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I've got one more 2017 finds post, and I'm contemplating making a post of some even older finds that I photographed but never shared. I normally wouldn't bother with something older like that, but these things are kind of cool.
However, for today, I wanted to show some things that have crossed my path since the beginning of the year. I really want to stay on top of sharing stuff this year, so these need to go up before too much more time passes. Everything in this blog came from the New Year's Big Flea (including the Welcome sign above), first week of January shopping at the thrifts, and some trash picking.
In case you didn't know, early January is a good time to go thrifting. Most non-profit thrifts get hit with a huge lot of last minute donations at the end of the year from people trying to eke out a last minute tax deduction. One of the Goodwills here in town keeps their donation drop off open until midnight on New Year's Eve to accommodate people. This large influx of stuff means a smorgasbord of new stock hitting the sales floor during the first week of January. At one store I went to, four carts crammed with new stuff came out in the hour I was there.
I picked up an instant vintage clock radio collection at the Big Flea. I saw them early in the day, but didn't buy any at that time. I wanted to go back after I'd seen the whole show and pick up a couple at that time. When I went back the dealer was in "Let's Make a Deal" mode, and I ended up walking off with the whole lot for a super, super price. That's why I go on the last day.
The one on top is an Emerson. It's also my favorite. It's got some damage on the back, but still displays well. The one on the bottom of the stack on the table has a real wood outer shell, which is just crying for an inventive DIY-er to make it over. By the way, the table came out of my storage stash. I've been on a small furniture roll since the week before Christmas. I can't keep it in stock.
I'm normally not one for these cheesy, faux-primitive signs, but they were really cheap. I thought they'd be good for Valentine's. Big Flea.
This cute Kitten with Mittens looks kind of like Tucker, except that his eyes are amber-colored. Also, his mittens are sparkly purple. Goodwill.
I love it when I find things with an OUTRAGEOUS original retail price tag in thrifts. This one is on the bottom of this:
Which just blows my mind, since it looks like an ordinary bathroom trash can. It's made out of a hard plastic, kind of like Melamine, but thicker. I have a feeling it would shatter if dropped hard enough.
Cute, handmade blue step-stool. Goodwill.
These cute, Day of the Dead-style skeletons are hanging out on a clear Pyrex bowl. I didn't know Pyrex still made things with designs on them. Goodwill.
Since I do go to the Big Flea on the last day, I usually run into lots of dollar deals. These were even better: two for a dollar deals! I love the designs on these pieces. The figure in front is a cute pig. The eggs in the middle are salt and pepper shakers. There is also a bird figure that I couldn't find for the pic.
An odder couple I cannot imagine. Big Flea.
Mini oil lamp collection. Big Flea.
Does anyone know anything about this character. I've drawn a blank in my searches. The only thing I found was an expired trademark application taken out by the Weekly Reader people. (Remember them?)
Cute vintage metal tray perfect for Valentine's. Goodwill.
Sweet original painting. Peddlers Mall find.
I love educational comics of all kinds. These are for my collection. Big Flea.
Couch Potatoes. Goodwill.
The second-hand store down the street from our house cleaned off its shelves over the weekend, so I cleaned out their trash shortly thereafter. Picked up a lot of stuff that will be great for the booth, but the only blog-worthy bit was this 1980 Smurf wind-up toy. The little knob is missing from the winder, but it's still awesome.
Speaking of trash-picking, we are now only three weeks from the next junk set out. Not that I'm counting or anything.