This is a bit of a long, meandering but also somewhat different post.
It should probably be several posts, but I already named all the files and loaded them to a single gallery so…just one long, meandering post. In which I am going to show you some stuff I’ve seen in three recent shopping trips that I didn’t buy, and a few things I did buy, too.
Starting with that last antique mall trip looking for actual wooden shelves. I went to an absolutely ginormous antique mall (my first thought on seeing it was that it was once a grocery store, but no grocery store is that big, so it was probably a Venture or a K-mart or maybe a furniture outlet store) and although I was just there looking for shelves, of course I had to look at every single part of the store (even the cases where I was obviously not going to find any (human-sized) furniture), and I took pictures of some really cool stuff that I didn’t end up getting. Some of which I will absolutely not get even if it’s still there next time I go (whenever that might be) because it was too expensive or bulky. I also got some cool stuff other than the shelves, but I don’t have any pictures of that stuff ready. I need to research one of the toy cars before I could even think of posting about it, and some of it while cool, isn’t really something that needs to be posted about, not on a doll blog. (I mean, yeah, a(n allegedly) first-pressing copy of “Abbey Road” is awesome, but it doesn’t have much to do with dolls, and everyone knows what the cover of “Abbey Road” looks like, even if they don’t even like the Beatles, so there’s no need to take a picture of it.)
So, here’s some of the cool stuff I saw at the antique mall, starting with a couple of cool tin dollhouses.
This is a very early Marx tin dollhouse, and it was quite reasonably priced given its rarity. The only reason I didn’t snap it up is that I have no room for a second tin dollhouse! (Ooh, I still haven’t posted the pictures of the one I’ve already got, have I? Mental note: need to do that.)
You may be wondering what’s so rare about it. Well, you can kind of see it in that photo, but here’s a closer shot:
This is the Disney version, which was only made for one year. The standard version has generic decor on the nursery walls. Like I said, I really wanted to get this, because it’s so freaking cool. But I had enough trouble trying to figure out where to put the one I’ve already got. To have room for this one, I’d have to get rid of the one I have, and how would I do that? (Not to mention, I haven’t even had it all that long!)
I don’t know off-hand who made this other tin dollhouse, but isn’t it cool? The ones that are unusual shapes like this are also pretty rare, from what I recall of my earlier research into tin dollhouses. (We had one of the Disney ones on loan at work until recently, and when it came in I had to research it to see when it was from, etc. Learned a fair bit about tin dollhouses all around. Probably saw stuff about this one at that time, but that was years ago and I don’t remember.) If I had infinite space, I would have so gotten both of these tin dollhouses…
It would be the coolest job ever to be in charge of a dedicated toy museum that was just starting up and had unlimited funds to go out and buy toys to add to the collection. (Not that such a job could exist. Toy Story 2? Lies, all lies. Toy museums don’t buy toys. There’s never money in the budget, and besides people are always trying to give you toys. Even if their toys are too beat up to display. Or if you stopped being a toy museum years ago and barely get to display the oodles of toys you already had.)