Thursday, September 19, 2019

Estate Sale Scores

Here are some great finds Mr. Husband and I scrounged from a few estate sales and the flea market recently.
99 % of these things came from one sale.  It was listed as an indoor yard sale, no pictures, no hint of anything old or neat in the wording, but it was on my radar because everything was advertised as costing between 25¢ up to a dollar. I love cheap! It was the last stop of our Saturday morning saling trek, which had to that point been fruitless.  When we entered I could smell that old hoarded kinda aroma to the house but it wasn't piled up.  The first thing we found was this little vintage Florida water globe but not too much else.  I then noticed the garage and it was full of bags and boxes...and major evidence of rodents.  Mice in their "natural habitat" freak me the flip out.  I know that sheds and garages are the best places to find awesome stuff (if you are into junk like I am into)  but I will (and have) go screaming and running if I encounter one of these nasty beasts.  I figured since I had Mr. Husband with me I had back-up...only he is afraid of roaches...

So here are the things we found in the trenches:

Mr. Husband is a good scrounger and he found this cute old packaging of steel wool.  I love the "elephant" font and the elephant graphic!

Got the mother load of fruit/veggie magnets!

Some cookbooklets...never can have too many!

Love these!  Paper placemats!

Two queen sized flat sheets.  I like to use them for fabric for making clothes or mock ups.

Vintage RIT boxes.

Mr. Husband and I were the only ones scrounging in the garage and had a blast.  We never came in contact with any undesirables but made sure we didn't go digging in boxes that were clearly nothing but mouse nests.  We also found the 'end all to end all' of estate sale items at this sale however I have to save that for later.  Our total for everything above was 5 bucks.

The next day we decided to check out the flea market which usually doesn't turn up much.  But we did come across a big stack of 1944-1957 Better Homes and Gardens mags for only a buck each, we got 10.

And then, tacking this onto the end was an estate sale we went to the weekend before where we bought this amazing lampshade with finial (pictured in my house)!  It was attached to the world's ugliest lamp...which I'll have to photo another time.  I kinda have plans on making it a new lampshade worthy of it's hideousness.  When I asked how much it was, the guy retorted with "how much do you think?"  I didn't give an answer because I couldn't read if he thought it was a high dollar item....or a piece of junk. We looked around some more and asked him again which he said "how about 15 bucks?"  While that is high on my garage sale's certainly not when it comes to mid century lampshades!

But to round it all out he threw this in for no extra cost!

Recent posts have become a bit heavy in the estate/thrift score area but I'm sure I'll have some baked good or treat edging it's way in the near future again.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Woody Woodpecker's Up The Tree Game

I picked up this 1969 Woody Woodpecker board game from a thrift store for a couple of bucks, figuring if the game itself was a dud at least the graphics are pretty cool.
I was able to guilt PB into a round and boy howdy I think it will become a summer tradition for us.
The game is both frustrating and highly annoying.  For some reason those are two traits he and I enjoy in some games.
At first glance the game looks like it should take only about five minutes to make your way from the ground level trunk up the path to the tree top club house.
The colors on the spinner are only for figuring out who goes first and is really more useful as a how-may-spaces-do-you-move tool.  The game works a lot like chutes and ladders; land on a red space then you have to move to a blue.  Some are advancements and some take you back a few steps.  Not too bad, right?

The frustrating part comes in when you have to move back in a spot like the loop seen above.  It's just a few spaces but since the spinner goes no higher than 4 it can cause you to get trapped in those corners.  PB and I both spent at least 5 consecutive turns stuck in several loops.  And then for the annoying part...  As a player is moving to the blue spot "he must repeat Woody's song" Ha-ha-ha-hah-ha,  Ha-ha-ha-hah-ha, Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!" every..single...time, or you lose a turn.

PB had never been exposed to the laugh so I had to pull up a Youtube video for him to know how to do it.  My word it is irritating.  It's irritating to do as well as listening to it.
I guess there in lies the draw for us with this game.  It's so annoying and frustrating that we must conquer it, while along the way reveling in the anguish Woody's "song" causes one another.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Estate Scores

Mr. Husband and I have really been having a good time over the last few months scrounging together at sales on the weekend.  Most everything in this post came from the same sale, but all of it was from the same day.
The handmade "Best Mother Award" was thumb tacked to a wall at a sale and I thought it was so adorable...I bought it for myself! Yes, I award me the Best Mother Award!

