Vintage, Mid Century Modern and Pop Culture

There were a variety of sales and a variety of items this weekend. At one community sale I went to I had a box that I was putting stuff in. There were a lot of volunteers who kept asking me if I wanted to put my box in the hold area. I don’t trust the hold area. Two years ago I had a very bad experience with the hold area and a chess set. I also know that where there is confusion things in the hold area sometimes end up back in the selling area. I know everyone has good intentions but I just like to hold my stuff. I ending up saying that “No thank you. I’m trying to see how much I can carry.” I found a couple of Betty Crocker pie cover Cookbooks and a large heavy mid century sculpture. My box was quite heavy. The sculpture reminded me of one I found last summer except this one is smaller. It was marked $10.


The hard covered books were $1. I have sold this cookbook before and found 2 this time. Unfortunately they don’t have the chapter dividers but they still should sell. I am hoping for $25.


I love to find vintage pin cushions. Last year I found a half doll pin cushion. I think this bluebird and nest pin cushion is very sweet.


The last two vintage mohair Teddy Bears I found sold for $19 each and I found two more this weekend! These are small bears that measure about 8″.

Another vintage plush I picked up was this Minnie Mouse. She is marked Walt Disney Productions. She is also small at about 6″.


Keeping with the vintage theme, I spotted a pan on a table that looked like Pyrex but I didn’t recognize the pattern. I flipped it over and saw that it was in fact marked Pyrex. Many Pyrex pieces don’t sell for much and this one had dark staining on the handles so I left it. After shopping for a while I walked back and saw that the piece was still there so I looked up “Pyrex Black Rooster” and it turns out to be a hard to find pattern.


The last vintage item I’m going to share is this wooden pull string soldier who actually bangs on his drum when you pull him along. He is made to look older then he is and is marked 1983.


I also bought some pop culture items this weekend. These Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle figures from the 80’s came in a ziploc marked $2.


This is a Pokemon Pikachu virtual pet. I grabbed it because it was $1 and new in the package, not knowing if it had any value. I later realized that it had good value, especially in a pristine package. Maybe if I had known that I would not have put it in a place in the trunk of my car where the front of the package got damaged. I succeeding in decreasing it’s value by about half. Yay me.


I also picked up a Game Boy which unfortunately is missing the battery cover and a Pokemon game. These items cost $2. I hardly ever find things like this anymore because there are so many people looking for vintage video game items. I think the reason I got these was because I was at a tag sale in a very quiet rural area. This was in the afternoon on the second day of the sale too.

Those are the finds for this mid July weekend. I wish summer could last forever!


Vintage Legos, Star Wars, Costumes and a MCM Clock

Hello to the Netherlands, Finland, Canada, Portugal, Australia, France, the UK and all the other people from all over that read this blog. That’s surprising!!

This weekend I went to a church sale on Friday with my son. It started at 10 am and we didn’t get there until about 4 so I wasn’t expecting too much but we did find a few things. He is a gamer and he found this Sega McDonalds game. He just picked it up for his own collection but then he found out that it could sell for about $40 so I think he’s going to sell it.

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Then he found this unusual item called a Walkie Talkie Boy. It is part of a Walkie Talkie set by Nintendo. It’s too bad that he didn’t find a pair but he was happy to find a Nintendo item that he didn’t even know existed!


I picked up two things at this sale. The first was a pretty vintage Shiny Brite box filled with ornaments. It is missing one and one is broken but some are unusual an a little rare. I think this set may be as old as the 1940’s.

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The second item I bought is this Star Wars sleeping bag. In general I think it looks good but unfortunately, it has some condition issues – a few stains, a small hole and the zipper doesn’t work. I think it came out with the first wave of Star Wars merchandise in the 1970’s. I’m putting it up for auction.

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Today there was a church sale/fall festival not too far from my house. Yipee! I don’t have to drive for an hour. The best item I found there was this box of vintage Legos. Legos have not been as good for me lately as they used to be so now I don’t pick them up unless they are complete in the box, Star Wars themed or very old. These fall under the last category.

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This sale always has a giant plush pile for 50 cents each so I bought about 8 but only a few turned out to be any good. There was this Scratchy character from the Simpsons TV show.


I picked up a big eyed doll which I think is by the company Bradley. It is hit or miss when selling these but I think she is pretty.

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I found a green Gloworm from 1985. I haven’t photographed him yet because I have to check to see if he works first.

On the way home I stopped at a tag sale where I picked up this Stitch Halloween costume and this mid century modern clock. That will be a bear to ship but its very cool and atomic looking.



The clock is hanging on my wall because I don’t know where else to keep it that it would be safe. It’s fairly large. I might get used to it there. Hmm.

Those are the highlights for this weekend. It’s getting cold out there already!!