Odd Yard Sale Finds


June 2012

Let’s have a big hand for…

Hard to know what to make of this large wooden hand mounted on a faux marble base. Suffice to say it is the oddest trophy I have ever come across. Someone received this for “FIRST PLACE” something. Wonder if they had second thoughts about finishing first.

The “Plywood Palace”

Small replicas of such architectural structures as The Statue of Liberty, The Empire State Building, The Washington Monument, and the Eiffel Tower are fairly easy to find, and are normally of nominal value. Apparently, replicas of Boston’s John Hancock Tower are not so easy to find and are quite a bit more valuable than the norm. Maybe there were only a handful made. I don’t know. Or maybe the replica derives its value from the fact that that the actual John Hancock Tower was so severely flawed during construction that 500-pound windows began falling from it before its construction was even completed. Adjacent streets and sidewalks were roped off, and large sheets of black-painted plywood were put in place to cover the holes until that design flaw, and others, could be resolved. Hence the nickname “Plywood Palace.”

Here’s a link to a wonderful 1995 Boston Globe editorial that chronicles the early troubles of the Tower.

btw: I purchased the replica for $1 at a yard sale, and sold it for $200+ on line. Who knew?

Not sure where I’m gonna wear this.

Americans spend millions of dollars each year on motorcycles and motorcycle accessories. I can truthfully say my contribution to the motorcycle economy is right around zero, unless $1 yard sale purchases such as this colorful scarf  are included in the tally.

I’m Feeling …

… Angry, Worried, Happy, Innocent, Ornery, Sad

The wearer of this unique pin needs only to turn the wheel to let the world know how he or she is feeling today.

Where were you when the lights didn’t go out?

Beware Y2K! – Computers will shut down! – Utility companies will go offline! – Cities will go dark at the stroke of midnight! – The Y2K hype was something on par with that of the coming of Comet Kohoutek. In case you’ve forgotten, Kohoutek was similarly overhyped by the media in 1973 as “the comet of the century,” which of course it wasn’t.

Year 2000 souvenirs are generally not valuable, however, this is one of the few hats I have seen, and it even has a digital countdown clock built in. Shouldn’t it have had a flashlight too?

Drill, Baby, Drill!

No doubt that would have been J.R.’s 1980 campaign slogan.

Here’s a trip down memory lane with the stars of Dallas:

I didn’t even know there was such a thing.

Apparently there is because here is a patch to prove it.

If I had known about Point of Sale University, I wouldn’t even have questioned it:

“Fix the Roof!” What are the odds?

Back in the day, Avon anything was a hot collectible. Not so much anymore. This is one of the more interesting of the Avon After Shaves. The name is Weekend Decision Maker,  for obvious reasons. The bottle is lined around the outside with choices for weekend activities. Most involve leisurely pursuits such as fishing, golf, ball games, and the like. The man of the house makes his weekend “decision” by spinning the reclining gent on the top of the bottle and watching where his pointer finger ends up. For the record, there is a 1 in 12 chance that roofing tools might be in order for the weekend. 

The perfect gift for the American mail?

Perhaps Postal Pup was such an expensive cologne, the recipient decided not to use it. 😉


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