My plan was by this time of year 2020 to be in crafting genius mode. I am not. I am still in where is my craft room under this mountain of raw materials mode.
Does that stop my driveway shopping excursions? Not for a minute. This last weekend I got some really cool things too.
On Saturday I went to an estate sale at a retirement community. The high rise was having it in the community room.
I got some boring stuff.
A couple pool floaties that can be filled with water or air. The idea is they can be used to cool your aching back. I think they will just be pool floaties.
Then I paused at a table with a lonely looking lady and admired this bowl she had fake grapes in. “Just take it” she says. I told her I couldn’t, that wouldn’t be right and offered $2 for this bowl I didn’t want. She said no just $1. Wait that is not how negotiations are supposed to go! So yes I took it and to be honest it is growing on me. I am searching for it’s origins but so far not finding much.
She also had a lot of pewter. So I bought this little pitcher, creamer I think for my Beloved. He collects pewter.
Only it isn’t… pewter. It is quadruple silver plate from the Pairpoint MFG co. in New Bedford Mass. Who I understand went out of the silver plating business about 1938. Possibly before then.
Then we went to brunch at Denny’s with our adult children.
We did decide that brunch together is fun and we should do it on Saturdays but… at my house which has better food, service, less noise and much less cost. So the consensus decided. I do love cooking and for a crowd!
So Beloved and I hit one more sale. It was for a good cause, Veteran suicide awareness. This guy travels the country putting on these sales to raise money to help vets get the help they need. Since my father, going back several generations was a vet, my Fil and grandfather in law were vets (on Beloved’s maternal side) I support helping veterans get any and everything they need. I personally feel that veterans when they get home should get free medical care, housing and schooling for life.
Anyway he had some pictures Beloved looked at. I think he finally chose a T-Rex.
I found Barbies. Of course!
The guy tells me they are vintage. No. They are 80’s or 90’s. I told him vintage is 70’s and beyond. He says he knew they were old because he had put them in storage 10 to 15 years ago when his little girl didn’t want them. OK that’s 2005, still not vintage but I didn’t argue. I knew he didn’t know what he was talking about because while he was trying to urge some one else to buy something I heard him tell her he bought the dolls along the way to resell…
Either way I paid my $2 each and made off with these. I will enjoy redressing the ones not in original clothes.
These Kens look to be the same. I think the dressed one is all original. He has a wedding band on! I have never seen one with a wedding band before. He will go on a shelf as is. The other one I will enjoy dressing up in some of my Ken clothes.
These 3 girls. One is wearing a dress from a Ty Kids. I know because I have the Ty Kid that owns the dress. What is up with the bikini babe’s leg? She will go into the tote with the rest of the swimsuit dolls that are in their original suits. This 3rd one I will fix up her hair and add her to the model tote.
A cheer leader! I need to find some pompoms and sneakers. I know I have sneakers I may have pompoms.
I am thinking this one was an ice skater. Maybe one of the Olympic ones. I have seen this hair and face on various skater dolls.
Then this one in a simple white swimsuit.
This one I named Ellie Mae. Not at all sure why… it just seemed to fit. She will become one of my new stuff models.
Then there is this one. I guess she was left in the sun with leggings on or something?
The biggest score of the weekend though were these.
Near as I can find they are Cuddle Cats by Lefton. They must be fairly rare because I can only find crumbs related to them. They were made in Japan which dates them probably to the mid 60 early 70s which is when Lefton began moving manufacturing from Japan to cheaper places. The bits of info I have found have been on places like pinterest.de and .eu Nothing US so far.
One person says they are just after WW2 and made in occupied Japan, but in that case they would be marked that way. These only have the paper labels.
I don’t care for value, I know they are worth more than the $20 I paid. The tea pot is damaged but well repaired and one of the shakers has a flea bite on it. Otherwise they are in excellent shape.
Have you shopped on any driveways lately? I know much of the country is still too chilly but here in Texas it is almost ac weather!
Let me know what you think of my shopping. Did I do well?