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

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Junking Adventures, South Carolina Style

I spent the first week of April visiting family members in the little town of Cross Hill, South Carolina. It's a pleasant little town--more a village or hamlet, actually--a quintessential sleepy southern community. It has a tiny post office...


a tiny diner...

 a Civil War memorial...

a little park beside an intriguing abandoned boarded up school...

and a few quaint little churches, one of which I had the privilege of attending. (This is Liberty Springs Presbyterian Church.)

There are no antique or thrift stores in Cross Hill, but within a reasonable distance there are a number of charitable thrift shops and Goodwill stores to which my daughter obligingly introduced me. 

I came home with a modest amount of loot: small items, mostly, since I had to ship it back; and vintage clothing.

Today I'll be showing you some of the former.

First off, I have this cute little Dakin Dream Pet ladybug with its original tags (I love the little folder showing all the models for 1972!) It's in excellent condition. I paid 50 cents for this fellow...er, lady.

These unused Holly Hobbie cards cost me about ten cents apiece; I've had some success selling these in the past for $3-$5 each.

Vintage folded wrapping paper is always a weak spot of mine, so this single sheet of nursery print baby birthday paper had to come home, even though it was a bit discolored along the creases. So did the cute dog graduation print paper. It will probably go in Peppy's shop soon; the other sheet is a bit too rumpled, but I will find a fun use for it. 

The 1970s Reach Out Living New Testament is identical to one I was given years ago from a woman whose kids I babysat regularly during high school. Some time ago I found a full Old and New Testament edition of this seventies icon and sold it promptly to a woman who was just as nostalgic about it was I was. These Bibles have fascinating black-and-white period photos that will bring back memories for aging "Jesus Freaks", as we were sometimes referred to back then!

The box of butterfly book labels are quite nice--mint condition--another good item for Peppy's shop, which is in dire need of a fresh infusion of items. (Speaking of which, I'm considering branching out with other sorts of vintage offerings there. Right now I only sell animal-related items through MyPalPeppy, but I'm curious what other Etsy shop owners think of that idea. Is it better to specialize or generalize?)

Lastly in this photo are the vintage pastel plastic birthday candle holders in their original packaging which were priced at 38 cents each. I have a lot of other old cake toppers I need to list as well; perhaps this will help me get with it. Oh, and I nearly forgot--there's a mint-in-package set of groovy flower power party invitations. So fun!

This tiny china (bone china?) cat has a bit of adhesive residue I need to remove, but then it can go into Pep's shop as well. It's quite sweet; I paid about $1 for it. More than I probably should have done but, if you're a fellow junker, you know how it is. I got caught up in the adrenaline thrifting rush. I'm not sure what this is worth; maybe $5 bucks or thereabouts? Or perhaps the smart thing to do would be to combine it with other tiny figurines and offer it as a lot.

One of my best finds (though not my favorite, by a long shot) was a baggie full of little plush Beatrice Potter figures:
These are labeled "Frederick Warne, 1985, Eden Toys, Made in Korea". The bottom two have those grasping hands made to clamp on to something. From photos I've found in my brief researching efforts, I think these originally came in tiny matching shopping bags.

This collection cost me $7.00 at a consignment shop, but I figured they would probably be of interest to someone. I was gratified to find out that I was right to nab them; I'm still checking actual selling prices, but I don't think I'm underestimated that these figures may go for $5 or more apiece. If anyone has information about these, I'd love hearing from you!

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Okay, I've fooled around on this blog for far too long, and I've mounds of work to be done around here. Next time I'll show you some of the "keepers" I brought home from South Carolina--goodies that I'm hanging on to for dear life and not planning to sell, plus some terrific vintage blouses I acquired. See you then!

1 comment :

  1. You had my kind of day! I love little towns with flea markets and diners and old abandoned buildings!