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20 Jun 2021

The Little Red Fire Truck Haunts Me

| Mokie

It was a beautiful Pittsburgh afternoon; I had just left my Wife and Daughter after an enjoyable visit, and I decided to stop at my favorite Thrift Store. This Thrift Store (St. Vincent De Paul) is not too perfect like some Thrift Stores, not too cluttered like other Thrift Stores, just the perfect thrift store with interesting items every time I visit and frequent half-off sales. All Green labels were half off on during my visit but I only managed to find three blue labels to purchase.

Anyway, as soon as I entered the store, I headed over to the collectibles/knick knack/Christmas area and spotted the most beautiful red fire engine pedal car I had ever seen. I had a fire truck pedal car as a child but mine was a 1960’s model and this one appeared to be a model from the 1950’s. The patina was outstanding, the pedal function and steering seemed to work fine, the only newer touch seemed to be a new hose and hose reel mounted on the back. $175!!!! The Fire Truck called to me, the price seemed good actually but I just could not justify the purchase. I walked the aisles, had a conversation with a lady about the Fire Truck, she told me to GO GET IT or someone might grab it. I said, that might be a blessing, the fates telling me it was not to be. But then I remembered my coin glass catastrophe. On a much earlier visit, there were three examples of Fostoria Coin Glass on display and I grabbed only one. Ten minutes after grabbing the one, I went back for the other two and they were GONE. So having remembered that painful incident, I circled back to the Fire Truck again, touched it, ogled it actually, and finally walked away. My Daughter has just started Orthodontia and I thought $175 was too indulgent.

On the plus side, I did pick up a great 8X10 frame for my autographed Famke Jannsen X-Men photo and two spoon holders, one for Lisa, one for Mom. OH, and I received both the Washington Delaware and Tuskegee Quarters in change when I checked out. A great day before Father’s Day!!!!! But if that Fire Truck is still there on Tuesday………………………………………

Comments

Mike

Level 7

Since the mint decided not to follow threw with the same sets from 2010 till 2021 I had to improvise. Every year they had a lens of five silver proof coins.. So to end the set they made one. Typical. Morons. So I have the P.D,S,Proof,and the one silver proof ending the series. All slabed. An they didn't end it the way they started it is in Ryders brain somewhere. Probably would of cost 200.00

CentSearcher

Level 5

Glad to hear that you had a good time! I have no idea what a good price for it would have been, but it sure looks cool, and great condition considering how old it is. Thanks for the update!

Long Beard

Level 5

A tough call, walking away, but for the right reason. Perhaps that will pay off come Tuesday and it will be marked down. I personally haven't received either of those quarters yet, still getting mostly 2020.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

I'm glad you had a great Father's day and the fire engine was a beauty. Our toys were more fun than wht kids have now, They were oriented towards social play and creativity IN PERSON and not through a machine

Longstrider

Level 6

That was a great day. I'm happy for you. I had a red tractor I used to pedal around in. Please, when you go back and buy it, send us a photo of you in it. Thanks.

Kepi

Level 6

Sounds like you had a wonderful day! Thrift stores are the best! You never know what you might find calling your name... ; ) haha

Kevin Leab

Level 4

That is a very nice fire truck. My Dad has a few old pedal cars, one of which I believe he restored. I haven't seen the Washington quarter in circulation yet.

Golfer

Level 5

Thrift stores sometimes have an amazing item and something for everyone. Can you negotiate a sale tag price?

Mike

Level 7

We did not have fire trucks. We wish we did. We had a two by four and mounted a fruit basket on it with two skates on the bottom. We went down the hill so fast. We thought of everything but a brake. So there went the sneakers!! Sounds like you had a good day. All around. I'm happy for that. Nice coins. Enjoy your day. !!!

A.J.

Level 4

Interesting stop in pittsburgh. I do wonder how the cameos on my 2021 quarter and yours, both being circulation coins, are different.

"SUN"

Level 5

Sounds like a good day

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