Odd Yard Sale Finds



Who knew they’d be that lucky?!


To the untrained yard sale eye, this just looks like a large ceramic cat figurine. In truth, these soulful-looking cats are Maneki-neko. (Japanese for “beckoning cat”). In Japan, these “lucky” cats, with their upraised welcoming paws, are believed to bring good fortune to the owner. There must be something to it. I purchased this piece at a yard sale for 50 cents, and sold it on-line for $90.

(Hmm. After watching the video, I am wondering if I would have been better off keeping them?)

It’s like putting lipstick on a pig.

The makers of this portly ceramic piggy must have gotten the message.

First gator in England?

To the best of my knowledge, there are no gators in England. This one is headed there. I bought him at a yard sale on this side of the Pond, and sold him to a person on the other side of the Pond. Admittedly, there are probably other non-living gator somethings over there, but he might still be a one of a kind. Every other ceramic character bank I have ever seen has had a coin slot in the back, or on the top of the head. His coin slot is in his mouth. By the looks of his midriff, it appears he is capable of swallowing plenty of other things as well.

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.

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