Thursday, June 7, 2012

V and Co: garage sale season is upon us

 last year i scored big time at the end of the season with my awesome hexy table for $3. so this year of course i'm on a mission to find garage sale finds that i'm so excited about and will help me continue the decorating of this house.
sad to report that this year i've come up short thus far on furniture but have scored big time on some cute toys for the kids.
 first and foremost i found for $1 hungry hippos.
i totally remember playing this as a kid with my cousins and LOVING it. good times.
 as an adult i look at this game as the LOUDEST game i have ever seen. holy hannah, that's a lot of noise. and the kids' volume seems to need to get just as loud if not louder to hear each other or in the V and Co. kids just plain ol having LOUD fun. sheesh.
warning letting the kids play hungry hippo before 9 am will just make for a loud morning, and will set the tone for the rest of the day. i would save this for a time where the kids are lethargic, and if they aren't i suggest to do it outside, so you can hose them down with cold water from the hose. but that might get the neighbors looking at you strangely.

 while im in the living room i wanted to show you my very bland but closer to what i want mantel display, it's not made too many leaps and bounds but we're getting closer to a more decorated house.
still hate the paint (which you can't really see the color in this picture). it looks peach in our house. so i'm saving money AGAIN to paint it AGAIN.
this has caused a rift in the husband and my relationship because he just wont do what i tell him to and to basically drop everything and paint the whole house... AGAIN.
kidding. no rift, but the man keeps saying he can't see past the crazy that we just painted it less than 6 months ago...just to paint it again, a different shade, that i might just hate as well.
he's being difficult i know. >:P
maybe i'll get it done soon maybe i'll just deal with it for a while longer.
 okay so lets just say that my garage sale finds have mainly been geared girly things. i have not had very much success in the boy department. but we will continue to try to find things that my boys just have to have. but honestly...don't know what it is till i see it so we will continue the hunt.
okay, so first up we have barbie's car.
katie is all girl, but she freaking loooooooooooooves cars.
she likes polly pockets but wants the car that goes with the polly pocket.
she loves strawberry shorcake, lalaloopsy, and hello kitty.
and by george did you know they all have freaking cars? they do.
so when i saw this at the garage sale for $2 it was a no brain-er. bought. and loved
barbie likes to cruise around with her shoes and handbag in the trunk and with her second hand ken in tow as well. makes for great summer fun. :)
 okay now i have to let you in a little secret. i absolutely have a thing for all miniature toys. make it girly and you will get a squeal from me.
shut up that's why i kept trying for a girl so i could buy this crap and not have it look weird. okay? okay.
anywho, first up has got to by one of my favorite thing. my next door neighbor new that we katie liked hello kitty. so when she was getting ready for her garage sale she brought over this adorable little vintage hello kitty family set.
i started bouncing up and down, and speaking in a high pitch voice at the neighbor, to which she said "um it's for katie...okay?" yeah whatever.
katie loves the family, but i think i love it more.
 these little fisher price houses were actually found before we moved to iowa, but i had to include them. they were $1.50 each at a second hand store called deseret industries. if you are ever in utah, they are all over and they are a great place to find second hand stuff. :)
 oh look the hello kitty mommy is just the right size for the cute little houses.
 and once you open them up you see that there is a living room, dining room and a couple of bedrooms one being a nursery. sigh. i love it.
ahem, so does katie, she plays with it practically every day.
 okay and last but not least i had to show you these adorable little hello kitty "eggs"
 when you push the little button: the lids open up and you have a uber super mini hello kitty and friend doing fun and adorable cute things on tiny furniture and accessories.
yes, i know, i have an illness, the husband tells me every time i see a garage sale sign.
but whatever the case, for less than a bundle of money, joy is brought to both the person who likes to hunt the perfect finds, and the kids that like to play really noisy finds.
happy garage sale season.
i'm so not done yet. much to the husbands delight. haha. :)


Heather at Happy Chippy Junk said...

D.I. We love thee!!

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness!! I did an internal squeal when I saw those adorable Hello Kitty dolls! I love her too and I've never seen those! Love!

