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Monday, August 2, 2010

Believe It Or Not

Saturday morning I went to an estate sale.  
To quote Doctor Seuss, "This mess is so big and so deep and so tall"
that they had to hold the sale over two weekends.  
The first weekend was a few weeks back when I bought a few hats,
 an old briefcase...and so on.  
Saturday, I went back to the house where I found the Christmas goodies 
I showed you earlier and I dug out a box
This box was full of this stuff and more.
A veritable plethora o'fun!
Old crepe paper.  New crepe paper really doesn't compare.  
This stuff is thicker, sturdier, 
and has a better consistency. 
Yeah, I know.  A little A.D.D. on the crepe paper.
Tons of old ribbon, pipe cleaners, nut cups, more glitter and rickrack!
I didn't even photograph everything that was in the box I found.
Take a look at the jar in the right hand corner.
It's an old Donald Duck bank.  It has a slot in the top for your money.
Banks used to give these out for children to start savings accounts with.
That was back when the banks cared if we liked them or not.
Now, not only don't they care
they don't give us Donald Duck banks anymore.
I think I could like them a lot more
if they gave me a Donald Duck bank.

That was back in the day when we used a LOT of doilies.  
Judging by the boatload of doilies that were available
 for purchase at this estate sale
the lady of the house used tons of them.

I bought scads of these doilies.  
They were all marked 50 cents each.  
But I didn't pay that.
Oh, no I didn't.
Here's more:

I liked what this one says on the package.

"Makes Food More Appetizing"
Really?  Really.
Ever seen the photos from 1950's cookbooks?
Do you think doilies could possibly help
this dish to appear more appetizing?

Seriously.  WHAT is THIS mess?????
Want to serve this bad boy up for a tasty dinner to the family?
Only if you are dressed up in gloves and pearls.
Be sure to add the doilies.  It's supposed to help.
If you need some, call me.  I have lots.

I LOVE old 50's cookbooks.  Especially the photos.
They are just gosh awful!
This website is full of these photos as well as other fun nostalgia.

Onward to more estate sale treasures.  Ahem...

I love the tiny pink box and the sweet little lady standing on top.
She'd never make anything as vile as that "tasty" beef dish I just showed you.
There's also a spiffy little jar, and glass knob and a hose nozzle.
Yes, it is a hose nozzle, there in the back.
AND - I have a plan for it.
I DO!!!!

This darling children's song book.  I just adore the pictures!

There are marvelous silhouettes to accompany every song.
This is such a charming little book.
If you knew how many charming little books, old books, picture books,
foreign language books, fairy tale books, etc. that I had -
You'd think maybe I'm little overboard on the book collection.
I can't help it.
I work at a library.
Books are my passion.
my obsession.

Last but not least are these.
They look like Chiclets gum.
They aren't.
I got an entire baggy full of them.
They are wood.
They are 1/2 inch square.
I have no idea what in the world these things are!
Do you?
What do I do with them?
I'm open for ideas.
And those of you whose ideas involve 
a therapist?
You may keep those ideas 
to yourself.
I'm fine.
I'm getting help...
Now for the good part.
All of this stuff, including all of the Christmas stuff
 from the previous post-
All of it (and there's more little junk I didn't even post)
I got 
Believe it - or not.


Nogrinnin said...

I was thinking that they were tiddlywinks, but then I remembered that tiddlywinks are round.

Oh well.

Square tiddlywinks, anyone?

Wendy said...

They look like the little Algebra tiles I used for my Math class when I was teaching. I am just guessing though.
Wendy from Wonderland

Scrap Vamp said...

Very cool haul of goodies! Those square wood chips were, I think, used by children at school to create mosaic projects. had something similar when I was at school.

Terri Kahrs said...

Awesome treasures!!! I was doing OK until I saw that "whatever it is" yucky recipe result!!! YUCK!!! Those would chips would make a cook mosaic or cute additions to little charms. And I must agree, OLD crepe paper is SO much better than the new stuff!!! Hugs, Terri xoxox

Róisín said...

What a great pile of stuff! No wonder you had such a good day! As for the little coloured squares, I have no idea what they are. Mosaic tiles are the first thing that came into my head too. I'm sure your wonderful little creative mind won't have much trouble putting them to good use. How about an ultra-funky scrabble set?

Susan said...

Well didn't you "score!"....the duck bank is priceless. I use to have several myself. I think I took white shoe polish and painted the "whites" of his eyes. See I was crafty then and didn't even know it.

Anonymous said...

Great stuff..that was a very good day! I love the little music box and the doilies...funny how our hearts go pitter-patter over the simplest things, isn't it? That's therapy for some of us...:>


laurie -magpie ethel said...

Between the treasures on this post and the previous post, you did pretty darn good! I agree on the old crepe paper being so much better than the new stuff (which I don't even bother buying). The Donald Duck bank is my very favorite tho. I have a collection of figural glass jars and he is one I haven't found yet...Quack...will have to start a search!

Karin said...

What a great bounty! I have no idea what those little squares are but I'm sure the creative possibilities are endless.....

Cameron said...

Great haul.....I wanna go yard sale-ing with YOU! Such fun stuff!!

Cher' Shots said...

Great finds, I would have competed against you on that one. lol