thrift store finds – st. susanna’s rummage sale finds

St. Susanna’s Catholic Church here in Mason is had its’ yearly rummage sale this month. In past years, this has been a good thrifting experience for both Ellen and myself. Here’s a couple of our collective finds from last weekend:

Masters of the Universe Battle Tank (Mattel)

I picked this toy up for $1.50. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe have been pretty popular in our house over the past few months and I thought this toy would be a fun addition to the boys’ play room. It comes from Mattel’s unsuccessful attempt to reintroduce the Masters franchise in the early 2000’s.

Although Mattel seemingly pulled out all the stops to get boys interested in the property (lots of toys, a new animated series), the company was unable to capture lightning in a bottle twice. By and large, kids did not go for this new update of He-Man. The endless variations of He-Man and Skeletor warmed the shelves of toy aisles, unpurchased, while the much harder-to-find ancillary heroes and villains were scalped for big bucks.

Collectors are still pretty into the line today, which is the other reasons why I thought a dollar and two quarters was a fine deal for this thing. This Battle Tank is missing the gun mount on the back and two projectile missiles, but otherwise it’s in perfect shape. Ditto the He-Man toy included, which still has his power sword.

At any rate, this will live in our “big boy toys” bin and Elliot and Henry will enjoy it.

Hunchback of Notre Dame trading cards (Skybox)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame always seemed like a boneheaded idea for Disney. Nothing about the Victor Hugo novel screamed “turn me into a 90 minute cartoon with anthropomorphic gargoyles!” While the flick does have gorgeous animation as well as some fine songs (The Bells of Notre Dame is a favorite of mine), this was a miss for Disney. I’ll always think of Hunchback as the movie which ended Disney’s glorious hot streak at the box office and their reemergence as a force in animation, stretching all the way back to 1989’s The Little Mermaid.

Anyhow, I paid $1 dollar for this very nice collection of trading cards. It looks to be a complete set

…with all the fun chase cards included. Here are some iron-ons.

I guess Skybox expected people to iron them all onto a white shirt? There’s also puzzle cards, cards that can be used to build a real Notre Dame cathedral, game cards, cards you can change into puppets…

This wasn’t exactly a collector’s set; these were trading cards meant for kids. To find them in such pristine condition was a surprise. The former owner of this set really took good care of the thing. I figured that was worth a dollar.

Old Cookbooks (for Ellen)

Ellen collects old cookbooks and she found these for fifty cents each, so $2 dollars for the lot. I thought I’d let her tell you why she picked these up herself:

Maybe it was the setting (in a church hall) or that the boys were actually behaving themselves, but I knew the vintage-cookbook-collecting gods were on my side when Chris held up The James Beard Cookbook. This is a book so thorough, but also so basic it actually gives instructions for how to boil water, a lesson I could have really used a few years ago. Beyond this gem, I found three other treasures; Another James Beard goodie, How to Eat Better for Less Money, which surely will never go out of style, a Larousse Gastronomique from 1961, and the book I’m most curious about is The Graham Kerr Cookbook by The Galloping Gourmet, “he cracks jokes as he cracks eggs”!

I think we paid fifty cents apiece for each book, $2 dollars for the lot!

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