Wednesday, May 4, 2022

May the Fourth, and All That

Well, here we are on "May the 4th Be With You Day" and I've just about blown through all of my Star Wars content.

All but a few that is.  Granted, they're not very exciting, but they did make me a little money.

I was at sale in January and came across a bag full of children's bed linens.  I immediately saw they were vintage character-themed and dug through them.  I came up with a few original Star Wars sets.

The Empire Strikes Back set included fitted sheets, sheets and a pillow case.    

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Star Toaster

It's been a while since I've shared a toaster find; I know everyone was on pins and needles.

If you've followed my blog for any length of time, you probably are aware of my toaster obsession.  I just love how many different styles and ways there are to perform the simple task of toasting bread.  That combined with the fact that vintage toasters were made to last and you can expect them to perform exactly as they did when they were new up to nearly 100 years ago makes them desirable to me.

This Star toaster by Fitzgerald Manufacturing dates from the 1920's. 

Monday, May 2, 2022

Star Wars Finds

Following up on my previous post, I thought I'd share the other Star Wars-related finds from the big collector sale.

But first, let me elaborate a little more on the sale as I've referred to it several times, but never really detailed the sale itself.

This was a private estate sale (meaning the family hosted the sale rather than a professional company).  This usually means one of two things.  Either the items will have high sentimental value and will be overpriced, or the family just wants to get rid of the accumulation of a loved one so they can sell the house and move on.  This sale was a mix of both.

A lot of the items were way overpriced.  The family used the standard "look how much it's selling for on eBay" without considering condition or actual sold prices.  At the same time, there were quite a few things of value that the family overlooked or just didn't both researching.  I shopped the sale the first day as well as the last when they were looking at a large remaining inventory and more willing to bargain on some of the items they had priced high.

I spent a lot of time going through boxes of random toys as well as many boxes of paper in order to glean what I felt to be the most saleable (and what I thought would be cool to have myself).

First up is this Burger Chef "Empire Strikes Back" poster.  I had this series hung on my bedroom wall when I was a kid. Boris Vallejo painted so much of my childhood.

Boba Fett Candy

I'm sure someone can explain to me, but I honestly never understood the popularity of Boba Fett (perhaps I should have issued a nerd alert prior to opening with that remark).

I remember even before "Empire Strikes Back" was released, he had been issued as a 12" figure action figure joining the ranks of the main stream characters of Luke, Leia, Han, Darth Vader et al.  Sure, in the movie he captures Han Solo, but he has a screen time of just six minutes and 32 seconds and 4 lines of dialogue. And of course, he would go on to have perhaps the lamest demise (or so we thought) in screen history when the unfrozen (and temporarily blinded) Han, accidentally knocks him into the sarlacc pit where he would be "digested for over a thousand years" (again, or so we thought).  Despite everything going against him, Boba Fett had a following.  He even ranked his own candy. This was another find at the collector's estate sale. Sadly, no candy remained.

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