Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Cute Vintage Plush Critter Finds

As many of you know, I love going to thrift stores, estate sales, and flea markets to search for craft supplies, dollhouse miniatures, and fun vintage items. Yesterday I went to my favorite all-purpose thrift store, and look what I found:


It's a cute little plush house with matching plush furniture and a bear family to go with it! I just love the blue and white gingham! The bears look very kawaii (Japanese for cute), don't you think?




Then, a few weeks back, I found this vintage Fisher-Price Toys 1979 squirrel family with an adorable plush log to live in. It even came with the "wood" chair (but not the table, which I found later). What a find! Are they the cutest ever?




"Who are these for?" you might ask. "Are they for a child in your life?" Why yes, they are for my inner child, the little girl inside of me. She squeals with delight when I find these treats. Now I keep them in my craft room, where I can see them and be inspired by them. I hope seeing them does the same for you, my friends. :-) Fun! Until next time.... xoxo Jennifer

56 comments:

  1. ah they are so lovely, I can imagine that bought them, the little bears are so cute.

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  2. Your inner child must be happy :) because they are so cute!
    Mona

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  3. Hi Klara, Thank you for your lovely comment. Those bears ARE cute, aren't they? I want to make more clothes for them! :-) You made a cute critter while you were in Brazil. When can we see more pictures of it? :-)
    Jennifer

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  4. Hi Mona, Yes, my inner child is VERY happy. Between the vintage critters I bought, the plush critters I make, and the mini scenes I create, my inner child feels ecstatic! Thank you for your lovely comment!
    Jennifer

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  5. Wow what wonderful finds. They are all so cute. The bag on its own is super cute. My inner child was happy just looking at them ;). Enjoy :) Hugs Maria

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  6. These toys are so right for you. They are very cute. Looking for good finds is like going out on a hunt. You come home with your game happy and content. Hugs

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  7. Aww. I had this and it was TOTALLY my very favorite toy for a long time. I miss it!

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  8. It's good you've taken your innerchild with you for a little walk... lovely pieces. Just looking at them puts a little smile on the viewer's face... ;O)

    Greetings
    Birgit

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  9. Hi Maria! I'm glad looking at the critter houses made your inner child happy! :-) Woohoo! Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment!
    Jennifer

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  10. Oh yes, Drora! I call it "the thrill of the hunt"! I go every couple of weeks, and what fun it is! Thank you for leaving such a nice comment!
    Jennifer

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  11. Thanks Trish Logan Hillery! What a sweet thing to say! :-) Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.
    Jennifer

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  12. Hi Annette! Was that the squirrel house? I just adore it! I could imagine a child having hours of fun with that one. Great to hear from you! Thanks for leaving a sweet comment.
    Jennifer

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  13. Hi Birgit! That reminds me of your Flutterby and the other teddy bears you make. They are also good for one's inner child. :-)
    Jennifer

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  14. Ohh, they are so sweet those little bears, and such a lovely little house. The colors are beautiful.
    Taking care off your inner child is very important, it keeps you happy !
    Have a great week.

    Hugs Mieke x

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  15. Me fascina tu espíritu explorador y busca tesoros! La casita con osos es divina!
    Y las ardillas con su cabaña.
    Cuánta razon tienes, yo también tengo una niña dentro de mí!
    Un abrazo

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  16. I never seen before those houses. They are cute. Hugs from Craftland

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  17. Hello Mieke! Thank you so much! Yes, I believe you are right! I just looked at your Victorian ladies dressing table--it is magnificent! Thank you for leaving such a sweet comment!
    Jennifer

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  18. Hola Rosamargarita! Thank you for your compliments--you are very sweet. Yes, I know you have that little girl inside. Your joy is infectious (in a good way, of course!)! Thank you for your lovely comment.
    Jennifer

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  19. Hi Craftland! Great to hear from you! How is your greenhouse coming along? I can't wait to see it filled with plants! Thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely comment.
    Jennifer

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  20. Jennifer! Hope you are well =)
    That plush house is to cute!! I love it! The bears are very very sweeties... they give me joy with those smiles! haha.
    And the best of all,: you give all of that for your inner child =) I make my miniatures for the little girl inside of me too! It's a sweet way to never forget the innocence! ♥
    Hope you have a great week!
    Hugs!
    Belén.

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  21. Hi Belen, Thank you for your lovely comment! I can tell that about you, Belen. Your mini projects are so sweet. I love the childlike innocence of your work--so playful and pretty. Take care!
    Jennifer

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  22. WOW! Those are great finds, Jennifer! Congratulations! Love the squirrel family most, I think. But the bears are certainly cute too. Nice!

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  23. infectious? jajajaj (lol)
    La alegría y todo lo demás es contagioso e infeccioso. Tú también participas de esa "infección"... me transmites mucha alegría!!!
    Muchos besos

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  24. I love your shop! bag-shaped house with stuffed animals is cute, and toy animals, are a find! kisses

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  25. son dos casas realmente encantadoras.
    un abrazo

    two houses are really charming.
    a hug

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  26. Jennifer, son una auténtica monada.
    la forma de una casita me encanta.

