6.23.2011

a little thing...

a heat wave earlier in the week sent the kids and i running to the thrift store in search of air conditioning. it was one of those days. those of you without a/c will surely understand. we hit the pool in the morning, came home, napped. the kids got up and we sat around sweltering. i watched the temperature in the house reach 90 degrees, and declared it a minor state of emergency. we evacuated. apparently we weren't the only ones with the idea--the thrift store was packed. i had to stalk someone to get a cart.

we elbowed our way through the crowd and managed to find a few things: a crocodile creek puzzle for hudson, an eeboo game for lucy. i got a brand new pair of jeans with tags still attached--had no idea that this particular thrift store has a premium denim section hidden in the back of the store. in the minds of lucy and hudson, however, the best find was a vintage fisher price school desk toy, complete with stencils, magnets and chalkboard.





a fresh coat of chalkboard paint, and this gem from 1972 is in near-perfect condition. i say near-perfect because as you can see, we are missing letter "w" from the alphabet set. those who know me best would be shocked that i bought something that is missing a peice, but the letters are standard size and i have high hopes that i'll come across one soon. until then, an upside down "m" can do in a pinch!

9 comments:

Renee said...

i'm so glad you're back to posting (i'm one to talk, i know.). i've missed you!

Jackie said...

Oh, I remember my grandma having one of those desks at her house! We used to play with it all the time, loved it!!!

Boo, Jax and Bo said...

We had that toy in my house as kids! I loved it. I'm glad the kids are enjoying i. I bet you'll find a matching W in no time. Good luck!

Ashley W said...

I had one these when I was a kid and recently found one at the Salvation Army too! SO fun!

miamihoney said...

Wow, I would love one of them...I had one as a child.Great find- missing W and all!

AnnaBanana said...

Wow I love this toy! I'm now on a hunt for one for my daughter. How much do you think is a fair price to pay? thanks!!

erin said...

annabanana--i would expect a desk, in good shape--with all pieces and stencils to go for around $30-$35. we got ours for $5 at the thrift store, but that was a lucky find! here is a cheaper one on ebay, and it has a lot of the pieces. http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Fisher-Price-School-Days-Desk-Learning-Play-Set-/180637445661?_trksid=p3284.m263&_trkparms=algo%3DSIC%26its%3DI%26itu%3DUCI%252BIA%252BUA%252BFICS%252BUFI%26otn%3D21%26pmod%3D160544609878%26ps%3D54

how funny that it is also missing the "w" ???

Alexis said...

ooooh, how these pictures bring back memories. I had one of those desks as a kid. What a treasure!

Amber Liddle said...

First of all, I have been doing the same thing the past couple weeks--pool, lunch, nap, thrift store! I hate this heat!

Secondly, I got one of those desks at a church sale last year--they had two, each 25cents! I wish I'd have known you would need a 'w' as ours had two sets of letters in there!