Flat Personality

I have hosted a few Flat Stanleys in my day. I live close to Niagara Falls and we have a set picture schedule we do.  I think I’ve met his match.

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He is rubbery and it says Made in Canada on the back. Other than that no other identifiers. Kinda looks like a Campbell’s Soup Kid though right?

Doesn’t much look like Flat Stanley? Maybe a profile shot.

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I had to buy him. (and those plates in the cart beside him) Not sure what I’m going to do with him or where he’ll live but seriously, I had to.



A trip down memory lane.

For our second Christmases, my sister and I got rag dolls. One was pink and white check and the other was purple and white check.

They were loved by us and many other children who came to our house. They have had a retirement of mostly sitting on chairs in our living room then my dining room.

In 2011, mom and I were thrifting and found a yellow one! She came home and joined her sisters on the dining room chair.

Told you pink and purple were loved.

Online research turned out they were put out by Hasbro in 1973 under the Romper Room brand and called Sweet Dreams. Their names were Annabel, Amanda and Abigail and that there was a brother named Alfie.

Of course I needed him but the prices on eBay were beyond my cheapness so he remained on the need list.

A few weeks ago the dolls came up in conversation and I looked again and found one in my price range. (Single digit vs triple digits!) I bought him and turns out he is a little brother. I fell in love instantly.

We went to my parents house on the way home from work and mom loved him. We then went home and he met his sisters.


I have finished up a collection I never thought I needed but I did and I couldn’t be happier.

Seat belt purse

In 2008 my sister and I went to a show in Toronto. At the show, a girl near me had a purse made out of woven seat belts and I fell in LOVE. I decided there and then that I needed one. Being me, I wasn’t going to pay a lot of money for one. (I’ve seen them online for waaaaaaay more than I’d ever spend.) I put it on my thrift wish list.

Onward to 2013, we were doing a weekend road trip to 2 CMT Hit List shows in 2 nights 300 kms apart. We thrifted all along the way making some great buys. One store we stopped at had a traumatic memory for me since several years ago I slammed my finger in the car door and I didn’t get to shop because I had to get ice at the sub shop next door. It has redeemed itself 1000 fold now. I bought a great hoodie that is my favourite now, 3 pillow cases that are on my bed right now and a SEAT BELT PURSE!

I swear I had to sit down when I found it.


I had imagined a solid colour and it isn’t quite my style with 2 zippered pockets (I like a single bucket opening style) but I needed it.

It was $9.99, more than I like to spend for a purse but I needed it.

I got over the money and I put rarely used stuff in one pocket and keep it zipped and use the other for my wallet, eReader, keys, etc.

Fast forward a month or so and I’m on a thrift shop. In a store where I’ve found some great stuff in the past guess what I found on the purse rack?


Crazy or what?

I called my sister and said “Remember my seat belt purse? I just found another one!” We laughed and I asked if she wanted it. It isn’t quite her style either but is her style enough that she said yes. We’re twins so twin bags are good in our books. Hers was $12.99.

When I got to the checkout the cashier noticed that I was buying the exact same purse so I had to tell her this whole story. If you think I’m gushy now, imagine what I was like on the day?


Every time I pick up my seat belt purse it makes me happy and that is what thrift should do.

$9.99 & $12.99.