Well, Kathy had her pick of the pictures last week and this week we’re having leftovers! It’s either that or I could post the clown collection I saw at Goodwill last week while shopping on my own. Of course there are pictures; while I was taking pictures, I could postpone noticing the full horror of this clown posse (is that what we should call a collection of clowns?) I never realized that we shopped together for fun and mutual support. You should probably buddy up; I don’t recommend dealing with some of these finds on your own.
We had the Fun Fur monkeys last week. I much preferred them to this chimp:
I’m not sure if this is a general condemnation of the medical field or just an innocent act of dress-up. Maybe it’s part of a larger set of “professional” apes dressed as lawyers, teachers, etc. I guess it could be part of a Planet of the Apes homage, but that’s pretty weak. Whatever was the driving creative force behind this ceramics project, I want no part of it!
While bulldogs as a breed usually make me smile:
Better a bulldog cookie jar than this one:
We couldn’t figure out how the head fit onto this cookie jar. It was a mercy that the store just taped the head to the jar instead of sitting it upright. There couldn’t be enough neck there to lift the chin over the collar. And, even with a normal body, I don’t think I would invite the food police into my kitchen to guard my cookies.
While we’re doing a bad ceramics riff, here’s a shelf that sort of recreated The Village People:
I have to admit to scooting the Native American over to join this grouping, but she plainly belonged here anyway. I’m not sure I can finish the post with YMCA going playing in my head but I have no one to blame but myself (don’t you hate that?)
This set is resin, not ceramic, but at least it’s fun:
We’re pretty amused by See No Evil sets, although they have no practical value that’s ever been detected. The fantasy world now can rest easy with their entry into the nonobservation of evil world. As a side note, I still think that speak no evil looks more like smell no evil.
Judging from her spotless state, the recipient of Grandma’s knitting skills wasn’t too attached to this gift:
Even the fact that the knitted jeans had a fly doesn’t help this poor doll a bit. Just give your granddaughter a Cabbage Patch knockoff or a Barbie. This doll is a colossal waste of time, material, and a gift-giving event. I pity the child who had to act excited about getting this dolly for Christmas. “Oh Grandma, you shouldn’t have!” would be both a tactful and truthful statement.
It was a bad day for dolls:
Since we found this beauty was standing near Miss Knittypants. There was an incredible amount of work put into the costume, but it’s pretty much all for naught. I wonder if this was a copy of a historic costume, or made up from the creator’s mind? I do know that the thrift store is out of its mind to be asking $49.99 for her.
Here are some fun napkins to restore balance to our brains:
Another entry into the fun and adorable category is this pig:
Something about the pink glasses and crossed eyes moved it from mundane pig to adorkable porker. I wouldn’t have been able to break this piggy to retrieve my savings, no matter how urgent the need.
Here is an entry I call: A Tale of Two Lamps:
Who would have guessed that feathers would enhance a lamp better than beads, but here’s proof positive. The shade on the left is elegant and fun; the shade on the right appears to be a misguided attempt spiff up a plain jane shade using an unimaginative string of plastic beads. The blue rectangular shade doesn’t enhance the pink lamp in the first place; adding the beads is like throwing lighter fluid on a smouldering pile.
Just like the lamps, here’s a tail of two birds:
We think the left bird is an interpretation of a quail. Does anyone have a more informed opinion? The beak is wrong, but the little topknot and tail seem right. The whole thing works in a strange sort of way, especially if you like birds. Now, the glass bird thing on the right, is so bad that we couldn’t even figure out what it was in person. Here are two more pictures that don’t convey any more information than the first:
I’m hoping that this was made by a person who has never seen a bird! How else can you explain a red head and bill? Eeek! Also, are we to believe that there is a bird out there that makes nests that look like baskets with a handle? Really, this is a minor problem compared to everything else.
I’m not sure what comfort powder is, but the vintage tin is mighty interesting:
I’m not sure why the two are together–comfort for the body and engine? I do like the slogan around the PD at the top–medicamenta vera which translates to “true medicine”. In this case it appears Parke-Davis may have been telling the truth; the powder contains talc, cornstarch, zinc and alum which probably is comforting on itchy rashes.
Just for laughs:
Hold on to your hats, it’s getting to be Halloween season and I’m sure there will be a couple of posts on Kathy’s favorite holiday coming up. Until then, Happy Shopping!