Thrift Stores Are Life
I come from a long line of junkers and pickers. My dad used to tell me how his mom would wake them at 3 am on garbage day and take them out to pick the trash. In keeping with the tradition, he would take me to abandoned houses deep in the woods of rural Mississippi and we would treasure hunt during my childhood.
My mom wasn’t too keen on this (you know, encouraging breaking and entering), and eventually my dad and I transitioned to thrifting together. Still, neither of us would ever pass up a good side of the road find.
Over the last five years, I have used my love of thrifting to help make a good supplemental income. I was already going to thrift shops weekly, so it only made sense to find a way to monetize those trips.
Selling on eBay
I go through very active periods on eBay, where I’m listing constantly, and inactive periods where I’m lucky to get one or two things up per week. These inactive periods typically occur when I get pissed at an unfair ruling in a buyer return case. I’ll be sure to write on that later.
Yesterday I Found Treasure
In keeping with family tradition, we drag our kids along to thrift stores for some family fun. Yesterday, we visited a Goodwill store and within 5 minutes I spotted this rocking sheep with a tag for $4.99. Without even inspecting it closely, I knew it needed to come home with me.
I grabbed the tag used for over-sized items and pestered the employee to throw it behind the counter so no kids would sit on this already fragile beauty. When I picked it up to have it brought to the front, I realized that it was actual sheepskin and fleece, stuffed with straw.
The Only Information I Have
For now, the rocking sheep is high up where my kids can’t reach it and the dog doesn’t mistake it for a chew toy, but I want to find out more about it. My searches have only returned one result, a Pinterest photo from a thrift shop in Australia.
Mystery Rocking Sheep Maker’s Logo
The logo on the rocking sheep is found on the outer side of the wooden rocker part. It appears to be a wood burned longhorn. I have yet to find any other maker identifiers.
What is my ultimate goal with this rocking sheep? I have no clue. It would be fantastic to find out more about it in an effort to find it a good forever home. Here are some more pictures on my neat new toy:
Have You Seen Anything Like This?
Have you ever seen a rocking sheep or other taxidermied rocker like this? Where would you look for clues on its origin?