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August 1, 2011

Asking Your Opinion

Filed under: Thrifty Finds,Whatzit — Laura R @ 9:16 AM

I was at a garage sale and purchased a larger item. The woman had no change and said I should pick out something else to round up my total.

Almost everything in her sale was from the 50s or earlier.
What caught my eye on this figurine was his acorn cap.

I am planning some autumn tablescapes and he will fit in with those as well as other woodsy posts.

Other than being marked Made In Japan below his shoulders I see no other makers marks.

There is a pinhole in one heel and a black mar in the  chalky finish. Not made of bone china or fragile porcelain.  Has a nice nice sound as you tap on it.

There is an irregularity under one ear that is not duplicated on the other side.

I am thinking of painting or staining his acorn cap a darker shade and coloring his hair, but if he actually has some value I do not want to alter an original vintage figurine.

Your opinion?  Should I make him look more woodsy and vibrant colored or should I leave him alone?

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  1. He is adorable! A cute little find that will be adorable in a fall vignette! If he is marked Japan, then he does have some value. I think that I would leave him just the way he is. Those soft muted colors just add to his charm!

    Comment by Meghan Grace — August 1, 2011 @ 11:25 AM

  2. There are some items out of Japan made during the US post-war occupation that are pretty valuable so you might want to check it out a bit more. But I think he would look cute with a darker hat.

    Comment by Anonymous — August 1, 2011 @ 11:44 AM

  3. He is gorgeous and a whole houseful of 1950’s items! oh I would have been in vintage heaven.

    Leave him as he is, totally lovely x

    Comment by Karen Jones — August 1, 2011 @ 12:17 PM

  4. I think he is really cute! I agree you should leave him as is until you check out his value. Then maybe add a little color if you really want too. See how he looks in your fall vignette.
    hugs, Lindah

    Comment by Linda @ A La Carte — August 1, 2011 @ 12:31 PM

  5. Cute little find, I think I would leave him as he is.

    Comment by jenny — August 1, 2011 @ 1:49 PM

  6. I love him! I would leave him just the way he is. Once you put him within the fall vignette, he may seem a little brighter. Based on your description, I think he is made of bisque and he may be valuable. The doll market is not good right now so I would hold onto him for a while. Good luck!

    Comment by Dana — August 1, 2011 @ 1:56 PM

  7. oo I think I like him just the way he is 🙂 Especially if he might hold some value! x

    Comment by Rose — August 1, 2011 @ 2:21 PM

  8. aww, he is so cute … I would leave him the way he is
    Maria x

    Comment by Anonymous — August 1, 2011 @ 4:04 PM

  9. Great find! I like him just the way he is, adorable!! Visiting from NTT!!

    Comment by Jan @Southern Junkin' — August 1, 2011 @ 4:16 PM

  10. He’s cute just the way he is!

    E 🙂

    Comment by Em — August 2, 2011 @ 12:18 AM

  11. So gorgeous! I’d leave him just how he is…sooooo cute! x

    Comment by Mama Syder — August 2, 2011 @ 3:20 AM

  12. I think he is fabulous and I wouldn’t change him. A great find.

    Comment by Melody — August 2, 2011 @ 4:02 AM

  13. Hi,
    Thank you so much for your blog comment and sharing info about the blog sale link up!!

    I don’t know anything about the value of your figurine but he sure is cute!

    Comment by rene' — August 2, 2011 @ 10:27 AM

  14. Love him like he is! Very cute. Wonder what your larger purchase was????? Thanks for linking up over at Club G.W. with Charm Bracelet Diva. Have a great week!


    Comment by Kathleen Kenna Ashton — August 2, 2011 @ 10:46 AM

  15. I think he is just lovely as he is. Can’t offer any learning about him but just love him.
    My Magpie Monday post is over at

    Comment by mumsarcade — August 2, 2011 @ 1:11 PM

  16. He’s an unusual little chap, isn’t he?

    Comment by whatshappeningatmyhouse — August 3, 2011 @ 3:34 AM

  17. What a cute find – I totally dig the acorn cap!

    About the music – yes, I TOTALLY agree. I actually keep my computer sound on mute for that very reason. Even if it does load quickly, I just don’t want to hear it.

