Bingo! Whitesboro Estate Sale Flush with Vintage Games And More
Oh, the green sign. That fluorescent beacon in the snow that says that there are some good things up ahead. I saw the sign on Clinton St as I was driving in to work today and I immediately knew I would be restructuring my day to check this out at lunch. And I even brought a few coworkers with me this time. We just had to see what treasures we could find. And show you some stuff that you may still be able to snag for yourself.
Games. So many games. I am a sucker for things like this in the original box. These are the survivors, preserved, cared for and revered. The art fully telegraphing the era in which these were released, enticing the kids of a different time to beg their parents for these moments of fun and joy. I have to say I am rather curious as to what happens in the King Kong game.
I am allegedly too old to buy posters anymore. That's what people tell me. But I'm a believer that when you find something that speaks to you, you grab it. That Sex Pistols poster is such a cool piece as is the early Madonna. Did I find some posters for myself? Read on, my friend.
Vintage T shirts are my jam. I have written about what the shirts mean to me here and here. As a huge Rush fan, seeing these just hanging out at a sale like this makes my heart skip a beat. These are the moments collectors like me dream of. Sadly, for me, but beneficial to someone else, they were a bit small for me. That doesn't mean that the hunt stops there. And it was hard to even pass up a 1986 Monkees shirt that was beyond tiny, but in such good shape, I quickly contemplated fasting for...months to fit into it.
You can never go wrong with Star Wars. Seeing that landspeeder immediately made me think of my friend Michael, whom I lived next to for the first 7 years of my life and how much we played with that toy and all his Star Wars figures. And then to see a projector, with the original box, along with some castle films reels was just too cool. I can hear that reel ending and spinning on there in my brain. Not something you see everyday
Holiday Items from the past have a way or putting us back into a certain time and place as well. Ben Cooper costumes smell and feel exactly as you remember. The pumpkin on the second shelf to the right really looks a little too oddly like the Jack O Lantern from the opening sequence in the original Halloween. I would never sleep with that in my home.
So, what did I pick up?
Two posters I just don't know how I have lived without until now. The Bangles poster is so colorful and such a product of its time, it was irresistible. And the classic classroom PSA poster was going home with me the moment i unfurled it. It is equal parts crafty and disturbing, and I can't imagine what it was like staring at this every day in a classroom. It is nightmare fuel.
So much more I didn't purchase, but I am not sure I am done yet. The sale runs through Saturday, Feb 25 at 22 Gilbert Street so I have more opportunity to find some gems.