At It Again

You might think that we would get tired of the endless rounds of thrift stores, garage sales and estate rummaging.  In a word, “no”.  Last week, we hit the Unitarian Church sale on Thursday, garage sales and a thrift store on Friday, and on Saturday, when I usually attend garage sales with my family, who should I run into?  Deb.  It just never stops.  Yippee!  This is why there is a never-ending supply of bad stuff to share, and this week is no exception.

Let’s start out with the worst.  I am not saying the rest is top shelf, but this has got to be the bottom of the barrel:

We're so sorry they painted you pinkWhat did this poor girl ever do to the spray-paint can wielding DIYer that had at her?  OK, I know it is not the most attractive sculpture ever, but do you really think painting it pink improved it?  And adding the plastic cameo on the lace ribbon is just adding insult to injury.  I am just glad they ran out of paint before they could make her one of a pair.

We found these in the bins at our local thrift:

Ankle Accessories2     Ankle Accessories

There were multiple examples of each variety.  Now, I love ankle bracelets and wear them often in the summer, but these just seemed like something that would drive you nuts.  The fringe in the back would always be underfoot, and if I wore something like this around the house, my cat would insist that my feet were fair game for pouncing upon.  We did understand why they were not great sellers, and ended up en masse at the thrift store.

Next up, a throw back to the ’70s.  Remember shadow boxes?

deer and bean shadow boxYou could buy the kits at your local hobby store, stain them, and fill them yourself with all sorts of goodies to admire.  Somehow I think the weird plastic deer just didn’t fit the bill.  I am also worried about Atilla the bunny lurking just behind the purple tag.  He looks like he could make a meal out of the deer’s poor little fawn.  Watch out, Bambi!  Just so you know how cute they can be, here is one my grandma made:

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It traveled for years with her in their motor-home, and then hung in their house.  I have it in my bath where I can enjoy it every morning.  I think I know where I got my thing for bug pins!

We actually sort of liked this:

Ferocious Fake Tiger HeadIf you must have a trophy, make it an awesome fake one!  Go on a photo safari.  This actually would have been pretty amazing if they had continued it on and made a white tiger rug. Totally PETA-friendly and guaranteed to terrify anyone wandering around your house drunk in the middle of the night.  I could see it in some really kitschy, groovy, ’60s, man cave too.

We got a giggle out of this pattern:

Patriotic CostumesDeb commented that if everyone would dress up for the political conventions, the way they do for comic cons, they would be so much more fun.  At least you could point, stare and take pictures instead of listening to politicians drone on.  Imagine the media coverage.  So much more entertaining.  So for next time, grab this pattern and do some sewing for your local representative.  The viewing public will thank you.

I don’t know why, but old baby stuff always seems cute, or at least amusing:

Metal Baby BuggyThis was quite the baby buggy; it even still had the old mattress tucked inside:

Metal Baby Buggy mattressI am thinking in our almost 100 degree weather the sides of this metal pram would get pretty darn hot, but at least it has a cover to keep the sun off, as long as you are only going one direction.  I had to laugh, as you will notice the arrow Deb inserted (she takes and edits most of our photos).  She is pointing out to you my, oh so delightful, kitty purse that I purchased in Bruges, Belgium.  Everyone goes to Europe and buys a bag.  At least I did.

If the buggy doesn’t get you, how about a cradle?

wicker cradleThat’s quite the wicker work job.  What really gets me is that apparently this child wanted out of bed so badly that they were chewing their way out.  I don’t know how else to describe what happened to the end of it.  It would still probably be cute with your teddys in it, but not much good for that new tiny tot, unless they needed a new teething ring, if so, have at that lead paint.

I am going to finish up with a couple of oddities:

Interesting dollsWe thought these dolls were pretty darn strange.  Kind of cool, but weird.  I know someone is going to come along and tell us how fabulous they were and why didn’t we buy them, but that is just the way the cookie crumbles.  We can’t buy it all, no matter that our respective hubbies think we do.

[A reader, Vivianne, provided some information about these dolls:  Regarding the two dolls, they are made by a company called ThreeA (3A) and are the creation of Ashley Wood, an internationally acclaimed painter and graphic novel creator/artist from Australia.

The figure on the left is a character known as a “Classic Tomorrow Queen” from the Popbot line of figures (and graphic novels) and the figure on the right is “Little Shadow” from the Adventure Kartel line. Both would have originally retailed for around $120-$130 (USD) and are essentially limited editions as the majority of 3A’s figures are offered as preorders and made according to the quantity ordered plus a few extra. As with other dolls and collectibles they have a world-wide following and their own form of conventions and shows

Vivianne updated her information 8/13/16 with: I asked a friend that collects 3A to look at the photo and below is what she replied: “The Tomorrow Queen figure, called “Princess Tomorrow Queen”, is from 2011 and the “Little Shadow” figure is from 2010. Both are the first editions of their character and in spite of their relative new-ness, a 3A collector finding these figures would be akin to a Barbie collector finding a #1 in similar state; obviously not monetarily worth as much but just as prized.”  She also stated the price I’d given was the amount new figures retail for and that the original cost of these two was $80 each].  Guess we should have bought them–thanks Vivianne!

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6 Responses to At It Again

  1. Janet Farmer says:

    looks like you were having fun… keep it going girl… loved the update

  2. Vivianne says:

    Regarding the two dolls, they are made by a company called ThreeA (3A) and are the creation of Ashley Wood, an internationally acclaimed painter and graphic novel creator/artist from Australia.
    The figure on the left is a character known as a “Classic Tomorrow Queen” from the Popbot line of figures (and graphic novels) and the figure on the right is “Little Shadow” from the Adventure Kartel line. Both would have originally retailed for around $120-$130 (USD) and are essentially limited editions as the majority of 3A’s figures are offered as preorders and made according to the quantity ordered plus a few extra. As with other dolls and collectibles they have a world-wide following and their own form of conventions and shows.
    Love the blog, it’s always interesting to see what you’ve discovered and is always entertaining. Thanks for doing it.

    • kathy & deb says:

      Thank you Vivianne for the information. We were sure that one of our readers knew about these dolls. Maybe we should have bought them!

      • Vivianne says:

        I asked a friend that collects 3A to look at the photo and below is what she replied:
        “The Tomorrow Queen figure, called “Princess Tomorrow Queen”, is from 2011 and the “Little Shadow” figure is from 2010. Both are the first editions of their character and in spite of their relative new-ness, a 3A collector finding these figures would be akin to a Barbie collector finding a #1 in similar state; obviously not monetarily worth as much but just as prized.”
        She also stated the price I’d given was the amount new figures retail for and that the original cost of these two was $80 each.

      • kathy & deb says:

        Thanks for the update. I’ll edit the post. 😊

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