Halloween Thrift Scores – January 2 – Goodwill

Like many of my fellow Halloween fiends, I regularly scope out thrift stores, estate sales and garage sales for Halloween finds. Sometimes I get lucky and sometimes I come out empty handed.

January 2nd’s trip was fairly decent. Definitely not my best, but certainly not my worst. Here’s what I found.

Plastic Jack O Lantern Lanterns

Yes. My cats like to photobomb me.

These are fairly recent, but I thought they were cute and in good shape, so I took a chance on them. No idea where exactly they came from. A cursory search of Google Images and Ebay turned up nothing, but it’s kind of difficult to find a Jack O Lantern Lantern. Eh.

They’re plastic and made in China. I have no idea if they’ll work once I place batteries in them, but if not, they may be a project piece. Even if they don’t work, they’re cute as all get out and I’m happy with them.

Holland Mold Ceramic Pumpkin

So when I took this bad boy home, I had no idea he was vintage. He looked like something you would pick up in one of those rustic home shops that seem to pop up in deserted downtowns these days. Honestly, I didn’t even check him for any markings. He was a pumpkin and he needed a home.

The bottom is marked Holland Mold 1970 and appears to be signed by the artist. It doesn’t have a crack in the back and a small chip on his stem, but he’s in otherwise great shape. There’s a light that feeds through the back with a switch on the back. Here’s a photo of my cat, Bernie, checking him out:

He’s fairly unimpressed.

So only two finds, but I only hit up one Goodwill as I’m still trying to get over this bout of bronchitis and the cold makes it worse. I’m pretty happy with my finds, though. You can head over to my other blog, retromeow, in a few days to see what else I found that doesn’t quite fit the HalloweenMeow mold.

What have you found recently on your thrift treasure hunts?

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Clearance Christmas Items to Grab for Halloween

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After Halloween, all of us Halloween folks run for the clearance shelves like it’s Black Friday and we have to get ALL THE THINGS. But is it possible you might be missing some much needed items on those Christmas clearance aisles? 

Let me show you something. 

Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like chainsaw mayhem.

These are chainsaw Christmas ornaments. Did you hear me? THEY ARE CHAINSAW CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS. You can’t even imagine the giddiness that sprung forth in the Walmart when I found these. Intended for the handiman/woman contingent, these little beauties were found amongst other power tool ornaments such as a circular saw and a drill, but no power tool says Halloween like the iconic chainsaw. 

“But Kel, listen.” You begin. “I know you got lucky and you found you a mini chainsaw, but surely there’s nothing else I need out of the Christmas clearance, right?”

Honey, let me just show you something. Again. Here’s all the stuff you may (or may not – I won’t be too presumptuous) need from all that lovely Christmas clearance stuff:

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