Friday, March 30, 2012

TToF: The 90's edition

Friday night! You know what that means!


I feel old in the respect that some people consider 90's stuff to be "vintage" now. XD But I will admit that there are plenty of 90's stuff that I love and/or remember fondly. And my last few Goodwill finds are prime examples of that.

GIANT CARE BEAR! Haha, I actually have a large Cheer Bear that was a gift from my mother that's about this size. But this one, I've been keeping on my bed, sort of using it as another pillow. XD She's so soft and comfy--and big! (I put a pen next to it so you could get an idea.) I didn't know which Care Bear it was, since it's one of those newer characters they made up more recently...I looked it up and she's apparently Harmony Bear.

This one was $1.99 + tax.

I really couldn't pass this one up--Animaniacs pillow cases! There were two of them, and I knew my boyfriend could use a new one, so I snapped these up. We both used to love the cartoon, so now we're total dorks with Animaniacs pillows on our bed. TOTALLY HIGH CLASS, right? Right. XD

$1.99 for the set of two + tax.

I've been wanting to try out a tutorial I found for making reusable t-shirt tote/grocery bags...and I thought this was a cool print that could work well for something like that. (Once I try it out, I'll be sure to post here about it.) Definitely makes me think of the 90's.

$1.49 (on sale!) + tax.

And last, but not least:
High top sneakers! (Can't get more 90's than that, can you?) Seriously, I was excited to find these, because I usually never find shoes my size in thrift stores (I have big feet, sadly ^^; )...these were like new, and fit me perfectly! I had never heard of the shoe company before ("Pastry"), so I looked them up, and they actually have some pretty cute shoes! And apparently, I got a pretty good deal on them...brand new it looks like the cheapest sneakers they have are around $30. I got these for $3.49. The photos don't do the pink trim justice, either--the metallic trim is a pink with swirls of green and gold, giving it a pearly sort of tint. It looks really neat close up.

This week's total: About $8.96 + tax

Bonus photo! What do you get for the person who has everything? A custom-made, wooden yo-yo holder, of course.
(Someone actually bought this since I took the picture, if you can believe that. XD)

Until next time!


Sorry for the lack of updates, guys! And I know I missed my thrifting post last week...^^; I'll be doing an extra-large thrifting post tonight to make up for it. Things have just been busy for me (and Allie as well), so the blog's been a little quiet. But I promise...more posts are coming soon!


Saturday, March 17, 2012

TToF: The Belated Edition, I forgot to update yesterday for "Thrifting Thursdays on Friday". Sorry about that, guys! So without further ado~

I'm beginning to think that there's someone in this town who's slowly getting rid of a Strawberry Shortcake collection, because this is the 3rd time in several weeks I've found vintage Strawberry Shortcake stuff!

I found this old play-clock at one of the locally owned thrift stores earlier this week. It was actually more than what Goodwill charges for their toys (which is usually between .49-.99 cents) at $1.49, but I thought it was in pretty good shape for it's age, so I picked it up, anyway. It's got a few spots where the paint's been worn off, and someone tried to rip off the sticker on the front there, but otherwise it's actually in pretty good shape. I saw people selling them on Etsy for between $7-15, so I think I got an ok deal on it.

The rest of my haul isn't terribly exciting: a stack of DVDs!

I'm a sucker for DVDs (I have a crap ton of them, it's kind of sad xD), so I always make sure to keep an eye out for good ones, or even ones I can trade into Amazon for decent gift card amounts, heh. I just realized this morning that only 1 of these DVDs isn't a cartoon. Oh, how grown up I am. ;p Anyway, I got all of these for about $6, which isn't too shabby considering even used, The Lion King usually goes for around $7. (And the Robotech one is a 5-disc complete season which usually goes for around $19!)

So this week's haul was about $7.50 + tax. Not too bad!

Bonus: Since I was late posting this week, have a picture of a classy find I saw at Goodwill on Thursday--a John Deere "Tiffany" style lamp.

Is that some high style or WHAT? XD And it can be yours for the low, low price of $12.99, apparently! (And a nice dose of green for your St. Paddy's day, heehee.)

Until next time!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Geeks & High Fashion

Can we talk about how awesome "Princess Jellyfish" is for a moment?

