like an apple blossom, but the leaves are all wrong.  Quite frankly, this is a mess despite the label on the back.  I can’t remember if it was Lefton, or another major maker, but they should be ashamed!  Calling this a decorative piece is awfully misleading, and 50¢ is reaching.

OMG, this was never good:

Ugly belt

Thank goodness those wide plastic belts were only popular for about ten minutes in the 1980s.  This might be one of the ugliest examples I have ever seen.

Well, what a way to welcome in the New Year:

New Years noisemakers

The one on the left makes my blood run cold.  Why would you ever want to spend New Year’s Eve with a, gasp, clown?  Even a vintage clown is still a bad clown.  Brrrr.

This made me laugh:

Deb's sandals

I like this sandal, so it’s a good thing that the brand is deb.  The bad thing about finding a nice shoe in the bins is that you rarely can find its mate.  We have spent many fruitless mornings searching through giant bins looking for a shoe or sock (we have found a single SmartWool sock more than once).

How long has this crewel bear been hanging around someone’s house?

Crewel bear

It’s actually kind of cute in a saccharine way, but it would work in a baby’s room.  We found the bear first, and then the frame with the next pass through the bin.

I know that one of my bad-craft books has this pattern:

Straight out of one of our craft books   

Holy 1960s craft woman!  Why, oh why, would you ever make this?  Again, you could probably inflict it on a small child, but there will be a price to pay later in therapy.  If that’s your plan, go for broke and make a matching clown.

Wishing all you moms a wonderful Mother’s Day.  Hope your family showers you with all the love and pampering that can be worked into a day, or a year.

 

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Yee Haw Antiquing

My dear Hubby and I are just about as avid garage salers as Deb and I together are, so he has been delighted that the weather has cooperated with sales for the last few weeks.  Unfortunately, that came to a screeching halt this past weekend, as we woke up Saturday morning to snow.  Sigh.  What is a person to do?  Why, hit up a local estate sale, and then head up to Cheyenne, WY  for another one.  Both the estate sales were just so-so, but we spotted a small antique mall on the way to lunch, and decided to check it out.  Oh, we had such a good time.  We ended up buying one small postcard for 50 cents, but it was blog fodder heaven, so I have some fun photos for you.  Some good, some bad, but all amusing.

I found these charming plastic canisters in the basement area:

How can you not have a smile on your face when you stumble into the kitchen in the morning and are greeted by this great red and white color scheme?  They were in terrific shape for their age.  There was a nifty redone Coke cooler nearby that would complement them very well.

In the same spot, I was drawn to this apron:

Holy moly, I have seen polished chintz before, but this one looks like they applied Turtle Wax to get that sheen.  I am sure it came straight from the factory looking like this, and I know it was never washed, because with enough cleanings that shiny finish disappears.  I resisted buying this for Deb, as she was complaining the other day that she had enough aprons to cover a huge flock of maids for days on end.  Plus it was $10.00, and I am cheap.

I’m still thinking about Deb, and this piece reminds of a couple that she has at home, but a little more daring:

Her clothes are all actual bits of lace and ribbon applied to what is essentially a paper doll.  Then the whole thing is placed on a background and framed.  We see these now and then, but most of them look like these:

Paper Doll Pix2

So this was a little unusual.  It would be the perfect boudoir item, or great for that pink bathroom!

Now, we start to get a little weirder.  Couldn’t resist taking a shot of this, as I already have one of these tie kits:

I really am not sure why this is authentic tie fabric.  Do they make knock-off tie fabric?  Or maybe fake tie fabric?  These kits included a pattern, the lining, and the fabric.  Everything you needed to wow your man on Father’s Day.  I am sure there is a guy somewhere who was so thankful that she couldn’t be bothered to follow through on the project.  If you want to see my kit, it made the blog quite a while ago.  Click here.

This looked like a medieval torture device:

We assumed it was an exercise bike, but now that I look closer, I am wondering what the motor was for?  Maybe it was a generator and you had to pedal hard to get your TV to work.  “Ma, pedal faster, it’s the bottom of the ninth, 2 two out and bases loaded, don’t stop now!”  At least it had a nice generous seat, so if all else failed you could push it up to the dining table and be comfy.

I really don’t know what to make of this next thing:

I am sure it was made as a gag gift, but they really had to stretch with a 38 FEET yacht.  I think they still could have gotten away with foot, but all in all, it was probably not the hit of the Over the Hill Birthday Party.  Then again, someone kept it long enough for it to show up here, so maybe it was.  Of course, it was obviously kept safe in that box, so it could go either way.

I had no idea they made this game:

It seems like it would be a pretty big flop, unless someone really DID have some ESP.  Otherwise it would have been one long day of: “Is this your card?” “No”, “Is this your card?”, “No” …  I am pretty sure the kids would have tired of that one really quickly and been under your feet in the kitchen in a flash asking for cookies.  Bet you saw that one coming!

There is nothing inherently wrong with this, I just got a kick out of the title of it:

I will give them that the paper was sort of plastic coated (not very from what I could see, but a little) but there was no chrome about it.  I am thinking they wanted it to sound as modern as possible, so what could be better than plastic and chrome?  This would be really funny wrapping around one of those plaid thermos sets from the same time period.  You would be hard pressed to tell where the paper left off and the gift started.

This was not at the Antique Mall, but it was so bad that it needed to be shamed:

This is definitely a “No, no, BAD dog!”  There are no redeeming qualities to this.  Nothing, zip, nada.  Bad use of yarn, colors and time.  And yet someone felt the need to actually sit down and stitch this.  I am going to hope for someone who was hopelessly color-blind and bored beyond all belief.  The time could have been spent so much more wisely cleaning the bathroom or staring at the ceiling.

OK, sorry about that; now I need to end up on a high note!  I spotted this next item in someone’s photo stream on Flickr.  This has us written all over it.  We would have been smitten beyond belief, and it would have been terrible:

Me, because this is completely NOT my style, and my hubby would hate it, and Deb, because she has no room in her house.  Although she might have been tempted to throw out her hubby’s favorite chair to make room for this.  [Deb here: I would throw out a chair for this piece, although, BH isn’t so sure!].  To top it all off, the person who took the photo was making a doll-size version of this.  Check out their blog!  I am glad they don’t live closer to me, as I might feel the need to go over there and rob them blind of their cool dolly stuff.

Hope you enjoyed my little trip to the Cowboy State.  Tune in next week for more craziness, and don’t forget to check out Facebook for more fun stuff.

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