Thanks for all the comments and emails encouraging me during this time. Well, I may be down, but I'm not out. During this creative block which is leaving a gaping hole in my heart, I've been trying to get inspiration by treasure hunting.
Last Friday, Mary, Nic and I helped organize the Senior Citizen's Center Christmas in July Sale. For $2.00, I came home with a sweet little bag of goodies.
a bag filled with Wizard of Oz cupcake toppers.......
What I considered tacky a few years ago, I now love - tacky or not! Look at this little boy spotting Santa out his bedroom window!
Mini glass balls and a bag full of old bottle brush trees. Score!
Cute little cards.....
Antique German nativity pieces! I saw these at the sale last year, but didn't buy them. This time, I had to grab them. They're old paper mache figures and are all marked Germany on the bottom. They've all seen better days, but I'm sure another year of being stored away and they'd be totally trashed.
From the same shoebox was this chalkware set, all marked, "Japan" on the bottom. Not a bad lot of old Christmas for $2.00 and a couple hours of volunteering!
"The Barn", as we call it, has been extra good to me lately. Check out this metal Perfection game. I never even knew it existed. I only remember the plastic ones.
For $4.00, it was a must-have.
A very sweet Platt & Munk book.
Look at this old deck of cards I found.
Each card has a different bird. Nice!
OOOOO! This was a fun find! This pack of cards is dated 1940 and it actually has instructions on how to use the NEW plastic cards!
The booklet inside is so cute. It talks about how much better plastic cards are than paper ones, that rip, crease, and tear. It even has directions on how to clean them! I guess it's one of the first decks made with plastic.
For those Raggedy Ann and Andy lovers, I'll be listing these sometime soon. They're both dated early 1960s.
HangMan! Remember this game? Mary really likes it. There's something to be said for these old games where the people playing are in control, not a computer.
Ok, why did I buy vintage chess pieces? Well...for $1.00, I kept thinking, "altered art"......
And I may just use some of the black pieces for Halloween assemblages.
I don't know the age of this pack of cards, but it's from France. Very unique for art journaling and such.
One of my favorite games growing up. This is about as far as I went with electronic games. I never had much interest in video games....Atari during this time!
And what's better than buying something for nothing at a thrift store? Getting it for free at freecycle.com!
So far, I've gone through 2 brand new and 1 relatively new sewing machines and they kept breaking before I could even sew on them. A woman offered me this Singer from 1979. What a dinosaur it looks like compared to today's machines, but maybe this one will actually work. So far, I had to buy the manual and a foot for it. When I read the directions on how to thread it, I'm lost. Mooooommmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!
Wishing you all a weekend filled with treasure hunting and gotta-have'ums!