Snack packs & disposable stuff I appreciate [day 27]

Honestly?  The challenge isn’t so bed.  Trying to blog it everyday?  That’s the difficult part. I think I need to do my challenges, take notes, then blog about the lifestyle changes.  OR, maybe I just don’t blog everyday.  OR, I micro blog with social media.

Today, I’ll add 3 photos.  It’s like a blog picture book.  I can do pictures.  😉

Here’s a disposable item I like.  Needles and syringes.  My recent trip to the doctors office made me think that there a few things that are good being disposable.

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Back in the day… [day 18 & 19]

On my recent road trip, I found so many interesting things to photograph.  Most of the interesting things were vintage or antique.  What’s the difference?  My boss asked that question on Facebook a few months ago.  Vintage is 7+ years old and antique is 50+ years old.  Just for the record, I’m still vintage.

Life has changed radically over the past few decades.  Here’s a few photos I found interesting.

vw bug slugbugSlug bug!  I just had to stop and take a photo of this VW Bug, sitting in front of an auto salvage yard.  It’s probably out front because people still love these little beauties.  Some turn them into art projects, some restore them and some use them for parts.

This car, brand new, back in 1969 cost about $1,800.  The same car now (44 years later, for those of you who hate math), brand new, costs $19,995 for the basic model.  A restored 1969 model in decent shape is in the $4,000 range.   Continue reading

unplugged toys

I was hoping to have more time to post some non-electronic toys from my childhood and compare them with what my kids will have this week.  I ran out of time, but here’s a few photos of some toys I had.  I’ll post what my kids played with when we return.

It’s Slinky!  It’s Slinky!  For fun it’s a wonderful toy!

I played with mine for hours, well, until the metal got all bent up from playing with it too much.  Then I woud see how far a friend and I could stretch it out.  Then I made a sculpture out of it.

Then I asked for a new one.  Lather.  Rinse.  Repeat.


Yes children, that’s what a pool looks like when you don’t have one built-in in your backyard.  Yes, that might look like a chair, but clearly it’s a diving board.

Toys back in the day required imagination, of the non-digital kind.  Life was simpler back then.

Turning off the computer now.

Off to wake the kids and get in the car.  Pray for me.  This could be a riot!  No, I don’t mean the fun kind of riot either.



art canvas & vintage pins [minimalist challenge item #356]

[item] A painted canvas and some vintage pins / broaches.

[purchase info] Purchased at a thrift store.

[time in my possession] Approximately 4 years

[last used] 4 years ago

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Easy

[destination] Freecycle

[replacement item] None

[info] I bought this canvas half painted.  I finished the painting and pinned vintage flower pins all over it.  It’s been in my garage and some of the pins broke off.

creepy doll collection [minimalist challenge item #355]

[item] Box of dolls, some new, some vintage.

[purchase info] Purchased mostly on eBay and at thrift stores.

[time in my possession] Approximately 6 years.

[last used] A few months ago.

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Difficult.

[destination] Freecycle

[replacement item] None

[info] I bought these to use in a photographic art project for an altered book.  I like taking random photos of them and using them for art projects.  Interesting conversation pieces too when you set them out around the house or bring them to meetings.

20 days to iron out the rest of this challenge [minimalist challenge item #345]

[item] Vintage olive green iron

[purchase info] Purchased at a thrift store

[time in my possession] Approximately 4 years

[last used] almost 4 years ago

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Medium

[destination] Freecycle

[replacement item] None

[info] I used this for art projects like melting crayons.  It’s cool, but I just don’t use it enough to keep it.  I hate getting rid of cool looking retro stuff.  Oh well, I still have my rotary dial phones.

**Only 20 more days in the challenge!!**

my pink oven [minimalist challenge item #188]

[item] Pretty Maid retro pink doll oven

[purchase info] Purchased on eBay

[time in my possession] Approximately 6 years

[last used] A couple of years ago

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Medium

[destination] Thrift store

[replacement item] None

[info] I had this on my “weird stuff” shelves.  It’s just a cool thing to have, but it has no purpose.  I still have some of the stuff from these shelves, but all they were doing is collecting dust.  Less is good.

hours and hours of fun for only $16

The first thing I do when I’m on vacation in a new city is scope out all of the local thrift stores and resale shops.  It was raining yesterday, so the kids couldn’t do some of the things they had planned, so we hit the thrift stores.  The first one had some cool stuff, but way higher prices than what I’m used to.  The second store was a combo resale-thrift store.  I found a great t-shirt there, but they only take cash.  Of course I didn’t have any cash with me.  The boys found a treasure here, something I had when I was their age, but I said no impulse buys.  If they wanted it, they were going to have to return the next day to get it.  I was going back, after a bank run, to get my t-shirt.

The third thrift store didn’t have much that peaked my interest, that is until I turned the corner and found this little gem for $2.  A vintage Polaroid 600 camera.  Now that there’s a company making film for these, they’re not as easy to find.  These are selling on eBay from $10 to $50.  Replicas are going for up to $150.  This little beauty was only $2, an expenditure that was not part of the $16 hours of fun that I’m about to share with you.  I’ll have to order the film for this.  Did I need this?  No.  My kids and I will have some fun with it, then probably turn around and sell it.

My kids were talking the entire time about the vintage toy back at the second shop.  Honestly, I knew they would appreciate it and it was a cool flashback for me.  When we returned, the nice lady working there greeted us with a big smile and said, “You’re back!”  We bought the vintage toy…

Meet Rex, a 70’s vintage string puppet named after our favorite restaurant in Steamboat Springs, CO.  He cost $16, a price that seemed fair for a real vintage toy.  My boys have a great appreciation for vintage things, as they love our 12 rotary dial phones as much as I do.  We decided to take Rex out on the town!  Continue reading

2 smock tops [minimalist challenge item #140]

[item] 2 smock tops

[purchase info] Purchased at thrift stores

[time in my possession] Approximately 3 years

[last used] Months ago

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Easy

[destination] Resale and thrift store

[info] The red top is awesome but it looks terrible on me.  The other top I just never wore.  My mannequin, Darla, did though.

4 pieces of clothing [minimalist challenge item #139]

[item] 4 pieces of clothing

[purchase info] Purchased 2 new at discount stores and 2 at the thrift store.

[time in my possession] Approximately 3-5 years

[last used] Several months ago

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Easy

[destination] Skirt went to a resale shop, the others to a thrift store.

[info] The t-shirt and white top were from the thrift store.  The white shirt never fit and I have way too many brown t-shirts.  The skirt is too short for me… so I got one that is 1″ longer.  LOL  The vintage pink t-shirt is cute but I never wear it.