I haven't done one of these posts for while! And wow, we have done a lot of thrifting since. So this is going to be a two parter. There is even more things that I don't share but you can see them in my home tour posts. Along with our regular thrift stores, we go the bins every once in a while. The bins is the nickname for the Goodwill Outlet where resellers will knock you over and you run the risk of discovering a dirty diaper or broken glass. But everything is by the pound, so you bring your balls and some hand sanitizer and hope to find some neat stuff. My strategy to avoid all the above negatives is to lag behind the more aggressive diggers and glance at what they uncovered so I don't have to do as much digging.
In the past we have found the paper part of a Christmas tree motion lamp that was worth $100 and a brownie camera. This time, I found slides! Which is really exciting because I don't run across ephemera in the thrift stores. I believe they take it out. So when I found a box and opened it up to find slides, I was pretty excited. I have been looking for some slides to use in my slide viewer. Lo and behold, it lit right up with the old light bulb and everything. You have to press down on the slide to light it up.
What slides look like inside the viewer:
This is the inside of the March 1944 Minicam Photography magazine that you can see in the first photo. It is amazing that this survived! Not just the 68 years since it was printed but the unsavory conditions of the bins as well.
The mister found this Nintendo Snoopy Table Top game at the bins too.
It is in perfect condition and works!
I have been finding records too. I love all the ladies that I picked up! And The Electric Light Orchestra album has songs from some of my favorite movies like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I will also always buy an album from the 60's or 70's if it is in French.
Look how neat this The Mamas & The Papas albums is! The bottom and top flip up so you can mix their faces up. I love how creepy they look.
Score! I found perler beads. They can be expensive at the craft store.
Finally, a cat book that I picked up from the bins and a tin with a different cat on each side. Spoiler: The ending of the book is below if you plan on making The Cat's Pajamas your next book club read.
Can you believe there is more!?! I have an addiction. The second part is filled with mushrooms, owls and other colorful things. So stay tuned!