That's why I'm excited to unveil the first of my happy finds from yesterday's junking jaunt.
|Is this a trove or what?!|
Now for a closer look at those:
This solemn little velvet hand puppet reminds me of the one on Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. I think the character's name was Daniel Kitten. (If I'm wrong, my daughter will correct me. She was a great fan of Mr. Rogers. His program was her first experience of television,and she was about five years old, if you can imagine that.) I remember that puppet was cute but the characterization by the puppeteer was particularly sickening. This pretty fellow will, hopefully, not be subjected to the meow-meow-baby talk indignities inflicted upon Daniel Kitten.
It's in excellent condition and I did some preliminary snooping on eBay's completed listings and see that this toy is one that seems to sell without difficulty.
Personally I always thought the ewoks were an unfortunate addition to the Star Wars saga. Here were all these galactic battles and bigger-than-life heroes and villains and fabulously-designed spaceships, and in come these talking teddy bears. Yeah, they were kind of cute, just rather out of place. I never could take their roles seriously. I won't miss this guy one jot when he's been sold.
|Now THIS is a "Wicky" I can appreciate!|
Lastly for now, I wanted you to see the detail on this amazing vintage backgammon set. I found it for $1 at a church rummage sale yesterday, and it's in its original box and has all its instructions and other little paper bits. It looks like it's never been used. I'm a big Syroco fan so this fascinates me even though I don't know how to play backgammon. I've no idea of value on this, but it's pretty cool. The manufacturer is the Pacific Game Company. They describe it as a "replica of a rare hand-carved game board that has been molded in a special process that reproduces the finest details of the original". The pieces are very appealing--a glossy, marbled plastic that might be bakelite, though I'm not sure.
There's lots more to come, and I'll try to share it all over the next few days.