Sunday, August 20, 2017

Leftovers Day 20 -- Saludos Amigos!

Somebody chose to save this paper dinner place mat as a reminder of their stay at one of the Hacienda Motel or Hotels.  We'll never know which one. 

The most famous location was of course its Las Vegas Hotel which boasted 266 rooms and the largest swimming pool on the strip.  Each location had a neon sign of the rider on rearing horse similar to the design on the place mat.

The Las Vegas sign (seen above) is preserved in the Neon Museum in Las Vegas.

The Hacienda Hotel operated from 1956 to 1996 when it was imploded during a New Year's Eve celebration making way for the Mandalay Bay resort.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Leftovers Day 19 -- Popcorn Party

I'm a lifelong popcorn addict.  Home-popped, carnival-sold, store-bought, fake-butter-drenched-movie-style, it doesn't matter. I also have a soft spot for popcorn makers.

Most people are familiar with the West Bend brand Stir Crazy popper.  A some point, some genius at the West Bend company realized you could increase your popcorn production by introducing a sleeve to raise the elevation of the domed lid resulting in a literal Popcorn Party.  To him I say, God bless you sir.  But clowns? Why did it have to be clowns?

Friday, August 18, 2017

Leftovers Day 18 -- South St. Louis County Yesterday & Today

Today's post is one of those that will be interesting to only a few. Hey, that is NOT every post!

Anyway, I found these aerial photos of south St. Louis County (my stomping grounds) from when Interstate 55 was being developed near Lindbergh Boulevard.  You can see South County Mall with the famous Famous & Barr dome to the right.  It's parking lot is still under development. You can also see how much of the land was still farm land and residential at that time.  Interstate 55, still in development, dead ends South of Lindbergh.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Leftovers Day 17 -- Hey Wilton!

Perhaps nothing is more inexplicable than the success of  the TV show "Alf" in the 1980's.  Well, maybe the fact Wilton made a cake pan out of him is.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Leftovers Day 15 -- Milton Bradley Pac-Man Board Game

By 1982, America was in full-blown Pac-mania. It's not surprising Milton Bradley tried to cash in with their own version.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Leftovers Day 14 -- Tom Foolery

This dime store disguise was originally sold by Ben Franklin (the store, not the Founding Father) for 10 cents (of course).

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Leftovers Day 13 -- Little Pink Houses for You and Me

Back in 2015 I attended the estate sale of a bona fide hoarder. On the property was a dump where the homeowners threw out things they apparently no longer needed, but couldn't let completely go (or maybe they just refused to pay for trash service).  I decided to take a look through the dump just to see what I might find.  I came across a disintegrating cardboard box filled with pink plastic wall tiles.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Leftovers Day 12 -- You've Got Mail!

This mail signal is meant to trigger a flag when the mailbox is opened.  You can then visually see if mail has come without hiking your 1/4 mile country driveway.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Leftovers Day 11 -- $5 Fill a Bag

There are a couple estate sale companies in my area that have a unique end to their weekend sales.  On Sunday afternoon, the sale is closed down and then re-opened a short time later as a $5 fill a bag sale. Some companies require you to use their bags, but others will allow you to use your own, within reason, I'm sure.  They would probably have an issue if you showed up with a lawn bag.

I do not traditionally attend these kind of sales, but a while back, I passed on a vintage space-age aerial antenna I wanted. Priced at $20, it was more than I wanted to spend.  I figured if I could get it for my $5 bag along with some other ephemera I had left behind it might be worth it.

Just like the opening of any sale, there was a line at the door. I was about 15th in line.  I was not prepared for what happened when the door opened.  As soon as it did, the line surged like a wave and I could see people in front of me grabbing everything in sight and throwing it in their bag.  One person took their entire arm and swept everything off of a table into their bag.  I heard glass breaking and objects falling everywhere.  It was chaos. It was like that episode of "Laverne & Shirley" when they won the free shopping spree at Slotnik's Grocery store.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Leftovers Day 10 -- What's the Combination?

Combination locks date back to the Romans when multi-dial locks were used. The first commercially-viable single-dial lock was invented in 1910 by American Lock Company.

I found this Elgin lock with it's original instructions at a garage sale some time ago.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Leftovers Day 9 -- Ai Yi Yi Yi

Given the current political climate, you might be surprised to know we once not only welcomed our friends South of the Border, but in fact immortalized them in crude caricature rubber pencil toppers.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Leftovers Day 8 -- Dog 'n Suds

I'm starting to see a pattern with the things I buy at garage sales. A lot of them stem from things I always wanted, but didn't have as a kid.  Today's offering is no different.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Leftovers Day 7 -- Queen Mary

Kellogg's offered this cardboard Queen Mary (some assembly required, okay, a lot of assembly required) as a premium from Cornflakes cereal in the 1930's.  It doesn't appear to be made from the packaging itself, so it was probably a mail-away premium.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Leftovers Day 6 -- Hot Air

Since 1973, Forest Park here in St. Louis (not to mention the skies over St. Louis) has hosted an annual hot air balloon race. I don't think it's really a competitive race, considering you're at the mercy of the winds.  It's become a fairly big event with large crowds gathering for the "balloon glow" the night before.  Apparently, in 1978, The Colonel entered the fray as is evidenced by this character glass.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Leftovers part 5 -- Mickey Orange Juice

I remember kids having these in the '70's and me desperately wanting one.  Not known for splurging on such frivolities, my parents rarely bought orange juice and when they did, it was the frozen, canned variety. I still remember how is would *plop* into the pitcher of water before stirring. The ice crystals never melted and were rough when you swallowed them.

This picture from Pinterest shows its original packaging.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Leftovers Part 4 -- O Solo Mio

I'm not sure if this lighted, plastic gondola was a decorator piece or tourist item or both. The gondolier detaches from the boat. It's marked Hong Kong.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Leftovers Part 3 -- Bugs

Today's leftovers come directly from the dime store, still in their packaging. The suggested gag is to place the bugs in your friends' drinks. The plastic in the bugs is probably more toxic than an actual bug.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Leftovers Part 2 -- Lions and Tigers Bears... Sorry...

Today's leftovers: Circus Animals (and some filler). These are flocked plastic toys and were probably carnival prizes. The lion has plastic jeweled eyes.  The tiger probably did too at one time, but has gone blind.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Leftovers Part 1 -- It's a Trap!

After writing this blog for 7 years, I've accumulated a lot of things that just never warranted blogging about. But still, they interested me enough to buy them from various garage and estate sales over the years.  I generally photograph or scan everything I buy, but most languish in my "Garage Sale Finds" folder, unloved for years.  But no more.  I'm going to unleash a flurry of misfit garage sale finds the likes you've never seen over the next few weeks (or until I get bored with it).

Nothing much to say about these, just fun to look at it.  First up: Booby Traps. Enjoy!

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