So many new additions!
My head is exploding right now, as I have too many new additions that I have to show here. Last two weeks have been filled with flea markets and secondhand shop additions and today a major package from Modellpferdeversand and a trade from STS came in! I have over 40 new animals that I have to show here o.0 Of course I am all excited and very, very happy with all of them <3 Some are for repaint purposes (some of the flea market and secondhand shop findings) and some will find a new home eventually. But most of them are for my own collection.
And, I have a big announcement to make, regarding my collection. I will be getting my own hobby room! We are renovating our upper floor, creating new rooms, renewing floors and sealing and such. A few days ago, my boyfriend and his father where working on one of the rooms, as I came in to check on them if they needed some drinks or materials. I jokingly said when looking trough the room: my new hobby room looks great already. This indeed was a joke, as we had other purposes for the room already; building new clothing closets and hang laundry there. But my boyfriend took it seriously and said; yeah, this could be your hobby room if you want. I was like; wait, whut? o.0 He then kept explaining where everything could be and how we could build clothing closets to the wall where my collection is currently standing. Everything just felt right and in place. So I will be moving my collection to its own room soon, as it is not done yet. So we both have our own room. But Tijn has to share his with two closets and some occasional laundry XD
Lets get back to my new additions. I will be showing my flea markets and secondhand shop additions first, as I already made photos of them. And the next blog entry shall be about the big package from MPV and the trade from STS.
In a local secondhand shop I found this curious looking Puffin puzzle bird! It grabbed my attention the moment I saw him standing on one of the toy shelves. It looked a lot like a Japanese puzzle animal from Kaiyodo or such, but is was not marked at all. Made a 'what is the brand' topic on STS and a fellow member knew it was from a brand called Riccolino, a Mexican candy brand. It was a little toy for inside a chocolate surprise egg! Digging trough the internet I found out that there are several different sets. The ones I came across are; Dogs, Dinosaurs, Sea Life, Wild Life and a Bird set. The Puffin is from the Birds set.
I have the sweetest boyfriend on this planet! <3 Let me explain. I came across a Safari VW howling wolf on Etsy. Great find, not expensive and in a very good condition. Only problem was, I have no idea how to order from Etsy. Main reason why I have not ordered there yet, otherwise, I would be broke in a second XD What are the shipping costs, how to pay, how to contact the seller, etc, etc. I am such a big derp when it comes to ordering from sites and I let my boyfriend handle most of the things haha. So I asked him to look at the wolf with me to figure things out, as he also did not order from Etsy before. The not expensive wolf became a bit more expensive when we saw the shipping costs. Total price was till payable and way lower than any e-Bay listing I have ever seen for a Safari VW wolf, but it still put me of to buy the animal. After I left the room, Tijn secretly bought the wolf! Few days later a package arrived with his name on it, but I had to open it... I could not believe my eyes, it was the wolf! So darn happy with it. Tijn gave it the name Moon-Moon :3
Next is a group of animals that I found in a indoor flea market, that is on a Sunday every other week. Lots of people, mosty the same people as always, but some where new. One of the stands I always go to is a from a couple that sells a LOT of Schleich. They collect them as well as selling them. Always a joy to look around their stand and looking into the 'not Schleich' baskets in front of the stand. I grabbed the Procon zebra and the Mojo Fun hyena. I talked about the new 2017 Schleich with them, always fun to talk to other fellow collectors! The rest of the animals I found in a huge plastic box filled with plastic animals. You just have to peek in it, and then trow everything out and sort them on the rug XD It was allowed by the seller of course. After sorting trough a lot of animals, I found some interesting ones. Some will go to new homes, some are for repaint purposes and some are going in my collection. I love finding boxes like that <3
Also on a weekend we went with my parents-in-law to a outdoor flea market and there I got the catch of the week! In the corner of my eye I saw a rug, filled half with model animals. I walked straight to it, did not care that I walked in a wrong direction XD I could not believe my eyes as a saw many, many AAA and ELC animals lying there. I went on my knees to look more closely and was already grabbing some animals that I defiantly wanted. At this point the rest of the group was standing right behind me and Tijn and his mother almost yelled at me to grab this one animal or the other one. As they knew that these animals are a small jackpot for me. But first, asking the prices! Important to never get your hands full, before asking the price first. As some sellers sees your enthusiasm as a reason to make the prices higher. 1 euro for the bigger ones and 50 euro cents for the smaller one. Okay! Then I went nuts XD And after I was done picking and choosing my animals, later when I was home I still had some regrets of not choosing some more animals (as I did not take some AAA small dogs for example). But I am very happy with the ones I picked anyway. <3
We end this blog with some cute Safari Good Luck Mini's. I was shopping with Tijn in Groningen last week and visited my favorite toy shop there; www.asbran.nl They have some Papo and Schleich and a basked filled with Safari Good Luck Mini's. This time they had some new ones! I don't really collect those mini animals. But as some of you know, I am a sucker for miniature things. So some had to come home with me of course! I even went back to the store after a nice restaurant diner and bought a mini frog for Julie, as she though is was very awesome. And could not leave with an GLM for me as well XD
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