Monday, September 30, 2013

Thrifting Finds #25: Son of Fail!

Yeah, so it hasn't been all fun 'n games at the thrifts lately.  For the second week in a row I have found absolutely nothing that I liked/wanted/needed.  Nothing.  Zip.  Nada.

The Optimist in me is hoping that this is just a brief dry spell leading up to a period of fantastic finds.

The Pessimist in me knows better.

Oddly, this past weekend was so full of Pyrex I couldn't believe it.  Unfortunately, all of it was in terrible shape.  I found Butterprint and Early American and the squarish yellow casserole and a bunch of 401-403s, and some patterns whose name escapes me.  All of it (except the Early American fridgies, natch.) scratched and dishwashered to within an inch of its life.

So.  Rather than go a second week without posting anything, I thought I'd share a few pictures of some of my Vintage Hair Care products.  Ready?

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1.  The Famous Pyramid O' Perms!  Here's a nice little selection of both home and professional perms.  I particularly like the Smooth 'n Sleek Toni, which is The Uncurly Permanent!  Apparently, you needed to curl your hair if you wanted it to be straight.  Wait, what?  I'm not sure whose idea it was to name a perm "Affaire" and then illustrate the box with a picture of a reluctant looking woman leaning on a man's shoulder.  Am I the only one who thinks that's kind of skeevy?
Also of interest in this picture is the Summer Blonde box.  If you look closely, that's supposedly Nick Nolte on the front.  I can neither confirm nor deny this as I am terrible with faces.  And how many of you knew that Dippity Do made a lotion?  I sure didn't, which is why I snapped up the bottle as soon as I found it.
Here's a commercial for the Richard Hudnut Quick perm, featuring lovely Julia Meade:

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2.  Random products!  My favorite in this picture is the Clairol U.N.C.U.R.L. ("Unbeatable new conditioner for uncurling and relaxing locks")  Someone was working overtime at Clairol to come up with that, lemme tell you.  I also really like the Ipana with Hexa-Fluoride.  Back in those days, they put hexachlorophene in everything, including, apparently, toothpaste.  Remember Bucky Beaver?

"Brusha brusha brusha, get the new Ipana..."
And the gel version of Dippity Do that we all know and love:

3.  More random products!  Tried & True was a short-lived permanent hair color by Max Factor. I cannot for the life of me remember the name of the Revlon hair rinse in the blue bottle!  I do know that the color is described as "pink beige."  Huh?  Was that a thing?  New Dawn was Alberto-Culver's entry into the permanent hair color market.  I think they still make White Rain shampoo, but I'm pretty sure it's no longer made by Toni.  Here--here's a commercial for it:


"Use White Rain shampoo tonight and tomorrow your hair will be sunshine bright!"

Okay, so that's all I've got for today.  If anyone wants more of this sort of thing, I've got plenty.  Really, these three pictures don't even scratch the surface.

Linking up with all the fabulousness at Sir Thrift A Lotand The Nifty Thrifty,

Monday, September 16, 2013

Thrifting Finds #24!

Whew.  It was a busy week here at Fondue Headquarters and frankly, I'm pooped.

It was the Hubster's birthday last week, so I surprised him by importing The Girl Child for a visit.  I tried surprising him on his birthday a few years back and it turned into an absolutely hideous nightmare, so you can imagine my surprise when I managed to pull this one off.

There was a lot of eating.  On Thursday, we drove up to PA to have lunch with some friends,  Delicious food, and lots of it.  Now, hubs and I generally only have one meal on the weekends or when we're not at work, but The Girl Child was having none of that.  So I had kind of a bad idea that we carried through.  Dinner Thursday consisted of hot fudge brownie sundaes.

Yeah, I told you it was a bad idea.

But see, we didn't get to have dessert with lunch, so we just kind of had it later.  So that makes up for it, right?  Right?

Side note:  Betty Crocker gluten-free brownies are pretty good, but they don't keep well.  Despite being tightly sealed, by last night they were brown concrete.

Friday was a big day because we got to meet The Boyfriend at lunch.  He's still kind of new on the scene, but we liked him immediately.  More important, he is officially Weiner Dog Approved.  Lunch was delicious and large, but that didn't stop us from going out to dinner on Friday night.  This was the hubster's official birthday dinner.  It was another lovely meal, and more calories than I care to admit to.

