Music boxes are never scarce at thrift stores; particularly the retro boxy ones with the wind up musical tune and twirling ballerina. Whether it was sitting on your bedroom dresser or your friend had one, you have seen one at some point in your childhood. Those simplistic, metal latched cardboard boxes wrapped in patterned paper were our treasure chests. It’s where we held our jewellery, secret notes or maybe even tucked away the key to our diary. This style of music box was so popular that over the years countless designs and illustrations have adorned them, yet this one in particular caught my eye.
Dark blue and framed with a contrast of tiny white flowers, this music box was much different from the white or pink boxes I’ve often seen. I picked it up off of the shelf and inspected the outer design; a whimsical night scene of a ballerina dancing by moonlight with pixies watching her from their toadstools. It looked like something out of a fairy tale.
I opened the box and was a little disappointed to see that the ballerina was missing, but my disappointment changed when I saw the 3D forest display inside the lid! Never before had I seen such detail gracing the inside of a music box intended for children. I could look right into the mirror and imagine I was peering into an enchanted forest. When I wound up the back, Tchaikovsky‘s Swan Lake slowly played within the velvet lined interior.
Despite the missing ballerina, I couldn’t return this vintage box to the shelf. It is now sitting in the company of my own childhood music box and I have plans to sculpt a new centerpiece to twirl inside.
Another call to my childhood is Strawberry Shortcake. I was nuts about her when I was a kid, so I was super happy to find this 1980 Designer’s Collection “Spread some happiness around” sugar bowl at The Mission Thrift Store!
My final thrifted treasure is this little framed Village Green Country Crafts painting by Sharon Jervis. It is part of the Wildlife Miniatures series, the subject of this one is the Rabbit with Fly agaric Mushroom, Moss, Bramble and Ivy. This is the cutest painting and it’s made even more perfect because it features mushrooms! With all of the Sears stores being closed across Canada, I thought it was neat to see that the box still had the old Simpsons price sticker on it too.