I drove across town today to go back to a thrift where I had spied something last week. It was an old display shelf from a store, I think. It was a filthy dirty yellow and the top needed to be fixed up somehow. But, that's just the sort of thing I like to put in my booth for display. I saw it last week, but had no use for it. Fast forward to yesterday when I bit the bullet and doubled the size of my booth. Now, I need lots of weird shelves and such to fill it up. Sadly, that filthy beat up old shelf was gone. Someone else saw the potential in it, I suppose. I just hope it doesn't show up in my very own Flea Market to taunt me. It's happened before. :(
So, I left without the shelf and nearly without a thing. I figured in that huge darn store there had to be something in there for me. So, I walked up every aisle and looked and looked and looked. I was almost ready to give up when by almost pure desperation I found something.
An older receipt book. I can add it to Ephemera packets or use them for price tags in the booth.
Almost to the check out and I spot a big Ziploc bag full of corsages for weddings of days gone by.
I can part some of these out or include them in different holiday displays in the booth.
These two are the best - the big foil leaves and the millinery flowers on that strawberry corsage are worth keeping.
I was almost to the check out when I spotted a girl from the back bringing out a tub of new merchandise. So, I followed her. :) She went to the craft area and started putting out bags of different items. At this thrift you cannot touch items before they are put out. So, I waited. Finally she was done, so I swooped in for a look.
At the bottom of the pile, I pulled out this packet that said Picto-Lotto. I wasn't positive what it was, but I had a pretty good feeling. I told The Bean, "This is why we came!"
When I got out to the car, I opened the bag and saw this fabulous flash card on top. Score!
Now before I go on, I should tell you that I spend many hours on ebay looking for vintage flash cards. They tend to sell for crazy money, but I am always in hopes that I will find a nice big box with a misspelled title or something. (That has happened before when I bought a Rushton Zippy the Monkey for $3.00 and a box of 125 spun heads for $8.00.) Anyway, I have sold a few vintage flashcards in my booth before, so I would love to find some more. They are great framed in a kid's room, kitchen, mudroom or about anywhere depending on the image.
These flash cards are definitely from the 1950's. Love that flower design on the glass. Do kids even know that a phone ever looked like that? And a saddle shoe!
Skates with four wheels that snap onto your shoes. And, isn't that a CAR, not an auto?
Some of my personal favorites:
Cake? Yes, please. Twins - going to my favorite twin girls. Rabbit - look at that cute little bunny!
A sweet bird and a dwarf.
Of course, they can't all be darling.
Some are harder sells like meat and bone. Still, maybe for a kitchen?
There are at least a hundred different words. A few are keepers, but most will go in the booth. I can't decide if I should frame them or just sell them individually. I'm tempted to frame them. But, I am super cheap and lazy, so I bet I don't. (!)
Whoomp.....There it is!