Let us put by some hour of every day for holy things...

I will not doubt, though all my ships at sea
Come drifting home with broken masts and sails.
I will believe the Hand which never fails,
From seeming evil, worketh good for me.
And though I weep because those sails are tattered,
Still will I cry, while my best hopes lie shattered:
I trust in Thee.
--Ann Kimmel

Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines, the labor of the olive shall fail and the fields shall yield no meat, the flock shall be cut off from the fold and there shall be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. Habakkuk 3:17-18

Saturday, May 18, 2013

First, the Toys!

My good Etsy friend Vanessa says that collecting vintage toys lets you relive your childhood, and I believe she's right. Not only that, but there's a kid inside each one of us that never quite left Neverland, so toys have a timeless appeal. Especially, in my opinion, vintage toys!

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?!  
The colorful wooden stringing beads and the beautiful blue corduroy doll coat will be staying here to entertain granddaughters, but the other items I will probably be adding to my shops as soon as I can manage to take proper pictures and get them listed.

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.

This is a 1983 Star Wars Ewok character named Wicky. (Interesting coincidence in this house because it's also Wickham's nickname.)
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!

I thought I was going to have to get my doll-expert daughter to identify this miniscule miss for me, but I actually managed to track her identity down myself. This is a Uneeda "Tiny Teen" doll from 1967. She's about 5 1/2 inches tall with real eyelashes. She's in fairly good condition apart from her wild, matted hair. It might be fun to make a few tiny outfits for her and then put her up for sale. She's about the size of a Dawn doll, but with a bigger head.

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.


  1. NICE! you got some great finds!

    I really like ...everything
    its funny because I dont like star wars but I love how the ewoks look so cuddly I cant help but smile and drool.
    I thought that looked like a uneeda doll!!!

    the puppets on Mr Rogers always scared me..lady Elaine..is the stuff nightmares are made out of.. but I did like that show my favorite part was the factory tours..

    I love your posts about your finds :)

  2. I was a Captain Kangaroo girl, myself. I despised King Friday and most of the other puppets on Mr. Rogers, and also that Chef Brocket. Lady Elaine didn't scare me (well, I was adult!) but she did remind me of another puppet from a show called, I think, Larry Smith and His Puppets. The character was a witch and her name was Batty Hatty of Cincinnati. Frankly, I'm just not a puppet person. Kind of like clowns. Ick!! And monkeys.