Friday, January 20, 2023

Even More Glasses with Character

Way way back in 2011 and 2012, I wrote about some Pepsi character glasses I'd found.  Back then, I was paying a quarter a piece.  Those days are long gone.  I actually don't see the character glasses too often at sales and when I do, it's only one or two priced at $10 each.

Last month, I hit the motherlode of Pepsi character glasses at an estate sale.  I wish I'd gotten a photo of the glasses as they were staged at the sale as they were stacked up to 5 glasses high with duplicates. I almost went into catatonic shock.

While they were priced at $7/glass (which is still less than you pay in antique malls), there were some bargains (and one downright steal) in the mix.

I ended up with these.

Thursday, December 22, 2022

Always on My Tree

I don't know why I'm compelled to save what I call "Misfit Memories" (memories no one wanted), but I do.

Maybe it's the thought that something meant so much to someone at one time, only to be forgotten or lost when they pass.

This mish-mash of paper and tinsel is no exception. I found them wrapped up in a bag this past summer.

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Child World/Children's Palace Video Toy Chest

I don't normally pick up VHS tapes at garage or estate sales unless the content is unusual or unavailable in other formats.  This tape meets both qualifications.

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Empire State Toaster

I have a disease for which there is no known cure.  If you saw me walking on the street, you wouldn't even be able to tell I was sick.  The disease? My name is Tom and I'm a toaster hoarder. I have an urge to buy any toaster I see at garage sales, estate sales, antique malls, thrift stores, you name it.  Maybe someday there will be a cure, but for now, I just keep buying.

My latest infection is this 1930's Electrahot Style 500 toaster featuring a stylized Empire State building design. I found it at a private estate sale for $6.  It was pretty grimy when I got it.

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Halloween 2022 Post-Mortem

Welcome to November 1st, or as I like to call it, October 32nd.

Normally, I use this post to visit some of my stats over the past month.  But it appears Google's stats are either on the fritz, or they haven't updated them for October yet.  And also, let's be frank; blogging is a dying form and there are less and less page visits as the years pass.

But this blog has never been about page visits.  I do this for myself.  It's an outlet for my never-realized career in writing.  Plus, as I've said in the past, I find it easier to let go of things once I write about them.  This has prevented me from ending up on one of those hoarder shows.

I will take this opportunity to thank those that continue to support my blog through visits and comments.  There are my usual dependable staples (the usual suspects in no particular order) like Lady M, Caffeinated Joe, Top Cat James (always quick with a joke or to light up your smoke), Dex, FrankO, Deadpan Flook, and PhillyRadioGeek.  We also had some repeat customers that stop by and comment on occasion. Thanks to Alexis Skrull, Erik and JohnONeill0505. We also had a few new guests come by. Thanks to The Billman and  MLW33 for seeking out/stumbling onto the blog.

And finally thanks go out to Dex (already mentioned) and Michelle AKA Naila Moon (who also dropped by) for taking on the task of running The Countdown again this year.

I churned out 41 posts this year, just a couple shy of my record. Not all of them were winners, maybe none of them were, but I hope some enjoyed all and all enjoyed some.

Here's to Halloween 2023. Onwards and upwards!

Monday, October 31, 2022

And To All, A Good Halloween Night

"And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Halloween well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us!"

Great Balls of Popcorn!

You thought I was done? Not quite yet.

I thought I'd share this traditional Halloween treat with you.  Popcorn Balls. I'm old enough to remember when old ladies would hand these out as treats in your Trick or Treat bag.

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