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March 6, 2011

Signs of Spring

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

I am not sure that I have ever noticed this sign of spring before but this weekend when I visited a couple of thrift stores they had totally new floorplans.  Have I been out of touch that long or was there a new study done about layouts that make shoppers spend more?

On one hand the new displays were less crowded and junky looking,  on the other hand there seemed to be less merchandise.  I did see people dropping off donations and there was no shortage of help around.  Hopefully this means that next week, should I get to go back, the cleaned shelves will be full of interesting items.

I did find some books that I will share with you in a later post, and a couple glasses that will be part of a yard light project.  Speaking of yard art,  we all mention how early the holiday merchandise hits the store shelves.  Let me mention that last weekend I went out looking for






gazing globes





just to compare prices.  

Even if I do not shop retail I have to look at prices now and then to know what is reasonable.

My local stores have nothing on the floor.  

If there is a season to hurry in I believe it should be spring.  We all seem to be ready.

The shopping/spending I did do was preowned.

I am sure I mentioned before that even as I am checking out my eyes continue to browse what is available.  Some of the best finds happen as one is preparing to leave a sale or store.

Sometimes it is even the small items that draw your attention.

 These card games from the mid 1960s have great graphics.


While I’d hate to break up a full deck to use as artwork


Laurel and Hardy are missing a few cards.

The other decks  seem to be intact, including instructions.

Still, to be realistic, I do not know anyone who will sit and play a game of  animal rummy.

What do you think – keep the games together as a conversation piece or use the cards and images for altered artwork?

In case you missed this post about a swap or trade experiment, please click  here, read about it and I invite you to write a post and join in.

I am linking up with   Penny Worthy Project
Thrift Share Monday 
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday 
Twice Owned Tuesday 
Penny Pinching Wednesday



  1. What awesomely cool cards! My mother used to be into decoupage, I bet that’s what she would have done with them! Maybe a collage for a child’s bedroom?

    Comment by one person's view — March 6, 2011 @ 7:31 PM

  2. I think you’re right — you won’t play the games so I encourage you to use them in your art! The pictures are so cute! I love the Laurel and Hardy, too! I know — I hate it when I go into the thrift store and the shelves are cleared out and everything’s moved around!

    Comment by Laurie — March 6, 2011 @ 9:02 PM

    • Hopefully as they moved and rearranged they disinfected and dusted too.

      Comment by dogsmom — March 7, 2011 @ 7:12 AM

  3. PS — I just bought one of those funny bunny ones as ephemera at a shop a few days ago!

    Comment by Laurie — March 6, 2011 @ 9:02 PM

  4. Those cards do bring back some memories. The boxes may be worth something.

    Comment by Stumpy and Cyndi — March 6, 2011 @ 9:03 PM

    • You know, I do know better and I never even gave the box value a thought. Thank you.

      Comment by dogsmom — March 7, 2011 @ 7:11 AM

  5. Oh those cards bring back memories. Love them! Could the photos be scanned to use for projects instead of breaking up the deck? You’re probably right though – nobody’s going to sit down and play them. Great find! laurie

    Comment by laurie — March 6, 2011 @ 11:02 PM

  6. They keep remodeling/transforming our Goodwill’s and it does seem like there is less. Hmmm….

    LOVE those cards. I so would have snatched them u too!

    Comment by Holly L — March 7, 2011 @ 12:56 AM

  7. Looove the graphics! The animals are so cute! I would be tempted to use them as art (I would almost be wishing the deck was incomplete so not to have to give it a second thought!!)

    Comment by gina — March 7, 2011 @ 7:46 AM

  8. My thrift store shelves are really bare also. I’m hoping things will improve soon. Love the graphics on those cards.

    Comment by Linda @ A La Carte — March 7, 2011 @ 8:11 AM

  9. I remember about 5 years ago many of the charity shops spruced up, with new shelves and racks and no more boxes on the floor to rummage through. I’m happy to say that this state of affairs didn’t last long and now most have the rummage spots back again. I think many of them tried to be too much like full price retail and it doesn’t work (in my humble opinion!). I’d say use the cards for crafting unless you have small children visit regularly who like to play card games. They would make pretty bunting actually. Might do that for spring decorating with old packs of Donkey and Old Maid I have.

    Comment by Barbara — March 7, 2011 @ 8:28 AM

  10. I’m definitely not an expert in selling antiques or collectibles, but I’m assuming sets are always the best value for the buyer, which may make them a more appealing purchase. The Laurel and Hardy Collection is my favorite. If the set is not complete, maybe research will help you determine the best route to take. I’m not sure why, but the cards (L&H) strike me as a great accent for a bar (cards 2 and 1 would be cute for obvious reasons, or even the date your bar was established) or even as a game room accent – score cards. Great find!

    Comment by kris — March 7, 2011 @ 9:24 AM

  11. Love the cards. I would use them to decoupage something for my grandson.

    Comment by Lana — March 7, 2011 @ 9:39 AM

  12. Totally agree about Spring! And I covet your card games. Great graphics indeed!

    Comment by Angela — March 7, 2011 @ 11:19 AM

  13. wow those cards bring back memories of my childhood born in the 70s but my grandma had leftovers from the 60s when she had children at home

    Comment by angie — March 9, 2011 @ 5:08 PM

  14. I love the adorable vintage card games. Just love the graphics on them. Too cute!

    Comment by Michelle — March 11, 2011 @ 8:35 AM

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