Disney Flea Market Finds

Welcome to the WEEKEND!  WooHoo!  On Saturday’s with Nick, I love to share items with you from Nick and Barbie’s extensive Disneyana collection.  Today, Nick tells us a little bit about how he finds many of his treasures.  Enjoy!

Disney Flea Market Finds

By Nick

On Episode 18 of The Disney Exchange about Disney souvenirs, we briefly discuss my collection. Many pieces have been Flea Market Finds.

I thought I’d take photos of what could be found at the Columbus Flea Market in New Jersey on a random, lovely Spring morning, and to be completely honest, this was not the best assortment we’ve seen, but it is always a crap shoot when it comes to flea marketing. Not that I walked away empty handed; more on that later.
There is a wide variety, from the expensive to the down right cheap. Let’s start at the very first table we encountered. The owner of this stuffed Mickey from Macys, which comes with an alarm clock, wanted $25, a bit steep in my opinion. If I was very interested, I could have perhaps haggled him down to $20.

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We move on to another table, where we find this Winnie the Pooh collectible and this Walt Disney World Pen set, which sits on top of a pad. The owner wanted $20 for Pooh and $10 for the pen set.

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Some people mark their items clearly, so you don’t need to ask a price. I prefer this. I often wonder if I approach someone selling a Disney item and I am wearing a piece of Disney clothing, if they don’t quote me a higher price.

If this Minnie had a matching Mickey, I most likely would have picked up the pair.

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Every week, this booth is set up featuring a wide assortment of cookie jars and salt and pepper shaker sets, primarily Disney, but also featuring other franchises. I have never bought anything from here however, due to the fact we don’t collect salt and pepper shakers, and simply don’t have the space for cookie jars, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t tempted every week!

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You can also find very reasonably priced items of all sorts, from mugs, collectible figures, cast iron, even clothing, everywhere you look!

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I was on the fence on a few items on this particular morning, including this mug for $4…

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…and this Snow White stamp set.

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I did purchase something from this table.

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I bought this pin set, for $35, because every pin on it, and the image featured on the packaging makes me smile! I intend on framing this as is!

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I actually spent more than I normally would, but it was originally $44, and I figured, if I saw it at the park, even with a %10 discount, I’m saving money. Plus the guy selling it was so darn nice!

Do you go to your local flea markets looking for Disney treasures?

This article originally appeared on Nick’s Disney Musings Blog and at The Disney Exchange. You can also find Nick on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Nick, our friend David Hodges, and I host the Disney Exchange Podcast where you can listen to us argue about have friendly discussions about all things Disney – New episodes come out every Sunday.

Orange Bird Bank

When I was growing up, everyone knew Orange Bird!  The Florida Citrus Commission hired the great team of singer Anita Bryant (“Paper Roses”) and the adorable Orange Bird to made TV commercials advertising genuine Florida orange juice.  Having missed Orange Bird’s first appearance in Walt Disney World (I didn’t first visit until 1990 and he was long gone), I was thrilled to see him come back a few years ago.  Immediately, I made a point of collecting all the Orange Bird Pins.  Of course Nick has Orange Bird in his Disney collection too, and he’s here today to tell us all about it.  Happy Saturday and Happy Spring, Disney Friends!

Orange Bird Bank

By Nick

I’ve been trying to get one of these Orange Bird Banks for a few months now, but the prices have been too high. Amazingly, I saw one at our local flea market last Summer, and it was even more expensive than I’ve seen on eBay!

I got this at a reasonable price off of eBay for a good reason.
It is missing it’s stopper.
But since I wasn’t looking to buy this as an investment, or to hold change, I was fine with that.

Copyright: Walt Disney Productions, but no indication of exact production year.

This very happy bird measures 5 inches high.

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Until next time, think orange thoughts!

This article originally appeared on Nick’s Disney Musings Blog.  You can also find Nick on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Nick, our friend David Hodges, and I host the Disney Exchange Podcast where you can listen to us argue about discuss all things Disney – New episodes come out every Sunday.

Biergarten in Epcot’s Germany Pavilion

Welcome to Saturdays With Nick!  This week Nick’s bringing us a review for Biergarten in Epcot’s World Showcase – a restaurant I’ve never visited, but have always wanted to try.  In fact, a few months ago, Raymond and I had a reservation at Biergarten, but changed it at the last minute in favor of a different un-tried restaurant instead (Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs).  Being half German and a fan of German food, I know I’ll love Biergarten…someday.  Have a great weekend and enjoy…Lisa

Biergarten in Epcot’s Germany Pavilion

By Nick

If there are 3 things I love, it’s food, beer and fun, and these 3 things can be found in abundance at the Biergarten Restaurant located in the Germany Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase.

