It’s been quite awhile since I posted an update from the thrifted dress up chest and I’ve still been adding to it like crazy. Just in case we decide to go to the opera I found some pristine white gloves, two fancy lady fans, and some tiny binoculars, although these finds throw into sharp relief that which our chest lacks: a decent monocle. If the Monopoly Man has an estate sale, let me know.
The gloves are actually ankle-length so they might be more suited to a tea party than an opera box, which is preferable anyway since tea parties are much more common in my household. The fans are actually going to come in pretty handy at Isobel’s birthday as we’re thinking of a tea party theme this year. We just have to be sure to keep the feathered one away from the cats.
The passports I’m saving until Isobel is old enough to know what they are. Then we can decorate them and add her photo and stamps to make it look official.
The treasure chest is a special find. They were originally made in Japan in the seventies and used as jewelry boxes. They are extremely collectible but we tend to fill them with jewels and fake coins and assorted necklaces. They make excellent pirate booty chests.
I can’t pass on clip on ties. The baby blue one is brand new and it’s for little boys, but the gaudy green one is a man’s vintage tie from the 70s. They look great on Isobel and she usually wears them with a tutu. According to her tutus are a neutral item that goes with anything. Tutus are the new black.
I can’t imagine what that necklace looked like when new. Did it have something in the center? It’s solid and heavy and made of metal. I figure we could turn it into some sort of royal jewel or medal of some sort. Those racing numbers came from the Grace Bishop Scholarship race. She’s not really into these yet, but once she understands what a race is and what the numbers mean she might enjoy them.
Zorro’s sitting on the bridal veil I found for a dollar. When we played dress up my mom would occasionally let me wear her veil and it was the most special thing ever. Right now it’s mostly part of Isobel’s princess play. Zorro likes it because he’s a princess, too.
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