Saturday, March 19, 2011

Blue Roadsters and Short-Legged Dogs

Didn’t buy




At a yard sale today.

I did, however, find Nancy Drew’s blue roadster.IMG_0212 Gorgeous, huh? Check out this grill.IMG_0215 I went online to see if I could figure out what year this beauty was made. My best clue turned out to be from the front right side of the car:IMG_0213When I Googled ‘Plymouth convertible special deluxe’ I not only found that it’s a 1949 model…I found this very car! Seems it was the subject of a detailing workshop at a local car place a few years ago. I know it’s the same one ‘cause the license plate is checks out. Small world!

If you’re too young to have read the Nancy Drew books from the early period when she drove her blue roadster and wore frocks, do find some and enjoy. You’ll see why she was such a role model for many of us.

And if it wasn’t a day for buying stuff, it was a good day for short-legged dogs. First there was James.


He’s a Basset/shepherd mix. Wish you could feel his bunny-soft fur! He’s moving to Arizona soon. Then there was Oliver.

IMG_0217 Hard to tell in this pose, but if you saw him in person you’d say yup, dachshund and Chihuahua mix. They were selling a book on how to train your dachshund. “Don’t need it anymore,” they told me. “He has us completely trained.”

I think this little guy was getting a lesson on how to text.IMG_0210 I might let a dog loose with a cell phone, but never one of my cats. Noll would be dialing for anchovy pizzas for sure. Or a truckload of catnip. This is what he looks like with just a pinch of the stuff.


A couple of my finds from last Saturday came in handy this week. That spring-green sweater set was perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. It happened to be the day I met with my children’s librarians, and it was wonderful to see how many shades of green there are!

And the little Chinese girl doll got a very good home. One of my colleagues stopped by my office with a new book I’d put on hold, and she noticed the doll. We chatted for a few minutes about how adorable she is, really wonderful hand-made details. I could see she really liked the doll, so I gave it to her. She got a little misty eyed and told me she has never, ever owned a doll. She said she’s always kind of wanted one, but after you grow up you’re embarrassed to buy one for yourself. She went off with the doll literally cradled in her arms.


Yeah, I was a little misty eyed too.



  1. James does look so soft and he is adorable. I just had to post about your sweet generosity. Not to embarrass your colleague, but how could a girl never have a doll of some sort? The vast majority of us in this country are so fortunate to have many toys, it just seems unbelievable that she had never had one. I am sure there is more to the story...and I can just imagine that doll has a special home, now.

  2. Basset shepherd mix??? Wow, would like to have seen that one in person!

  3. I spent my morning at a Mud Sale in Airville, PA. Didn't buy anything there, either, but enjoyed rubbing shoulders with the 50% Amish crowd, watching people bid on quilts, goats, loads of hay, antiques, outhouses, buggies, baby chicks and bunnies. Not to mention eating chicken BBQ, apple pie, and fresh donuts. Saw lots of dogs, but none of them would pose. They were Amish, after all!

  4. thank you for your post today - it really made me smile. My family was owned by a dachshund (yes you read that right!!) for 16 years before he passed. They are small animals but have a mighty spirit. The poodle I own now (see what I mean!!) never met the little dachy - but I can just imagine the little one telling him who was the boss in no uncertain terms. :)

  5. I hope you don't mind but the pic of Oliver has been saved to my daughter's 'dog' file. It's such a wonderful photo, so full of character. It will make us smile everytime we look at it. xx

  6. I loved reading Nancy Drew and I have saved all my copies. Sometimes I reread one when I'm feeling a little nostalgic.

    Speaking of good mysteries, I have recently finished Sleeping Dogs Lie. I am pleased to report that I enjoyed this mystery as much as I hoped I would. It was such a fun read with characters about whom I really did care. And, of course, the dogs were great as well! I look forward to reading the next installment in the series.

  7. I loved this post...the story of the doll and your college got me a little misty eyed too. I love it when "found objects" find their new home. What a blessing to be able to bless her with her first doll.

    I love Nancy Drew and still have the entire set from my childhood. I am always on the look out for copies for my niece who is in love with Nancy as much as I am. Can't wait to show her the picture of the roadster!

  8. awwwww, that's a wonderful way to end that post. that probably meant more to her than even her misty eyes showed! go you.

  9. That roadster is classic! What fun to picture my favorite Girl Sleuth in it! I have my mom's 1936 edition of The Mystery of the Ivory Charm - it's a treasure! (the blue roadster isn't mentioned - here's a fun website/ezine that has a guide of which cars showed up in which books :

  10. Oliver is too cute! I'm glad that the dolly found a great home. Maybe the lack of purchases was to catch up on using some of your recent finds! Happy Tuesday to ya!

  11. That is Nancy's car exactly as I imagined it! Usually stopping by some deserted home far out in the country, on a dark night with fast-moving clouds and possibly lightning.

    I just love being able to share my thrifting bounty as well. Your library sounds like a magical place for the students to relax and enjoy the world of books. My son's college had a special section filled with favorite kids' reads: Dr. Seuss, Curious George, and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. The college students would sprawl on the floor and enjoy their first favorite books all over again.


I really love your comments. Thanks for coming along on my thrifty adventures!

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