"What one can see out in the sunlight is always less interesting than what is behind a windowpane."

Friday, September 30, 2011


Luck be a lady tonight!

For weeks, I've been totally preoccupied with decluttering, donating, selling, and trading. Spaces cleared, more room to move, and then it happens.....I come across some of the neatest vintage goodies! What's a folk artist-vintage lover-holiday collector to do? And the prices...oh, the prices! I've hit some major deals. So, walk with me. Talk with me. Come to see my newest treasures.....

OK. I'm the first to say this elven-gnome-like dwarf is not the cutest thing going, but when I saw him, I turned away, and had to come back and get him and his friend. All that kept going through my mind was how much fun it'd be giving him a make-over.

Mary asked if I could make them Christmas elves, but to me, they look more like woodland elves, based on the colors they're wearing. The elf above actually moves when you plug him in. Looks like he used to hold something like a candle. This fellow doesn't move and his cord has been cut in half. Looking at their clothes and base, I'd date them to the 1960s or 70s. Anyone know?

For $9.00, I snatched up this metal haunted house. I use faux candles so there's no worrying about real fire, which is good because Nic has dubbed this his new toy.

How about these little guys? At first, I thought they were home-made, but now I believe they were made in Japan and were picks for a bouquet. I also found a skeleton, but darn if I can find it.

Originally, I was going to take the clock apart and create a diorama inside. But, it works and now I have a pretty unique clock in my art room!

One thing I love about my kids is that they're still "kids." Instead of running to the computer, they still love toys and have come to appreciate the old ones. They'll actually point things out to me and say, "Look mommy! It's vintage!" So, they're getting a good eye for it. Nic picked out this puppy and takes it with him everywhere now. It's big too, not like the little ones you typically see.

Yes! That's Caspar back there! And get this, he glows in the dark. The coincidence of finding him was amazing. I had just bought the kids 2 Caspar DVDs (never opened, $2 a pop, not bad!) and explained to them that I used to watch it all the time when I was little. Two days later, I find this Caspar squeeze toy. What's the word....serendipity?

Some pixies "Made in Japan" and a cute little gnome. Little rough around the edges, but still lovable, kind of like my Dad.

What's a vintage Christmas without some flocking?

This is one cooooool trio!

A cup of old bottle brush trees, which always come in handy when Christmas crafting.

Lots of pale pinks and aqua ornaments.

When I saw this Madonna, I knew I couldn't pass her by. When I found out she was only $1.00, that really sealed it. She needs some cleaning and has a few chips, but the paint job is beautiful. And why not? When I turned it over, I discovered she was a Lefton!

Do you remember the Little People toys?! These have proven to be the BEST toys I could get for my kids and I've been collecting them since Mary was a baby. These were always my favorites as a child and they have definitely proven themselves worthy. Well, we already have this particular garage, but for $3.00, I scarfed it up, knowing how collectible they are now. And Nic's having fun playing with 2 of these in the meantime.

Two Napco angels - a dollar for the set!! I mean really. Don't you just want to come over here and pinch me?!

I've been collecting these bunnies as I find them. This one has a broken ear that was glued back on. For $1, I don't have a problem with that. I believe the chick was made by the same company. It's got the same look and waxy-smooth finish.

Some pieces of an old Nativity set. The angel is from Italy and it looks like Joseph is from Germany. I have a soft spot for Nativities, rosary beads, Jesus on the Crucifix, and Noah's Arks.

Old appliques.

AND FINALLY.....drum roll please! Two of the biggest scores this year! A HUGE Latex, 1966 Lucy Halloween mask. Mary's my model.

AND......A Charlie Brown head! Mary's still my model as Nic refuses to put it on.

October starts tomorrow! Let's all get giddy!

Oh, good grief.


  1. Wow, major score! I can't wait to see all of these items get transformed!!!!

  2. lol... the kids wearing the masks are so funny. I love all your treasures! Especially the Virgin Mary statue. I normally fix all my "chips" using paper clay. Sand, paint then seal with a shiny gloss spray and its as good as new :-)

  3. Wow! I'm definitely green with envy. I have a lovely collection of Charlie Brown Halloween items and I've never seen masks quite like your's. Awesome. That casper squeeze toy rocks. And your little people garage is amazing for $3. Woo hoo!

  4. WOW! You really got some great deals. our favorites are those napco angels, and those sweet little elves :) and those Charlie Brown and Lucy mask are super cool!

  5. Holy Smoke! My son had that garage!!!!!!!! That dates it to about 1983. It brought tears to my eyes to see it again. Thank you so much. All these pictures are great. I'm moving to PA just to be near all these great shops. You find the best stuff!! Patsye

  6. Hey there Jill! Love all your goodies!! You are such a great picker!! How ya doing? What ya been up to lately? Making any goodies? I think I am getting my mojo back! I am co-chairing our craft show at church on the 29th of this month! So I really need my mojo back!!! I am looking forward to it! Thanks for the prayer we are still praying here too!! I'm trying so hard not to think about it constantly! LOL Yeah right!! Talk to ya later!! XO Love ya Aunt Frannie

  7. Pretty darn good! i think those masks are great and had not seen them before. Also love those Halloween picks. I am proud....

  8. HELLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! Love ya bunches!! XO Aunt Frannie

  9. Oh good grief is right! I loved Casper as a child and still love Peanuts! What a score with all those wonderful goodies! karen....

  10. I love all of them! The remake of Mr Knome is excellent! The Charlie Brown and Lucy masks are very cool. I love to find these types of things too! Great shoppint!!! Joanne (Canada)

  11. I meant shopping :)