    Besos, Narán

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  27. Just adorable finds!! You are so lucky to be surrounded by such good company. :)

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  28. Hi Miranda! Great finds, huh?! Yeah, I'm with you--the squirrel family has so much 70s vintage character! Thanks for taking the time to write such a nice comment!
    Jennifer

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  29. What a sweet thing to say, Rosamargarita! I am very fortunate to have "met" you. Hugs and kisses!
    Jennifer

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  30. Hi PAKY! Thank you--I'm glad you like my shop! :-) Glad you like the critters and house too! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment!
    Jennifer

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  31. Jennifer ¡Que tesoros más lindo has encontrado!!!!
    Un beso
    Flor

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  32. Thank you Contar! I like that word "charming." Very kind of you to say! :-) Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment!
    Jennifer

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  33. Thank you, Naran! I like the shape of both houses, especially the log that the squirrels live in. Glad you like the shape of the little house. It looks cozy for the bears, doesn't it? :-) Great to hear from you!
    Jennifer

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  34. Hi Jeni! You will have to come for a visit sometime. We can go searching for "finds" together! :-) Glad you like these. Yes, I really am surrounded by good company, from my plush critters to all of the lovely friends who follow this blog. I am very, very blessed.
    Jennifer

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  35. Hola Flor! Thank you for your lovely blessing. With your sweet blessing, I hope to continue to find cute treasues! May you always find joy wherever you go, Flor. Good to hear from you!
    Jennifer

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  36. Hi Jennifer,

    The plush sets are very darling. What fun to hunt for these cute sets. xoxo

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  37. You're right these are totally Kawaii! I have to buy my sister Kawaii stuff all the time and she'd totally use these as purses. Fabulous finds!
    hugs,
    Caroline

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  38. Hi sketchcat! Thanks for your sweet comment! Yes, it really is fun to hunt for these things. You never know what you'll find, but half the fun is the thrill of the hunt!
    Jennifer

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  39. Hi Caroline! I love cute kawaii, just like your sister. Can you recommend good places to buy kawaii things? Thanks for leaving a sweet comment!
    Jennifer

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  40. Two great finds! I am very happy because I know you will enjoy. In addition, it is true, what we need children if there is a child inside us and we still like to play? Congratulations!
    Hugs.

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  41. Hi Maru! Thank you for your kind thoughts. Yes, it is good to be able to play, at any age! :-) Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment!
    Jennifer

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  42. Too cute! You're not the only one with an inner child.
    Geneviève

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  43. Hi jen my friend,
    love love love the post on all your thrift finds and how cute that they are your favourite little plush toy finds!!
    I am envious of the little gingham house I love gingham.
    I just love how you said it's for your inner child! A great saying I think why do we have to have children for our toys!
    Such a great post jen I'm sure I'll read it over and over!
    Kate xxx

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  44. Hi Kate! So glad you liked this post. Thank you for all of your kind words. :-) You're the queen of thrift store finds, so I just follow your example. ;-)
    Jennifer

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  45. Hi Genevieve! What a cute thing to say! Great to hear from you! Thank you for your lovely comment.
    Jennifer

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  46. *squeaaaaaaaaaaaal Jennnn!

    Loooooooooove the plush houses! I will buy them for the inner big girl in me as well :).

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  47. Congratulations Jennifer!! Awwwww these are really way too cute! squieeeee ;-) lucky you! :-)

    Hugs Jollie

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  48. Hi Sans! These are something you'd buy for yourself, then? Awww, how sweet of you to say. I was so excited when I found them!!! :-)
    Thanks for taking the time to leave such a sweet comment!
    Jennifer

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  49. Hi Jollie! These remind me of your little fur critter families. Cute stuff is so much fun!!! Thanks for leaving such a sweet comment!
    Jennifer

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  50. I would squeal with delight too. I doll houses. And paper dolls.... still very much a kid at heart in a lot of ways.

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  51. Hi GardenofDaisies! How sweet of you to leave such a lovely comment. Yes, kid at heart is a good way of saying it. I love being in touch with my kid at heart. Sounds like you do too!
    Jennifer

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  52. Hola jennifer:
    Madre mía que maravilla de casita y de ositos !!
    A mi personalmente me ha encantado !!
    es increíble lo que se puede encontrar cuando menos te lo esperas
    felicitaciones por tu compra ,porque es preciosa !!

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    .. * . (\ *** /) * . * cielo
    .* . * ( \(_)/ ) * * . que tengas
    .* . * (_ /|\ _) . * . un buen
    .* . * . /___\ * . . * dia

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  53. Thank you so much, Victoria! Yes, it is true that it is amazing what one can find when one least expects it! I love the thrill of that! :-)

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  54. OMG Jennifer I soo have that squirrel family too! I had them when I was a very small child and took them everywhere. Then over the years they got lost but 2 years ago I opened a cChristmas package noted from Santa.. and there was the happy family back again!! They currently live in my craft room so they can not only have the run of the room but access to the TV and DVD player as well. LOL Congrats on your find!

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  55. Hi Jennybee! Super fun! My squirrel family has moved around a bit, but they live in my craft room again too. They each have a little handmade mug that I found and look so cute gathered around the table sharing a drink. Glad you found your squirrel family again, and thanks for the visit! :-) xo Jennifer

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