Tell Time Owl Clock Bank

Tell Time Owl Clock

With the love of vintage items naturally follows the love of vintage posters.  This one however is a reproduction art print of an advertisement for a Tell Time Owl Clock Savings Bank.  As the poster says, when a coin is inserted the clock hands revolve and the eyes blink.

I was planning on offering the poster as a nearly wordless Wednesday post but I was curious about what the original product was like so I did a bit of searching online where I discovered that this little mechanical piggy bank may have been made in Japan by a company called Sonsco in the 1950s. However, some of the product that I found seemed almost brand new, which made me wonder if a reproduction clock was also available so this is definitely a case of buyer beware. If you are shopping for a vintage version of this clock, you might expect it to show some wear.

Anyway, I think this REPRODUCTION advertising poster is a hoot, don't you? Perfect for anyone with a keep interest in collecting vintage pieces and/or owls.

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How To Clean Stuffed Animals

It almost goes without saying that sometimes you just have to wash a plush toy. Sometimes plush toys live a rough life. They may experience a case of the stomach flu, they may be dusty from being on a shelf and unloved or they may have experienced too much love. They may have had the unfortunate experience of coming in touch with lice or other critters or they may need to be kept very clean for children with allergies and asthma. That’s a short list, I am sure you can think of more reasons you need to wash your plush toys.

Can You Wash Plush Toys?

Yes, you can but proceed with caution and consider the following:

I would NOT wash an extremely valuable item, a very old one, an item that my child cannot live without or an item that is damaged or coming apart in anyway.

A child I know cherished a bear called Mr. Bear and Mr. Bear is still treasured but no longer slept with. Mr. Bear would dearly love to hop in the washer but he is literally falling apart and he would come out in tiny bits so there is no way that Mr. Bear is ever going to be washed in the laundry machine again. As a matter of fact, he is so beloved and in such rough condition, that he will spend the rest of his days tucked safely in a shoe box in the closet.

In the case of a stuffed animal that your child cannot live without, I recommend buying another identical one and putting it aside. Preparing in this way will save a lot of grief if you lose the treasured item and will also give you another one as a back up if your child wears out the first one. In the case of Mr. Bear, we had two additional bears. One was identical and one was smaller. When we used them, our son was old enough to know the difference but he still loved them and they helped the precious Mr. Bear survive a bit longer.

I would also not wash items that have clothes or parts made of non-plush fabrics that seem a bit like plastic and that are pretending to be suede or leather, unless those elements can be removed. They do not stand up to washing and in my experience, shred. The outfit and eye apparatus seen on this Star Trek Borg plush teddy bear would not wash well.

Read the care instructions. Although I do not always follow the instructions, they are a good place to start. Most manufacturers recommend surface washing only with mild soap and a damp cloth. You can certainly try that with your plush toys but sometimes a stuffed animal just needs more cleaning than that and you might be happy to know that many soft toys may survive machine washing and will stand up to a trip through the washer.

If your stuffed animal includes excelsior, styrene foam or any foam material, they cannot be washed.

If a stuffed animal has joints or cardboard, it cannot be washed in the washer.

If it is musical or talks, it cannot be washed unless the music box is removable. I have not washed this gorgeous Mattel's I Talk Tigger. They are simply precious when hugged and, of course, the talking boxes would not stand up to being washed.

I have not tried to wash a Beanie Babies yet but have read that items stuffed with small foam balls in them cannot be washed.

Large animals can be washed but the filling may shift. I have not had that happen to any plush toy I washed and have had considerable success with large stuffed animals like an 80-inch long Innovage centipede, a 22-inch My First Puppy by Russ and a Disney Store Ojo plush bear from the Big Blue House.

If your plush has hard plastic elements, like the ping pong ball shaped eyes that sometimes appear on Sesame Street's Elmo, consider placing the toy in a pillowcase, which may help protect the plastic parts. This is not 100 percent foolproof but if it does not work totally, it should minimize the damage of the washing machine and the dryer.

If you can, use a delicate cycle on your washing machine. I use regular laundry detergent though I have read that fabric softener can also be used for plush and that it will make the plush extra soft.

I use hot water when I want to be sure a stuffed animal is clean but I have read that hot water can weaken the glue that holds items like eyes in place so be aware.

Can You Dry A Soft Animal?

Once again the answer is yes, sort of. Some stuffed animals dry well, more likely if their plush is short. Fluffy plush tends to change texture in the dryer. In any case, I find air drying a safer method because there is no heat to possibly melt or alter the fur. I actually have an air dry cycle on my dryer, which I use very successfully. The soft fluffy mane on the Gund Lion ‘Casey’ shown above responded extremely well to air drying but I know from another experience less successful experience that his soft and fluffy mane would have been destroyed by the heat of a dryer.

Sometimes toys that have been washed loose their new look and, of course, the more you wash them, the more that look will fade. However, I have washed many soft toys that came out of the process looking better than when they went in and, in any case, at least they will look clean!

Be sure to check out the large selection of new, used and vintage stuffed animals in my eBay store. You never know what plush treasures I might have in store for you!

You never know 
I might have in store for you!