A cute graphic apparatus to inflate balloons, still need to try it out.  An 'on my list to get' wooden Fisher Price Cash Register.  "Lots to Color" coloring book.

This Weeki Wachee pennant was also thumb tacked on the wall near the Mother Award.

I used to have a set of these metal wall peacocks years ago.  When we moved into this house we had to get rid of A LOT of stuff because there was not as much space/storage here and for some reason the peacocks got the boot.  I have been wanting to replace them but was having a time finding some in a price range I would pay.  It happened that one of the sales we went to this day was by a family with the last name of "Peacock" and the house was f-u-l-l of peacock stuff.  I got this set for 6 bucks.  We don't like the iridescent gold/green going on with them so I plan of painting them black/gold.

A little cookbooklet for Teens to cook..."special recipes".  Exciting stuff like "Nibble Bait", "Trixies" and "oatmeal".
The floral background is wallpaper remnants.  Lastly are those squeezably cute satin ball dapper chicks.

I didn't do a price break down of everything because this day wound up being a bit more pricey than we normally do, which is not something I like to brag about.  I like to brag about how little I spend.  The Weeki pennant was 10 bucks and the Fisher Price Cash registrar was with those two items we are already nearly my normal max allotment.  But for what it's worth everything else wasn't too much more....

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Estate Thrift Sale Finds Mixed Bag

Here is a real mixed bag of stuff I picked up over the last couple of months from estate sales and thrift stores, hence all the different backgrounds and photo qualities.
First off is this adorable pink vintage child's electric toy iron.  I haven't brought myself to plug it in but I do wonder how hot it gets.  Got it for 50¢.

This child's turtle sun visor hat I bought for the cute graphics mostly but it fits my head on a wearing-my-hair-down day.

I got these items from the same sale as the turtle hat.  A rusty metal dust pan, a rain bonnet, and a set of kitty cat? salt and pepper shakers.  "Pepper" was in need of some facial cosmetic repairs which I have since taking these pictures fixed him and "salty" up a bit.  I think I may have gotten a couple of other simple things too from this sale, but it all totaled 5 bucks.

I got both of these ash trays from the same thrift store, different times.  50¢ each.  I use the boomerang one as a spoon rest on the stove and the round one (which happens to match some of my dishes) I use as a craft paint brush rest.

These adorable plastic S&P shakers were a bit of a journey, similar to Angela and The General.  I found P first and spent quite a while scouring the store to find the match, which was no where to be found.  Weeks went by, and I had pretty much given up.  P looked fine by himself I decided.  Then one day while at the same thrift there was S, on a shelf at eye level in a different building.  I had asked one of the employees to keep an eye out for the match and she told me it's very common for boxes of stuff that are from the same donor to not get put out at the same time.  I guess this was the case here.  I am just glad I happen to stop in at the right time.  The set only set me back 1 buck.

We collect vintage Florida travel stuff and I happened to eye this glass in a yard sale listing.  Turns out the seller used to be a dealer that was trying to reduce her stock.  We picked up this glass for 5 bucks.  We also got this hair net, and salt and pepper shakers there as well.

Thursday, September 05, 2019

Coral Reef Pie

When I first saw this vintage ad for Coral Reef Pie, my first thought was it had to be tuna fish. "Coral" is always code for fish in vintage recipes.  It even looks like a casserole of pink tuna with shredded kale, and probably some jello thrown in there for good measure. I think I even saved the image in a pinterest board for canned meat (see here if you need some ideas as to what to do with a tin of Spam).  I thought this even though there was clearly an ad for canned pineapple on the bottom.  I figured it was a pie made from pineapple and tuna, because why not?!  I then noticed, on closer inspection, Coral Reef Pie is really a true pie....sugary with delicious pineapple and coconut! Oh my word, two of our favorite things around here!  Not a fish fin in sight! I've got to make it!

My version did not turn out looking as pretty as the picture so I had the merkids come cute it up!

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For the prebaked pastry shell I went with this Jiffy mix shortcake recipe.

My pink coral macaroon topping isn't as bright pink as the recipe's serving suggestion due to the outer layer being browned a bit from baking.  I would recommend scraping the top off a little to expose the lovely pink underneath.  I also figured the 'kale' was green tinted coconut meant to resemble seaweed so I added it as the original image suggested.

