Odd Yard Sale Finds


July 2012

Carved Coconuts – Folk art, or just plain tacky?

If you’ve spent any time at all perusing the yard sale circuit, you’ve no doubt run across some form of coconut art. Some are quite creative. I have no idea if any of them have any value, but at least they are cute to look at. This guy was made to be a bank.

“Harold, you need to move the HiFi and empty the ashtrays, oh, and don’t forget to fill the cigarette lamp.”

It must have been a whole different world back in the day when every home was filled with ashtrays, smoking paraphernalia, and cigarette smoke. This would have been the hit of the party, I think.

Coolest Ashtray Lighter Ever?

If any ashtray could be described as “cool,” in today’s non-smoking culture, this one certainly qualifies. The top half of the grenade lifts up to reveal an ashtray in the bottom half. The pointed shell on the top half conceals a lighter underneath.


Wind Chimes?

This is the first time I have seen wind chimes that are free standing, as in non-hanging. The horse is wooden. Length is 9″. Height is 12″. No identification as to when and where or that sort of thing. Quite an interesting piece, and very well made!


We’re the Stoney Maloneys

The sticker on the bottom identifies them as having been hand painted by Ruane Manning in 1973. I didn’t make up the name, Stoney Maloneys. They must have been named that by the artist. This is one of those yard sale items that most people would walk right by. If you see one, don’t pass it up. Besides being very cute (imho), turns out they are quite collectible too, surprising as that may be to most. Who doesn’t love a mom and dad and their newborn?

Barbie, she ain’t!

I see literally hundreds of dolls at yard sales every week. Lots of them look like Barbie. This one looks to be on the opposite end of the doll spectrum.

A magazine for Potheads! Who knew?

Well, apparently a lot of people must know about it. Come to find out, the magazine has been around since 1974, and is still being published. I had no idea. When I picked it up from the yard sale table, I thought it must be a travel magazine, and I guess you could say it is. It’s just not the type of traveling I do.

“I’ve got this thing that looks like a brake fluid can.”

Finding beer cans at yard sales is only slightly unusual, but finding one of these beer cans at a yard sale is VERY unusual. The former owner of this can was selling a tub of fairly recent commemorative Coke bottles and beer cans. After my inquiry about older cans elicited the “brake fluid” response, I ended up in his basement, and the rest, as they say, is history. 🙂

Here’s a link to the Brewery Collectibles Club of America. The club is always looking for people who enjoy scouring the countryside for these kinds of hidden treasures.

Wonder how many Seattle kids wore one of these?

Julius Pierpont Patches debuted on Seattle’s KIRO TV Channel 7 in 1958. The show was live and ran for 23 years until 1981. DARIGOLD is a Seattle-based dairy coop that must have sponsored the J.P. Patches show. Can’t you just see the kids sitting in front of the television drinking their chocolate milk and wearing their J.P. Patches pins.

Here’s the link to the full story of Seattle’s iconic TV clown:

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