Sunday, February 24, 2013

Antiquing. Sort of.

Scenes from a weekend visit that my younger son and I made to an antique store not long ago. This was a weird little pinball machine that involved shooting a small gun.
My sort of antiques - I'd have happily brought all these home with me.
I showed this bagged, broken-beaked duck to my son and he said, "Well. That's unfortunate."
While I appreciate the multicultural nature of this little family, I still find this odd. The baby owls (?) look frightened and the grandma owl looks a little irritable. And why is she hogging the nest while the grandchildren perch precariously above her?
There's something about old wrenches that make me think of robots. Or maybe storm troopers.
Seriously? Why? I mean, I can understand... No. No, I can't. Just why?
Whew, good thing they have a padlock on this cabinet - someone might steal all that pink shit!
$48.50 for a deranged ceramic horse. Yeah. I'll be putting that one on my wish list.
Siiimmbaaa!  Remember who you arrrre! (You are apparently the offspring of a gilded, snake-eyed lion.)
Got nostalgia for the 70's? Have I got a deal for you!
Oh for the love of... just put some clothes on the poor little thing, will ya?

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  1. OMG, you are no longer incognito?? Well, 'bout time you showed your beautiful face, how lovely to see you at last! And haaaaaaaaaaaaa, what a collection of crapabilia, don't you just love it? First glance at those owls, I thought grandma owl was nestling up to a menacing axe, there. Love it.

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    2. I hope you mean my metaphorical beautiful face and not the face of my son! He's a good bit younger than me. Plus, I have breasts.

      I can see how it looks like an axe. And I'm going to add "crapabilia" to me vocabulary.

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  2. i gotta say, the jars and the wrench are the only bits that make any sense. i don't even remotely get the appeal of any of the other stuff. the duck is just plain bizarre.

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    1. Those are the only two I liked. They had a couple of other stuffed, intact, ducks. You would think they'd just ditch that one.

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  3. that lion is a little disturbing...honestly...i am rather fond of old wrenches though...junk shops are cool...you never know what you might find...

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    1. Isn't he scary? I love old tools. I have a couple of those ginat old wrenches that the former owners of this place left behind.

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  4. Fact is some of these things you displayed were among items we were liquidating as part of hubby's parents' estate. I could never imagine spending a lot of mone on something that would be considered an antique; just doesn't make sense to me for something that is just going to collect dust. But it does sound like a fun time for you and your youngest to hang out doing something like this :)

    betty

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    1. My grandmother had a ton of stuff like that, too, which we had to deal with when she died. We all took a few things that had personal meaning for us but let the rest of it go in an estate sale.

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  5. You know, that ceramic/porcelain shoe intrigues me...it looks like one of those things that on Antique Roadshow the expert says "Well! This is worth 4 thousand dollars!". However, my forays into buying antiques has had mixed results, to put it kindly.

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    1. And I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I guess I just have a snarky eye!

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  6. Never mind the naked doll---I'd have been reaching for that gorgeous bowl behind her!

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    1. How funny - I didn't even see that bowl. I was thrown by the doll!

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  7. :))) the naked doll reminds me about my childhood (in the 80's)!
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    1. I was never much of a doll person, although I had a couple as a kid. I was more a stuffed animal sort.

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  8. The owls remind me of a book from the 80's - Flowers in the Attic. Maybe this is Owls in the Attic. ;)

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    1. Ooh, I read that book. Creeped the bejeebers out of me!

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  9. Ooooh they have some strange shit in that place - the duck freaked me out! LOL

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  10. Your comments are hilarious! But never mind the doll's missing clothes, why does she have such an enormous head? Does he have some horrid doll-disease that inflates your head?

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  11. Wow. You found some awesomely appalling stuff there. Impressive. I'm scared of that duck, and if I sent my mom the grandma thing, it'd be a pointed insult, as she's, once or twice, gone years without seeing my kids.

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    1. Had I known, I'd have bought the grandma thing and shipped it to you so you could give it to your mom. :-)

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  12. "There's something about old wrenches that make me think of robots. "

    HHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Yes, that's exactly what it looks like!

    Love the blue mason jars!!!!

    And the pinball machine that your son is holding? I think I had one of those when I was a kid!

    X

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    1. Really? That's cool. And isn't it frightening that the toys of our youth are in antiques stores?

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  13. That is some serious crap you found! LOL.....did you only take pics of the worst stuff you could find, or was it all bad? One time, my husband and I went antique shopping for his aunt, who collected shaving mugs. What an experience.

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    1. I took pictures of things that caught my eye, but trust me, there were plenty of other awful items.

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  14. Now those are some very interesting finds. Who would buy that $48. ceramic horse! I would have taken some of those jars homes with me. Boy do I need that frog towel holder....LOL!

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    1. I found myself wondering how much luck they have selling most of their stuff!

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  15. I love cruising thift shops, but not so much antiquing, as the prices are too rich for my blood. I'd go right for those jars too!

    I find myself looking forward to hearing about your confusing weekend, should you choose to share it.

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    1. I likely will, soon as I figure it out myself!

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  16. Deranged ceramic horse would be perfect for any nicknack "collectible" shelf. The things people use to collect dust are a never ending list of bizarre.

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  17. The jars would come home with me, too. Unless we were in the US, in which case we might have to buy an extra suitcase and lots of wadding and pay enormous sums for excess baggage.

    I like the wrench too, and now I won't be able to see one without thinking 'Stormtrooper'!!

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    1. I sent that wrench photo to a friend and he thought my stormtrooper association was insane. So I'm glad to hear it isn't that far-fetched!

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  18. My doctor would love that boot. She has a few waiting rooms in her office dedicated to weird shoe trinkets.

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