Wednesday, March 18, 2009

What Shall I Be?

Ahhh, Thrifty Thursdays. A fun little time to hunt around the house, the garage, someone elses house and garage or even a thrift store or two to dig up some cool finds. So far I haven't found much thrift in my stash - mostly just thrifty ways of using something. This week I have true Thrift!

Leigh says that Thrifty Thursday is...
... a show and tell of sorts. It is time for you to showcase your thrifty find. It can be an old find or a new one. It might be something that you found at a thrift store, a consignment store, flea market, garage/yard sale, antique store. It's it was a thrifty find, then it meets the requirements. I am not picky, It can be a great pair of boots & a killer vintage dress, jewelry, home decor, even fishing lures. It is your thrifty find. Tell me about it. Where did you find it? What is it? What do you plan to do with it or how do you plan to use it in your home? Do you want to sell it? Thrifty Thursday's are about the thrill of the hunt...and the treasure you found. show and tell!

This week, I have thrifty, I have a hunt and I have decorating. I've got it all. This is Chutes and Ladders. One of my very favorite games as a kid. I used to play it alone most of the time, but I loved it.

I loved the kids on the board, the happy ones and the sad ones. I really liked the kid who drank his milk and got strong. (I always assumed he drank milk lol)

This one was my favorite. The poor little boy who can't climb the ladder because he needs to have his knee bandaged up.

One day in 1999 - 2001 I decided that I wanted to have Chutes and Ladders. I don't have kids, so I can't remember why I wanted it, but I did. I went to the toy store to find it and the board was all wrong. The kids didn't look right to me - way too modern. It almost seemed politically correct somehow. I wanted my original game.

So I went to eBay. It was my very first purchase. I paid 25 cents. I paid just a few dollars in shipping - it was under $5 for the whole game. I love it.

A woman that lived across the street from me at one time in my life, used the playing pieces from this game in some collages she was making. I fell in love with this game from that very moment. I needed it. At the time that I saw the artwork, I had no idea about eBay, so I just stuck the picture of the game in the back of my mind. I looked for it every time I went antiquing, but never found it.

The day after I bought the Chutes and Ladders game, I remembered "What Shall I Be?"

There were a few to choose from, I was shocked! But the perfect one finally caught my eye and I won the auction.

$1.25 for this baby. Once again, it was under $5 for it to come to my home.

I loved the game cards. Talk about Politically Correct! Huh! These are just the opposite.

The only careers available to the up and coming woman of the 50's was Drama, Charm School, Teacher, College Student, Nursing Student, Ballet Dancer and Airline Hostess. On the cards they say Model, but there aren't any Model cards.

Can you read these? They are too funny -

You are Clumsy - Bad for: Airline Hostess, Ballet Dancer, Model and Nurse.

You are not considerate - Bad for: Airline Hostess, Nurse and Teacher.

I guess it's perfectly acceptable to be inconsiderate and be in charm school!

I have these two games stacked up on the shelf above my TV, with a basket on top. I bring these down every couple of months and read through them. I've even been known to play a rousing game of Chutes and Ladders.

Hope you have enjoyed my Thrifty Thursday. If you ever decide that you'd like to find a childhood toy or game - run on over to eBay. Sometimes they aren't nearly as expensive as you thought. In my case, I purchased two 30+ year old games for less than $10.

There will be lots more Thrifty Finds over at Leigh's place (Tales from Bloggeritaville)- I'll meet you over there!

Have a fabulous week!


Lisa Shatzer said...

Great ebay finds. That "what shall I be" game is too funny!

Leigh of said...

Oh, Kristin! What great finds! I am unfamiliar with "What shall I be". SOme of the choices humored me. I did , however play (And still play) more than my share of chutes and ladders. What fun! Great game.
Thanks for playing along, girl! I am most appreciative...and love to see what finds are found.
Tales from Bloggeritaville

ann said...

Yes,Ebay is my favorite.Now I have that "what shall I be"song in my head.grrrrrr.haha...Ann

Kirby3131 said...

Ann - I didn't know there was a song to with the game -- Ooooh, that sounds like something I have to investigate.

Leigh - I had no idea this game existed until I saw it in my friends collage.

Lisa - It is really funny. I can't imagine playing it as a kid.

jb said...

I love this post! I feel that same way about "Clue"...the board has been redone several times in my life time, but Target had "classic" games in wooden boxes for xmas a couple of years ago and...there it was! My version from the late 60s-early 70s!!! It wasn't thrifty, but sure was nifty...and I play it every Xmas with my sister! Love it!!!

Alison said...

Kristin, you gave Zora the Classic version of Chutes and Ladders. We play it frequently...actually two nights ago. It has the cute tin box, all the kids, and the original board. Thanks!

Sheryl said...

Oh, I love the older board games. Just like you, when I see the newer ones, they just are not the same!