Score of the Week! (#9)

Well howdy!  I guess we’re pretty ready for Spring around these parts, I have been craving bright, poppy, pastels and fun floral patterns, and judging from the crowds at yesterday’s TVUU Church rummage sale, its not just me!  The little lad and I got there a wee bit late, so everything was already half off and pretty picked over… still, I got stuff!  You know I did!

Pale Pyrexy Coffee Cup

Pale Pyrexy Coffee Cup

This pale yellow coffee mug is unmarked, but it has that Fire King/ Pyrex thing happening with the hefty tempered milk glass base and baked-on coating of smooth color.  This one is in really great condition and reminds me of an Easter egg, partially because of that sweet Lemon Icebox color, but partially because of the egg cup-like shape.  It had a teensy amount of built-up grubbiness in some of its grooves, but I took a magic eraser to it and it was outta there in no time flat.  I especially like this one because the footed shapes are large enough to *just barely* take on the larger sized cup from the Keurig coffee machine.  So, yay for a vintage cup filled to the brim with a yummy cuppa bold breakfast blend!  (Teensy cookie plate in the background is not new.)

Atomic Vase Duo

Atomic Vase Duo

Second up, I love, love, love this little mid century modern vase duo!  They are smallish, about six inches tall, in the palest grey-blue color, and a lovely orange-peel allover texture.  They have atomic starburst shapes in several sizes painted on them in still-sparkly gold.  I suppose I could use them for votive candles as well as for flowers– the mouth is just wide enough that they would fit– but I will likely only do that with the little batt op ones, I don’t want to get wax in there where it will be impossible to get out.  They are SO CLEAN, inside and out!  When I saw them, I got a little goofy, and since they were in the ‘vintage and antique’ room, I was almost afraid to look at the price.  Are you seated?  You don’t have a mouthful of coffee do you?  I paid a quarter each!  Whoooo-hoooo!  It was all I could do not to make crazy whooping sounds in there.

I’m just wondering, do you guys do this– you find something that you would love if you saw it on the shelf in some swank store listed at some crazy-high price, and then when you get to take it home for super-cheap, it makes you love it even more?  Like the dealness of it, its supposed lack of value (in the eyes of the thrift store or yard salers, anyway) *adds* to its value in your eyes?  It would be interesting to go around my house and log things by actual relative value, say if it were ebayed; my emotional value of them; and then the actual amount of money I spent on them….  I wonder how often my perceived value would match with the actual value!  Oooh, and to get a total on how much I’m sure I’ve saved over the years!

Yeller Mellermine Butter Dish

Yeller Mellermine Butter Dish

Also found in the ‘vintage and antique’ room, this yellow melamine butter dish with the clear plastic dome is pretty worn, but it was also a quarter, and frankly, I couldn’t pass it up.  I’ve got vintage pastel plastic happening in the kitchen, I’m watching for yellows for the dining room, and the scallops even hit up on a detail in my yet-to-be-hung wallpaper.  Nice.  Its in good enough condition that you don’t notice unless you’re looking closely, and I don’t have to worry about us actually using it.  Plus, I love that while sweet-spacey shape.  So, its perfect!

Trippy Alice Book

Trippy Alice Book

I got a ton of cool vintage kid’s books as well, adding to a collection I just cannot seem to quit.  Something about those old graphics really gets me!   I’ve tried to cut down on the parameters of the vintage paper  obsession– to make it not accumulate quite so quickly– but today’s finds even fit my narrowed criteria!  Okay, when that happens, I roll with it.

Trippy Alice #2

Trippy Alice #2

This crazy kooky-trippy Alice Through The Looking Glass will likely go to my little cousin, after I’ve read it to Fox a couple of times.  The cousin is due any day now with her first baby, a little girl, and she and her stepmom (my first cousin Bridget) have beautifully decorated her awaiting nursery with an Alice in Wonderland theme.  They are so talented!  I’m sure that they don’t need this wee volume for inspiration, but its condition is so good and its illustrations are so unusual, it will probably be an interesting addition to their collection.  I know I’ve never seen another like it, and I *dig* that killer checkered cover!

Cinderella Pop-Up Type 1

Cinderella Pop-Up Type 1

I am all into old pop-up books, I think that’s because many have been destroyed by heavy use over the years.  Kids were better to their books back then, but even so, decades of fairly gentle handling can take their toll on a pop-up.  I managed to find three yesterday, for a buck each, and in good condition, too.  One of them is even a puppet storybook type with the pictures featuring miniatures.  I’m really into those!

Cinderella, Type 1, Interior

Cinderella, Type 1, Interior

This Cinderella on the left has some really sweet illustrations, the images are all similarly colored to the cover, very pastel and soft and magical.   Is it just me or is there something totally awesome about that mid-century simplistic title?   The condition on is is good, some of its pops have been bent or warped over the years from just being shut wrong, but I didn’t see any tears happening anywhere.  I found it first, and was moderately excited.  The next two, made my heart pound!

Snow White

Snow White

This Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, while equally as bright colored, has none of the whimsicality of the previous book, and instead is somehow darker and more gothic in style.  There is an art nouveau flair to the details.  Its darker, and a little creepier, which I like… its hard to pinpoint why this one is creepy, and that’s part of the charm!  It is also in great condition, with only a few bends and folds in its pop-ups.  I was trying to resist showing you the insides of all of these books, but its sort of hard to resist!  They are very pretty.  I’ll try and be judicious.

Snow White, Inside

Snow White, Inside

This second Cinderella was an exciting find.  I collect pop-ups and the Puppet Storybooks with the miniature scene illustrations, so the combination of the two is beyond awesome.  A “Crossover collectible” I believe they’re called.  This would be the first of its kind for my collection.

Cinderella, Type 2

Cinderella, Type 2

The cover of this one is nothing special (definitely not one of those badass lenticular ones that you sometimes see on the better Puppet Storybooks), so I’ve just opted to show you the glorious interior.  Part of what’s so amazing about the illustrations you see to the right are that the reflection on the floor is actually printed on the paper, so you get the real impression of Cinderella’s scrubbing duties!  So clever…  I’m also impressed with how well the miniaturist did the ruffles, folds, and details in their gowns.  Such a tricky effect!  Do you want one more?  I want to show you one more!

Cinderella, Type 2 Pic 2

Cinderella, Type 2 Pic 2

This one is really beautiful, I think.  My picture of it isn’t perfect, but eh, I think you can still get the point.  I especially appreciate the little details like the illumination through the palace windows, and the mossy stone of the stairwell.  Often the characters in these puppet books were kinda creepy (which I’ll admit is a big part of the appeal to me, I find it amusing), but these aren’t bad, I don’t think.  I wonder if this was later into the art form, like the kids down at the Puppet Story Co., had just gotten better at this point, or it was decided ahead of time that this one should be more elegant and detailed because it was to be a pop-up.  Either way, I was thrilled to find it… Makes me wonder what other classic tales were turned into puppety pop-ups!

I actually got MORE than this at the church rummage sale, but I shall save them for later in the week, so not to overload you! ((Announcery voice:))  “Tune in NEXT TIME, when we explore the depths of the withered cardboard box UNDER the folding table!!!”  ((Dramatic Music))

 

 

 

 


 


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