Monday, July 27, 2015

Summer Of 2015 Northwest's Largest Garage Sale Finds

Just over one week ago was the summer version of one of my favorite events. That event is the giant flea market known as The Northwest Largest Garage Sale. While I have tough wants, and don't ever bring back any earth shattering goodies lately. I do always seem to bring a few things back that fit nicely into the hobby room.

Much like last year's summer show it was smaller than the first one I went to in 2013. Despite being smaller than that show it was bigger than the 2014 version. Much like the indoor versions it is starting to see more, and more dealers. Unlike the indoor it hasn't been taken over yet by those dealers so for most there are sill some sweet deals to be had.


Finding this at the everything is one dollar person I couldn't pass it up. Being a Broncos fan I figured at some point an idea would pop into the head of what to do with it. Over the past week I've come up with something that needs tested. If it works this button will have some friends to go with it in the future as a wall display.


My second find of the show was more buttons, but of the Disney variety. Only costing 25 cents each I thought why not bring them along. We have been planning for quite some time to do some Disney related pictures, posters, and other items around the living room. The wife has been wondering why these seem to follow me home every so often. I've always wanted to do some display of them, and odds are that day is coming close. All that needs to happen is the Broncos button idea needs to work, and finally the reason I've been gathering these will be discovered.


The last treasure was this 2009 Portland Beavers magazine. When I picked it up there was no price anywhere. What followed next was the usual price question which was met with what are you willing to offer. Not wanting to insult them, but get it on the cheap I went with two dollars. He accepted, and I am now the proud owner of this magazine. Honestly I don't know what I want to do with it after I eventually give it a good reading. If all else fails, and I decide it should find a new home there are Padres fans out there someplace that it'll end up with. Until then it'll make a stop here waiting for a good reading.

Overall it wasn't a bad show as I did find a few things that were worth the time. Leaving I learned that there is a reason I go to these things at opening. The line of cars coming in was insane, and something I didn't have to deal with due to the early arrival. Seeing it only cemented the fact that whenever I go to any show, arriving early is always the best plan.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Artelopes- Couple Late Season Baseball

With so much going on this past week, and continuing through this weekend. I've got four posts that are needing to be done. Figuring that this would be the easiest under the circumstances. Artelope returns from two baseball teams gets to take center stage.

Neither of these were anything mind-blowing as their single goal was to get schedules from two teams I collect. I'd even considered not showing them, but then thought under the circumstances why not throw in a quickie.


Keeping it basically as simple as you can. The idea is three dust devils that were created by using the teams two colors. Created during one of the dry spells in ideas it did part of it's job.


With the team going through an affiliation change from the Rockies to the Padres. A business card, and a few schedules was the main goal. Tri-City met half of that by sending out two of the above schedules. Ironically this seems to be the common theme from the Dust Devils this year. So far I have heard of three returns, and all three are saying the team sent two schedules. Others are still waiting as the Dust Devils have been very slow in sending out returns this year.


This was the second request to the Drillers this season. Being the second I came up with the idea of doing an oil rig, and gushing the teams color of blue. While simple it turned out as I had hoped.


Every season the Drillers seem to put out multiple covers, and sponsor variations. While there has been one cover, and a few different sponsors on the back. The return failed to yield any new results in either category. This leads me to believe that the first time in over fifteen years the team went with just the one cover, or my luck was terrible. Sadly the sponsor on the back was the one sent to me earlier in the season.

While not exactly what I had wanted when sending out this request it was worth the shot. So much so, that in future years I will not be swayed, and send out an early attempt, and late season request again.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Ending The Vacation With Two Sweet Finds

Continuing my year of being slower than I should be in posting finds. Last weekend I ended the vacation off by making not one, but two great finds at Goodwill.


I might not be a fan of the Boston Red Sox, but I am a fan of stadiums. Seeing this shot glass sitting on the shelf, and looking for a home it had to be at the Cat House. Problem was it almost didn't make it's way here as I almost didn't want to wait in line just to buy one shot glass. The line at this particular Goodwill can be brutal so you want to make it well worth your time to wait in it. The daughter found two posters she wanted, and this second find along with her posters sealed the deal. At only 99 cents it was a find that I'm now glad to have in the hobby room.


These two balls came packaged together with a third ball that I can't figure out what it is. Initially I was bummed as the three balls cost 2.99, and honestly I only want the Walt Disney World ball. Adding this ball puts nine Disney related balls into the baseballs. Now I need to fine tune the display I currently have as it's too small. The idea is in my mind, and just needs to be executed in the near future.

The Northwest League ball is available if anyone collects these types of baseballs. I would love to trade it for a game-used ball from your local league as this is a sort of side collection that I have going, and can use help with. It's another of those collections that goes to show that sometimes I collect way to many things. Unlike some of the other collections I do display the ones I have so they aren't one of those collections that leaves me wondering why I keep them.
          If you don't have a ball to trade, and want it just let me know as I'll send it anyways. Being the Northwest League is what we have around here a few extra's have somehow followed me home. So, I do have more if more than one person wants one of these baseballs.

Adding all this wasn't a bad way to end what was a disappointing week of treasure hunting at the coast. As I've started getting pickier, and pickier about what comes home its becoming more expected to have dry visits. As the hobby room gets closer to completeness the visits might slow down to a trickle at some point.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Artelopes- Carolina Panthers

Despite taking all my supplies to do some artwork while at the coast I accomplished nothing. Why, is a sort of mystery as I was pretty pumped after getting a return from the Carolina Panthers to this artelope.


I wish it would have turned out a little better, but I feel like this was an OK attempt. On the team website their is a logo with a panther standing on an outline of Carolina. Wanting to change it up the idea of putting that same panther over a football was born. What you see above is the result of that idea.


Carolina nailed it with the return as they included the much requested business card. NFL teams have been a very tough collection to add cards into. Getting this card from the Panthers has gotten me excited about the upcoming season, and the hope of adding even more cards.

This return now leaves the count at nine requests out roaming the country. Three of the nine are close to joining the lost files, and might get mentioned by mid August or late August. It all depends on how long before I give up hope on their return.