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.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Jello Molds, Surfers, Rascals and Kinks

A few weeks ago the folks were running errands around town and stumbled upon a small family-run Estate Sale.  So Mom gave me a call, and I got to do some shopping by proxy. 

First they found a pile of copper and pink aluminum jello molds.  I added 2 pineapples, a bunch of grapes and a fish to my collection.

Then they dug through a big box of 25c kitchen utensils and came up with a twinkle star cake server for my collection, a fun souvenir of Acapulco bottle opener for my barware collection, a ladle, and a slotted spoon, both made in Japan of stainless steel and a quality you just don't find today.


They brought everything home in this beat up suitcase.  As you can see it had a piece of duct tape wrapped all the way around it.  It came off, but now the suitcase really needs to be cleaned and painted.  Then Mom would like to try transforming it into a table.


I had never heard of Skyway Luggage before, but they've been around since 1910 and are still in business today.

There was a stack of LP records for 50c each.  Several of these were brought home for the purposes of cutting up the cases and crafting with them so the discs were not checked for damage.

The Beach Boys - Surfer Girl - 1963
Time Peace: The Rascals' Greatest Hits - 1968

The Beach Boys are in my top 5 favorite bands of all time so that album, even in falling apart condition, was a definite yes that Mom didn't even have to ask me about.  I love the pop art style for the cover on Time Peace.

The Kinks Greatest Hits - 1966
I really like the photo collage on this cover and I'm hoping to try my hand at making a bag of some kind with a clear vinyl sleeve on the side to hold a record album cover.


double album

I'm not a terribly big fan of The Village People and why they were put together as a band but they are a great example of cheesy disco era marketing. 

I've been keeping an eye out for these Disney story albums for years as I would love to have a collection.  The discs appear to be in decent condition even if the covers are all kinds of beat up (like poor Snow White).  Robin Hood was the greatest find as it is my single favorite Disney film.

My mother has a collection of record sets that includes some Gilbert and Sullivan music and a fairy tale story record.  On that fairy tale record is a version of the tale of Sleeping Beauty that gave me the heebie jeebies as a child because they actually have Maleficent cackling.  Only once did my sister attempt to use that in place of a bedtime story and I'm sure she regretted it because she had to share a room with me.

Snow White is the most beat up of the story albums with spotting, wear marks and several missing story book pages so I am hoping that the record plays well.  If not, I have something for a fun record bowl!

I'm linking up to these parties.  Please stop by and join the fun:

Roses of Inspiration
Treasure Hunt Thursday
Show and Share
Vintage Bliss Tuesdays
Five Star Frugal


  1. Oh we used to have those books with the records! And the jello moulds! What a trip down memory lane, Betty. I love it. Mimi xxx

  2. I remember them selling the Disney albums at the cinema with the attached books back in the 60s. I had the jungle book but we didn't even have a record player

  3. How nice to have your Mom find such great things for you! Love the molds. My husband would love those album covers!

  4. Lovin' the jello molds...and the fact that your mom shopped for you. Thanks for linking up at Vintage Bliss Tuesdays! Jo

  5. I have seen a few tables made from suitcases and that is such a neat idea, how great to give them a new life and be useful :)

  6. Thanks for sharing this post at Five Star Frugal Betty. Made me feel quite nostalgic. Love, Mimi xxx


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