I don't watch NEARLY as much anime as I used to when I was growing up (there's an understatement, lol)--but when a friend introduced me to "Kuragehime" (aka "Princess Jellyfish"), I gave it a shot. And boy, am I glad I did!

Meet Tsukimi. She loves to draw...and specifically, she likes to draw jellyfish. Make that LOVES to. Why? Because she is a jellyfish otaku (fanatic). If you think that's weird, she lives in a house with roommates that have similar crazy obsessions: one is in love with anything that has to do with "Records of Three Kingdoms" (and turns EVERYthing into a reference to Ancient China and/or war strategy), one is fanatical about any and all trains, one wears nothing but traditional Japanese kimono & has a small army of dolls in her room, and another is an anti-social shut-in who does nothing but draw manga night and day.

And what do they all have in common? 1. They're all scared of "trendy", beautiful people (since they are all far from being social and fashionable), 2. They're all NEETS (not in education, employment, or training--aka, jobless) and 3. They're all afraid of men. In fact, they've gone so far as to call themselves "The Amars", which basically translates into "The Nuns".

All of the Amars are geeky loners, basically, and don't really like having to talk to anyone who might not understand their respective loves & hobbies. In their little group, they feel safe and secure, knowing that they all have each other and don't have to be bothered with things that might upset them; like social gatherings, talking to people, or being forced to doing things they don't like.

But Tsukimi's life (as well as the other Amars) starts changing drastically once she meets Kuranosuke Koibuchi.

Not only is Kuranosuke a fashionable social butterfly with a wardrobe some would kill for...Kuranosuke's also a DUDE.

But when Kuranosuke helps Tsukimi save a jellyfish from an ignorant pet shop worker, little does she know that soon it will lead to haute couture make-overs and designing incredibly detailed, jellyfish-inspired dressed to the very same fashionable women that Tsukimi & the rest of the Amars have spent most of their lives trying to avoid!

While the show is a romantic sit-com sort of series, it also deals with some issues that are surprisingly heavy--dealing with things like social anxiety, for example. The Amars have had their fair share of being called names or being made fun of for their strange hobbies & fanatical behavior, and the only way they can think of dealing with it is to hold onto each other for support while shutting out the rest of the world. While this starts out as a "funny annoyance" for Kuranosuke, as the series progresses, he learns that there's no quick fix to this problem, and the only thing he can really do is to try to help Tsukimi and her friends deal with their problems as best as he can....without actually revealing to the rest of the Amars that he's actually a man, because they'd probably freak the hell out.

Funimation streamed the entire series subtitled on Hulu as well as it's own Youtube Channel. It was so popular that they recently released the entire series in a DVD/Blu-ray combo pack domestically (which I will hopefully be picking up myself whenever I get the extra cash XD)...but if you want to try it out before you buy it, I definitely recommend giving one of the streaming channels a go! Only the first 2 eps seem to be available as dubbed, but the whole thing is free to watch subtitled!

The series does sort of have an open-ending, though--probably because the manga is still ongoing. There have been rumors of a second season once more of the manga is completed, though! (I'm hoping someone will pick up the manga's so cute!) Until then, though, this series is a sweet, fun one and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone. ;D

Until next time!

Friday, March 9, 2012

TToF: Vintage-y finds of the Cute Kind

Friday night, and I've finally pulled myself away from sewing & Mass Effect 3 long enough for this week's installment of--

Whooo! :D

Anyway, this week I managed to find quite a few "vintage-y" type things, which is always fun. I apologize in advance for some of the's been raining like crazy the last 2 days, so the lighting's kinda crap. :/ First up!

A Snoopy bag from the 70's! I'm not sure if this is supposed to be a kid's messenger-style bag, or if it's supposed to be a diaper bag...I've tried looking for a similar design on both Etsy and eBay and came up empty handed. It was only a dollar, so I figured why not? I found out later that sadly, the zipper doesn't work...but it's still so cute (and hard to find?) that I didn't really mind so much. It's made of a vinyl material, so it's pretty sturdy. I might throw it up on Listia if I can't figure out what to do with it, heh.


An original Strawberry Shortcake "Lemon Meringue" doll from '84! I was surprised to find this...she was buried all the way at the bottom of a box of toys, and she was wearing some kind of glittery Barbie tutu. XD She did have her original socks/stockings, but that's about it. Her hair still faintly smells fruity, though, which also surprised me! I believe when these first came out, I had her along with Strawberry. She was cheaper than the Snoopy bag, but only by a penny.

