May 18, 2014

Thrift Store Scores - $2 Edition

Not a lot going on in my neck of the woods so I figured I'd do a lazy Sunday post on some recent thrift shop finds. It just so happens each of these items I found were $2.

When I hit the shops, I always check out the kid books. I never look for anything specific and usually just skim over the titles figuring if there's something interesting, it'll catch my eye. So when I saw a binding with the title "Literally Disturbed: Tales to Keep You Up at Night" I had to check it out!

Literally Disturbed

The title grabbed my attention (aside from the obvious reason that I like the spooky) because it reminded me of the great series "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark." And it's very similar to that series in every way. There are several one page poems accompanied by an illustration on their opposing page. Even though the poems are about all kinds of creepy things, they generally have a bit of humor injected into them.

Literally Disturbed

And just like that series, there are quite a few nightmare inducing images! Some aren't too bad and some are downright ooky. But they at just the right kind of ooky that will stick with a young person for life and drive them to find the book again when they get older to revisit their childhood fears and/or share them with their own kids. The next volume "Literally Disturbed: More Tales to Keep You Up at Night" goes on sale in August.

Literally Disturbed

The other $2 item I scored is actually two items that were bagged together, and rightly so!
They're a pair of robots that have to be kept together.
A legendary pair of mechanical men that you can't picture one without seeing the other.
The most enduring of automatons, I give you...

The Red Rocker and Blue Bomber: Rock 'Em, Sock 'Em Robots!

BK Rock Em Sock Em Robots

These guys stand about 3.5" tall. They were Burger King Kids meal toys from a couple years ago that I must not have known about because I sure would have gotten them at the time.

 Pushing their back buttons makes their fists flail up and down. Unlike their full scale counterparts, they don't have the same spring mounted head mechanism. You can make them bash each other all day but their blocks won't get knocked off. The heads do extend just a bit if you pull up on them though. But without that mechanism, they don't make that cool sound when you push them back down.


  1. Cheap finds are the best finds Dex! : )

    1. They really are, it's like finding treasure

  2. Ooh! I need to get a hold of "Literally Disturbed"! What a deal. It does seem to have some similarities to the "Scary Stories" series. Looks like there are some good illustrations in the book. It must be somewhat recent if the next one is coming out in August.

    "just the right kind of ooky that will stick with a young person for life" Some of my best childhood memories can be described that way. :)

    1. Yep, this one came out last year. I think I saw on the author's site that there is a 3rd volume planned as well.

      I think the reason so many people love the Scary Stories books is that they discovered them as kids and remember the illustrations.

  3. Yeah, thanks for sharing Literally Disturbed. I've gotta check that out.



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