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06 Jan, 2006

bought and kept

Posted by andrea in: - Thrifty is nifty|Oh! Things!

Last week Mark helped his friend Grant lug an almost-new mattress to a local Salvation Army store. It was actually one I hadn’t been to, but as soon as Mark returned and I heard the words “Pyrex” and “books” I was chomping to go.

A couple days later I nonchalantly gathered a bag of old goods* on the premise I was just going to “drop some stuff off.” Ha. Mark saw through that one pretty fast. He knows that trolling around second-hand shops is one of my favourite things to do. And it was worth the trip.

I picked up a medium-size red Pyrex mixing bowl for 99 cents. I love those things, although the ice blue is my favourite colour. (check out a set pictured here.)

I also found a really cute children’s swim towel/poncho-with-hood-thing. It’s a green terry-cloth dinosaur, brand new with tags! But my favourite purchase was something I spotted at the very last minute. It was behind the counter and I asked to see it. And within seconds it was mine.

Here it is:


I LOVE toys from this era. And unless I’m on eBay I don’t see them very often. What is it about these things that I love so much? I can’t even pin it down. This beauty is actually made of wood, and it works too! (more info about it is here.)

I motioned to the lady behind the counter that I wanted to buy it.

“It’s $5.99, you know that, right?” She sounded slightly shocked I would pay so much for an old toy.
“Yes, I know,” I answered. “That’s just fine.”

* among the things I gave away were tops that I wore in my early university days. The kind that goes way down and snaps under the cr0tch. LOL – anyone remember those? There’s many a dizzy drunken ‘eve I spent in a nightclub toilet stall, trying to get those little buggers snapped up.

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  • Liz Dick: Just came across this forum now. Funny after all these years I've never seen it. Rummoli has been a family favourite of ours for four generations.
  • Molly: A great read, Andrea! I have been to a few estate sales - they can be fascinating. I am far from a minimalist but I am always trimming the amount
  • Lynn: Perhaps this could inspire a series of posts about Special Things - the history and what makes them precious. Going to give this some thought! Thanks
  • a peek inside the fishbowl » Blog Archive The stories of our stuff - a peek inside the fishbowl: […] we commissioned Dave Allston, a local historian, to compile for us awhile back. (I wrote about it here, if you’re curious.) I was fair
  • andrea tomkins: I try not to look! ;) New nightstands would help the problem, for sure. They're just not in the cards right now. Unfortunately, everything I really li
  • Marianne: The bed not being centred would definitely bother me. I'd solve it by opting for nightstands on legs, or installing floating shelves. But Id probabl
  • andrea tomkins: We actually won it in a blog giveaway a few years ago. It's made by Phillips. I really like it! It has a few different alarm sounds too, all are gentl

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