As Kathy said last week, two of my sisters were visiting and we all went shopping together. If there is something that the women in my family do well, it’s shopping. Especially at garage/estate sales, thrift stores, and the Goodwill bins. We really don’t like to buy anything new; secondhand is better! Except maybe for underwear and toothbrushes.
First up, we have a couple of leftovers, which seems appropriate for these dishes:
We saw these two Fire King refrigerator dishes at the thrift store. I really liked the decorations on them; they are unusual. I would have bought them, but they were priced pretty crazy. It seems like thrift stores are going through another cycle of pricing things like they’re retail vintage stores. It happens every so often, and then sales fall, so the stores start to adjust prices.
This platter was so cute:
I love the owls—what an awesome detail. The company, Kuiani, also makes geisha ware, which Kathy collects whenever she sees it priced affordably. One of us would have bought this platter, even if we need it less than another hole in our heads, but it was $12.99 and that’s not a fun price for a platter like this.
This polyester three-piece suit was in with the Halloween clothing and costumes:
I’m not sure what you would use it to dress up as; even The Church Lady wouldn’t be caught dead in something with silver trim. That would be the work of … Satan, obviously! The peach polyester and silver pattern is so hideous that maybe it would be appropriate for Dolores Umbridge since it matches her interior ugliness.
We went to an estate sale of a lady who was very crafty:
She sewed beautifully and made lots of fun outfits. This is just one sample and when we checked out the zipper, we had a laugh. She obviously didn’t have a yellow or white zipper and decided that bright green would work. They had some of her longer dresses advertised as prom dresses, which was a great idea.
This family kept all the paperwork, and boxes for everything:
I have never seen old Ace bandages still in their boxes. After the second or third time of taking the Aces out of the box, at least one or two of the flaps would fall off and it wouldn’t look so shiny new.
I’m not sure what this is:
It looks Japanese, but I’m not sure about the glass deer. Usually, these little tchotchkes have an Asian scene in them, with a different side reflected off the back mirror.
These pillows were in the driveway:
They made me sing, “One of these things is not like the others, One of these things just doesn’t belong.” Oh goodness, that crochet pillow is so bad even without adding in the blue backing.
Here’s the example of saving paperwork:
This table is probably from the ’60s, and there is the brochure from Sears. These people must have had some major filing cabinets in the house to keep track of brochures for 50 years. I frequently can’t find a piece of paper that I just had in my hand, never mind half a century later.
We found some problem pockets at the Bins:
What the heck were they thinking while sewing this? Those two stacked pockets look like they’re trimmed with the biggest and ugliest rickrack I have ever seen. I like orange, and this skirt just makes me shake my damned head.
It’s still better than this pocket:
For love of God, if you’re going to rip the pocket off your jeans, at least do something with it! This is the lamest craft fail we’ve seen in a long time. Put something fun or attractive on and in it. Not just some stupid fake flowers.
We swung back by another sale by the people who sold us all of those Barbies. They were happy to see us and had a few more Barbie goodies for us, which they just gave us.
My sister was so excited to see this at the sale:
We had a Flintstones’ car when we were kids. My dad said it was the hardest thing he had put together for a Christmas present; it had a ton of pieces and he had to glue things together. It was waaaay smaller than this boat, so thank goodness that he bought us the car. We were devoted to the Flintstones, and when we were allowed to watch TV, it was our go-to show, until we were older and discovered Dark Shadows.
This is a goofy set of party napkins:
They are decorated with the strangest looking “Little People”. Maybe they’re a 1960s interpretation of the classic Irish myth. I’m also wondering what Party Papers are? I don’t think that kids’ birthday parties are the proper place for the papers that I used to party with in the 1970s as a teenager.
Finally, this is kind of hard to see from the picture:
It’s one of those fun-fabric covered dogs that are poseable because they’re built on a wire frame. I’m not crazy about the yellow “fur” but the name, Bonnie and her Bon Bons is pretty funny. Obviously, no one played with poor Bonnie since she still had her tag.
Thanks for coming along for the ride. Depending on how many pictures we end up with, we might be starting our Halloween post sooner rather than later.