Buying something on sale is a very special feeling. In fact, the less I pay for something, the more it is worth to me. I have a dress that I paid so little for that I am afraid to wear it. I could spill something on it, and then how would I replace it for that amount of money?
Rita Rudner (American, Comedienne, Writer and Actress. b. 1953)
TIME: 7:39 PM
PLACE: My desk
SUBJECT: Celluloid Snowman ornament
This past weekend, being the third full weekend of the month, was the flea market at our town’s fairgrounds. I went on Saturday – alone no less! – and pursued the treasures that were there. I love hitting the 50 cent/3 for $1.00 boxes of Christmas ornaments to search for that “special” ornament for my family’s “Ugly Ornament Exchange.” My mom started it after finding what she thought was the most god-awful ornament at a yard sale and suggested that my sister and I find one and we do an exchange at Christmas. And so a tradition began. We are on the hunt all year for that one of a kind ornament. My sister and I actually like these orphaned little guys. The sadder the better. We have even purchased special tabletop trees to display their loveliness. I promise to take pictures of my “special” tree after I get it up this year.
This vintage celluloid snowman I found is not considered “ugly”. I like to collect ornaments made in Japan from the 1950’s to the 1970’s. I used to be able to pick them up at yard sales, estate sales and thrift stores for under a quarter, sometimes even for a dime. Now, that their popularity has grown, it is getting harder and harder to find the bargains like I have in years past. Oh well, it makes the thrill of the hunt all that more exciting. I did find this guy in a 50 cent box on Saturday. He has a hole on his left side where the celluloid has melted, but it can’t be seen when he is sitting. Vintage celluloid? Check! Sad ornament because he is deformed? Check! Did he need a home because no one else would possibly want him? Check and Sold!