Friday, July 6, 2018

Savvy Shopping: No Dice!

It's been a bit since I've posted and I just haven't been in the mood to do much.  I've been sorting cards that I hope to get rid of some day, but even that has been boring to me.  So I decided to post about my most recent trip to Savvy Seconds.  I know it seems like that's all I post anymore, but I figured I'd knock some of these out and I can maybe post some cards again soon.  At the end of this post I'll go back in time and show some random photos.  Anyways, let's take a gander at what I found.

Needing the 10 book minimum to get them for a quarter, since I usually go with my mom, I let her pick out the books she wants and whatever is leftover I try to get to ten.  There were 3 Alias books but I chose these two.  I figured next time I went if the other was still there I'd grab it (update: just went today and my mom found 10 books, so I never looked to see if it was still there.  Maybe next time).

For a while I would watch a few episodes of Alias in syndication but its been a long time.  I wasn't devoted to the show, but if I saw it pop up on a streaming service I have, I wouldn't be against watching it.  I mean currently I'm watching CHIPS and MacGuyver on Amazon Prime, I'm not super picky.  As for these books, maybe I'll read them.

My favorite writer! DIANA... SOMETHING!  Pretty sure I mentioned that story a few times but for those unaware a short recap: In high school I winged a book report about a book I read by Diana Something (exactly how I put it).  It was a real book which I found a while back, but I forgot parts of it so I made up some stuff.  I ended up getting an A on the book report.

Too bad I didn't save that book report.  Oh well.  As for this book, there is a good chance I'll read it.  Sometime when I'm bored I'll read or when I have to sit in a waiting room.  So there's a chance and since its not very long I might take a flier on it.

Originally I got this because my mom is a fan of Erma Bombeck's.  However the other name on here also caught my attention.  Growing up I was a big fan of The Family Circus and Bil Keane was the illustrator and writer.  I've moved on to other comics (Retail is a great comic if you ever get the chance to check it out, plus its updated daily online), but since I needed another book (which I found before the Alias ones), this was an easy pick.  I haven't really thumbed through it, but bet I will soon.  I'm more prone to check out short story or picture books first since I can skip around if I want.

Next up I found a stadium cup from Mizzou.  These I like picking up if they are cheap even though I don't really need anymore, but hey, can't beat a dime.  As I get more room on my shelving, I can display them like my tins.  When I have too much I can either rotate them in and out or just stack them.  I don't see the baseball ones all that much though so that was a nice plus.

I found this floating shelf for I believe a quarter so I got it.  If I knew how much of a pain it would be to hang it, I might have passed, but now I displayed it, I'm glad I got it.  I wanted something nicer than the one I had before and while its smaller, it displays nice.  Under it you see the books I already mentioned, but also a picture frame.  I also bought that with a plan to use it for a picture, but since the picture I have didn't turn out like I hoped, I might not use it.  Oh well.  Anyways, let's see the shelf actually displaying stuff.

Flanking this shelf is a couple other black shelves that showcase a few more collectibles.  In fact now I have a little space to show a little more if I want.  That is if that McDonald's T-Bone will quit falling off the shelf.  Maybe next time I'll show all three shelves, and by then can display a WWE action figure I need to get from my friend who got one I really wanted a few months back.

So one final item to show, and when I saw it I was excited.  Really excited!

TRIPLE YAHTZEE!  FOR 10 CENTS!  Okay, no way I'll pass that up.  I figured for that price something was missing.  As long as the blue velvet dice holder was included I was happy.  I did open it before I paid for it and saw it was included and also found the cup.  10 cents and it was mine.  When I got home I checked it out further.  In the store I saw it had a couple score sheets included but at home I looked closer and saw they were used.  They were in pencil so I could probably erase them, but still, I'm not mad.  I opened it up more and found the poker chips which I still never really understood the use for but was glad they were included.  Though I looked closer and realized why it was so cheap.  No dice were included.  If that's all that's missing, I'm okay with that.  First off, Triple Yahtzee isn't as easy to come by as regular and this deluxe version came out in 1978.  I don't need the original parts, I just need all the parts.  A couple bucks at Walmart and I can get new dice.  Or just use dice from other games I have.  I think I might already have a copy of this game, so I didn't really need it, but I'm not passing it up.  As for the score cards.  I'm sure I can find some on Ebay.  If not, I can just play regular Yahtzee and buy some score cards at Walmart for 6 bucks.  Yes they still sell them.

