I have met some wonderful people through Instagram and estate sale land. One of those people is my friend Ash, who happens to live near me. Ash is THE TOY COLLECTOR...as you can tell by her house and what she collects. Her house just makes me giddy whenever I visit. I am excited to share it with blogland. You may also know her Ashtomaton on Instagram. This is a long post, but there is so much to share!
Ash is one of those people who collects and collects and loves things in multiples. The minute you walk in her house you know this is a house like no other. First we have the living room. Here is the mantle.
This print over her mantle came from one of the Little Black Sambo Restaurants.
So many squeaky animal friends.
Her collection of Keane prints.Even her lamps are fun. (I caught Ash in the mirror here)
Her collection currently numbers 685 and I believe it. Row after row of rubber faced cuties. These were made by Rushton. The octopus and the fish are awesome. I love how she has advertisements displayed with them. She is still on the hunt for a whale if anyone has one swimming around! In addition to the Rushtons and other squeaks there are dolls. This cabinet holds a variety of dolls. Giggles, Joy, Love Me Linda and Little Miss No Name live here in this cabinet. I learned a lot about dolls on this field trip.
These Little Miss No Name dolls were only made for one year in 1965. They creep me out a bit. I actually googled the history on these as they were so unusual. They were made by Hasbro and inspired by Keane. She came with a tear too, which made her even sadder.
These are my favorite cabinets in Ash's house. Super fun eye candy here. If you follow Ash's instagram account sometimes you might see her wearing that bear head!
How fun are these giant polka dot friends? The elephant is a toy box. In addition to the giraffe, there is a kangaroo in this series...Ash is on the hunt for that still.
A closer peek inside the cabinet. Baaaaaaaaa From the dining room we head into the kitchen. Another spot of fun. I remember when Ash picked up these paper charts with rules at a local estate sale. I was just arriving as she was leaving and she played show and tell with these before I went into the sale. She was giddy with this find and it is fun to see them up in her house.
This little shelf sits over the stove, so this is her audience while she cooks. How fun is that? Ash could not have a more perfect refrigerator to fit into her vintage loving house. The pop of color is awesome. Beyond the fridge in the little nook is her Disneyland collection as well as some other fun squeaks and toys.
Ash is lucky to live in an old house with lots of built ins and nooks. This nook is filled to the brim.
A shelf of Dreamland cuties. The top of her fridge is cuter than the top of mine. More friends in her hallway. No room is safe from the invasion of the toys. Ash even has friends with her in the bathroom.
When you live with vintage like this, it is only fitting to put all those darling old nursery containers to good use. The fun continues upstairs of course. There are lots of these vintage cutouts that decorate the walls in this stairwell. They are made by the Dolly Toy Company.
I love how Ash brings all those little vintage pieces together for one shelf of eye candy. Bambi and deer land here!
Yet another built in at the top of the stairs. This one has glass doors but I had to peek inside for a closer look.
This is the vintage muff wall. Yes, Ash really does use these. I have seen her out and about with her hands tucked in one. One of my favorite spots in the house is this cozy Knickerbocker bear chair. I love how the chair is the same color as the bears that it holds.
Meow.Ash is a wonderful seamstress. I have only ever seen her dressed in either a dress she has made or vintage. She is very talented with that sewing machine. This is the little room she works in. It is no surprise that she has lots of company in her sewing room.
Last stop on the tour is the bedroom.
The animals on the lower shelves are made by Alan Jay...there really are some darling squeaks out there. Such fun to come and play at Ash's house. I was in for a treat when she let me do a field trip post. Thank you Ash for letting me share your house and collections. I think your toys are pretty happy here.
I hit two sales this weekend. One on Thursday where I was number 6 out of probably 180 to get in the door. Despite my getting in the door quickly, I only found a few of things. Still worth my time though.
Friday was an estate sale I had been waiting for. I shopped phase 1 of the sale earlier this year and it was awesome. Phase II did not disappoint.
(some of my photos are a bit wonky as I was dodging raindrops. I set up outside for this post and THEN the rain started. I set up a beach umbrella and worked under that...egads!) You can see that this awesome Easter bunny was not successful in dodging all the raindrops.
I was very lucky with deer, both rubber and ceramic. The plastic Humpty Dumpty is the top of a sweet notepad holder.
