I made some fantastic finds yesterday at one of the more unpredictable thrift stores in town. First up, we have this really nice little sales counter. I'm not sure what this originally came with, a quick Google search didn't enlighten me at all.
Edit: Finally found it! This is the register piece from the 1997 "Cool Shoppin' Barbie set, which originally would have included a talking doll and several accessories. See the whole NIB set here, at ebay!
It's a check out counter with some shelf space in front and back, a small clothing rack attached to the side, and a cash register with a corded "scanner" and telephone. The scanner is apparently supposed to trigger a sound, but the old batteries had leaked all over the inside of this thing. Even after I cleaned it out and replaced them, the register has remained silent. There is a faint woodgrain pattern in the counter's plastic, so it might be fairly easy to stain into something halfway realistic!
The backside of the counter reveals extra storage space, along with the battery compartment (3 AA's) and speaker for the defunct sound feature.
|"Don't make me use this! I don't know how!"|
|But they all play country. Tsk.|
This, for example, is JUST the radios/stereos that were in it.
Rapunzel can officially open her own radio store if she wants! There's six of these things, and that's just scratching the surface.
Radios are great, even if they're 80's/90's styled boomboxes, but what if I told you...
There's one set of Barbie walkie-talkies, a cardless phone, three cameras (one with neck strap), a purple walkman with detachable headphones and removable cassette, a belt-mounted cell phone, and... some... sort of device I haven't yet figured out in a Winnie the Pooh backpack..?
Oh, and a nice-sized pot of flowers.
Pretty awesome, right?
Punzie's not even sure what most of this stuff IS.
But wait, THERE'S STILL MORE.
|And you thought skating carhops were impressive!|
And now you find out why the bag was labelled "Sports". Look at all this stuff. There's two ridiculously implausible skateboards, a Barbie sled (the steering bar moves!), a set of Barbie-type water skis, a set of snow skis with poles(!), a golf club, a baseball bat, a snorkel, a set of diving fins, soccer ball, Baywatch visor and life preserver, THREE frisbees, pail and two shovels, binoculars, a single handheld weight, and THEN there's a set of male snowboots, a playscale whistle on a cord, a medal on a pink ribbon, a helmet, and a matching set of rollerblades!
Holy. Freaking. Crap.
And I just noticed that I desaturated the yellow right out of some of these items while trying to compensate for a lamp. Okay, those snow skis, poles, and diving equipment? That's all yellow.
Yowza. We could have a fully-stocked sporting goods store with this lot! But WAIT! There's... say it with me... STILL MORE! Remember that wrench that sold me on buying what looked like a bag of mismatched odds and ends?
|"At last I can decapitate the lawn and bring those unruly hedges into line! Well, the hedges are going down, anyway!"|
|"Doctor Rapunzel will see you now!"|
|"Looks like the plague. Or Pepto Bismol."|
So, there you have it. $1 worth of playscale props, courtesy of the thrift store and the world's most obsessive-compulsive donator. (Whoever you are, please know that I love you.) Oh, there was *one* more item. It, unlike everything else, wasn't complete. I discovered it could be rigged up to work though, and frankly, I don't think any retail store should be without..
|"Sweetheart, I said I wanted to play doctor!" |
"I know you did."