The third:

I laughed when I picked this up out of the CD rack because the backside of it has a picture of Echo The Dolphin (which is probably one of the cheesiest games ever made, if you've never played it)...but when I opened it up, it was the Arcade Classics and Sonic CD instead! :|a Hmmm! I've tried finding info on this release (it has "NOT FOR RESALE" plastered all over it, so I'm not sure if this is a promo release or if it might've been bundled with something?) but haven't come up with anything yet...If anyone knows about it, I'd be interested to hear! I don't have a Sega CD System, but this set was a whopping .49 cents, so I bought it anyway. (I have a habit of picking up video games from thrift stores if they're cheap, since sometimes you never know what's worth money in that market. They could use a good cleaning, though.)

And last, but not least!

Ok, this one's not as vintage-y, but still pretty cute! This tote was the most expensive thing I bought this trip at $1.49. Not too shabby, considering totes like these are usually around $5 or more! And it's in pretty good condition, too. :D I love how the bow on her ear is shaped like a candy. Cute!

Grand total this trip: about $3.97 + tax

What do you think, guys? Worth it?

Ok, back to video games now! ;D Until next time!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

A Miracle Romance!

I actually meant to post this yesterday, but I got too busy and didn't get to. But I couldn't resist posting a little something to celebrate Sailor Moon's 20TH anniversary! (Wow, something else to make me feel old, lol.)

Sailor Moon originally aired in Japan on March 7th, 1992. It didn't air on American television until about 4 years later, but it had already made it's way into some fansub distros (back in the day when fansubs were on VHS tapes). I first saw some Sailor Moon in '93 or '94 at a comic convention...I didn't know what it was, but I was drawn to the art style, and when I saw it in English on TV, I knew that it wasn't totally the same but...I was hooked. XD

I had been a fan of anime as a kid (though I didn't really know what it was at first), but Sailor Moon was one of the first series I actually got basically fanatical about. And it was the first time I was sort of into an actual "fandom" (before there was really a term for that sort of thing)--I drew lots of fanart, bought as much of the American merch as I could find (to help support the show, of course!), started actively trading VHS tapes of fansubs, and even chatting with other people online about the series & it's characters online once my family finally signed up with internet service. (Ah, dial-up and Geocities pages...seems like so long ago!)

And because of Sailor Moon, not only did I meet some amazing people through it (some friends I still know to this day!), but I honestly think that it helped me through some rough times. I know that sounds corny, but when I was young, I was painfully shy and it was very hard for me to talk to others and make friends. Sailor Moon not only helped me connect to other people, but for awhile? The Senshi where like friends I never had. And over time, I came out of my shell and DID find those friends...and I'd like to think that fandom was a small part in that.

So, yeah...some might find Sailor Moon to be outdated or corny, but who cares! I still love Sailor Moon, and if I ever have kids, you better believe they're gonna watch it eventually.


Friday, March 2, 2012

TToF: I'm never going to grow up

It's Friday night! You know what that means!

This week's post is basically more proof that, not matter how old I get, I'm probably never going to act like a mature adult. (As if anyone doubted THAT, right?)

I only really found one good thing at Goodwill this week, but to be's pretty awesome:

"Kawaii desu~~~!"

Yes. That is a Bobba Fett helmet. (Or should I say ME in a Bobba Fett helmet?) And not just some plastic Halloween mask, either--the full helmet! The antenna's missing, but the voice activation still works, and the batteries weren't dead! Not too shabby for $2, right?

And technically, I didn't get these yesterday...I got them today. But I figured since yesterday I didn't find much, I'd include them in today's post. ;D

OMG, TAMAGOTCHI! I was shocked to find someone selling these for $2 a piece...when I looked them up on Amazon and eBay, people wanted outrageous prices for them! (And most of them were used...these are new in the package!) I used to have at least 4 of the larger Tamagotchi back in the day...these were apparently released in 2005. I'm not sure if I want to open them and see if the batteries work, or possibly try to resell them...either way, I still think it was a pretty awesome find. >D

This week's total: about $6 plus tax

What do you think, guys? Not too shabby, right?

Til next time!