    Comment by Two Bears Farm — August 3, 2011 @ 7:51 AM

  18. Most of the bisque Japanese figurines were massed produced and have little value, but I would not alter him in any way. He is sweet just the way he is and it took years to cultivate that particular look. Great find! 🙂

    PS — you reminded me of the cracked marble trick. We did that too as kids. 🙂

    Comment by Nancy — August 3, 2011 @ 8:13 AM

  19. I think I’d leave him as he is-he’s got charm on his own!

    Comment by Rebecca — August 3, 2011 @ 8:27 AM

  20. Oh, I love him just the way he is. Charming little piece!

    Comment by Pearl — August 3, 2011 @ 9:46 AM

  21. He reminds me of the victorian piano babies. I wouldn’t do a single thing to him except love him.

    Comment by debbie york — August 3, 2011 @ 11:35 AM

  22. Thanks for commenting on our blog, and I LOVE yours! I’m a thrifter too, though my favorite store in our little town has just closed.

    I can’t wait to read more!

    Comment by Mary Ann — August 3, 2011 @ 4:36 PM

  23. Smart garage sale lady. No change makes you take something else and she is a head of the game. However, I like the cute little figurine.

    Comment by LaVoice — August 4, 2011 @ 8:48 AM

  24. Leave him. He’s pretty sweet with his “patina” as is.
    If you paint his hair it will look pretty fakey.
    I’m all for painting and changing things.. but even this one.. I’d lieave. He’s good as is. His chippyness is awesome.

    xo Jeanne
    bees knees bungalow

    Comment by Jeanne. — August 4, 2011 @ 9:20 AM

  25. I can’t decide if he should stay alone or get more color. I just really like him.

    Comment by JDaniel4's Mom — August 5, 2011 @ 2:32 PM

  26. I think he’s adorable just the way he is. He sure has aged gracefully over the years and you were lucky to find him:-)

    Comment by Betsy — August 5, 2011 @ 5:51 PM

  27. I don’t know a thing about your little boy here but he sure is cute.
    He’s gonna look so cute on your fall tables.
    xo bj

    Comment by bj — August 6, 2011 @ 2:15 AM

  28. OK, I’m gonna throw in my two cents worth. There was a time when “Made in Japan” items were really a hot commodity. Over the past ten to fifteen years, or so, I’ve seen that demand wane – tremendously. That does NOT mean that there will not be a resurgence of popularity in the future. But for now, there just doesn’t seem to be a real demand for items like your cute little baby.

    You can always take it to a few antique stores and ask them if they can give you more info, or go to the library and look for collectibles books specifically on “Made in Japan” items. Maybe that will help you decide.

    Thanks for linking to the party. I hope to see you again this week.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

    Comment by Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage — August 8, 2011 @ 6:15 PM

  29. He’s adorable and his acorn cap will make him the perfect addition to a fall vignete or tablescape.

    – The Tablescaper

    Comment by The Tablescaper — August 15, 2011 @ 10:32 AM

  30. Hey — thanks for finding my blog! I appreciate it! I just was reading yours and saw this little guy! He is probably bisque. And he was possibly a carnival game prize, and he is probably earlier than 1950. He seems to be in the vintage of the 40s kewpies. Do not paint him at all, it will lower his value. I don’t know how big he is, but I would say he is probably worth $15-25 or possibly more.

    Comment by Anonymous — August 23, 2011 @ 11:42 AM

  31. Don’t change a thing. He looks like he is bisque and probably before 1950, Maybe 1940 and possibly a carnival prize. He is probably worth $15-25 depending on size..Thanks for finding my blog. Like LTC Vintage Collection on FB and you will see my flapper doll of probably same era…The Vintage Iowan

    Comment by Janet Roewe Piller — August 23, 2011 @ 11:47 AM

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