Doll Sized Finds–some good finds!

The last couple of weeks have yielded some interesting doll-sized finds in a variety of places. I’m not finding a lot at any one place or any one time, just a little bit here and there. It all adds up though, and when I started working on this post, I was even surprised myself at how much I had found.

I had an errand running day close to home. I decided to stop at TJMaxx where I found some of the most delicious fudge (I wish they had more, but they don’t 😦 ) and also these two cute little plates. I’m not sure what their real purpose is, I’m thinking maybe melted butter for lobster? Regardless, I was super psyched to see these, I recently bought some doll food that doesn’t fit well in the plates I have and these were just the right size!
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I love the little sea horse and sea turtle logo on these, I can just picture doll sized “surf and turf” served on them, can’t you? Here they are with the doll food I mentioned, perfect. 🙂
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These were a little pricey at $1.99 each, but they were exactly what I was needing, so I didn’t worry about that. Doll food is from Dolly’s Dining Room.

From there I went to the Salvation Army. I do have to say that the thrift stores around here still haven’t recovered from the horrible winter. I’m hopeful that once yard sale season gets into full swing we will see an increase in items available. I only found one thing, only 99 cents. It was brand new too, it still had all of the original stickers on it.
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When I was growing up my mom had a large collection of jars like these in various shapes and sizes. She used them for storing beans, noodles and other dried items. This one is a perfect mini version of the ones she had, and I thought it would be a nice addition to my doll kitchen or in the Broke Girl Bakery. I decided to put my OG scones from the tea set in it to see how it looked, I think it works very well.
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Last stop for the day–Dollar Tree. I didn’t find much, but I did come across something that surprised me. I’ve seen this on many doll blogs, but they are usually posts from a while back, they haven’t been in the stores for quite a while.
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In case you haven’t seen these, they are candles with coffee colored wax in them. They are lightly scented as well. I think they are a little large, but you just have to pretend that they are like those mugs from “Friends”.
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A picture of Kit relaxing, enjoying her morning “joe”. (I promise, she doesn’t do this often!)  I need to burn the wick down in it and let the wax resettle, it looks rather crystalized at the moment, not very realistic.  I think it will look better after I do that and trim the wick flush with the wax.

My next shopping adventure was to Pittsburgh, I had to take my husband to meet the rest of his group for a business trip.  Since I was already in the area, I decided to head to my favorite thrift store in the world, Red White & Blue.  It was a horrible let down 😦  They are suffering from the same problem the thrift stores around here are, I don’t remember the last time I saw so little.  I bought three things–two neckties for my husband and this:

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I’ve seen a lot of these in thrift stores but they are usually beat up with broken areas in them.  They had four of them, and after looking them over carefully, decided on this one, it was in perfect condition.  $4.95–I didn’t think that was horrible, and I am just starting to pick up things for Alya’s room.  Won’t it look cute with a blanket draped over it?

Kit just had to try it out!

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She says it’s very comfy.  My only complaint (and this is more with the doll than with the chair) is that when you sit a doll in it, it looks rather awkward since their knee joints don’t bend.  Oh well.  Otherwise, it is in proportion with other things I have.  Does anyone remember what these were originally sold for?  I’m thinking they came with a plant arrangement on them sitting on the seat?

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On the way home I stopped at Target. Of course I HAD to look at that dangerous section at the front of the store with all the cool dollar items. I found this!
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And it was only $1!!! It will be perfect in the bakery and even when it’s not being used there, I think it will be a fun addition to the doll house. The easel is very well made, it would be perfect for someone wanting to re-create Saige’s painting set.

A few nights ago I ventured to TJMaxx again. In addition to getting what I went for (pillows) I found not one but two really awesome things for Alya’s bedroom.

First:
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I’d been keeping my eyes open for some of those cute Punch Studio boxes like I found at the thrift store a while ago, but I hadn’t seen any until this trip. This particular style came in four different designs: butterfly, Paris/Eiffel Tower, Roses and one I can’t remember. I picked this one because it was somewhat neutral. I have another brooch box from them with butterflies all over it, this pattern reminded me a lot of that, and I liked the neutral tones in it.
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These are really sturdy and well made, I was especially impressed with the fact that the crystal drawer pulls aren’t just glued on, they are held in place with screws. I think the front of these have a very oriental feel to them, and even if I decide to cover the top and the sides, I will leave the fronts as is because I think they look very realistic. I especially love the “legs” on these, probably the reason I chose this one over the other designs. At $7.99 it wasn’t super cheap, but remember, I also got two bars of soap with it!
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Lastly, I found this in the clearance section for $8:
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Yes, it’s a dresser tray, and in case you are scratching your head, I’m not going to use it that way, I’m going to use it THIS way:
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Stand it on end and it’s a cute little shelving unit! I’m not wild about the green backdrop, I may cover that with some scrapbooking paper, but otherwise I think it’s ideal for displaying all of Alya’s little toys, purses, etc.

