Why 'My Mink Betty'?

Why 'My Mink Betty'?
I'm not your common, everyday twenty-something year old and when I graduated from High School I got an equally uncommon gift. My parents found for me a beautiful 1940's mink stole at a garage sale. It had belonged to the woman's Great Aunt Betty who had married late in life to a man with money and had only allowed him to buy her this one luxury. The unusually styled stole has the name, Betty L. Jones, embroidered in the satin lining so that's what I call her. They never had children of their own and the mink was passed to Aunt Betty's niece and on to her daughter. Until it got to me, no one since Aunt Betty had worn it. Now Betty the mink and I go to the theater together on special occasions and I hope that someday I can take her to the Symphony or the Ballet. Although Betty hadn't been worn or loved for many years she was waiting for someone to love her again as are most other things I look for when thrifting.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Would You Say "No" to a Grouchy Ladybug?

Here are my thrifting finds for the week.

First up is an estate sale find - a Sunbeam 12-speed Mixmaster in harvest gold, circa 1973.

It's a bit grungy, but should clean up nicely, and was a measly $3.00.
This is for a friend of mine who has admired my 1957 pink model.

It was half-price day at another estate sale, so I bought a number of small things.

Nothing special, but some useful stuff, and I couldn't turn down the 2 for a nickel price. The gloves were 50c. The tall wooden thing is a "Peppy" pepper shaker. It's very well made with a screw on lid. Too bad there was no "Salty" to go with it. The toy is an Eric Carle Grouchy Ladybug finger puppet from McDonalds. They issued six toys in 1996 based on his wonderful books, and we collected most of them, but this is one we missed.

Also from the estate sale are a large storage jar and a collapsible aluminum drinking cup with lid.

I have a couple of plastic cups like this, but this is my first aluminum one. My parents tell me that having a collapsible cup to drink from in elementary school was very cool in the 60s. A simpler time. I'm sure it would have gotten me nothing but ridicule in the 90s.

The Pyrex is from Goodwill. I didn't even know they made cheese servers until someone blogged about one at The Pyrex Collective. The casserole is marked Pyrex England. That is not the lid. I just borrowed it for the picture. I paid so much I'm ashamed to tell you.

I also got a few more VHS movies.

Most of them were from The Salvation Army Thrift Store for 75c, but the Disneyland one Mom found at an estate sale for 25c. It's a souvenir tape from the 1990's that visitors to the Park could buy to take home with them.

And my last find goes with that tape.

A Disney 3D pin of Minnie and Mickey on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
When I worked at Disney World I acquired a lanyard full of pins, but the 3D ones were rather pricey. Disney pins are actually quite inexpensive on ebay today. I found this one at Goodwill for $1.99.

Time to put on my lanyard full of pins and take a virtual trip to Disneyland. Now where did I put my Mickey Mouse Ears?

I'm joining these parties this week.
Follow the links to more thrifty finds.


  1. Wow you hit the jackpot! Love the mixers, we have several, but not in pink! The Pyrex is fabulous but my favorite finds are the Disney items. Thanks for joining Junkin Finds Friday. hugs, Linda

  2. Wowee, you found some awesome stuff ... love the 2 mixers. But I would sure love to see that Disneyland tape ... I've been going to Disneyland almost since it first opened ... my daughter worked security there and now my son will start working there next week. I love all things Disney. Thanks for sharing.

  3. The mixers are really great finds, especially the pink one!

  4. Nice finds! I saw an old mixer like the pink one in our local thrift store. I thought it was neat but I already have a kitchen aid mixer and the one at the thrift store was $30.00. Way too much for an old mixer that you don't really know if it works. You did well my friend!~Ames

  5. Awesome vintage mixers...love that pink one...thanks for coming to my NTT party with all your treasures. Happy Thanksgiving!


  6. Great finds. I like the Pyrex cheese server. I've never heard of them either.

  7. We're off to the House of Mouse this week. Got any "must do's" for us to put on our list? :)

  8. Ames, I, too, believe that $30.00 is a lot when you don't know if it works. We paid $25.00 for ours but it was PINK and from Goodwill and they allow returns so I just had to, even if we returned it the next week. It was also right around my mother's birthday so we had an excuse to be able to buy it. I understand about the Kitchenaid; we have an old Kenwood (80's) that we bought just to do big batches of Christmas cookies, but I prefer the sunbeam; the double beaters style and the shallow bowl allow for faster, easier mixing as nothing collects in the bottom of the bowl. I urge you to consider vintage sunbeams (when the price is right) as I love mine :]

  9. I am sooo mega jealous you have a baby pink 50s mixmaster!!

  10. You found some great deals.
    Thanks for stopping by. They are horseshoe nails. Did a little "google" work after I posted. I plan to do an update soon. I kept looking at it, trying to figure out what part of a bridle the metal would have come from, then it occurred to me that they were nails.
    Happy Thanksgiving!


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