Lately my area has been estate sale central. Sadly the company putting most of them on is very unprofessional & super unorganized which makes these crowded events pretty nerve-wracking (especially for those of us with anxiety disorders). Despite my own personal "invisible dinosaurs" creeping around lately & making my body go haywire, I've been soldiering on & making myself attend the sales. Huzzah, I've found some lovely things for the shop & for myself.
These were some of my favorite finds from the past weekend. The tschotchkes all came from the same estate sale & the 3D illustration books were found in three different thrift shops.
So, how sweet is this stuffed mouse!? I fell in love the second I saw him from across the room ... just look at that little red felt hat & that faded pink bow! Sadly his tag has been cut away, but he's in excellent (if slightly shabby) condition & I couldn't love him more.
I haven't decided yet whether he's staying or going, but for now we're calling him Gerald & he's keeping my matryoshka collection company.
He's a pretty big vintage mouse, sitting an impressive 7" tall from his toes to the tip of his hat. I adore that crooked little tail & how he's got no arms. He's a Dream Pet, his tag has been cut off, but you can see the orange edges & the beginnings of the lettering. Figures, aren't Dream Pets just so dreamy!?
This wee yellow hen I found perched on a shelf in a kitchen window along with a bunch of other things I purchased that I believe people just overlooked because they hadn't been taken down & placed on the counters with everything else. It has spring loaded legs & when you push it down it lays tiny, white plastic eggs.
I also found a wonderful old red & chrome Thermos & some darling turquoise measuring cups on those little window shelves. Luckily I was following my own rule of, "Look UP!" that day.
A pack of Whitman miniature playing cards with cross-stitched bird & flower pot pattern. I can't decide which is sweeter, that pattern or the perfectly playful little Joker illustration. These may end up as business cards if they don't make their way to the shop. I never know what to do with vintage playing cards ... split them up for folks to use in craft projects or sell them all as a pack to a collector.
Possibly one of my favorite finds this year, a brilliant wooden Mid-Century cat pen. It has a removable brass refill & I'm going to take it in to an office supply & try to find a replacement. It may stay as well, but I don't know. I'm sure there would be someone out there who would love to use it every day. We shall see.
Lastly, my small collection of 3D illustration children's books. As a child you couldn't get me away from books, I started reading at 4 years old & haven't been found without reading material on hand since! These types of books were always very dear to me & I read & reread them ... hypnotized by the details in those pictures. Check out the lovely cuckoo clock & their kinda spooky green eyes.
I remember this Peter Rabbit book by Grosset & Dunlap very well. This illustration in particular, from the part in the story where Peter comes upon the mouse who cannot help him because she's got a pea in her mouth. Peter is so sad & has these enormous tears in his eyes. It tore at my heartstrings 25 years ago & can still do so today! This is a 1985 edition of the 1968 classic.
Lastly there's this amazing 3D Playmore Peter Pan. I can't stand how lovely the pictures are, so detailed & kitschy. Sadly the 3D plate that should be on the cover is long gone, but maybe someday I'll find one that's intact.
I was so excited to find them all in such good condition. I always keep a lookout for these type of vintage children's books; strange that I'd find three of them in three different thrifts in one day. They are welcome additions to my collection.
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