A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That

Isn’t that just the way we operate?  Thrift store butterflies, flitting from one outrageous object to the next, just to entertain our loyal readers!

As we entered our favorite thrift, this first little blossom was there to greet us:

We both are sort of enamored of wall pockets, so she caught our eye.  She also has quite a bit in common with your average head vase, so she is the best of both worlds!  Really more cute than a horror.  Don’t you wish you could master that shy come-hither look?

Speaking of lady-type collectibles, we wanted to share this little lady as well:

They did a darn good job on this lady pincushion half doll, but she is a fake–as in not old.  Can you see the dead giveaway?  I’ll let you know at the end of the post.  Hey, we try to be informative on occasion.

So, as we seem to be on the topic of dolls, I am not sure why this one appealed to us so much, but we both just loved it.  If we both laugh, you know it’s a keeper for our posts.

You can sweep your vanity, or remember your trip to Tahiti (or wherever that rum-soaked vacation was, as the doll wasn’t marked).

I know we have posted these before, but we are always amazed at the proliferation of them.  Surely somewhere along the line there must have been a moratorium issued on them.  If not, I hereby declare one right now.  Anyone seen making one of these must be stabbed with knitting needles at once, and the object in question burned.

By the way, I really do realize it is crochet, but knitting needles seemed a less violent form of death.

Speaking of useless, there seems to be a case of Tiki invasion on this shelf:

If you are going to take the time to put this in the suitcase, can you at least pick a well-done one?  Shell out the money for a real craftsman to make one, and put China out of business, or be doomed to live with this:

Just terrifying.  Can you imagine tripping over this on your way into the house after a bit too much partying?  It would give you nightmares for a month.  You could make an entire series of movies about it.  Invasion of the Tiki Gods 1 through 7.  See them all.

Maybe you could park the above items in front of this case of gilding the, well, everything:

As if a big, nasty, plastic gilded frame on a mirror weren’t enough, some misguided soul felt the need to embellish with paint.  I believe it hangs sideways, just in case that makes it better.  We worked really hard not to get ourselves into this picture [Deb:  and still needed some help from Paint] as we would probably just make it that much worse.  Maybe that isn’t even possible.

Wow, need to cleanse the mind after that one?  If so, try the Gator Soap!

It says it is self-cleaning and cute, and no handbags were harmed in the making of this soap.  How could you go wrong?  I managed to leave this on the shelf, but it was hard.  If I were the sort of person who had house guests, I think I would have had to own this.

This next item is a totally new form for us.  Neither of us could ever remember seeing an acrylic bowl done quite like this:

It had all sorts of seashells molded into the acrylic.  Yeah, you thought you were going to get away without a shell in the post.  Hah.  Anyway, I can see this working in certain 50s bathrooms, and it certainly dates to around there.

Our closets are totally full of orphan linens.  We just can’t seem to leave the poor things be, as if no one loves them, and it is our duty to do so.  We feel this intense guilt over a doily for a quarter, and we have to bring it home.  Thank goodness the thrifts price things higher, so we feel they are getting their just due, and we can leave them there, but sometimes they are so cute that is really hard.  Check out this adorable tablecloth:

Back to the fifties and that craze for the Mexicali in all of us.  You know they went all out.  I’ve even seen recipes from the time, that called for a whole 1/8th of a teaspoon of chilli powder!  They were really living on the edge.  Still, the decorating was cute, and I have succumbed a time or two.

One last cutie in the Barbie line.  We found this darling Skipper case.  We have not been able to convince the stores that the cases are not worth much at all, but we did love the graphics on this one.  We left it there for $14.99.  It was gone when I went back later in the week, so I am sure some dealer snapped it up to overprice, and put in his booth at the flea markets:

And now the giveaway on the half doll? There would never be a ring at the top for hanging.  These ALWAYS sat on something, frequently a vanity or sewing table.  If you have any interest in half or pincushion dolls, there are books on the subject, an  internet article, some collecting groups, and of course lots of images.  We both have a couple of pincushion dolls; they can be hard to resist.

Good finds and happy hunting to you all.

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6 Responses to A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That

  1. Connie says:

    What a sweet little table cloth. I can just imagine the ladies-who-lunch all seated around the cardtable which is dressed in a luncheon-sized cloth. Everyone has a matching fire king plate with a chicken salad sandwich (crusts cut off) and a scoop of molded jello. Once the polite chit chat is done, the deck of cards comes out as well as the highballs. 🙂

    • kathydeb says:

      Ah, that was the life–playing cards during the day, gossiping, and being just a little bit bitchy. Hey, wait, that’s my life now! ;- )

  2. Terri Gold says:

    Now if it was a fudge alligator…wrapped….

  3. Connie says:

    Just let me know when the highballs come out and I will be there. 🙂

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