On Sunday I drove all the way across town to check out a fabulous sounding estate sale, only to find out that it was cancelled at the last minute. Kind of disappointing, but these things happen. On the way home I figured I’d stop at one of the nearby farms and pick up a Halloween pumpkin for our front door. Would you believe that the farm I stopped at just happened to be having a big tag sale?! Oh, happy day! And the funny thing is, the seller and I sort of knew each other because I’ve been buying produce and blueberry jam from her all summer at a local farmers market. Small world!
There was plenty to look at, and I began with the toy table. Normally I don’t spend much time looking for toys at yard sales but something about this sale was different. Maybe it was the curious blend of old and new toys, many of which I actually played with in the late 70s and early 80s. There was no shortage of retro Fisher Price goodness and when I saw tin toys and old Happy Meal preminums it was game on!
The first thing that caught my eye was this vintage hard plastic pencil case with a built in tape dispenser. I like how the writing on the side of the bus actually tells you what it is. In painful detail. You know, just in case you weren’t entirely sure.
And bonus, not only is the exterior in mint condition, but it was never used, all of the school supplies are still inside!
Next I came across a Chein “Storybook Express” tin music box. There is no date marked on it, though based on the graphics, I would venture to guess it’s from the 1960s. When wound up, the train on the front moves on the tracks. It works perfectly and is in pretty good shape, just needs a good cleaning.
The back of the music box tells the story of “The Little Engine that Saw the Light.”
A Fisher Price pocket camera.
A Fisher Price picture story camera.
And a view from the back, cause I love the graphics.
Also found a Fisher Price Pocket Radio.
More graphics to swoon over.
I’ve been collecting fast food toys since I was in college, so I have a good amount at this point. Of course, it’s not every day that you come across early, vintage McDonalds happy meal toys, so today was a special treat. I found quite a few, but these are just a few of my favorites.
A glow in the dark star Ronald McDonald from the early 80s.
“Fling n’ Fly” frisbees from the mid 1980s are really hard to come by and coveted by fast food toy collectors. A lucky windfall indeed!
A Ronald comb.
1988 clip on pins. Remember the fry guys?
Children’s Ronald sunglasses.
Some Hamburgler ring toss toys from the late 1970s.
The housewares tables were next, and I did a bit of a double take when I saw what looked like Frankoma pottery. Could it be?
Why yes, yes it could!
I snapped up this cutesy cow creamer, too.
And some ceramic cats. I have a similar one already, but you can never have too many ceramic cats, can you?
The jewelery table proved to be interesting as well. This vintage hair comb was found amidst some metal necklaces and beads. I suspect it may be bakelite but have to test it to be sure.
A super cute doggie pin.
A textured gold bangle.
Some Coro aurora borealis rhinestone clip on earrings.
And last but not least, I spotted this rusty, dusty thing sitting on the floor amidst a bunch of enamelware pans. I had no idea what the heck it was at first. Neither did the seller, who assumed that it was probably a piece of an antique oven. “I think the bottom part is missing” she told me.
It’s made of metal, and it has glass panels on the door and two sturdy wire shelves on the inside.
A closeup of the dial on the door.
After a little bit of research online I learned that this is actually a portable oven from long ago and far away! It was probably made sometime between the turn of the century and the 1920s. No idea what it’s worth, or if it has any monetary value, but since I only paid a few bucks for it, who cares!
I really love the shape and design…it’s got a certain rustic, almost industrial charm just the way it is. But wouldn’t it be just beautiful cleaned up, painted and used to store something? Krylon makes a paint that allows you to paint on rusted surfaces, so there’s endless potential for this piece.
PS – I’ve joined the swell link parties at Apron Thrift Girl, The Penny Worthy Project and Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures.