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thrifting: getting good again

The Sunday before Halloween I scored this vintage Fisher Price Barn at Saver's for $2.99. When I was a kid I had this barn, and played with it all the time. At that age I was convinced my dad could fix anything, and I can't remember if it was the Fisher Price Barn or the Weebles Cottage that he fixed up for me, numerous times, beyond any reasonable expectation.

Jack's interpretation of how the barn should look on the inside.

Retro sticker, clue to the life of the previous owner. I should also mention that I recently found another similar Fisher Price vintage barn at Goodwill, but they had it priced at $19.99! At Goodwill! Crazy.

That same thrifting day at Saver's I bought this repro Kewpie for $7.99, which is, for me, quite a lot to dish out for one item. Again, I had a similar one when I was younger, but mine wore yellow/peach flowered coveralls. I remember once learning that Kewpie is a boy, and trying to reconcile that with my own conception of Kewpie as a girl. Clearly, this Kewpie, in her Victorian-era swimming costume, is a girl.

And here she is wearing a preemie hat my mom taught me to knit. My first attempt at knit 1, purl 1 ribbing and knit two together decrease. I messed up the decrease and this hat seems ridiculously small, even for a preemie, so I'm gifting it to Kewpie to keep her warm over the winter. Who knows, I might even knit her a matching sweater dress!


sulu-design said…
Was that the barn that let out a little moo sound when you opened the door? I recall having it as a kid, and I would have sworn there was a little sound mechanism in it.
I love what Jack has done with the place!

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