Wednesday, August 19, 2009

My First Caper!

Welcome, Welcome, Welcome to Vintage Thingies Thursday, my favorite day of the week! I love visiting Suzanne at Colorado Lady and seeing what she and the other participants have to share this week. Flea market finds, junk store mystery boxes, things from attics and basements, it's amazing what cool things we all have if we just start looking. My offering for this week is from February of 1975, making it 34 years old, just barely vintage to some of us.
When I was in third grade our family made our first trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. We had a great time, and did all there was to do at the time, which was basically just the Magic Kingdom. Our favorite evening was the Hoop de Doo Review at Fort Wilderness, and our favorite place to eat in the Magic Kingdom was the Crystal Palace, just off of Maine Street USA. At that time, all of the dishes in the restaurants had the Disney World logo on them. In the gift shops there were other Disney-themed mugs, glasses, and such, but not the same ones that were used in the restaurants.My dad really liked the restaurant dishes, and asked to buy a mug. He even spoke with the restaurant manager, and the hotel manager at the Contemporary Resort. Nope, not for sale. My dad grumbled about this all week, and whenever we went by a gift shop he went in to see if they had the dishes, even though he'd been told they weren't available. On our last morning of vacation we had breakfast at the Crystal Palace after doing our last minute gift shop run. We had bags all around our table. Good old sneaky me, still just 8 years old, grabbed my empty hot chocolate mug, shoved a napkin in so it wouldn't drip, and put it in one of the bags! My dad is so proud of that mug to this day, and displays it proudly on the shelves of the family room, loving to tell people the story of the mug. It also started me on a life of crime, stealing souvenir type glasses whenever they were available. Yes, I am one of the reasons that many places no longer have their logo on glasses, mugs, or ashtrays. Well, no one has ashtrays anymore, except me! LOL
I hope I have not horrified anyone with my tale of juvenile delinquency. I still take things from restaurants, but nothing permanent, just sweetener and orange marmalades!
Be sure to stop by and check out the dishes Suzanne is showing off this week. Silly her, she actually paid for them!
Do you take sweeteners, or extra shampoos from hotels?
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25 comments:

Postcardy said...

I wish I had one of those mugs and I've never even been to Disneyland or Disney World.

JEWELGIRL said...

Never done the Disney, I'd rather
go major shopping or see Europe.
Great memento of your trip!

Anonymous said...

After the first sentence, I knew just where your story was headed! I think I remember you taking a salt & pepper set at some Houston restaurant in teh early 90's!

I take soaps and shampoos from hotels... they are great to use on future travels.

~Kari

Patty said...

How funny -- I was just reading Suzanne's post and how she finds odd numbers of things, and it made me think of the sugar bowl I stole from a hotel in Hong Kong. (I wish I had taken the cream pitcher too. And now I read about your life of crime. My grandmother took us to Disney World in the 70's too. My sister and I kept pointing out that it didn't have everything *our* Disneyland did. If only you had been with us then, Elizabeth, I might have one of those mugs today.

Patty said...

Oh yeah, I still have an ashtray I took from a hotel when I was in junior high. It sits on my night table and I use it as a coaster. Thanks for letting me walk down memory lane tonight. :)

CC said...

Elizabeth, I can't believe your torid life of crime. I mean, who would have thought that of you??? :)
That was such a cute story..and yes, I take the little shampoos..etc they leave for you..but I always eat the chocolate that's left on the pillow.
Happy VTT...and have a lovely weekend. :)

Coloradolady said...

You go girl!! I mean, if they did not want to sell one, than to me, that means they are free for the taking!! I would be willing to bet that little cup might be worth a few bucks at least!! I myself, just love it....so sweet. I can just picture the little restaurant setting and the lovely dishes they must have had.

Have a great VTT!! Loved this post.....sisters in crime for vintage!

Neabear said...

I have only been to Disney World once and that was in 2001 when I was a chaperone for the high school band my daughter was in that year. But I have lost track of how often I have been to Disneyland. Last time was last November. But I did not take anything. You were sure a sneaky kid in those days. Love the cup you are sharing there.

We do take the shampoos. And the soap and the lotions. Great for future trips. But at the church conventions we go to, we are asked to pick them up and deposited them in a box for the homeless shelters. And we do! So that is a good thing to do with them too.

I have not participated in VTT for awhile so it was fun to join the party this time!

Happy Thursday!

~Linnea

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

I don't know what I like more. The story or the mug...lol! I'm enjoying both :0)

Ulla said...

I have always liked reading crime stories!

Zitlife said...

Happy VTT...Loved this post.

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

hehehe dont we all like to do this once awhile!!.. hehehe I normally took hotels sewing kits and toiletries set home.. hehehe..

Robin Ennis Willson said...

LOL...what a neat story - and mug! I love it. Aren't you supposed to take the soap & shampoo from the hotel? I think the only thing I've taken is the cocktail sauce holder from red lobster with my doggy bag (I love it and use it a lot)

Jingle said...

You are awesome! Seriously. I love that you did this! What a neat memory!

Cindy at PlantSomeRoots said...

Elizabeth,
I just had my belly laugh for the day! And to think, you did not hesitate to share your life of crime. Always be true to yourself! :)
Cindy

Kayleen said...

TEE HEE HEE! That makes me giggle! I was a little thief as a kid too!

mannequin said...

Hey! That's why they put that stuff out there. Happens to me all the time, stuff falling in my purse.

I love the cup and even more, I love you, you wiley little thing you.

Carrie said...

Great story, and fine vintage item!

Kathi Fly said...

Haha! My husband and I did that ONCE, stole a bottle of wine off of a table. It looked like the people had left. A few minutes later, they returned.......FROM DANCING!! Yikes, never did that again.

Cass @ That Old House said...

Oh my, I wonder what the statute of limitations is on theft from The Mouse!

What a cute story... and a cute mug!
Cass

Dawn said...

I would never have taken you for a thief! That's funny! And that's a cute cup--worth a day or two in the poky, I'm sure :)

Keetha Broyles said...

Great mug and greater yet story to go with it.

RainGardener said...

That was a cute story - your life of crime starting at 8. LOL

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

Oh Ive just started doing thingy thursday and finding all these great new blogs....and i just this week started collecting restaurant ware. so I was thrilled to find this post :)

Loved that story and wish Id started collecting sooner...now i have to buy it!

oh did i just say that?

Tracy

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

Oh Ive just started doing thingy thursday and finding all these great new blogs....and i just this week started collecting restaurant ware. so I was thrilled to find this post :)

Loved that story and wish Id started collecting sooner...now i have to buy it!

oh did i just say that?

Tracy