• Tales from the Thrift

    Fandom Finds: Universal Studios Mug and Plate

    Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been fascinated with Universal Studios, Hollywood! Many of my favorite shows were filmed there including Alias Smith and Jones and Battlestar Galactica. The Hardy Boys even filmed a whole episode where the boys were chased around the backlot by an evil phantom. When I was a teenager, I got to go to Universal for the first time and it was as magical as I knew it would be. Many years later, I moved from there to here, bought a Universal Studios pass then visited several times a month, mostly to ride the tram around and around. I started collecting Universal Studios memorabilia…

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    Starsky & Hutch: Vintage Press Slides

    I’ve been slowly going through all of my old backup discs looking for the interviews I’ve conducted over the years and I keep finding other interesting goodies. For example, digitized versions of a set of Starsky & Hutch TV series press slides from the 1970’s. I bought these slides more than ten years ago on a trip to Hollywood. I think I got them at Larry Edmunds Bookshop, which is an amazing place if you’re looking for unusual books related to movies, TV or theater. The slides were turning red which happens as they age and fade so the store couldn’t use them to make prints anymore. I still thought…

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    1 Day 5 Stores: Our Full Day Thrifting Adventure

    I’ve always loved shopping for other people’s stuff. It goes back to the Berlin Auction Flea Market in New Jersey. When I was a kid, we’d prowl the full length of this massive parking lot searching for garage sale goodies on a regular basis. These days, I haunt the local thrift shops, estate sales and garage sales for stuff – some of which we keep but most of which I resell on eBay for fun and profit. Thrift shopping has become my new addiction. I actually get anxious and excited when I head into a store and I go out at least twice a week on a hunt. Recently, my…