I spent all yesterday's holiday running around to the four corners of the earth to hit thrift stores I don't usually get a chance to peruse on a weekday, and what did I find in my first two or three stops? Bupkis. Or practically bupkis. It was like I was being rewarded for my diligence by the vintage gods with a great big "Yeah, right, about that-- you probably should've slept late instead". A Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass sheet music book (for piano, with guitar chords), a little Greek woven mini-purse... many things were seen, but I just wasn't feeling the impulse to actually sally forth to the cash register with anything. Which put me starkly in the minority-- it was half off the entire store at Thrift Smart and people were acting accordingly, running around the store with oversized picture frames and armsful of children's clothes like they were giving them away.
|Lights on, Lights OFF. See my new coat? Goodwill in Rivergate, $14.99!|
This kickball-sized version of the real deal features a remote, which you can use to click through the different phases of the moon and turn the moon off and on. I can not only hang the moon for Matthew, but I can also click it on and off at will! Could you actually die? I was worried that owing to a completely unstable flap I had dropped it too many times in the store (including memorably in the very crowded women's shoes aisle), but when I got it home, as you see in the first picture, it worked just fine! And is strangely impressive, if you ask me, for just being a slightly lit hunk of plastic. It's the moon, guys! The moon!
Which got me thinking about those space crazed youth of the fifties' and sixties'. Remember when kids used to go through a "science" phase, where everything was "I wanna know how to mix baking soda and make a volcano!" and "I made a battery out of this potato!"? Do kids still do that? Naturally, I then took to ebay to see what kind of vintage space knicks and/or knacks I could dig up for you fine people, and BOY, were there some humdingers! Wanna see?
|MINT 30s-40s Sci Fi School Writing Pads Futuristic Covers|
|1970 unused Monogram Lunar Landing model of Apollo 11|
|SALE / RARE Vintage Metal Tin Lunch Box / 1958 Outer Space / Satellite Rockets / Astronauts Atomic SciFi Lunchbox as Purse|
|1960's Metal (Moon) Globe|
|1960 Astronaut Dome Lunch Box with Thermos|
|Vintage Marx Metal Toy Johnny Apollo Moon Landing Pinball table Game, 1960s, 15 x 10|
|Vintage 1960s Puzzle Moon Map Selchow and Righter from Authentic Photos, Circular Puzzle|
|Avon Bottles, Avon Moon Flight Game, Collectible 1970's|
So! Do you have moon fever yet? Did you have any hilariously cut-and-dry educational toys as a child? Which of these moon items would you most like to take back through the airlock? Lemme know!
That's all for today; see you guys tomorrow!