Gosh, last week we found lots of mysteries with few answers. We also spent lots of time saying, “What … ?” and “Why … ?” to each other. Maybe we need to invite the Scooby Gang to go with us on Fridays to help us solve these vexing puzzles, identify our mysterious finds, and finger those responsible. Yeah, yeah, and unicorns are hiding in my backyard.
Goodwill had a shoe sale:
Although it’s next to impossible to even find a pair of shoes or boots in this mess. It was also like that around the corner, plus there were giant blue bins full of footwear, too. Honestly, how do they expect their shoppers to excavate through that mess to locate a PAIR of shoes the RIGHT size that they might want to buy? A little organization goes a long way towards increasing sales. Lest you think this picture was taken at the end of a crazy day, we got there within 15 minutes of their opening time. Smh!
I want to know why these stuffed toys are all lined up when the shoes aren’t even on the racks:
Never mind, getting stuffed animals and toys organized is a much easier task than cleaning up the mess in Aisle 1. It did make for a funny picture, so we should be grateful that someone in that thrift store enjoys a little order.
These two little sweet things were on a shelf together:
I found it odd that the small bowl had a gilded pattern on the outside and inside was a fancy flower decal. Someone’s kitchen wares had been disposed of or downsized, and there were lots of pretty glass serving pieces and some nice pieces of china on the shelves. We didn’t buy any because we have rescued so many orphans that it takes something amazingly special to make the cut any more.
We saw these two vases and were surprised that they made it to the shelves intact:
When looking for the inevitable Japan mark on the bottom, we discovered something surprising—they aren’t vases! We’ve wracked our brains, but can’t come up with a reason for those holes in the bottoms. They can’t be lamps since there isn’t a second hole for cords to come through. Does anyone know what they are, or have a theory? I guess they could be some strange kind of vase with a plug stopping the hole, but the potential for disaster seems way too high.
[We have gotten an information about the “vases” since publishing this post: Vivianne says, “The vases did not require another hole for the cord because they most likely would have been affixed to a footed wooden stand. The cord would be passed through a hole in the stand then passed between the feet.
There is a tutorial showing the process athttp://betweennapsontheporch.net/make-a-lamp-from-a-beautiful-vase-or-figurine/ Thanks Vivianne!]
This Japanese wooden hamburger press caught our collective eye:
Don’t they usually have roosters, or chubby Italian-looking chefs decorating them? This seems more honest, but I can’t ever recall seeing a cow on one. A friend describes her mother making paper-thin burgers with a hamburger press; I don’t think that my mom ever had one.
I guess it’s time for a guilty confession:
I have made a few fabric covered photo albums in my day, although in my defense, not a one had as much fru-fru as these VHS tape covers have. I look at these covers now and just want to say, “Gak!!”. But, in the 1980s, it was very fashionable to slap a fabric cover on lots of things; we know better now. I’m very grateful that I haven’t seen one of these things in real life.
Now here is something that I wish I hadn’t seen in real life:
Poor Kira, Barbie’s friend, has been ridden hard and put away wet, as the saying goes. She really is a pretty doll, although you would never know from this particular sample. Kira is supposed to be Asian; I’m not sure what Crocheting Grandma was going for here. The dress is just plain ugly—that many ruffles should be a real crime, not just a fashion one.
This is the strangest dinosaur statue we’ve ever seen:
What in the wide world of sports is it doing? I have two theories: 1) it’s begging like a dog for some tasty treats (some triceratots and stegasoda?) or 2) it’s praying that the big asteroid heading towards Earth misses. I imagine that T. rexes were embarrassed by their small arms and hands, but that pose is beyond weird.
So many questions, no answers:
Why are there stairs in this clock? Why is there a spinning movement when it has batteries? Why is it made from silver-colored plastic? Why didn’t someone throw it in the trash?
Why did anyone think that this is decorative?
It’s that clear resin, with what look to be rose hips interred inside, shaped into a wreath. It looks more like a toilet seat than something that should be hung on a door, or God help you, a wall.
The torture is over. I want to share something so silly and fun, that it had us laughing all through the store:
He is a pretty strange-looking piggy bank at first glance, and he gets stranger and funnier the more you look at him. That uncolored bow visible behind his hat is a strange feminine touch for a vintage something with a top hat. I wondered if there are two different piggy banks made from this one mold, and they decided to just ignore the bow. What makes this guy special is the lever in the coin slot that tips his hat whenever you put a coin in the bank. It still works, as you can see in the rightmost picture. I think he might have been made in Japan—he is that lightweight plastic, and his painted face sure looks made-in-Japan strange. There isn’t a mark on him, so he remains a delightful mystery. I haven’t made up my mind what to do with him, but until he stops making me laugh, he’s sitting on a shelf in my house.
Thank for coming along for the fun. See you next week with more strange and wonderful stuff.