How did it taste?
Of course this dessert was yummy! 
You can't go wrong with pineapple, coconut, and shortcake pastry!

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Salt and Pepper Earrings

Check out my snazzy earrings I made from a pair of mini salt and pepper shakers!

This photo shows the construction.  I don't know what the proper names of all the different jewelry findings are so instructions may be odd sounding.  I started by putting three of those pin looking stem deals up through the bottom and out 3 different holes.  I did this to try and anchor the shakers from spinning around and to keep the front showing forward.  My plan kinda somewhat worked.  I then cut the stems and bent each into a loop.  I put a jump ring through all of these loops and an earring hook deal.  They still want to turn off to the side so I need to monkey a bit with the loops more.
I think this idea has a lot of fun potential for those minuscule shakers that only hold a couple of shakes of seasoning.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Frosty Apple Bites

With it being 'Back to School' season I felt the need to bake something applely.  I found a fairly simple recipe in my 1961 Pillsbury's 13th Grand National Bake Off cook booklet called "Frosty Apple Bites" by junior winner Jerry Herbert of Columbus, Ohio.

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I did not put the chocolate chips in them because that just didn't seem right.  Chocolate and apples...I'll pass.  Raisins would work though.  These cookie are kinda bland looking but really are delicious cakey treats!
I added some chopped up cashews to the tops for some pizzazz!  Some monochrome pizzazz.

On the first day of school I do a tablescape for PB
(See School House Rocks First Day for a sample) to greet him when he gets up in the morning.  It involves my vintage Fisher Price school playset pieces (just got the bus over the summer!) and other vintage learning fun type stuff.  Since he is starting his second year of high school I figured he would just ignore my efforts so I didn't do it.  I was kinda pleased to hear him ask about it that morning when the table was still set in regular mode.  So I whipped it together for when he came home from school along with having these cookies.  Does anyone else out there mom-fantasize about when your kidlette gets home from school and they will be so happy to see you and appreciate a nice plate of cookies waiting for them.  Best mom ever! I see it all the time in commercials!  Well for me that just doesn't happen, especially not this year.  PB had a horrible first day, due to the bus being 40 minutes late in the morning and then not even showing up in the afternoon.  I had to go pick him up from school in the afternoon which after him waiting awhile and then my travel time to his school, he didn't get home until 2 hours after school was over.  His school just moved into a new building and location so traffic had become grid locked during the evening pick up/ release.  He was in an awful mood (can't blame him) and didn't even eat one cookie...
Hopefully his second day will be better and the cookies can be part of an after school 'do over'.

Here are a few more apple featured recipes from the MHiCTY archives:

Deep Dish Apple Pie with Candied Crust
Apple Crisp
Apple Pie Bars
Applesauce Cake
He-man Apple Pie

and one recipe that is mock apple!:
Appless Pie

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

And then there was Edna!

"Wrap it up Edna!"

As I have mentioned many a time, Mr. Husband has a Horror Host show called Nightmare Theatre, which is being produced by and showing on our local PBS channel.  When the show premiered in Oct 2018, the station had a special live performance and screening of their episode for Plan 9 (see here for more on that).  This special episode presentation was held back to be used later as a part of the local PBS fundraising campaign week, which also had an interview with the Nightmare Theatre crew and some extra footage of the "call center" brought to you by Nightmare Theatre.

Well, this "call center" had to appear to be staffed so myself and several other family members to the production team got to play the parts (no speaking thankfully).  They wanted us to look and act a bit outlandish which I was excited about doing!  There was an anime girl, a voodoo doctor/zombie, a werewolf, a gremlin (a prop from the actual movie), and me as my character I call Edna.

I named her after one of our favorite characters from Rosanne, Edna Debelco
(episode: Inherit the Wind, S02E01).  You never get to see Edna actually on the show, but she is hinted as being quite a talker and a bit annoying.  I also added a splash of Thelma "Mama" Harper from Mama's Family and Peggy Bundy from "Married with Children" to Edna's persona.

For Edna's look, I got to wear one of my favorite outfits (as seen here, bottom photo) that is a bit much to wear on a daily basis, my polyester pink gingham pants outfit!  I paired it with a wig I got from a thrift store, which was in bad scraggly shape, so I covered it with a scarf.  The cat eye glasses were some I bought on ebay a long time ago but never got lenses for them.

