Not a bad Saturday morning of yard sales this weekend…
I saw this large stuffed ALF doll at one of the first sales we stopped at, and knew I was going to buy it before even unbuckling the seatbelt. For $2, this Melmacian went home with me, and his little friend Jessie from Toy Story came along for the ride. I have a Buzz Lightyear and Woody from the same toy line, and the three will make a nice addition to someone’s collection some day.
I found a couple of Scooby Doo cars and some action figures, including some great Fisher Price Super Friends figures. The style and fun factor of those toys are so great! My kids love them, so those three were claimed instantly. Of course, if there was a Batman in the bunch, dear old dad would probably have hidden that one on the bottom of the box.
I don’t know what it is this year, but I keep finding great pillows like these…
The first picture above shows a boxed RPG game for Paranoia, which I thought looked like it could be worth the quarter they were asking for it. When I got home, the box didn’t contain the game at all. It was filled with blank checks and a high school diploma. (Dinner’s on me!) It also had an instruction booklet for a vintage Transformer Megatron. Just one more reason to love thrifting–you never know what’s in the box. Cue Brad Pitt: “What’s in the box!”
I also picked up these two Star Wars books for another quarter. I have a vivid memory of ordering these from one of those Scholastic book fair flyers when I was a kid, so it was pretty cool to find them again.
It might seem strange but my favorite find of the day was this Batman pen for a nickel. I love figural Batman items like this, and actually prefer them to toys like action figures. Don’t ask me why, I just dig utilitarian items that are sculpted to look like the character, whether its a pen, a shampoo bottle, a squirt gun…you name it! It’s nice when I can get so much joy for five cents.
Another great find for just 25 cents were these three books. They were at the bottom of a box of books and were covered in dry, crumbling leaves, but check it out: Favorite Fishing Spots in Milwaukee, a Who’s Who in the Major Leagues souvenir book from the 1935 World Series, and a rare coin book from the 1920’s! Are you kidding me? There are tons of collectors out there for each of these items, and now I just need to help them add these to their collections. I’ll even sweep away the leaves first!
For whatever reason, this weekend I found myself flipping through the record bins. I don’t collect records. I don’t own a record player. The disks themselves can be used for skeet shooting practice for all I care (kidding, of course… sort of.). I was going for icons and iconic images. I won’t bore you with the details in this post (I’ll save the boredom for a future post!), but here’s a brief glimpse at some of the fun things I found. And yes that is a Lenny and the Squigtones album you see.
So, how did you do this weekend? Any diamonds found in the dust? Let’s hear it!