Stuffed Animals I Have Had Success Washing in My Washing Machine Recently:

  • Canada Post Blue Teddy Bear
  • Curious George with Fleece Blanket
  • Disney Store Heffalump Small Lumpy
  • Disney Store The Aristocats Marie
  • Disney Store Mickey & Minnie
  • Disney Store Ojo
  • Disney Store Winnie the Pooh
  • Dream Works Shrek 26"
  • Dundee Long-Furred Rabbit
  • Earthrite Fiber Rabbit
  • Ganz Wrinkles Dogs
  • Gund Bubbles Teddy Bear
  • Gund Casey Lion
  • Gund People's Diamond Store Teddy Bear
  • Gund Sandra Boynton Reindeer, Dasher and Dancer
  • Innovage Centipede
  • Ottawa Senators Plush Lion Mascot
  • Piccolo Bambino 16" Blue Puppy Dog

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National Thrift Shop Day

Even if you are a thrift shop shopper, you might be oblivious to the fact that August 17, 2015, was National Thrift Shop Day. Yes, I do believe that there is a holiday for everything.

With the spirit of the holiday, I thought you might find this infographic, which is based on Canadian shopper data, from Value Village interesting.

A few interesting tidbits from this chart are the fact that 76 percent of shoppers who visit have shopped thrift before and 33 percent of shoppers visit a thrift store monthly.

The most popular answer to the question, Why Shop Thrift is that it is cost effective followed by the fun fact that it feels like a treasure hunt.

Value Village National Thrift Shop Day

What celebrity would you like to thrift shop with? I would LOVE to shop with Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise and/or Adam Levine. Not sure what we would shop for but that part is unimportant and obviously, they don't appear on this chart so I'm embellishing.

Do you shop thrift and if so, why?  Finally, who would you like to shop with?

You never know what
I might have in store for you!

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Inforgraphic from Value Village.
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Peanuts Snoopy Mugs by Department 56

The internet is buzzing with the news of the new Peanuts movie, set to arrive in movie theatres in November, 2015 so it seemed fitting to celebrate the return of the Peanuts gang with another Snoopy mug. This time, however, I have chosen a series.

I've started with this super adorable image of Snoopy called Puppy Love. I think it is my favorite but if you are a Snoopy fan you too might be hard pressed to pick just one of these coffee cups.

Other options from the series are shown below and include Flower Power Pup, Happy Hound, Day of the Dog, Houndstooth and Musical Mutt.

They're all from a series by Department 56, they are all super adorable and they are all available on Amazon by clicking here. Which one would you like to have your coffee served in?

Treasures By Brenda

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Learn about the new Peanuts movie.

Doctor Who Target Books

I've been busy listing the first of a number of Doctor Who book sets in my eBay store. It is going to be a long process and I am trying to commit to listing six books a day. Wish me luck!

This huge collection belonged in a sense to my son because they were purchased for him.  However, he never had the opportunity to read them and now he is moving to Seattle and leaving them behind to be sold on eBay...

The first set that I am listing is the Target Books paperback series, which was published between the years of 1973 and 1991. I read that Target started with new releases of the books by Frederick Muller and that the last three books were released by Virgin books after they took over Target.  Those last three titles were The Power of the Daleks and The Evil of the Daleks by John Peel and The Paradise of Death by Barry Letts.

I'm learning a bit as I work my way through these books.  If you have already read them, you no doubt know more about the history of them than I do and probably remember them fondly from years gone by.

I had the opportunity to meet a customer who purchased three books from me shortly after I started on this Doctor Who adventure. He was thrilled to find the titles that he needed to complete his collection.  He purchased The Rescue by Ian Marter and The Planet of Giants and The Wheel in Space by Terrance Dicks, his collection is now complete and my collection no longer has those titles available. It was really rewarding to see his appreciation for the books.

All of the books that I have listed so far have been in pretty good condition with yellowing as befits older paperback books and a small irregularity at the top of the spine, which was caused by the removal of a small sticker. I expect the rest of the books in this collection to be in the same condition. Here is a sampling:

If you are missing a title or two, be sure to visit my eBay store, which you can find by clicking right here.  If you are missing a title that I have not listed yet, send me an email and I can pull it from my stack and get it listed on eBay sooner rather than later.

You never know what I might
have in store for you!

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Click here to see all of my Target Books Doctor Who novelisations.

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By chance, I stumbled across The Target Book: A History of the Target Doctor Who Books by David J. Howe on Amazon.  I would love to have a chance to look at it but it appears to be a very hard-to-find book, which translates directly into it being very expensive on Amazon.  

MUGS ON MONDAY: Pretty Blue Mother's Day Mug

This Awesome Mom porcelain coffee mug is pretty awesome, don't you think?

It's a handpainted mug done in the prettiest shades of blue and beige with the words written in brown.

It is dishwasher and microwave safe and will hold 14 ounces of your mother's favorite steaming hot beverage.

It features perfect five-star reviews from the Amazon customers, too.

A nice bonus for those whose budget is strapped is that it retails for less than $10 on Amazon, which makes it a truly budget friendly, useful gift idea for Mother's Day.

You never know what I
might have in store for you!

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MUGS ON MONDAY: Garfield and Arlene Shaped Kissing Mugs

Garfield and Arlene Shaped Kissing Mugs
Garfield and Arlene are Together Forever on this wonderful pair of vintage 1980 coffee mugs.

I think they that is, the coffee mugs, would make a very romantic gift for a Garfield loving lady but finding a pair still together can be a tough job.

This mug set is from eBay seller Jam-A Sweet Vintage Shop. You will find these mugs and a few other Garfield-themed listings in that eBay store by clicking here.

I found a few additional listings on eBay but remember, with eBay, items are often one of a kind so if you find a set that you love, don't wait!

You have to love how these Garfield mugs meant to fit together! Valentine's Day anyone? Maybe a special anniversary? What a wonderful way to say I Love You.

Treasures By Brenda

More Garfield Reading:

A Garfield Spinner Mug.

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