A vintage squeaky dog, wood mushroom salt and pepper shakers and a can of old spray snow. I got a whole stack of old towels with great graphics...cats, strawberries, flowers, owls etc. Some fun designs for sure. I also found a old turquoise colored pot with shell and seashore graphics. It will go to my someday beach house. This old beach towel will be added to my collection. (photo from my Instagram feed...come follow me!) On the basement pantry shelf I found this old Santa jar. Bonus for having my spun head radar on as it was full of them! And old Wilendur violet tablecloth with original tag. It needs a good soak. As it sat folded the top panel discolored.
I got a wood tiny picnic table. Under the redwood looking paint there is green and pink paint. I will be sanding it down. The coffee tins were all found at the estate sale on Thursday. I also found a pair of vintage Christmas deer. Easter was plentiful. I found old egg cups, plastic easter eggs in original packaging and other misc. Easter. I was lucky to find three corsages in their original boxes.
I was thrilled to get this giant bunny. There were four of them in the photo for the Estate sale. I wanted one. I was #11 to get in the door for this sale and knew that my chances were slim as some of the people in front of me would go for them too. As I went in the door of the house I watched all the bunnies getting grabbed up. My friend Tom grabbed one and popped it into my basket for me. Such a sweet thing to do and it made my day.
Darling cardboard deer cutout, Swanky Swig glasses, a ceramic lamb and cat and other doodads.
This pair of pink deer caused quite a stir when they showed up on my Instagram feed.
I love the little homemade crescent moon shelf/staircase. I have found these before, but this one is fun with the railing detail. Mercury glass picks, an egg carton Christmas tree with great tinsel burst ornaments and a couple of super pinecone Snowman and Santa figures.
I got lucky with pinecone ornaments as well as a couple of boxes of indents ornaments. Vintage playing cards and a toy camera in the original box.
A great quilt made from old barkcloth. A child's shoebox for my collection that I do not have. A vintage child's party invitation for my collection (and here) and a tin of old dental powder.
The bathroom had a whole drawer of handmade soap sleeves. This alligator made me laugh. A pair of etched mirrors, vintage garland, vintage bump chenille and a fun little embroidered head.
One of my favorite things at the sale was reuniting this pair of egg cup heads. I found one at the first phase of the sale and then the other at the second phase. Back together again. I found yet another pair of child's sunglasses. In the past couple of weeks I have found three pair each with a different corner design...clowns, ballerinas and bears. You can also see some of the indent Christmas ornaments I mentioned earlier.
This sweet little snowman once had something else attached. I will gussy him up for Christmas and make him as good as new.
Such a fun sale. I dug for over an hour and a half and left with a very full car. A happy dance weekend for sure.
Lambs are frolicking. Chicks and Ducks are hatching.
I really have fun with this holiday. There are lots of vintage tidbits to be found and tweaked for Easter. So many ideas hatch in my head.
Carts full of fun.
I really crafted a wide variety of things. There is lots of Easter fun hopping to Etsy.
Bingo Bunnies.Fun little ornaments made from old cake decorations. These bunny ear gals just make me smile. Grinning ear to ear.
My glue gun has been quite busy.
I hope you can join in the Easter fun! I have LOTS more than what is shared her on this sneak peek post. If you follow me on Instagram you have seen more snippets. EASTER ETSY - MARCH 9th at 5:30 p.m. (pacific time).
(Please remember that things get a little chaotic during my sales and an item is not considered SOLD until it is paid for. If it is in your cart it is NOT safe. I will reimburse for multiple orders with overpaid postage).
I hit two sales today. The first sale I was number four on the list and got in right away. The second sale I hit two and a half hours AFTER IT OPENED and there was still a line. Thank goodness not all sales are like the latter.
I did well. It was a good day.
I found a green wood divided box. I always pick up things like that. Some sugar bells, pinecone clusters for crafting, a bottlebrush tree, tiny whisk broom, whistles and some cotton birds. The "Lookies" book has the cutest cover and illustrations. The tree topper is plastic, but has some fun details in the indents.
I think the felt Santas are meant to cover a wine bottle? I have some of the whistle swizzles, but always fun to have more.
This little flocked Christmas fellow with his bird friend came in the original box. It is a music box. I think the clips in the back are handmade napkin rings. The fruit and tiny nuts are pretty great (crafting potential).
