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.


Royal finds part 1

This may come as a surprise to some of you but I’m a collector. My main focus is royalty. I’m going to hop on the wedding bandwagon and post royal stuff leading up to the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.

For this first post I’m going to share a wide view. This was just after I moved in and it was all neat and you could see my dining table and stuff.

I think I can factually say that 97% of this is thrift or garage sale. 99% is totally second hand.

I will feature a few thrift store finds in the next few entries so stay tuned.

Snow day idea!

I know I haven’t posted in a bit but I am finding that I’m not finding anything “good” when I go out hunting. Not good for me or my reader. It seems like I find the good stuff on days when I’ve forgotten my camera!

Today is a snow day here, the first all day one in 4 years so very exciting. Of course, they didn’t call it for me until I was up and dressed but at least I’m back in my jammies now. What to do? What to do?

I know! Lets go skating! And take the cat!

She’ll have fun! See!

I wonder what my cat’s reaction would be to 4 skates and a cute outfit.


Happy Fun Times 2010

Here is my end of the year post.  I have no scientific way of counting these so just my judgement has been used in pulling these.

Everyone knows Jogging Clown and Pervert Pig

When my sister calls my phone, work out pig is the picture on screen

and if you know me, you know my adoration of Denture Couple and soul stealing owl

(all of which I wish I had bought!) But what about the lesser seen gang.

Orange Mama Horse

Herpes Frog

Centerfold Franklin

Fancy Frog Lady got lots of attention from a message board in Norway.

Who wouldn’t love Pom Pom Shell Hobo Clown?

Patty said she liked the salt and peppers. I don’t know which ones she means so here is a cute one.

I have bought things.

Cat Mug lives with my grandmother.

Pinecone Elves lives on a shelf in my hall(along with a candle holder version and a piggy bank version)

00Frog is on that same shelf


I have entertained myself over the last year and I hope I’ve entertained anyone reading. Drop me a note or comment if I’ve missed any of your favourites!


A thrift store Christmas

As my family was opening presents today I realized that I got all 4 members of my immediate family something second-hand! Not their main big gift but the extras.

My brother-in-law got a penny bank covered in the logo for his favourite team

My sister got a bear for her collection of Lucy & Me bears.

My mom got a teapot ornament

My dad got a Flintstones picture frame and a M&Ms mini fooseball table.

I of course got a few second-hand items. Bumble and Clover hedgehogs shelf, candle holder and cream/sugar set, a mini-tea set of hedgehogs and some royal items.

Its all in the thrill of the hunt I think. You never know what you are going to find when it comes to collections.

shelf (I’m told the missing peg is somewhere in the house)