I see Edna making more appearances on the show, I mean look at her, she's got it going on!
But she will need some more duds....
Mr. Husband Sir and I happened to go to an estate sale that for the most part was very dull...except for these amazing 70s polyester woman's pants suits I found there! Perfect for more Edna outfits!!!!!

I love these outfits so much!  I am a bit bummed though because when we got to the sale, only late by 15 minutes, some heifer had already grabbed up all the rest.  She piled all the bags of clothes up around herself, hoarding them, not letting anyone else touch anything. She also had a stack about 2 feet tall of glorious double knit ensembles, off in another room that she had set claims on.  She was obviously buying it for resale because it was not her size.  She kept belting out to her friend/assistant to grab this and that to bring to her which she would then keep saying "That's vintage...That's vintage...That's vintage.." with a reckneck toothless dialect.   I was only lucky enough to find these outfits because they were off in the back of a closet.

I like to put these outfits on and pretend I am going to be a contestant on The Price Is Right 70s style.
There was one episode from September 5, 1972 that had a hilarious contestant named Boo Boo Cooper.  Boo Boo has that perfect old lady Patty Selma smoker voice!  I also incorporated Boo Boo's personality into my Edna character. Edna's essence is sass, cigarettes, and a dollop of whiskey in her morning coffee.

For my prop I chewed up 3 huge pieces of bubble gum so I could be blowing monster sized bubbles while on the phone.  I can see other times using a fly swatter or filing/painting my fingers or sipping on something from a brown paper bag....!

Unfortunately the video for this segment has not been uploaded so I can't share Edna with the world!
But for now in the words of Edna:

"You inbred kids keep off my front lawn and stop defiling my garden gnomes!"

Friday, August 23, 2019

Cherry Streusel Special

I have a delicious dessert today called Cherry Streusel Special.  It was a winner in 
Pillsbury's 14th Grand National Bake Off 1962, submitted by Mrs. William Sloss of St. Lois, Missouri.

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To make the crumble topping I tried out the pastry blender I got last year at an estate sale.  I had high hopes it would make it an easier job of blending butter, flour, sugar type stuff.  I was not impressed.  It continually got gunked up with the mix. When I say the mix I mean everything in the bowl.  All of the topping would stick to the blender and I had to wipe the mixture off to put everything back in the bowl.  It also wasn't quick and easy to clean.  I have seen an idea where you attach these old style pastry blenders to the wall and use them as a towel holder.  I think that may be mine's future, because I surely ain't putting up with that nonsense again.  But!  I did come up with an easier way to blend the crumble topping...I used a potato masher!  It worked really well.  I had to scrap some stuff off and put it back in the bowl, but it's sticky butter so it's going to happen some anyway, only I didn't have to do it as frequently as I did with the pastry blender.
I really like this recipe.  It uses convenient pre-fab pie filling and there are many options with that.  The construction of it didn't take too long to pull together.  It also has a bit of a glamour look to it, which I love. It's perfect as a nice holiday dessert or for a simple picnic. It's cheap to make.  It tastes good.  I guess the only let down is it takes 45 minutes to bake.  I added a dollop of cinnamon  sprinkled whipped cream for some extra fanciness.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Marvelous Mid Century Estate Sale

Here is an estate sale I went to during the summer that had some pretty neat stuff.  It was about a hours drive from our home and I brought along PB since he was out for the summer.  All of the photos of the house are from the listing.

This clock was the belle of the ball.  When ever I go to estate sales I like it better when there is nothing particular in the photos that I want but from the offerings shown I can tell there is going to be some awesome stuff.  This sale was different.  It had the awesome random stuff but it also had two things that I really wanted, and that clock was one of them.

Here are several more listing photos with the awesome random stuff but nothing I would be willing to push an old lady aside to get at.

Look at that entire closet of vintage Tupperware!

Shown here on the lower right, that set of cutie pie merkids riding swans, was the other 'gotta have it' item.

Lots of nice planters.

