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

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Veni, Vidi, Junki...

 Gems! Gems! Gems! What more can I say? I came, I saw, I junked! And what's more, I loved every minute of it. And to think we almost drove right past one of the best sheer trash estate sales I've ever encountered--!

Well, we did drive past it, as a matter of fact. One tiny sign at the end of a partly obscured lane... Claudia was driving, I was scanning for a garage sale we'd seen advertised, when my brain registered a moment or so after we'd zipped past. "Estate Sale, Last Weekend". 

"Wait a minute--turn around! I think I saw an estate sale!"

"What? I didn't see anything."

"I'm pretty sure that's what the sign said. Turn around!"

And so the adventure began, a wonderful hour and forty-five minutes of rummaging, digging, stacking, and tallying up...  and four trips to the car later to stow the stuff, I had spent a whopping $17. Unbelievable!

How all the best collectible kitsch stuff was overlooked I can't say. Well, yes, I can--no one else can stand it! But the goofier it is, the better I like it, and I found mounds of goodies and all priced dirt cheap. At one point, Claudia suggested we pinch one another to see if we were having the same dream. I thought a kick might be more appropriate, but we controlled ourselves and kept on ferreting. If it was a mere dream I, for one, sure didn't want to wake up.

I won't be able to show you all the treasures in detail, but I'll certainly share some of my favorites and you can either share my enthusiasm or scratch your heard in perplexity, after your fashion. 


From celluloid to wax, to flocked plastic to ceramic to lucite to vinyl... vintage kitsch bliss!

 A few close-ups:

1973 Homco elephant pair, $2; 1920s-30s Kewpie carnival prize doll, $1, the little vintage deer candle trio plus green plastic sleigh, 35 cents; wonderful gold art deco celluloid deer, 10 cents each; Topper Dawn dolls, 5 cents each; unopened seventies playing card decks, 25 cents each...I could go on.

Vintage hairbrush with bakelite handle by Fuller Brush, two darling little ceramic dogs tagged "Free to Good Home" (seriously!); a Dakin Dream Pet, 10 cents; a terrific pig-with-spectacles ceramic bank, $1.50; an odd little mermaid doll dated 1979 and a Playmobile type collie that reminds me of Peppy, 25 cents apiece.

1964 Marx cowboy sheriff, 25 cents; plastic Hong Kong blow-mold cat bank with sparkly blue eyes, $1; celluloid sparkly angel tree topper, 50 cents; four ceramic angels from the 1970s, $1.35 combined; flocked squirrels, 45 cents combined.

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I'll do my best to show you more of the finds later this week. (Yes, there's more!)

Okay, you've seen my latest small treasures. Now feast your eyes on these sweethearts, available now for adoption through Displaced Pets Rescue, the organization MyPalPeppy helps support with a percentage from every sale.



This is Tanner, a new arrival. He's about 4-5 years old and needs an adults only home.


 This is Roco, a cute little 2-year-old guy.

This tiny girl is Molly. She's a sweety, and is about 7 years old.

You can read more about these dogs, and others Displaced Pets Rescue have recently placed here:


Quick announcement/off topic:
My shop MelmacParadise is having a 25% off sale. Everything's included, no coupon code is necessary*. It continues through July 31. After that, I'll be putting the shop into vacation mode for a month or so.  

*I used the app, "Etsy on Sale" to automatically change the prices. It's a HUGE time saver, and gets a much better response than coupon codes, which tend to be overlooked by potential buyers. For my fellow Etsy sellers, if you're interested in giving Etsy on Sale a trial, I'd be thrilled if you'd give them this referral code:


It will net both you and me some free credits!

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