Saturday, we got to do our usual marketing and thrifting, as the GC was visiting some other family at the time.  We also got to make the rounds on Sunday, as the GC and Boyfriend weren't due for dinner until late.

Too much background?

Anyway, here's what I found this weekend:

1.  Tupperware!  Sorry the picture came out so pale.  This is my first Wonderlier bowl.  Despite the millions of these that were made, they're really scarce, at least around here.  My goal, of course, is to collect them in all the sizes and colors available.  There was also a slightly smaller blue one, but it had the wrong lid and I decided long ago that I wouldn't buy any Tupperware without the proper lid. $1.25.

2.  More Tupperware!  I don't know why these are displaying as red, because they're really orange.  These are pretty small. holding maybe a couple of ounces?  I got them to carry salad dressing to work and they're the perfect size for that.  $.50 each.

3.  King Arthur's trash can!  Again, I'm not sure why this is showing up the wrong color.  It looks pretty green in the picture but in real life, it's definitely brown.  I've been looking for a wastepaper basket to keep next to my desk that would sort of blend in, and this fit the bill perfectly.  Yeah, I know it's kind of sketchy to buy a used trash can, but this was nice and clean.  Oddly, they had another one exactly like this, but that one was really green.  Doesn't it look like something they'd have at Camelot?  $3.00

This was kind of a good week for Pyrex collectors, too.  In our travels, we spotted two of the big Cinderella bowls, one in pink Gooseberry (I'm pretty sure; the memory is the first to go...), the other in turquoise.  I don't know what the pattern is called, but it's the one with the hot-air balloons on it.

Linking up with all the fabulousness at Sir Thrift A Lotand The Nifty Thrifty,

Monday, September 9, 2013

Thrifting Finds #23: FAIL edition!

The Fail Boat
Soon will be making another run!
The Fail Boat
Promises nothing for anyone!

So, yeah.  In summary, Hubs and I took a lovely cruise on the Fail Boat this weekend, thriftily speaking.  We went to all of our usual stops, and even went to a smallish flea market as well.  Getting out of the car at the flea market, I remarked to Hubs "Geez, I hope it isn't a bunch of Avon stuff and baby clothes."

Here's what we found at the flea market:

1.  Avon stuff.

2.  Baby clothes.

Maybe in the future I'll learn to keep my big yap shut.

I was really hoping to find some old slides now that I have that keen slide projector, but nothing.  There was ONE piece of Tupperware I wanted (I'd never seen it in navy blue before) that would be perfect for keeping my flour in, but it looked like it was used as a sandbox toy, or led some otherwise difficult existence, so I left it there.

There were a couple of other amusing items that I also didn't buy, so I thought I'd share those with you.  Because that's the kind of guy I am.

You really need to click Ami to embiggen the pic

1.  Ami!  Ami looks to be a friend of Barbie, but I can't be certain.  This is the first fashion doll I've seen dressed as an operating-room nurse (I guess?  Maybe?)  Also, she's compliant!  (Click the picture for proof.)  She's also comfortable, well-protected, and energetic.
Plus, she's got a great personality.  Just watch out when you take the mask off...

2.  Weird creature!  Don't adjust your monitor--he/she/it really is that color.  Why?  I do not know.  I just take the pictures.
To be honest, I'm not sure what this is supposed to be.  To me, it looks like nothing more than the offspring of a human and a hedgehog.
I should totally start buying these things and leave them lying around the house.

3. Bad nose-job bobblehead!  This has so much fail I don't even know where to start.  There's that nose, for one.  It's pretty big even with part of it broken off.  How big was it originally???  And that smile.  I don't even...  Who is this supposed to be?  Why does it even exist?
I wanted to buy this and label it "Smile, darn ya, smile!" (extra Internet Points to anyone who gets the reference.)

In order not to leave you with a bad taste in your mouth, I present you with the following totally-unrelated-to-anything-else video.  This is now my all-time favorite commercial.  I can't figure out who I like best;  Janette?  Her customer? The bored husband and grandchild?  The two gals under the dryers?  The sandwich itself?
If anyone out there lives near a Pals, please go there and get one of these and report back.

Click for the video I can't seem to embed  (seriously, you need to click this link!)

Linking up with all the fabulousness at Sir Thrift A LotThe Remnant and The Nifty Thrifty,

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Thrifting Finds #22!

Wow.  It feels like it was a really busy weekend, when in fact it wasn't.  Maybe I'm just getting old.  Okay, definitely getting old, but you know what I mean.