We’ve eaten there several times throughout the years, most recently last December. Christmas is a wonderful time to visit, as the normally lovely hall is even more picturesque decked out in holiday finery, and the band plays Carols.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then of course there is the food! There are several stations featuring a wide variety of options.

Cold items include several salads: potato, cucumber, tomato, cabbage, bean, sausage, pasta and mixed greens. Cold cuts and rolls can also be found here.

 

On to entrees, where you’ll find several sausage styles, oven roasted potatoes, a soup of the day, schnitzel, roasted chicken, fish, red cabbage, mac and cheese, meatballs, meat loaf, Spatzle, and ham.

 

 

Desserts include apple strudel, Black Forest cake, cheesecake, chocolate roll, and peach-almond cake, fruit, plus much more!

 

 

Beer selections include Schofferhofer, Schofferhofer Pink Grapefruit Hefeweizen, Altenmunster Octoberfest, and Warsteiner Dunkel. You can also get a flight with all 4.

Prost!

This article originally appeared on Nick’s Disney Musings Blog.  You can also find Nick on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Nick, our friend David Hodges, and I host the Disney Exchange Podcast where you can listen to us argue about discuss all things Disney – New episodes come out every Sunday.

Why You Must See Festival of Fantasy

Dale in Festival of Fantasy ParadeIf you’ve seen plenty of parades in the past, particularly if you’ve seen the 3-O’Clock parade in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, it might be tempting to skip it on your next visit.  How many characters-on-parade must one endure in the blazing hot Florida sun?  They’re all the same, right?  Classic characters smiling and waving to the sweaty masses.  It’d be a much better use of a steamy, sweltering afternoon to relax back at your resort – preferable poolside, am I right?  I hear you!  Anddddddd…you’re 100% wrong!  If you’ve not seen the parade’s latest version (new in 2014), listen to me…please!

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1.  This ain’t your parents’ parade!  Everything from the music to the float design, character costumes, and supporting cast is fresh, exciting and amazingly cutting-edge.  IMG_4088This is no ordinary parade – from the ground to the towering tops of each float, this spectacular attraction is a feast for the eyes (and ears)!  I’ve seen Festival of Fantasy several times now and always notice something new with each viewing.Festival of Fantasy Parade Ostrich

2.  The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.  Yes, kids love seeing the likes of Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Anna and Elsa, Cinderella, Belle, Aurora, Tiana, and their princes.  They are fantastic.  But wait!  There’s more!Festival of Fantasy Parade FrozenDSCN3397Festival of Fantasy Parade Pinocchio

3.  Oh, the memories!  Characters from Fantasia, Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid – my lifetime of Disney-movie-love is all wrapped up in this parade!RM-Festival-Of-Fantasy-Coral RM-FF-FantasiaThat’s what makes it such a must-do for me – the unusual, oft overlooked characters that I get to see in splendid detail.  If I’m lucky, they’ll even wave or pose for a picture!RM-FF-Hippo

4.  It’s more than the headliners that pack a punch.  Peter Pan’s Lost Boys are there!  Fantastic, magical sea creatures float along with Ariel.  Merida on giant bagpipes, RM-Festival-Of-Fantasy-Ariel2 RM-Festival-Of-Fantasy-ShellRM-Festival-Of-Fantasy-Brave-FloatRM-Festival-Of-Fantasy-Scottish-DancersAlice, the White Rabbit, Jiminy Cricket, the colors, the motion, the tiny Disney details – Best Parade EVER!  Characters from Tangled are especially entertaining – as is the Snuggly Duckling float.  See Flynn Rider smolder!RM-Festival-Of-Fantasy-Mime-From-TangledRM-Festival-Of-Fantasy-Snuggly-Duckling

5.  Okay, YES!  It’s the Steampunk Dragon!!!  Seriously – even if you loathe, detest, and despise parades, this one’s worth watching if for no other reason than there’s a giant FIRE BREATHING DRAGON!  And this mechanical wonder is beyond amazing!  RM-FF-Dragon-Knee RM-FF-Maleficent-Dragon RM-Festival-Of-Fantasy-Maleficent-DragonFrom her toes to knee caps, to her glorious tail and beautiful face – Maleficent in her magnificent dragon form is seriously breathtaking.  Even her entourage is cool.Festival of Fantasy Parade Bird

Promise me – if you haven’t see the Festival of Fantasy Parade yet, you won’t miss it!

If you’ve seen this incredible, sensational spectacle, what were your favorite parade moments?  Recommendations for first-timers?