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March 2, 2011

After The Auction

Filed under: Thrifty Finds — Laura R @ 6:18 PM

Toward the end of February I attended my first auction in a very long time.
I told you that I was a bit out of my element.  I felt that it was a lot of sitting around waiting for the things I was interested in when I would have preferred to know an asking price and do my bargaining from there. I wanted more control in the situation.

Fortunately the drive home involved passing a charity thrift housed in an old religious facility. 
That is worth a post of its own.  Not just a church or religious based school, this is an abandoned compound of buildings.

If any of you thought my barn looked haunted, you would not set foot at this thrift after dusk.   In fact, there are stories of roaming spirits, but I will save that for the follow-up post.

I left the auction empty handed, with a few dollars in my pocket, and in the mood to find a treasure of some sort.  Well, it was not the day to find much at the thrift store either and  to save coststhere was minimal heat on in the old drafty building.  February in Wisconsin can be a bit nippy even in the sunshine.  So it was a quick dash through the store. 

However the volunteers had had a social event the previous night and there were left over home baked cookies.  🙂

I always find a few items and as I was checking out and chatting,  my eye was drawn to a display case behind the volunteer.
Often I don’t bother to look at what are considered the “better items.”

Blue Bunny was a wonderful color, but did not look quite right. Upon closer inspection, not only was his tail missing its flocking,

in fact there was even discussion over was it a tail or an egg,

but the main “purpose” of the figurine was also missing –


The volunteer assured me there was a thermometer on the ears when she placed it in the case earlier in the day.
We looked around, to no avail, and she sighed “I guess I will just have to throw it away…”  (I have heard this so many times) and before I could plead his case she added “unless you want to take him home.”  Yes – FREE!

I admit I champion lost cause thrifted items.

But look at his cute painted toes  and that sad smile.  He began to get cuter in his desperation. 

 I did my online research and found another one on ebay, with thermometer, going for $9.99.
There is a yellow one on etsy with a glazed tail, asking $8, 
and a blue one on etsy who not only has a thermometer but also a ribbon and bell. ($15) 
See how the smile does not look as sweet?

I am delighted to have him here but feel bad that I was going to pass him up for two dollars,
his price when he was intact. 
What is your opinion, would you have taken him home?

Look for a post soon about a Barter Experiment.  (please look)

Linking up with Vintage Thingee Thursday  and Thrifty Thursday  and Time Travel  and  Junkin Finds Friday

Treasures and Trinkets      Tickled Pink     Simple Pleasures    Crazy Cute 
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest



  1. Absolutely! He is VERY precious…and needs a good home! He’s perfect…and so very blue! ♥

    Comment by Lavender Dreams — March 2, 2011 @ 7:22 PM

  2. No not really. It is just that I am not into those type things. Nothing wrong with it, just not my taste. For the price, I might have taken it tho.

    Comment by LaVoice — March 2, 2011 @ 7:24 PM

  3. too cute! never seen one of these – joining you at Dayle’s today for Simple Pleasures.

    Comment by Karen — March 2, 2011 @ 8:16 PM

  4. Absolutely, he is adorable! Enjoy!

    Comment by sue — March 2, 2011 @ 8:24 PM

  5. Howdy! 🙂 I really did have a great Goodwill day…those legos were worth going for! My little guy was thrilled out of his mind! (and I didn’t hear a peep out of him for hours…ding ding ding, big plus for me!) 🙂
    Thanks for linking up your bunny, I think he’s sweet and you can’t beat the price tag!
    Hope you have a great day!
    Missy 🙂

    Comment by Missy — March 2, 2011 @ 8:28 PM

  6. Oh I would, I’d figure out a way to perk him up, he’s too special to leave behind.

    Comment by ~Andrea~ — March 2, 2011 @ 8:36 PM

  7. I think he’s cute! But then, I’m quite a sucker for misfit items. That’s why I have two barns full of stuff. lol

    Thanks for linking to the party. I would love to have you join me each week. And this Friday is my “Funny Faux Pas Follies” party. You can get the details by clicking the party button in my sidebar. I’d love to have you join that, as well.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

    Comment by Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage — March 2, 2011 @ 9:44 PM

  8. Your blue bunny arrived just in time for easter. So cute!

    Comment by Sherrie — March 2, 2011 @ 9:55 PM

  9. Iam still trying to figure out where his pieces parts are?? He is cute though!! LOL

    Comment by afistfullofweeds* — March 2, 2011 @ 10:04 PM

  10. He is adorable! Great color!

    Comment by Jocelyn — March 2, 2011 @ 10:16 PM

  11. YES! YES! YES! i love him. he’s blue for a start, and has bright red lips. besides i like quirky, broken, assymetrical things. the less perfect the better. the other half will attest to that. well done, i say! i hope you’re keeping him 🙂

    Comment by georgia little pea — March 2, 2011 @ 10:42 PM

  12. *Free* is a good thing!
    I love his beautiful colour 🙂

    Comment by Trish — March 3, 2011 @ 5:45 AM

  13. he’s great for easter……love that

    Comment by Sarah — March 3, 2011 @ 7:18 AM

  14. How very interesting…never seen anything like it.
    Stopping by from Simple Pleasures

    Comment by Janette@Janette's Sage — March 3, 2011 @ 7:46 AM

  15. Yeah, I probably would have taken blue bunny home. Key-ute. Susan

    Comment by Susan — March 3, 2011 @ 9:37 AM

  16. yes I would of snapped him up taken him home! he looks so happy!

    Comment by Ann — March 3, 2011 @ 11:14 AM

  17. I would have so taken him home too. I love it! So cute. And different. Happy VTT!

    Comment by Coloradolady — March 3, 2011 @ 9:36 PM

  18. He is very cute! He needed a home so I’m glad you did take him! Thanks for joining JFF this week! Hugs, Linda

    Comment by Linda @ A La Carte — March 3, 2011 @ 9:51 PM

  19. Isnt he just the cutest? Love it!

    Comment by Leigh Bratina, Bloggeritaville — March 3, 2011 @ 10:53 PM

  20. He is adorable and I love the color. Glad you took him home. I would have. Maybe you can find a thermometer for him.

    Comment by Tracy — March 4, 2011 @ 11:47 AM

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