Now that I’ve found all this fun stuff, I guess it’s time to get to work on Alya’s bedroom.  I have the material already for her bedding, I’ll be working on that and the tutorial to go along with that, I will probably start posting that in June.

What have you found recently?

Doll Sized Finds for January

I haven’t done one of these for a while, 2 months to be exact! It’s not for lack of trying though, I just haven’t seen much, and the few things I have bought, I’ve been saving for my Valentine’s celebration, sorry. Thrift stores have been dreadful too, there just isn’t much at the ones around here. It’s been kind of depressing! I did venture out to have lunch with a friend and while I was there, I decided to check out the thrift store nearby, much better, there is still hope. I’m going shopping next week with my sister-in-law, she’s never been to the big thrift stores in Pittsburgh, fingers crossed I’ll find some cool goodies there.

Monday I spent a whopping $3, but I got some very cool stuff. First I found these adorable shelves, they are in very good shape, not sure if I will paint them or leave them as is. They were marked 79 cents each, I thought that was a good deal. The good deal turned in to a great deal when I got to the checkout, the tag color on them was a 50%, so I got them both for 80 cents, awesome!
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I don’t have any walls in my doll house just yet, so I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them. I also thought they might be cute in the One Broke Girl Bakery project. Time will tell.

Then I found this jewelry box, won’t this make a great bathroom sink unit? I have definite ideas on what to do with it, I just need to go get the parts. Not in terrible shape, it needs two screws in the one hinge to fix that, a repair job on the one corner and some new pulls. I’m also torn on whether I want to paint this one too or leave as is, other than the few things I mentioned, it actually is in pretty good shape finish wise. It has a music box in it, I’m probably going to remove that (if I can), and I need to go get a few things to magically turn it in to a sink. 99 cents, not bad, eh?!

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From there I went to Dollar Tree to get a few things, and I was thrilled to find something I was looking for. I’d seen this on some other doll blogs and I wanted one in white. I had already picked up one in black and one in red at my local Dollar Tree, but they didn’t have the white, figures, that was the one I had my heart set on. Not only did they have the white at this particular Dollar Tree, they had a ton of these in general, so I think most of you who see this should be able to get it. Your other option is to go to the Dollar Tree website and buy a case of 36 and share them with your doll friends. (yeah, right!)
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It’s meant to be a book light, but it is the perfect scale for dolls! What impressed me first off is how well it is weighted, I was initially concerned that it might just fall over, not an issue at all. If you look closely you can see the clip on it to hook it to a book. Now for the fun part–it’s adjustable!
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Isn’t that cool?  And all for a whopping dollar!  It also throws out some serious light:

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Another thing is it has 3 batteries in it and they were included, so even if you didn’t want the light, it’s a heck of a deal for that sized battery.

Have you found anything fun lately?

I also wanted to take a second and update everyone on my husband’s job situation and thank you for your kind words and thoughts. Last week they had a big meeting, and it looks like his job and most everyone in his particular area are safe and will be retained. There are about 15 office personnel that will lose their jobs since the main office is in another state, but they were also offered the opportunity to transfer if they wanted to. I definitely feel relieved that we don’t have that worry now, we are still trying not to be over-confident, but are hopeful that this will be an even better opportunity in his career. Time will tell.

Dolls sized finds for the week!

Like many other doll collectors, I am constantly on the lookout for things that may not be intended for dolls but are the right scale.  This week I made a couple good finds in several different places.

First, I had to go to TJMaxx to pick up something and I ran across these adorable little clothespins for $1.49.  The girl at the checkout even commented on how cute they were!  They were in the stationery section, I think they are intended to be for paper crafting, oh well 😉

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A couple of days later I needed to stop by Family Dollar to pick up a few things and came across some more of those fun puzzle erasers–4 in a package for $1. I was really happy to find these as they were shapes I had seen online and wanted. These ones were made in China instead of Japan so the detail isn’t quite as good, but not so much that I don’t think they were a good deal.
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Friday night the hubby needed to go see a client in a town about 45 minutes away. I remembered that this area had a Dollar Tree, I rode along so I could stop and see if they had any of those little drawers I showed in a previous post. (they did, stay tuned!) While looking around I came across this neat little desktop pencil holder that will make a perfect trashcan for 18″ dolls.
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Last but not least, I needed to make a trip to Pat Catan’s, our local craft store. I found this cute metal washtub, I don’t remember exactly what I paid for it but it was under $3. I figured the girls can use it to give the dog a bath or soak their tired feet in. It was too cute to pass up.
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Check in next week to see what I did with those drawers, it turned out even better than I expected. What did you find this week?