Monday, November 23, 2015

Creator's Collections: Tiny Thrifted Miniatures Collection. Toy Food and Road Signs.

I love looking at and sharing the collections of creative people, or just collections in general. They say a lot about the people who have them. I'm going to creep around taking pictures of people's collections and sharing those of volunteers around the world, but I'm starting with a small one of my own. Often you can buy pre-made collections at flea markets, yard sales, and thrift stores, and that's what I bought with my little minis collections.


If I didn't make it clear by Sampuru adoration, I like mini plastic representations of almost anything. I love the miniatures. They're fun for crafts and for styling editorial and product photos. A tiny prop can really help show scale and brand your website or online shop.


You'll notice the road signs have a little hole at the top, I turned these into jewelry pieces once! They were cute and quirk but I decided I'd like them better as props.


That way I could stage silly scenes with them.


Like this! I'm going to use the tiny car one for a write-up photo soon. It's metal and the lid lifts! It's my favorite.


But my favorite little collection is this mini food one. Some of the pieces are from my childhood doll house (and I have more of those to excavate from the attic one day, I always loved the little food way more than the dolls!) but most were purchased from a friend at a yard sale.


And to give you a scale on size, look how tiny! I forgot to take a picture of the adorable little metal shopping basket that goes with these perfectly. You can see a dinosaur holding it in this post. Speaking of which, where's the little mini singer sewing machine? I loved that thing!


What do you collect? If I see good minis, I'll nab them. Right now I only buy: low-cost stuff for my businesses, rare aromatherapy/herbalism books, unique retro-looking or retro clothes, and anything truly interesting/low-priced to decorate with.
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26 comments:

  1. Your miniature collection is adorable! The food minis are very cute. They must have been fun to play with in a doll house when you were little.

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    1. All I did was arrange and re-arrange the furniture in the doll house for the most part. Now I do the same in my real life house for myself and others, haha :D

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  2. This is so great! LOVE the mini road signs. I guess now I can reveal that I've got a huge collection of smurfs - the oldest original one from 1978 ;-)

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    1. I sold a instant collection of those, it was one of my first Etsy sales. Sold in seemingly minutes! ;) I'm glad I'm not alone in nerdy mini road side love.

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  3. What an adorable collection!! I used to be such a collector of things-actually I used to collect a particular brand of make up which sounds strange I know!

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    1. I've seen lots of make-up collectors, usually beauty bloggers or youtubers. Not hating on any type of collection though, we all have our reasons, haha.

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  4. I love miniatures there so cute and these are so mid century

    retro rover

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  5. I collect A&W root beer mugs and lamps. I also collect miniature food and cooking items, like a tiny pot holder and small pie pans and cake pans, etc.

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    1. Aw, I love that :) I love mini food cooking items too. And root beer.

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  6. OMG those mini food items, so cute. I have a single purchase collection of miniature phones that I bought on Etsy for a photo shoot with my Blythe doll. I'll have to re-stage that now that I have a better camera to work with, come to think of it. But my serious collection is my vintage photos and ephemera, most of which I display as a virtual gallery on Let's Go Thrifting. I take a lot of pride in those secondhand finds---such awesome history behind each and every piece of the collection. <3 Jackie

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    1. I keep my eyes out for minis, too. I love 'em.

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    1. Do you have an e-mail I can invoice you at? You can e-mail me at info@thriftcore.com :)

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    2. Do you have an e-mail I can invoice you at? You can e-mail me at info@thriftcore.com :)

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