We managed to cover almost all of our usual stops this weekend.  Didn't get to go to the Salvation Army because it was closed for Labor Day.  I kind of don't like shopping there because of their politics, but apparently, I'll sell out completely for a bargain.  Don't judge.

Yesterday was Half Price day at one of our Goodwills.  Gloriosky, I hope I never walk into that scene again!  The store was mobbed, every single customer had an overflowing cart full of crap, and people were just plain rude.  It was kind of like a summertime version of Black Friday.  Yikes.

Anyway, while I didn't get much at the thrifts, i did manage to pick up a couple of things that made me quite happy.  On with the show.

1.  Tupperware!  Okay, is anyone really surprised here?  I already have this size in lovely Avocado, but I'm really digging this orange.  I'm trying to up my consumption of vegetables and lower my consumption of potato chips at lunch, so I'm using this to tote a buttload of crudites to work.  Why?  Because I'm huge.  Hopefully, there's a wedding in my future, and I'd prefer not to look like a heifer.  Plus, it was only a buck at the Rescue Mission Thrift.  As an aside, this same canister in yellow was $3.00 at the Goodwill just down the street.

2.  Lampshades!  Can you believe it?  I thought I had used up our lampshade mojo, so you can imagine my surprise when I ran across these in the GW on Sunday.  I looked up on the top shelf where the lampshades are and saw what I thought would be a perfect shade for our new lamps.  Too bad there was only one.  Wait a second--it's really two shades stacked together!  I threw my keys at Hubby, said "Hold these" and scaled the display fixture.  Yeah, I have no shame.
Oops.  Wrong picture.  Let me just Photoshop in the other shade:

There.  Better.  Anyway, they were in great shape and only $4.00 each!  There may or may not have been a little happy dance; I'll never tell.  GW staff, in their wisdom, chose to mark the price on these in black indelible marker.  Does nobody have any common sense any more?  Luckily, the base of the shades is plastic and I was able to almost completely remove the price with some acetone.  Sheesh.  Of course, the harps that came with the lamps were far too small so I had to pick up some new ones.  Here's what it looks like in finished form:

You like?  I like.  I also added inline switches to make turning the lamps on and off easier.  So I think I'm done with lamps for a while.  I hope so, anyway.

That's actually it for thrift finds, but I have a couple of other purchases I want to mention.

3.  Slide Projector!  This was actually an eBay purchase.  I had been toying with the possibility of buying some of the slides I keep seeing at the thrifts and basically snooping into other peoples' lives.  Unfortunately, I didn't own a slide projector.  So I was reading the 1961 volume of Consumer Reports (don't judge) and saw the Crestline Model C was highly rated.  I really liked the name "Crestline" so I searched for it on ebay, saw this and won it for my bid of $5.00.  It works beautifully, came in its original box with all paperwork (see the hang tag still attached to the handle?), and even had a tray of slides with it.  Okay, they were kind of boring, but it's a start.
Naturally, I found NO slides at the thrifts this week!  I have a movie projector too, but I don't think I've ever seen home movies at the Goodwill.

4.  Free laptop!  So here's the story behind this.  A while ago, there was a Class Action Suit against EMachines, the computer company.  Something about the floppy drive; I can't remember the details.  Well, I joined the suit, as I had owned an EMachine that was included.  When it finally got settled, they sent people a voucher for $365.00 worth of stuff from a certain website (tablets, laptops, PCs and monitors, mostly refurbs); you could also convert the voucher to cash--$62.50.  So I saw this Gateway laptop on the site, factory refurbished, decent specs and only $300.00.  When I went to order it, I got the notice that any unspent balance on the voucher was forfeited.  Hmm.  That left $65 bucks for me to do something with.  I couldn't find anything around that price.  Bummer.  So I went ahead with the order and when it asked how I wanted it shipped, I automatically checked the cheapest method.  Then I saw that overnight delivery was $38.00, so I figured Sure, why not? So I got my free laptop the next day!  I've only fired it up to make sure it works.  I already have a laptop and a netbook and don't need another one.  I haven't decided whether to save this in case one of the kids needs a computer or to flip it on ebay.  Thoughts?

P.S.  Still haven't put the Eames coat rack on ebay yet because I can't find a box big enough to ship it in!

Linking up with all the deliciousness at Sir Thrift A Lot and The Nifty Thrifty,