Not a whole lot to this one. Wish I could remember the names of this treasure I found but this one comes from the past. It is a fun story though and I thought it would be one you all would enjoy. But first let me explain that these mice I bought were not purchased at a thrift store. They were items I bought second hand of course but it was at the swap meet I love to shop at here in the city. I have shared past posts with you all on shopping at this outdoor market.
This was years ago when I bought these tiny little treasures and like I wrote up above I forget the collectors name of these little mice. Their value though shocked me, I would have no idea what they were worth when I first came across them.
One early morning I got up to go to our outdoor market here in our city. That place is so fun to shop at and I love all the colors and life all around. They have musicians every Sunday, street food everywhere and it’s is just a fun environment.
So here I was walking around all these tables and I stopped at a table when I saw some of those little wooden ornaments I am always collecting throughout the year.
Oh my goodness, how many times have I posted about these ornaments every Christmas with you all. If you are a follower of mine you remember my obsession. You will also remember I have a problem with these ornaments. I can’t pass up on them when I see one. It is a happy addiction of mine. Anytime I see one of those colorful little wooden ornaments I will stop and buy it. They are usually .25 cents to $1 at the most.
Anyway, here I was at a table full of vintage ornaments and then right in the same pile of these ornaments were three adorable little mice. They weren’t ornaments just super tiny little mice. I picked 5 small items from the pile and asked how much they wanted for them and the woman said .50 cents. I had two ornaments and three of those mice.
When I got home my daughter saw the mice and fell in love with them and asked if she could have one so I said sure, “Pick one out” and she picked the one with a ice cream cone and tiny teddy.
Later, about a week later I went to check out my little mice and put them somewhere where I wouldn’t loose them and noticed there was a sticker label on the bottom of their tiny green stands they were connected to. I got out my magnifying glass and read what it said. This is the part I wish I could share with you but I can’t remember what the name of these collectibles were because it was years ago and I no longer have the mice. The only reason I have this one in the photos are, well I will get to that part, this is a long one isn’t it?
So once I got the name of the collectible I started researching it. Wow! I couldn’t believe how much these itty bitty balls of cute were going for online at the auctions. One was over $100 dollars and I think there was another one that was a couple hundred. I forget the highest amount.
I went searching for my daughter, to tell her to keep her mouse safe because it was a true collectable. When I asked where her mouse was she was very upset and said Selena started playing with it and knocked it down and broke it. Okay, cats will be cats. And this is why the little mouse in the photo is all broken up, because Selena the mouse killer got to it. No reason to cry over split milk, it was a gift I gave to my daughter and she was going to always keep it anyway so now she has a broken little guy but still adorable.
The other two mice I listed online and one went for $60 and the other went for $80. I forget which ones they were. Sometimes I will keep things and sometime I will send them back out to the world for someone else to enjoy.
The most interesting part to my mice story was the woman behind the creations. I remember reading her story about how she was an artist who love sculpting little animals and eventually started selling them. She had two children (I think a boy and girl) and when they grew up they continued running the business. That would be a dream of mine, to design things and sell them as a business then pass that onto my kids.
I can’t believe I got them for .10 cents each. Their little tails are leather which makes them unique. The detail in them is amazing. When you pick them up you can feel the love that went into all their details. The artist who created these cute critters really loved what she was doing. So if any of you run across these little guys remember they are true collectibles. They could be worth some money or you can just display them in your homes for some added happiness. Hope you all enjoyed this months treasure and I also hope you find a little mouse for yourselves someday, make sure to keep them away from your cats though . Happy second hand shopping everyone.