An occasionally updated chronicle of estate sales in the city and suburbs of Chicago.

"It's such a guilty pleasure..." Lynne Stiefel, Pioneer Press

Friday, January 8, 2010

Chicago Heights House of Games

The mildew stench was so strong in this south-suburban ranch it almost made my nose slam shut. "Sorry about the smell, folks," the man running the sale said to everyone brave enough to venture more than three steps inside the door. "Everything is half off!"

It had rained prettily heavily the day before, so naturally, the smell was coming from here. And for some reason this was the first place we went.

What we discovered -- aside from an unfortunate amount of water on the floor -- was a fine collection of toys and games and decorative touches and what-have-you from the sixties and seventies. This was obviously home to a family who enjoyed the fun and excitement that only a night of board games can provide.

We'll get into that in a moment. But first, this awesome Robin Hood lamp.

Along with his mate, who obviously knows a thing or two about the most fetching way to pose against a tree. Question: What do you call a female Robin Hood? Answer: Robin Hood.

And now, on to the games. Right here, you've pretty much got any local TV channel's afternoon line-up from 1972-1979.

I like that this game is named after what was a common expression of surprise at the time, and that the type treatment is so expressive. Note, too, how flummoxed the men seem, while the women appear to be coolly enjoying an evening's entertainment. I can only imagine the marital spats this thing incited.

This game promises fun in the form of a race to find the tri-number code... before the second coming of Christ and the arrival of the End Times!

Of course they bowled. How could they not? All this fun has worn me out. What do you say we call it a day?

But not before stopping to admire this lovely tableaux.


  1. Listen, since you're going to all these estate sales, I have to tell you the funny thing about musical instruments. To most professional musicians, guitar and amp technology peaked in the 60's. Vintage musical equipment only appreciate in value. Seriously. Vintage amps and guitars are SO in demand that amp manufacturers are designing their new amps to look fifty years old. There's one amp, that they actually spill shit on to make it look even older. Crazy but true.

    For example, that keyboard with built in amp. That is worth money. How much? I don't know.

    Just saying. You see a guitar or amp, or even a keyboard, call me and tell me about it.

    If you're even doing this to make money at all.

    Do you buy stuff at these sales?

  2. I do buy stuff, but rarely. My house is filled with enough stuff already. :)


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