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, March 31, 2016

Peacocks and Dragons

Today I am sharing more estate sale finds from last year. 

These are from an estate sale Mom and Dad went to last fall.  Once again I was working.  The sale was just a few streets over from our house.  When they got there, people were lined up down the block.  Apparently the lady of the house was an avid doll collector and there were hundreds of dolls.  They almost gave up and went home, but then figured that if everybody else was there for the dolls, maybe there would be less competition for the things they liked.

They waited in line for about 25 minutes and this is what they took home.  Not a lot, just mostly useful stuff: bamboo skewers, glue sticks, plate holders, frames, etc.  They found a couple of jello molds.  Because I don't have enough, right?  I actually gave the smaller mold away to my friend for her kids to use at the beach.  You can make some pretty cool sand castles using jello molds.

They found another Wil-hold sewing box, this time in gold, with it's tray,

and plenty of room for thread.

They also found my thread holder of choice.  It's a vintage Tupperware bacon keeper.
I have 4 or 5 of them.  They stack and they travel well. 

They won't open up or spill easily, and all the colors are on display and easy to find.  If you sew or know someone who does, I highly recommend buying these when you see them.  This one was 75c (empty, of course - spools added later).

The doll collection was so big that they ran another sale the following week.  Mom decided to avoid the crowd and go on the last day of the sale.  She found a few things that other people missed.

 I love this nifty little gadget.  It's a Grabbit magnetic pin well.  I'm sure most of you have seen magnetic pin wells before, as DIY versions are all over the internet, but they had escaped my notice until Mom found this one. 


 Mom knows how much I love tins AND peacocks, so she couldn't leave this tea tin behind.  Isn't it gorgeous?  My picture just doesn't do it justice. 

Mom was very happy to find this colorful Chinese Checkers game.  Chinese checkers was a favorite of hers when she was very little.  This large tin was made by the Ohio Art Co. sometime in the 1960s.  I just love the fire-breathing dragons.  On the backside is a checkers board.  The playing pieces are supposed to be stored inside the tin.  Unfortunately, the tin is extremely difficult to open, which must have been frustrating for anyone wanting to play.  Perhaps that explains why it is in such great condition.  The marbles are missing, but it will still look great hanging on the wall.

By the way, Chinese Checkers is neither Chinese nor checkers.  The game was invented in Germany as Stern-Halma.  When it was published in the United States by J. Pressman & Co, they thought that associating it with the familiar game of checkers and giving it an exotic Chinese theme would make the new game more marketable. 

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  1. Love the peacock tin. I am always a sucker for a tin lithograph Ohio Art Chinese Checkers game board.

  2. I always love the Chinese Checkers game boards with the colorful graphics. Thanks for the tip on the bacon keeper for thread spools. I will be looking for some! Have a great week.

    xo Dianne

  3. Great finds. I'm collecting Chinese Checker boards and love the one you and your Mom found. sb

  4. Great finds! Love the sewing box, and the peacock tin and chinese checker board are so fun and colourful. Thanks so much for sharing at Vintage Charm.


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