With the warm weather we have been having lately, it seems as if we have a had a little bit of an earlier start for yard-sale season. Over the past 3 weeks, I have hit up quite a few, and found some very cool things, all for great prices.
To me, this is a very cool item! It’s old-school Avon(I can’t find a year anywhere on the box or decanter), and it’s in very good condition. I believe it to be from somewhere in the mid-to-late-80’s mainly based on the artwork, and the fact that the remaining cologne smells somewhat like the original Old Spice(unlike all of the different scents Old Spice makes these days). Plus, owls are pretty awesome animals!
Each of these little figures were marked at 25 cents each, but the seller said that I could have all 3 for 50 cents. I couldn’t argue with that! The Tang mouths are stamped with a General Foods copyright, and were manufactured by Applause, but there is no year stamped on them. I’m not sure if these were pulled from cereal boxes or sold in stores. The little cheeseburger is from Hardee’s(the logo is printed just behind the eyes). It is a water squirter, and is stamped 1990. Who doesn’t love anthropomorphic food?!
Above, we have Rodney and Rhonda Reindeer, from 1980 and 1984, respectively. There were produced by Hallmark, and from my research, it looks like they were on the market for a number of years. I remember them from a promotion Burger King ran in the eighties, which is where I originally got one from. I don’t believe that these 2 are from that promotion, but the only difference would’ve been the tags(and maybe the copyright dates), which these do not have. I have been scouting these guys online for a while, but never pulled the trigger because they weren’t that high on the priority list. But for 25 cents each, there was no way I wasn’t finally going to get them now.
Myself and a frien went halves on a lot of The Real Ghostbusters figures and 2 vehicles(Ecto-1 wasn’t one of them). We paid the $5 asking price, and my cut is above. My friend got just about the same amount of figures, as well as the 2 vehicles. In all, I think it averaged out to be less than 30 cents a toy. I love finding eighties toys at yard sales, and it’s a plus that I currently didn’t have any of these figures in my collection yet.
The “Haunted Humans” gimmick was pretty neat for it’s time.
I didn’t know what this was when I picked it up, but it was stamped 1987 Hasbro, and that was enough to warrent a purchase. It turns out that this is a “Sleep Creep” named Creaky. This was part of the Moon Dreamers line, which, from what I can find, were part of My Little Pony. Creaky is missing it’s tail, but is in pretty decent shape overall. Yes, this is a girl’s toy, but I took a chance because it was from the 80’s, it’s from Hasbro, and it only cost me 25 cents. I think it’s a neat piece, and at this point, I think I’ll hang on to it.
These 2 Game Boy games are probably the highlight of my finds so far. Metroid II is an awesome game, and has been on my want list for quite a while. Oddworld just happened to be sitting right next to Metroid. I inquired about how much the seller wanted for them, and was promptly told “25 cents each”. This was a no-brainer. Since I have picked these up, I have not even tested Oddworld, but I have put some time into Metroid II. It’s a great game, and a lot of fun to play, especially if you’re a fan of the original NES Metroid.
And lastly is this Mario Superstar Baseball poster. It’s framed, but these’s no glass or plastic on the front. From what I was told, this is a display poster from a game store, and the seller had it framed to give as a Christmas gift to his son, who no longer wanted it. He wanted $1 for it, but I wanted to press my luck to see if I could get it cheaper($1 is a great deal btw), because a part of me didn’t want it to take up so much space in the car(I put it next to a PS2 game to give a sense of scale). I offered 50 cents, and he countered with 75 cents, to which I agreed.
Now that it’s Memorial Day weekend, I expect the sales to ramp up. When that happens, you can be sure that I’ll be hitting up as many as I can.