Thrifting Has Ruined Me…

Okay…not really. But it has made buying retail really, really hard. The other day I went with my oldest daughter to our local shopping center. I haven’t owned a decent pair of shorts in years and I wanted to buy a basic pair of jean shorts.

Found a pair in Banana Republic. Not a perfect fit, but not bad. Fairly comfy. Boyfriend shorts they were called with cuffs to roll up or down. Supposedly BP was having a “summer sale” but these shorts were NOT included in the sale. (It’s mid-July…what they’re waiting for!) And holy smokes with sales tax they were going to cost $75. That just frosted me. And I couldn’t do it. I thought, dang, I can get jean shorts at Goodwill for $6. Why pay $75?

Not so long ago, I would have paid this. I would have moaned a bit, but would have paid it. Now I can’t. It just feels…wrong!!

So I came home short-less, but eventually I’ll find a pair…hopefully before summer is over!

I had better luck this morning, though not in the shorts department! I hit one yard sale and one estate sale and came away with a bounty of vintage goodies. In fact the estate sale was really a liquidation sale and the son and daughter-in-law were trying to get rid of tons of stuff for their 91-year-old mom who just moved to a senior living facility. Most stuff wasn’t marked, but they quoted reasonable prices and some I got for free!!!

Here are some of my favorite finds from today:

The Gumby is circa 1965 and still in its original (though slightly beat up) packaging. The mint-in-box Sesame Street tea set is circa 1988.

This 1996 Bailey’s Irish Cream sugar and creamer set isn’t rare or particularly valuable, but so cute!


The Japanese saki cups have never been used and the little parrot vase is from Czechoslovakia.

My only regret is that some of the stuff I got for free at the estate sale was because “I was giving it a good home.” I didn’t have the heart (or nerve!) to correct her and tell her that most of it would be resold in my online store. Oh well!!

Debated going to more yard sales today, but I’ve got more than enough stuff to keep me busy 🙂

Wishing you all happy hunting!


  1. I know what you mean. I can’t stand retail prices anymore either, knowing how much cheaper I can get stuff thrifting.

    I love the parrot vase and the Japanese cups. But are they sake cups or tea cups? They look huge for sake!

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  2. Gumby and the tea set! Fantastic! As to the shorts – Karen- buy a second hand sewing machine and knock some up. Even cheaper than Goodwill (although buy said sewing machine, fabric and pattern here) and so satisfying! Edwina

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    1. Oh gosh…I actually have a sewing machine! Bought for my daughters years ago. Meant to get back into sewing myself as I used to love it in high school. Actually made stuff I wore to school. 🙂 Thanks for the idea and encouragement!! – Karen

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      1. I am still using the 1976 husqvarna sewing machine that I taught myself to sew on. fabric was very expensive then, one daren’t make a mistake- now it’s so cheap at thrift stores that if you bugger it up, you just cut it up into something else. I just bought a 70s machine for my good friend who just turned 12 and I’m teaching him to sew-so (sew) enjoyable!

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  3. Hello, Love the blog pages! Just a passer by wishing you happy 2020; and wanted to possibly enlighten you on a special tidbit about one of your awesome finds here…

    I’m not sure if you’re aware; but I’m almost certain you managed to collect an extremely rare 1964/1965 Clokey inc. patent pending prototype Gumby bendable toy, which was actually manufactured by the creator Art Clokey himself!

    In a short period during the mid 60s: after Mr. Clokey agreed to sell Gumby toys (when being swayed by many letters from mothers, inuring if he’d consider making dolls their children they could hold while watching the show) but before Lakeside inc. picked up the licensing to mass-market the bendables; Clokey himself decided to create the toys on his own, for the children who’s mother’s sent letters.

    They were crafted in the same studio as the original series was filmed in, and even from molds of the 1960s style character at the time! There were only a couple hundred in existance; so today remaing ones are extremely priceless in whatever condition, and can be considered Gumby/Stop Motion Animation/Toy History memorabilia.

    What you have is probably one of the most eye popping however; because it’s one of the very few that was ever packed into a Lakeside package, most likely as it was one of the few used in a photo shoot of for mid-sixties Lakeside catalogues, advertising the upcoming toy. Yours alone is in finest condition to this date of any of the hand crafted models created by Clokey; and on top of being a rare remnant of 60s TV artifacts! Lots of collectors would agree!! <—– There's a great Gumby collectors blog! She has a couple Clokey era Gumby rares herself, and lots of information on them too; between the posting and other collectors comments. You should definitely share this with her 🙂

    and please…don't ever give this little green gem up~

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  4. Hi Karen, I’m both a fan of thrifting and Gumby and I love your blog. Great finds and writing. =) I’m hoping to make you feel a little less heartbroken about your Gumby find…..After I saw what Rosco wrote (we’ve communicated online about Gumby too!), I asked him why he told you that only 100 of these were made, because Art Clokey has said in interviews and has also been quoted as saying that over 1 million were sold in California alone! Rosco had told me that he had written this to you when he didn’t know as much as he does now. There were millions of Gumby and Pokey bendy toys sold by Lakeside during the time that they manufactured them too. One article had stated that Lakeside had sold over 14 million Gumby’s and 11 million Pokeys!

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