Leigh Anne said...

I also LOVE garage sales. My kids are only 5,3 & 1 so they make it a big more challenging. I'm looking for some specific things to organize my sewing space. Maybe if I keep a list of what I'm looking for, I'll be less likely to buy stuff I don't need....maybe?? haha!!
My oldest boys would rock that Hungry Hippo! And the Hello Kitty stuff.....awesome :)

Donna said...

Those Hawkeye fans are crazy. I remember there was this house about a mile from ours that was painted black with gold trim. And there was a big gold Hawkeye painted on the side of the house. And a flagpole in the front yard with only a Hawkeye flag. And if you think it's bad there, don't even go into IU territory in Indiana, it's worse!
(This may seem totally random, but I read your post about the table...)

Suburban Stitcher said...

cool finds! also love seeing your kiddos again :)

Christina said...

Might I suggest paint samples before repainting? :)

kjramstack said...

WOW - those houses were a STEAL! I love me some rummage and thrift stores. I've been hitting up the rummage sales every Friday now that the weather is nicer. Happy hunting!

Aimee said...

I bought Hungry Hungry Hippos for my kids to play with at their grandparents' cabin. Okay it was for my own nostalgia's sake. Ended up giving it away because it was SO LOUD no one else could have a conversation at the cabin.

Tennjenny said...

I can't even tell you how many times this house has been painted in the past 7 years. And we can't paint to save our lives, so we have to pay someone to do it. But when it's wrong, it's just wrong.

Angela said...

I am laughing over your hungry hippos comment because before you even described it I remember it from childhood. And my main memory was how LOUD is was! lol

Cherie said...

Great game for distracting children!
Love those little Hello Kitty toys they are so cute!
Garage sales sound so cool to go to! =D

I'm having a giveaway on my blog. Feel free to stop by and enter (if you haven't already) =D

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Great finds :) I love garage sale season!! :) Have a wonderful day!! xo Holly

Annette Deardurff said...

Too funny - our little town is having its town wide sale next weekend - I didn't have enough time to sort through my stuff to be in the sale myself but hey, that leaves me free to wander thru the town looking for treasures!!!! Yay me! All I have to contend with us the familiar refrain from my hubby "why do you want to add MORE STUFF TO WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE" ? He obviously doesn't understand lol - its more about the HUNT!!!!!!!!!!!! LOl

Kathy@mishmashmom said...

Score on the Hungry Hippos! My son just HAD to have that game for Christmas and I haunted DI for months looking for it, but no luck. So I caved and went to Wal-Mart to buy it where it was surprisingly expensive {$20!} and then {of course} found it at DI the week after Christmas after the game had already been opened and 7 marbles had been lost...AND I've seen it at two different yard sales this spring...AND I hardly ever let the kids play with it because it is so darn noisy. sigh.

P.S. LOVE Barbie's shoes!

Veronica Scott said...

You crack me up, lol!

elizabeth said...

I wanted hungry hippos soooooo bad as a child but it was deemed too loud. I'm on the bunt for one now to play with bens neice and nephew. FYI: my mom removed the battery from operation.

Anonymous said...

I rarely leave comments but those Hello Kitties have sent me over the edge. I LOVE Hello Kitty and I want a set like that to play with and I am almost 50 years old!!! Thanks for the cute pictures!

roccagal said...

Sut the front dorr-those Hello Kitty toys are AMAZING!!!!!! I LUV HELLO KITTY! Lucky ducky!

Kate said...

Where did you get that large print on your mantel? It's really cute and simple.

Kate said...

Where did you get the large print on your mantel? It's so cute and simple!

kjogo said...

I totally understand the paint thing! We painted our great room last fall, and the color isn't at all what I wanted. My girls just roll their eyes when I start to talk about it:) Good luck on your repainting mission!

Janice said...

Love the GS finds. We go almost every week and always have an agenda for a particular thing, so that we dont come home with too much of "other people's junk" Great post.

Bearpawquilter said...

He's behind the wheel?!!!!
She's letting him drive her car?!!!!
Oh, please switch them and take another picture. That is so wrong.

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