Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Flea Market Finds...for Around Five Bucks

Why, yes! That is a giant wooden elephant. 

Last Saturday morning, my sister Ashley, her boyfriend Brian and I stumbled upon this friendly wooden beast at a local flea market. He was affixed with a price tag for $7, which was later crossed-out and replaced with $5. And boy were the previous owners thrilled to not have to lug this thing back into the truck once I set my eyes upon it. In the end, Ashley talked me into forking over the $5 and having the kind sellers hold it for us until we were finished trekking around the rest of the market. I do love elephants...especially wooden elephants with big ol' googly eyes.

But what is it? Well the previous owners used it as an oversized magazine rack, but also suggested that I could weather-proof it and use it as a planter. No,  thanks. I had something else in mind.

Form and function. I love this thing!

No magazines. No plants. This trusty old elephant is the new home for my novelty LPs. Music To Strip By, Nutty Numbers and my latest thrift acquisition... Bar Room Piano by Joe "Fingers" Carr are just a few classic titles, to name a few. I'll get more into that last record in a later post.

Thank God, Brian was on hand to carry this thing back to the car. It's a sturdy piece, to say the least. Plus, this left Ashley and I some free hands to dig for other fun flea market finds. Ashley found herself a lovely pair of vintage sunglasses. I found yet another owl figurine to be photographed with better lighting in a future post, and the Parker Brother's  slightly condescending game of Careers for Girls. It was worth the $2 to experience the five, that's right, five available careers for girls circa 1990. It was an all-around awful experience for everyone involved.

But don't worry. I totally redeemed my flea market prowess with this:

Where's Ellen Ripley when you need her?

This is a Facehugger from the Alien franchise. And for a buck, it makes a nice addition to my shelf of horrors. Don't ya think?

The Facehugger is just hanging with Sadako from Ringu

So admittedly the total for the elephant rack, the alien creature, the little owl and the awful board game tallied over $5. But the night before I recovered $6 from my pants pocket while doing the laundry. Bonus! 

But wait...there's more! Me...Ashley...Brian....We, the Three Flea-Marketeers also bought something else...a super secret surprise. This can only be revealed after a photo shoot that will inspire, amaze or at the very least...confuse every last one of you. It's going to be...huge. And that's all I'm saying for now. Hehehe.

What flea finds have you scored lately? 


Vanessa said...

Loooving both finds! :) Especially the fun elephant.

Jackie Jardine said...

Thanks, Van. I love the elephant too. No buyer's remorse for me! I definitely made the right decision on this one.

<3 Jackie @ Let's Go Thrifting!

Bijou Sugar-Socks said...

wow! that facehugger is the coolest!

Jackie Jardine said...

Thanks for stopping by to Let's Go Thrifting, Bijou. I do love the Facehugger. The funny thing is...I tried to play it cool so the seller didn't jack up the price based on my excitement. I said hello and rather cooly asked "How much do you want for your little creature, here?" And she shrugged and said, "How 'bout a dollar?" I was practically leaping for joy while digging for my money, ha ha.

<3 Jackie @ Let's Go Thrifting!

Heather@Tatter and Fray said...

I totally love your elephant! Awesome find!

Jackie Jardine said...

Thanks for stopping by, Heather. I love, love, love the elephant. I almost didn't buy him for fear of taking up too much space, but ultimately decided space MUST be made for a wooden elephant rack.

<3 Jackie @ Let's Go Thrifting!

my chinese auntie said...

hi Jackie, my hubby says I get that cat ate a canary look when I score a great price. sooorry I cant help it! found some Pendleton wool shirts for $2 a piece and after checking all over for moth holes bought them not your basic red or blue or brown but turquoise green and purple plaid woohoo..nancy my Chinese auntie