We all no doubt have stuff we no longer want...even if we don't realise it. I was having a sort out in the garage the other day. I'm not very good at it. I usually just rearrange things! I believe most men are the same.
I came across my box of toys from when I was about 8 (the box is the case from a vintage reel to reel tape player) I took out the reel to reel inners and was left with a case with latches. At eight it was a great gift to hold my toy cars. I kept the cars...battered but they hold memories. Amongst the cars is a wooden cat, a wooden elephant, a couple of lead soldiers, a few other bits and bobs including this blue owl.
I used to use this as a hiding place for my soldiers when I was playing. It has a catch the flips the egg shaped back down. It was like the Trojan Owl. I had hours of fun hiding things in it. It still has my grubby chocolate finger marks on it (I hope that's what they are)
Anyway I was considering chucking this out as it didn't quite fit with the soldiers and cars that may be worth something. But I thought I'd just check on the Internet. I looked up blue owl and eventually stumbled on what it was... a Bakelite perfume bottle holder. My mum would have used the perfume and given me the owl to play with.
Now I have in my hands an item that's valuable from a Bakelite collectors point of view and also from someone who collects perfume items or someone who collects owls.
It seems with perfume these are selling for up to $180 on auction sites. So I stuck it on eBay and by the end it had 37 watchers and a sale price of £70.
I'm off into the garage again later to see what I can find out about that wooden cat!