Thursday, October 11, 2018

Things I Didn’t Buy 78


Here are some cute sewing patterns. The first one is this vest and culottes pattern from the 1970s that I think is awesome.


I thought these 1970s overall dresses were interesting—I probably wouldn’t wear them but they do make a statement.


I liked these 1970s separates.


This was a nice simple dress pattern.


And I thought these pajamas were interesting.


Finally, I liked the simplicity and asymmetry of these 1960s dresses.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Japanese Sweets Food Toys: Tea and Bean Cake


Continuing with photographing Japanese food toys before I get rid of them, are two sets of Japanese sweets.


This is the front of the box.


And this is the back of the box.


The first is the tea set. This I had opened long ago, and lost the green tea portion inside the cup and the piece of tissue for a sweet to rest on.


Here’s the top view.


The second sweets set are bean cakes and crackers.


The amount of detail on these toys is pretty amazing.


The box opens up and there’s a bean cake inside.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Regional Food Toys: Hokkaido and Nagoya


The next two sets of food toys I have are based on foods from different areas of Japan.


This is the front of the box.


And the back of the box.


The first set is from Hokkaido and is hokke, a type of mackerel.


Here’s the top view.


The second set is from Nagoya and is a shrimp roll.


And this is the top view.


Thursday, September 20, 2018

Thrifted for $15.25


I got more cds—seven for $1.75. I got Brittney Spears’ Britney, Mariah Carey’s Emotions, Kelly Clarkson’s Thankful and Fiona Apple’s Tidal.


And I got some movie soundtracks, The King and I, My Best Friend’s Wedding and The Full Monty.


I also bought a black square frame for $1. One thing I should have checked before buying this was making sure the photo in it could be removed easily. The previous owner had the genius idea of gluing the photo to the glass. So after I ripped out the photo, I had to painfully remove the torn photo from the glass with water and Goo Gone. I hadn’t finished doing that when I took this photo, which is why there is not glass there.

And then I got pants. [Pause.] I hate buying pants. It’s difficult to find pants that you like and that fit properly. There are just more measurements to deal with—pants need to fit in the waist and hips and length. The length is less of a problem with skinny pants because they can just bunch up at the ankle. But other styles of pants, like boot cut or wide-leg, length definitely becomes an issue if it’s too long and needs to be hemmed.


However, with fall was around the corner, I made the effort to find and buy pants. And I succeeded. [Yay!] I found three pairs of pants. The first is a pair of black J Brand skinny pants that I got for $4.50. It has a slightly “rocker” feel to them as there are zippers on the sides, and the seaming around the knee reminds me a bit of motorcycle pants. The fabric is also a bit shiny, and I didn’t realize it until after I bought it that it’s “dry clean only”—which of course I wasn’t going to do. I hand washed them and air dried them, and they were fine.

And I got gray Not Your Daughter Jeans for $3.


Finally, I bought these Banana Republic olive green pants for $5. Sometimes there’s a tag that tells you when something was made, which is kind of interesting to check. This one says 04/Fall. So these are some 14 year old pants and still in pretty good condition.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Family Restaurant Food Toy: Katsu


I bought a lot of crap back in the day. I didn’t think of it as crap at the time. I just wanted…stuff. Things I thought were cute. Or interesting. Of funny. But they were things I never used. Things that just ended up in a box. Things I needed to get rid of.

In Japan, I bought food toys because they amused me. I thought they were silly and fun, and they showed the range of Japanese food available—from family restaurants, to sweets to regional cuisine.

However, I decided to finally get rid of these Japanese food toys that I hadn’t done anything with…some were still in their original packaging. [Sigh.] So, I decided I would take photos of them as a way give them some purpose before donating them to a thrift store.


Here’s a family restaurant toy for katsu—breaded fried pork. Family restaurants isn’t a term I generally use, but in Japan it’s a type of restaurant like a diner, much like Denny’s. Open 24 hours. Reasonably priced dishes that appeal to a wide demographic.


Here’s the front of the box.


And the back of the box. Ten toy sets in all to collect. I think the reception stand and menu in the #1 toy is pretty funny. But seriously, unless there’s a dollhouse restaurant, I’m not sure what anyone would do with any of these things.


A description of the dish and price.


I just think it’s hilarious that they included a bill as well.