Sunday, August 3, 2014

Today's Garage Sale Finds

Today I'm going to forgo my usual posting of individual finds and give a complete picture of one sale I attended this morning. It will give you an idea of the diversity of things you can find at a single sale and a reminder that vintage items can still be found out there.

The phone rang at 7:00 a.m. this morning.  It was my mother-in-law.  Usually the combination of those two things would mean something bad happened.  But in this case, she had news of a garage sale across from her house in Lemay.  It's an older neighborhood and the family had been in the house for many years, so it sounded promising.

My wife and I headed over and while she visited with her parents, I crossed the street to the sale.

The first thing I spotted was a Mego Farrah Fawcett doll.

**UPDATE**  This may not be a Mego doll.  The head is an amazing likeness to the Mego version, but the body doesn't have joints at the wrist like the Mego figures did.  I've seen another just like this on eBay (they couldn't identify it either), so I don't think it's a case of the head on the wrong body.  Any toy collectors out there that can assist in id'ing this?

Her hair hasn't been cut and was in fairly good shape.  She didn't appear to have been played with much.

I couldn't resist posing her with the Lee Majors Six Million Dollar Man figure I found last weekend.

Next, I found this lighted Pixie Elf wreath.  It probably dates from the 1960's.

Here's an idea of what it looks like in action.

I'm not sure if this a child's clothes hanger or toy for doll clothes, but I liked the imagery.

A "Doctor" mug made by Enesco.

A Busch Bavarian Beer tray.  Probably dates from the 60's.

A vintage Golden Crown Defender tennis racquet with clamp.

I think the strings are natural gut.  Contrary to their common name, they are made from sheep intestines, not cat.

I couldn't find any information on it, but I would guess it dates from the 1940's.

A 1976 Burger Chef King Kong glass based on the Dino De Laurentiis movie.

I always liked this one with Kong standing with one foot on each of the Twin Towers.

Burger Chef King Kong Glass promotional commercial

And finally, the best find of the sale, these H. E. Luhrs (Beistle) Halloween die cuts which I believe date from the 1940's to early 1950's.

This had the original price of 12-cents on the back.

Nothing was priced at the sale, so I took my collection up and asked how much.  The person running the sale eyeballed it a few seconds and said, "$6".  Needless to say, I left very content with my finds.


  1. i believe this is relevant:

    great finds as usual. love the halloween things! such great style.

    1. >i believe this is relevant:

      Well, Mark Wahlberg is better than Jim Carrey as The Six Million Dollar Man anyway.

      >love the halloween things! such great style.

      Yes, Beistle produced (actually, still produce, they are still in business) some great stuff.

  2. Oh man. Awesome haul for an amazing price! I think the Beistle pieces are worth that and more. But I have a feeling Steve Austin is the one most thrilled with what you brought home. ;)

    1. Thanks, Joe. I agree on the Beistle die-cuts. And I did definitely detect a gleam in Steve's bionic eye.

  3. The Halloween pieces are beautiful!

    1. Thanks, 2W2N, definitely the highlight of the sale.


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