This little number was picked out of a garbage heap a couple weeks ago. Actually, I should have added a quarter to the photo so you could see how not little this thing is. It’s a sizable toy container from, I’d estimate the 60’s, give or take a decade.
It’s hard to tell from this photo exactly how flithy it is, just trust me. That is why my first course of action was to sniff around the internet to see if I could find a value.
I came close. I found an Etsy shop owner, Jennifer Waddell who had sold one. I took a chance and sent her a message to see how much she sold hers for. In less than 48 hours she responded with a very thoughtful message, which included suggested selling price ($80), shipping advice and she kindly let me know she still has viewers asking about it. Wow! (Look jwaddell up on Etsy – she sounds like the kind of person you’d want to buy from.)
Okay, so now that I know there are people out there who would love to have this, and it could be sold for a price worth my effort in elbow grease, I’m going to get out the Goo-Gone, the baking soda and some mild soap and water!
BTW, if you know what year this elephant is from, I’d love to hear.
4/15/12 Update: this elephant has been sold. Thank you to all who have expressed interest and offered information on the history of this vintage toy box!
A big thank you goes out to Heather for her Eve of Reduction Rescue of the vintage elephant toy box whom she named “Henrietta” after the one she had as a kid. This is 9lbs. of plastic that has gone to a good home instead of a landfill.