Some people go antiquing for the history or the treasure. I go for the toys.
Vintage Orange Bird & baby Donald!
Yes, they're filthy. But Donald is from 1984, was only a dollar, and c'mon, BABY DONALD. Orange Bird was $15, but he's kinda rare, and I love him. (I'm guessing he's also from the early 80s.)
Anyway, here's a quick tip: If you need to clean toys like Donald, which is soft & rubbery like a squeak toy, then grab one of these bad boys:
Yep, Magic Eraser works wonders at taking off old stains, crayon marks, and even pen ink from soft plastic. Check out the difference!
The blue pen line down the side of his face is completely gone!
Just be careful when scrubbing, since Magic Eraser *will* take the original paint off. It's basically a spongey form of sandpaper.
(And no, this isn't a sponsored post.)
Magic Eraser works well on harder surfaces, too, of course. Here's cleaned-up Orange Bird:
Did I mention he's a bank?
I'm debating touching up his paint, and possibly re-painting Donald all together. (Although those 80s pastels *are* kinda rockin'. Hee.)
I also picked up this tiny purse for $5, because the inside is ridiculously cool:
I'm a sucker for anything small with "hidden" compartments, and LOOK:
That circular screen pulls out to reveal a powder puff & powder compartment, and I guess the other sections were for lipstick and... money? Maybe? They're both suuuper tiny; the lipstick compartment is about 3/4 of the size of a Chapstick tube.
And THEN, there's another section under the mirror!
It doesn't look like the purse was ever used, but the exterior suede/velvet was crumbling off in my hands. I'm hoping to redo the whole thing, maybe make it usable for a steampunk outfit or something. [brain storming]
And finally, our big splurge: $30 for this amaaazing "Baseball Clock" that sold at the World's Fair during the 1930s:
Fun, right? I've never seen another clock like it! (It winds in the back.)
If you're ever looking for good/cheap antiquing here in central Florida, check out the Orange Tree Antique Mall (my favorite), or the Flea Market and outside areas at Renningers in Mt. Dora. (The inside vendors are too pricey for me, but it's still fun to look.)
Oh, and speaking of funky clocks, stay tuned....
'Cuz I'm working on one last Halloween thing.