Since I had PB with me I told him he was going to be my partner in nabbing the goods.  We studied the photos with the listing extensively till we figured out the house floor plan and where the two primary things I was wanting were located.  I figured we would enter from the front door, I would go for the clock which was right beside it.  PB was to make a bee line for the bedroom we believed to be off of the kitchen and containing the cuties.
We decided to get in to town early enough to eat lunch and hit up a couple of thrift stores, two hours should be good. We got to the sale 45 minutes before it started which I figured was going to be w-a-y too early.  But it wasn't, it was actually late.  There were about 10 people already ahead of us.
They had us entering through the garage which fumbled up our game plan....and there was a lady near the front with a walker.  It was sprinkling on and off as we waited but that did not stop the line from constantly forming behind us.  I bet that by the start time there were 40 people.  I have never been to a sale that had such a line and I never have to be at a sale more that 15 minutes early.
As we made our way into the house we were slowed down by the walker lady and even though we entered into the kitchen first we didn't see a door to another room.  PB and I just kept ourselves together and moved steady toward the living room and the clock, which I saw was gone.  A lady ahead of us had nabbed it.  We then shifted gears and left most of the people in the living room and headed down the hallway toward the bedroom we expected had been off the kitchen.
Turns out it is off the kitchen, the door to it blends in with the paneling so well we couldn't tell it was there.

Here are the treasures we brought back:

I love vintage scrap craft so I picked up this pop top alligator magnet (the seller gave it to me, surprised someone wanted it!).

I love the Bondex kid!  This patch set is really big and would be suitable for framing!

A pink Tupperware Wonderlier bowl from 1954!

A presto timer with the box, perfect for "cooking, washing, games, telephone calls, naps, photos, hundreds of other uses".  This is now our 3rd one of these.  We have broken the last two.  The first one I found at a thrift store and Mr. Husband accidentally broke it.  He didn't tell me he did, but bought another one off of ebay.  The second one has also broke with usage. We decided this one is just going to have be a decorative item.


Cute McCoy planter.

Handmade vintage dress.  It fits pretty well just going to have to take it in a little on the back. It's extra flouncy back there for some reason.

And these cuties!  We were able to nab them!  After I had them in my hands and we were walking around checking out the rest of the sale, a lady came up to me and asked if I would like to put them on the Hold Table.  I said sure and handed them over.  PB freaked out and said "Does she work here?!"  And truthfully I didn't know if she did.  We rushed over to the Hold Table and they were on it but I started getting nervous someone was going to snatch them up so I had PB stand guard while I quickly looked the rest of the sale over.  As I went back in the kitchen I realized I hadn't checked out the TupperCloset. I didn't see it.  I recalled the photo from the listing and went to where it should be and it was there, it was just again disguised by the wall paneling so when I open it up no one had been in it yet.  I am very picky about what Tupperware I will buy so I selectively picked my pink bowl and as I was backing away I felt the rush of wind pass me as the mega tupperwhores swooped down on it all.  The sale was really well organized and not a lot of areas to dig around (which I actually like doing) so we were in and out of there in 20 minutes.  PB was getting moody and I didn't like being around that many people, also was bummed about missing out on the clock.  I did stop and ask the girl who had it what the cost was, $65, which is not too bad.
I am glad we were able to get the cuties at least though.
There is a set listed on ebay right now that is $150!  And those are cracked even.
I only paid $3 each for mine!

A few weeks later we went to another sale by the same estate team.  I was telling the owner how we got in line 45 minutes early and there were still several people ahead of us. She said the people at the front of the line got there 3 1/2 hours early!  Which is really unheard of in our area of estate sales.
She also told me that the place was wiped out by the end of the sale.

I have really been a bit obsessed with estate sales lately, but with good reason.  We are coming to an end of an era.  The estates of people in their 90s, who have hung onto their mid century stuff is rapidly dwindling.  These pieces will start to shift to where most of it is owned by collectors.  Dealers will drastically increase the prices of what is available on the market.  Mid century products were made in great abundance so I don't think we are going to be hitting a desolate state for at least 10 more years.  This all sounds like lines from a News Week article about stocks and real estate, but I don't think I am exaggerating.  I'm not going to panic over it but it is concerning.  Collecting and treasure hunting is my hobby and passion.  I hate to think of what will be in thrift stores in 20 years, cheap crap broken laminate particle board furniture from walmart, wrangler denim jorts, and a crap ton of those stupid wall hangings that have words on them like..."Home" and "Family" or "Dream Big!".
They might as well just park dumpsters on lots and put a sign on the side that says "Donation Drop Off".  I think I might actually be starting to panic!