Posts tagged ‘collectible glasses’

Hi, Here’s Some Old Stuff. Or Something.

Damn, I haven’t made a real post since July. I can’t make any promises that I’m ready to start updating on a regular basis again, but I wanted to show you guys the retro junk I’ve collected during my little hiatus. To be honest, there’s not very much of it– as I said several times before, the thrift store selection around here is so-so, and I generally don’t even try garage sales, because who the fuck wants to get up at 6 AM on a Saturday to go look at people’s unwanted trash can fodder? The chances of finding something awesome are very slim. (Though admittedly, I did find a couple things at some garage sales last week, but they’re not retro stuff so…)

I’ve been checking the Salvation Army store down the street quite regularly, and the fact that I’ve only bought maybe four little things from there either says something about the store or about my taste. To be fair, I’ve mostly been looking for retro furniture, and every single damn piece that I’ve wanted has disappeared before I could get back down there to buy it. Not exactly good for my morale.

Anyway! Enough moping. Anyone recognize this?

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No? I didn’t at first either. I saw it on the shelf, thought it was cute but very unusual. See, it has this hole in the side of it:

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I picked it up and saw a mark that told me it was made in 1956, so I decided to buy it even though I didn’t know what the hell it was supposed to be used for. It was only five dollars.

I figured that someone on the internet had to know what this is, so I searched around and was pretty surprised to find that it’s a dresser caddy– you put your wallet in the side hole, your change in the pouch, and your watch on the tail. That’s probably the last thing I would have thought of– I was thinking pencil holder, napkin holder, random-small-crap holder, maybe even a place to put cigarettes.

But I was even more surprised to find that this is just like the kangaroo Bruce Willis’ character used in Pulp Fiction to store his very important watch. I feel stupid for completely forgetting about it because I’ve seen that movie a dozen times. More info here if you’re interested.

It’s in great shape, and it’s not a reproduction. I’m excited to finally own a piece that could actually be worth something someday, and has some pop culture significance. So I doubt we’ll actually use it for its original purpose. I plan to take good care of it.

Alright, moving on. I found some character glasses a few months back! I’ve been looking for some for a while, so I was pretty happy to find these. I found a Ducktales one and a Muppets one.

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That’s all for now.

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Nostalgiathon 2009 #1: Thrift Store Finds

I’ve mentioned before that here in Norman, finding cool 80s stuff is kind of difficult. Today, I went and hit a couple of thrift stores, not really expecting to find anything, but I did!

First, I went to the local Salvation Army store. Toys rarely turn up here; I don’t know if they even accept them anymore. They mostly have a lot of clothes, random knick-knacks and especially 1970s furniture, which is kind of neat in its own way, but it’s difficult to collect furniture. (However, I did buy my dinette set there!)

A while back, I did find something cool here, but I couldn’t buy it because I didn’t have 20 bucks at the time– a Betamax machine! It was huge and hefty, a real relic. I wanted it just for the novelty of owning one, but even if I’d had the 20 dollars, I doubt that I actually would have purchased it, since I have become something of a practical person. I only have so much space, and I only have one Beta tape anyway (which I also bought simply for the novelty factor). Still, it’s kind of sad that I couldn’t get it.

Anyway. After leaving there empty-handed, I decided to go hit another store on the other side of town: Outreach Thrift Store. I used to go there frequently to look for clothes, dishes, sheet sets, stuff like that, but I hadn’t gone there for quite some time. It’s a nice place and things are generally pretty clean and organized. Until today, I had never scored any old stuff there except for maybe a couple of children’s books.

I went through some clothes, didn’t really find anything that caught my eye, so I went over to the books, and didn’t see anything there either. Then I spied a big pile of plushies and stuffed animals. I didn’t expect to find anything, so I was only halfway looking at them. I found a cute stuffed rabbit, so I picked it up to look it over and in doing so, unearthed a treasure: ANOTHER VINTAGE CARE BEAR!

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It’s Cheer Bear, which I also own a non-vintage version of. She’s in very nice shape and cost me two dollars– a teensy bit pricey for this sort of thing but definitely not unreasonable. I tucked her under my arm and went over to the little room near the back of the store where they keep the housewares.

I don’t really remember what I was looking for in here; I think I was just browsing for the sake of browsing and enjoying the air conditioning. Then it jumped out at me: a glass Garfield mug!

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McDonald’s sold these in the 80s, and I found one a few years back, but the shop wanted too much money for it. I wasn’t going to pass up this sucker, because they were selling it for 29 fucking cents! 29 cents barely gets you anything of value anymore, but today, it got me a damned Garfield mug! I looked to see if there were any more; sadly, there were not. But still, what a great find!

I also bought an old blender. Yeah, I know, not my usual fare. It’s an Osterizer Galaxie, one of those things that used to be in everyone’s kitchen back in the 70s and 80s.

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I needed a blender, and they said this one works fine, so I figured, what the hell?

After killing about an hour searching the web for info about these babies, I decided to try it out by tossing in some ice cubes and water. The results? Not bad for an appliance that’s probably older than I am. The thing certainly isn’t quiet, but it blends, and it even kinda smashed up the ice cubes. Plus, it has vintage charm, and best of all, it only cost me six dollars. I call it a win.

Blurb: No Star Trek Glass For Me.

Yesterday, I went to Burger King fully intending to shell out two dollars for a Star Trek collectible glass, only to be told they were sold out. How the fuck did that happen? 😦