And even though I was just going out to get it into the mail you just know I couldn't do a quick trip like that. I ended up all over town today! Up first was the Christian Second Hand store. I didn't see anything I wanted in both toys or fabric. All I got there was a boring new sheet to use for testing out patterns. I did have to talk myself out of getting this vintage sheet with a really cool 60's pattern. It could have worked for a mod dress, but since I couldn't think of an application for it right then I walked away. I have too many fabrics kicking around that looked good in the store, but have yet to find a use around here. Plus I hate cutting up sheets to use even if they're boring, I image it would be even worse if they were cool and vintage.
I got out of there pretty cheaply, but then I made a rookie move. I went to the Fleamarketeers next door. In one of my doll groups they were talking about some Mego "The Black Hole" dolls. I remembered that that store had one MIB. I went to go find it, photograph it, and share it with the group. I actually couldn't find it in the store. I knew exactly where it had been, but the case it used to be in now had entirely different content in it. I still had my camera out, so I ended up taking several pictures of interesting dolls I found. One of those was a bag that had two modernish dolls in it at one of the booths. They're not my usual interest, but I ended up taking them both out of the bag to look at their markings. I also took their picture. They weren't that expensive, the two of them cost three dollars, but it was still a but much for a total impulse buy when I had no idea what they were. I also found another bag in near them. This one didn't have any dolls. It had a few odds and ends, the only one I was interested in was the My Little Pony looking figure in it. I have no interest in them, but this one was cute. It had an interesting feature, it's eyes opened and closed. I've never seen one like that before. Also in it was Princess of Power figure. This bag was cheaper than the other one, it was only two dollars. It was interesting, but not that tempting at that price. I was leaving that section when I noticed a sign, everything in that booth was half off! It wasn't tempting at five dollars, but at two fifty for both, it sure was. (Keep reading, you'll see pictures of my new finds at the bottom of this post)
I wasn't done looking around yet, so I was walking around with the two bags taking pictures of random dolls that I wanted to remember. I noticed a guy watching me taking pictures, which was super awkward. (I hoped it wasn't his booth I was taking pictures in). A little bit after I noticed him watching me, I ran into him again. He asked me what I was taking pictures of. I said dolls, so I could research them later. He understood and said it was a lucrative collector's market. I said sure was and that was the extent of our conversation. It was weird... but I was willing to admit I was looking at dolls to a total stranger, so that was better than I was a little bit ago. I hope to one day be comfortable in my own skin... eventually. I also ended up getting a knitting accessory there as well. It's a sheet of metal with holes so you can figure out the size of your knitting needles. It also has a ruler to gauge your knitting. I will admit my knitting hasn't progressed very far. I'm just not enjoying it, and there's one technique that I keep messing up on. I however do plan on getting back into doing it... eventually. It only cost a dollar, and I'm sure I will eventually need it. In total I ended up getting out of there for 3.50, which is actually not too bad, especially when before the sale it all would have cost me six.
After that was the Goodwill (and the last place, thank goodness), but that's where I hit the mother load. I found a bunch of wonderfully priced items that will be perfect for me, or for resale. The first thing I found was a bag of random toys. I mainly bought it for the small Alf figure inside, but found out that it also included an early littlest pet shop toy. It also had a newer LPS McDonald's toy and a figure from a Power Ranger's playset, and some other random toys. Not sure what to do with those, don't think they're worth much and I certainly don't want them. I think they might end up being donated to a different store.
I also ended up finding a Fisher Price 70's Miss Piggy toy. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with this (it's a bit played with), but I've always loved Miss Piggy, so I couldn't leave her there. You all should know by now I have terrible impulse control. I also found the most darling cloth Christmas dog. I believe it's from the 60's. It's unmarked and I can see where there used to be a tag, but it looks like it's from that era. It's a little faded in spots but overall in wonderful condition. I'm planning on keeping this. It would be perfect for Christmas decorating although I'm going to have to be careful about that. I keep amassing all this Christmas stuff, and I don't have that much room to display it all! Eventually I'm going to have to start selling some of it, instead of keeping it all, but not today.
And for our final purchase from the Goodwill, we have this awesome vintage planter. Just like the dog it's
Here's a picture of all the little random things I bought:
I think I did pretty good for myself since I think I spend about ten dollars in total today!