I was at an auction recently when I came across a very facinating little item. It looked like a piece of doll furniture or part of a toy kitchen of some kind. It was labeled Beetland and copyrighted 1987. The fact that it was from the 80s puzzled me because I had never seen anything like it before.
Upon further investigation, I discovered it was some sort of desk/stationary set. Everything in it had a different purpose. For example, the little butter in the side door was really a pencil sharpener and the eggs were tiny erasers. A drawer opened up to hold a tape dispenser, another held fish shaped paper clips, and the cake is a tape measure. The basket that is still sealed in in it original plastic holds meat shaped magnets, push pins shaped like tomatoes, a pineapple stapler and vegetable shaped tiny pens.
It is simply one of the most intricate vintage novelty items I have ever purchased. I thought I paid a lot for it at auction when I let myself pay $12! Especially, when I knew I intended to keep this item, didn't know it had any value, and hadn't even discovered what it really was. I just thought, how cute a mini fridge. I need that! I'm sure all of you treasure seekers can think back to a similar moment of your own.
When I got home from the auction I started to research and discovered what this little curiosity was and its value when it is complete. I was was surprised and glad I spent my $12! Take a look.