Overall, I was most excited about the non-complete game, but really happy with how I made out.  I started writing this last night, but suddenly my computer froze up.  No biggie, but I figured since I promised random pics, I figured I would show them.  Happy Flashback Friday!

A few months ago I showed off some Riverboat trading cards, and said I was excited the Belle of Louisville was included since I'd seen it before.  Here is a photo I took in November of 1996 of it.  Less than a year later someone sabotaged the Belle and it was damaged for a time.  It was fixed and still there, but I always wanted to go back and visit it again.  Maybe this time ride it.

Hey, its that dude from the Spin Doctors!  I took this picture in July of 2002 at a festival in Joplin, MO.  Here he is signing a Frisbee I got when a local tv station threw some out to the crowd at the event.  After getting his autograph, I got a band mates autograph too.  As I took his picture he asked "Don't YOU want to be in the picture?"  I did but didn't trust a stranger using my disposable camera, but luckily I did.

He was pretty nice.  The event itself was nice too as I saw the Spin Doctors, Gin Blossoms, Sponge, Seven Mary Three, and a few moments of Montgomery Gentry just as they hit it big.  I won free tickets to the 4 day festival but only went one day.  If I went all four days I could have seen Dennis Quaid and also Larry The Cable Guy before he hit it big.  Them's the breaks.

OH YEAH!  Who couldn't use Kool-Aid playing cards?  My mom was got a bunch of decks of playing cards at work one day and while most were used casino decks (nice in their own right), a few had other themes or advertisements.  This was my favorite.  While I never had these as a kid, it reminded me of using the Kool-Aid cups and pitcher which we did have.  This had to be one of the items you could get from the points you had to cut out on each package.  Sometimes I miss stuff like that.  I wish more companies did fun stuff like that.  I know Kellogg's and Coca-Cola do similar things, but they really aren't the same.


Since my computer froze last night, I've gone back to Savvy Seconds, and since I didn't get a lot I thought I'd add it here.  Thus saving a post and not having yet another shopping post.

Another Mizzou cup to add to the collection, and it was 10 cents.  Not much more to add.  I'm starting to get a good collection of these.  If I still sold programs at the football games I'm sure I could get more.  Maybe I will do that again, it was fun.

These however were much better finds, also 10 cents each.

Two cups with the same design, these are not new.  If I had to guess, I would say late 1980's.  Possibly early 90's but you'll see in a moment these are pretty old.

HOLY WOW!  1985 World Series cups.  I also got two of these.  It was still named Royals Stadium, and these are perfect to display.  Also 10 cents.

This last cup I got also, 10 cents I think is my favorite.

It was only one cup, but I think this had to be about 1991 or 1992.  I believe that was when they used that slogan.  Let me check real quick.  UMM... I was WAY off.  Turns out that slogan was 1983.  So a 35 year old stadium cup for a dime is something I'll gladly pay for.  All 5 of these cups looked great with no chips or any signs of peeling, so I think I made out like a bandit on them.  While I didn't find anything else there today, this was by far one of the better finds in recent trips.

So with that I'll wrap it up.  Thank you for reading and have a great weekend.  It's supposed to be a bit cooler here, so I might go on a trip to the local Antique Mall and might have a new blog to post sometime soon.  If not, I'm still sorting my extra cards and will work on that.  Either way, I'll be busy.  Stay safe and enjoy the weather if its not too hot.


  1. Oh man, I'd love to have seen Spin Doctors, Gin Blossoms, and Sponge in the heyday of early 90s alt rock.
    Good stuff!

  2. So much to comment on! Based solely on it's cover, I really want to read "The Train" now. That shelf may have been a pain to put up, but it sure looks fancy. And god how I loved Triple Yahtzee, I don't have anyone to play games with anymore, if I could add a sad face emoji, this is where it would go.

    I've been on real vintage plastic cup kick as of late, so it was cool to see someone else buying some. I have picked up quite a few over the last couple of months, but I just haven't gotten around to showing them off on the blog yet.