In a decade of Spring Cleanups, I thought that I had seen just about everything tossed to the curb: typewriters, toilets, Christmas ornaments, golf clubs, bowling balls, lawn furniture, lamps, silver trays ... You get the idea.
But on Sunday, I added a new entry to my log: body parts. Yes, I did say body parts.
But thankfully, not the sort that had me on speed dial to 911. These were from a vintage model of what I thought was the Invisible Man.
Oh, excuse me. Make that the Invisible Woman. And I apologize if this blog is no longer G-rated.
I also found these vintage models of the heart. One is marked "1959 Merck," and I'm guessing that it might have been an educational model.
I didn't grab these immediately. In fact, I drove away and about a minute later, turned around. Yes, they were in a rather disgusting pile of junk (see "a couple of piles of gross") in front of a rather creepy-looking house, and I confess that I didn't look to see if the name on the mailbox was Frankenstein.
But I decided that unlike the musty ledger in the same pile that I really wanted but was way beyond saving, that these body parts could withstand a thorough cleaning, and that they were just quirky enough to go on Etsy, maybe around Halloween.
And so, I spent some of my Sunday afternoon taking apart the Invisible Woman, bone by bone and organ by organ. After the cleaning, I grabbed the Goo Gone to remove a lot of 1960s-era cellophane tape. And now? Well I have to figure out how to put her back together again.
The ankle bone is connected to the leg bone, right?
As for my other finds:
A pretty piece of blue and roses fabric.
Another cherry red vintage train case, although this one looks too new to have been used much on a train. It's more 1960s Pan Am.
And, no, I am not collecting them. At least not until I have three to make it an official collection.
And this cute ceramic Christmas tree, which is this week's giveaway. It's much smaller than the traditional tabletop ceramic Christmas trees and is about 6 inches tall. Despite a couple of missing bulbs, it's in good shape and would complement a Christmas village nicely.
If you want it, leave a comment by Friday at midnight. The winner of the dresser scarf from last week is Kathy.