This crewel deer was just too sweet to pass up.
The old joke magazines were just funny. (jokes are funny!) I also got a box of great periwinkle birds that will look amazing with a party hat.
An unused Christmas dish towel. This packet of Victory garden themed jar labels are super. Original packaging, great graphic...unfortunately they are ALL stuck together.
A darling Christmas tree skirt. Those angels just are DARLING. DARLING. My favorite find of the day was a box of old playing cards. I think it was a persons collection as there are only one or two of each design. I have a gazillion playing cards in my collection, but MANY of these I have never seen before. The best kind of vintage sorting for sure.
A good day. Nice to be back out in estate sale land. Happy Weekend.
Wow! It has been three months since my last Collection Challenge...these posts have definitely gone from a weekly post to an occasional series!
I just found a new vintage rubber ball with a face. That makes three and that makes a COLLECTION. Time to share...this one is quirky.
I first saw this ball at Farm Chicks last year. It is rock hard with age and I really, really liked its quirkiness, but I didn't buy it. A few months later I saw the same vendor at another show and she still had the ball. I bought it. I figured if it had crossed my path twice and was still in my thoughts, then it was meant to be. It also gave me that side ways glance...buy me.
It is marked on the back TOMMY-BO. I did a little research and he was made in the 1930s by Seiberling Latex Products. One just sold on Ebay for $38. I did not pay that much for mine.
After I bought Tommy-Boy, a few months later in estate sale land I found this fellow in a digger sale. Again the ball is hardened with age and the face is frozen into this funny expression. He looks like he ate a lemon.
Again the ball is marked on the back. This one is Bo Bo. He is also marked with SEIBERLING Latex Products Co. It also has a patent number which dates it to the 1930s. This past weekend I found a THIRD rubber faced ball. I was SO excited as these balls seem to be so random, and also that three made a COLLECTION. This one is rock hard as well, but luckily froze with time with an indent below the face, so her cute features are still there.
Again, she has a name...BABY FACE. She is also manufactured by SEIBERLING and is marked as such.
I think they are happy they found each other. Tommy-Boy, Bo Bo and Baby Face. I have no idea if there are others out there to hunt down or if this is as big as this collection will get. I hope there are more. I would love a whole pile of these fun rubber balls. They live in my bathroom. Smiling at me everyday.
Fun to get another collection challenge posted. This will still be an occasional series and not weekly...but you know those collections will keep on coming!
I'm all decorated for the day of love! I still have my white garland up that I hung Shiny Brites from during Christmas. They were followed by honeycomb bells for the New Year and now foil heart cutouts for Valentine's day.Last year Amy and I were out junking and we came across a HUGE cardboard heart in the garage at an estate sale. It barely fit in her car. This year is is front and center in my holiday window. I also found some LARGE honeycomb hearts last year at an estate sale and they worked perfectly with the giant one to give it a little extra fun.
I had to change it up with where I displayed things this year as collections had grown. My vintage Valentine card boxes got a new spot to be displayed.
I am always thrilled to find a new box or two each year. This year I think I added about 4 new boxes.
This pair of cupids are a favorite that I love to pull out each year. This year I added the old Woolworths banner. The banner was just the perfect touch for this little nook display.
I found three of the giant honeycomb hearts so one found a spot on this cabinet. Old candy boxes including my cherry themed candy boxes live here. I also have a couple of my flipped holiday dolls.
Old Children's crafting magazines all for the month of February. It is always hard to get a photo of this shelf of littles with the window behind. It holds all my little Valentine treasures.
The cowboy was a great find this past year at $2. If you follow me on Instagram you already saw this photo. I love these fun plastic fellows. Harder and harder to find at a decent price! I have a few cupids and some old flash cards that are heart themed.
Vintage baby rattle cherubs.
The framed piece in the background is part of an old sheet of crepe paper that was Valentine themed.
I have a thing for old metal baking tins in heart shapes.
Vintage heart shaped baby rattles in original packaging.
I have been VERY lucky with Valentine candy heart boxes in the past couple of weeks. I found FOUR at one sale a couple of weeks ago and another this past weekend. The giant one was found last year and I can't imaging my husband giving me that much chocolate. He knows better than that.