I've done a little soul searching after my last estate sale bender wherein I actually purchased a dozen blown-out goose eggs. I have, for the past few weeks, not even looking for the listings in the paper. But yesterday I had a relapse. Here are some of the treasures I brought home:
Ooohhh! I've always wanted one of these. It still has the Kmart sticker on the bottom. It plays "Around the World in 80 Days". And my little tutu-ed friend is still twirling after all these years.
I had to bring this home. It's a sweet child's suitcase. The picture on the front is pristine. The papers which are on the back and inside the case have no relation to the image on the front in motif or color. It has a plastic handle. I'd say that it dates from the very early 1950's.
I'm always interested in vintage children's books. Sometimes it is the text and sometimes it is the pictures and, when I get lucky, it is both. Here's what i snagged:
Brian Wildsmith's ABC dates from 1962. I love the illustrations. The only words in the book are labels for the pictures once in lowercase, once in uppercase, i.e. owl, OWL. This should be a lot of fun to read aloud and discuss the pictures.
This book, with the self-explanitory title "Birds" was written by Jane Werner Watson and illustrated by one of my all-time favorites Eloise Wilkins. I like it because it gives good information on the backyard birds a child would typically see. This picture is great because it looks like the little girl is giving the gull communion.
This is a 1951 book by Richard Scarry (another all-time favorite) entitled "The Great Big Car and Truck Book". Dated in a charming way with milk trucks and coal delivery trucks. (I do know that strictly speaking book titles should be underlined, but I find it makes one think that it leads to a link. Hence the ill-used quote marks.)
Now... for my best buy of the weekend:
This is a swell rotary phone which is a pretty aqua blue. It still works, although I haven't heard the ring tone yet. It is so satisfying to dial a number with a rotary phone. I'll bet that to my kids, it looks as ancient as a candlestick-style phone looks to me. It set me back one Yankee dollar.