Thursday, June 19, 2014

More Childhood Toys

Teenage Daughter needed leather for a project this week and wanted to dig through the Goodwill bins. My original plan was to stay in the car with the boys, but I went in on the one-in-a-million chance that they had that one specific thing I'm searching for. They didn't. The bins were emptier, and dirtier, than I've ever seen them.

Alex found her piece of leather....and a wool blazer.... and an army uniform in the style she needs for a project. Except it's got American buttons. She needs buttons from an English uniform...anyone have some unwanted ones gathering dust?

While I was urging her to shop quickly, because we had someplace else to be in ten minutes, I took this picture.

This was going to be a post about how I was good and didn't buy the two pieces of a toy that's been seared into my mind since childhood --

Then  I walked another two steps and saw the gangplank and started to actually sort through the junk in the bin a bit. The whole thing was there, minus Noah and his animals..... 0.46 pounds at $1.89 a pound... I've never seen one of these arks in my adult life, except the one that they had on display at the post  office at Christmas time, the one that made me remember having one in the first place.

I don't know what I'll do with it, or even if I'll keep it. But for eighty-seven cents, it needed to come home with me. If I ever make those little bitty felt animals I was drooling over a couple of months ago, they could live in it. Or maybe I could take out the deck and plant some hens and chicks. I'm sure there's a wonderful idea waiting for me on Pinterest!

I'm still just as in love with that wood grain and the little molded nails as my two-year-old self was. (And yes, I realize that I can't remember playing with this when I was that little. It must have been around for a while.)

I've still got the Fisher Price houseboat from the picture, and if I ever stumble across one of those little pianos, I might not be able to resist. That thing was so much more fun than the clunky yellow plastic one my own kids had.

Do you buy back bits of your childhood? I've got a lemon yellow Tupperware colander that I paid a dime for because it was just like one my mom had.  I use it a couple of times a week and it always makes me smile.

This post is linked to Vintage Thingie Thursday, Thriftasaurus, Share Your Cup, Ivy and Elephants, We Call it Olde, Savvy Southern Style, Thrifter Maker Fixer.


Jennie Schumann said...

I think we all have bits and pieces of our childhood in our homes, whether we've saved them from the dumpster or bought them back. I loved this post -- you now have Christmas gifts for people to buy for you for years as they find all of those accessories for the ark!

LV said...

Indeed most all have something tangible or memories of a another time.

Dawn from We Call It said...

Aw, a piece of childhood, that's what makes junkin and collecting so attractive I think. Thanks for joining the History & Home link party, take care - Dawn @ We Call It

Anikó said...

i think it's lovely to be able to come across an old childhood toy and buy it in the thrifts. i did the same with a fisher price little snoopy dog once, although it wasn't me it was my little brother who had one as a kid. still, so many sweet memories.
i like the idea of using the ark as a planter!

Jann Olson said...

Yes indeed you needed to bring it home with you! I don't ever remember seeing an ark like this. Cute! Thanks for sharing it with SYC. Oh, and forgot to mention; I love and collect old toys.


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