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how do you tell Dad ~ thats not tiki?
dogbytes
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
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From: seattle, wa
Posted: 2004-06-11 10:32 pm   Permalink

oh i DO appreciate every gift i get ~ some i treasure, and some i post here for amusement value!

i'm enjoying all the other stories of "nearly tiki" too.


 
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Unkle John
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Joined: Oct 22, 2003
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From: Middle-of-the-Ocean, TX
Posted: 2004-06-12 8:23 pm   Permalink

as i said, i wasn't accusing you of not appreciating a gift.

one of the funniest moments in my collecting was this: My mother went to an import store where she picked me up a statue. When she gave it to me she said "The guy at the store told me this would bring you good luck, if you place it by your bed it should help your dreams or something like that" I smiled and thanked her and placed it in my living room. The reason, she had picked up an African fertility god. With all the girls I had... well you know... I was NOT going to put it in my bedroom for the fear of it actually working.

I have actually broaden my collection to include aztec and central american idols. seeing I'm from TX and live so close to the border. Dogbytes, I bet yall have a mess load of totems around your area for sale.

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dogbytes
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
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From: seattle, wa
Posted: 2004-06-12 8:44 pm   Permalink

oddly enough, i have NOT found tons of totem stuff in the PNW..plenty of steins, owls and mushrooms though..

lately, i've not been very lucky at antique stores or thrift shops... thats why i'm always chiding my relatives with tales of "paying full price" (a no-no, in our thrifty family).

my favorite aunt passed away in Jan, she was my garagesale maven. i think having my list of "must haves" in her purse, helped her to keep going out on weekends, even when her chemo was making her a bit tired. gave her a purpose, of sorts.

hm.. still need a juice-o-matic, ice-o-matic ~ i better email pix to my dad..



 
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Tikilicious
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Joined: Jun 11, 2004
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From: NYC
Posted: 2004-06-16 10:58 pm   Permalink

Awww thats kinda cute! And so sweet, how he tries to help out!

Last year I had to have surgery for something, and it was my first time under the knife. I was so nervous. When I finally woke up after surgery, my whole family was in the room cheering. There were toy monkeys hanging everywhere (I also collect monkeys), and a row of tiki mugs along the windowsill with flowers in each one! I already had many of the mugs that were there, as they are ones that are super easy to find just about anywhere. But I was so moved by the gesture just the same! I felt so loved!
You must feel so loved too! Congrats on your new (I think African?) finds lol! Too cute

~Lenore


 
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Johnny Dollar
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From: Baltimore, Maryland, PNG
Posted: 2004-06-17 06:24 am   Permalink

dose things have their own vibe ~ the two-tone carvings with the darker hair / beard i believe are jamaican - i've seen dem in flea markets and antique stores marked 'jamaica...'
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foamy
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Joined: Jun 15, 2004
Posts: 590
From: The Land of Pleasant Living
Posted: 2004-06-17 07:02 am   Permalink

My friends have developed a penchant for getting me tiki trinkets. I don't mind. Salt and pepper shakers from Hawaii (very cool), Some wooden cats salt and pepper shakers (my sister thought they were tiki, but they're pretty cool none the less) and most recently some stackable tiki citronella candles and old anondized aluminum glasses (oxymoron?). I don't mind at all.

 
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dogbytes
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From: seattle, wa
Posted: 2005-09-21 11:25 am   Permalink

here's my dad's latest find

its all wood, unsigned... its hard to figure what this might be. but its growing on me..
dad mailed this to me, along with a couple plastic party city masks and a really nice Waring Blender. he was really proud of this garage sale find.


 
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tikipedia
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Joined: Aug 25, 2004
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From: San Diego
Posted: 2005-09-21 11:47 am   Permalink

I don't know if this provides perspective from the other side.

For Chirstmas, my (then) 6 year old daughter got me a ceramic latte cup from Target. The cup had a picture of a pineapple on it. To her, the pineapple made it Tiki. She was so proud of herself for getting her daddy something to add to his collection, I certainly had no intention of disappointing her.

To me, that that cup is more valuable than any mug I could ever own, and I use it almost every day.
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Formikahini
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Joined: Aug 22, 2002
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From: Houston, Texotica
Posted: 2005-09-21 1:14 pm   Permalink

Awww, Tikipedia, you're the swell guy who always wears an uglier-than-sin tie on Father's Day, too, aren't ya!

You're the best kind of dad

With gifts from your kids, it's almost ALWAYS the thought that counts (gawd, the crap I gave my mom!). When do we lose that? When do we start requiring that the gift be an actual GOOD gift too? I've never thought about this. Shouldn't it always be the thought that counts - from anyone? (But I'm NO better than anyone else on this point, no sirree! I do love it when I also love the gift and not just the giver!)

I have an ugly African mask chosen by the darling little boy of one of my best friends. I'll find a place for it when I get all the other stuff finally up, you betcha (um, not so prominently placed). I'll hear his little voice every time, "Oh, Mom! We have to get this for ALICE! It's tiki!"

(but why-oh-why couldn't it have actually BEEN tiki.....)
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tikipedia
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From: San Diego
Posted: 2005-09-21 2:31 pm   Permalink

Perhaps the best approach is the 'holiday fruitcake tactic'.

People give you something that isn't Tiki. You smile and thank them. When they leave, you get rid of it.

If you drop it off at the local Goodwill, Dogbytes' dad might buy it, and the circle is complete.




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hewey
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Joined: Sep 14, 2004
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From: Sydney, Australia
Posted: 2005-09-21 6:03 pm   Permalink

Yeh, my folks just went to Africa and i got an African carving. Looks tribal, but not tiki. I love it, cause they dont reaaly like tiki but bought it for me anyway.

Tikilicous - thats a cool story. You got cool freinds and family.

My step-dad got a gnome from his son for fathers day. My mum hates it, so its buried in the garden. You can hardly see the tip of his gnome hat sticking through the foliage...
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dogbytes
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From: seattle, wa
Posted: 2005-10-01 1:44 pm   Permalink

i've had this treasure hidden away for a while, but todd showed it to our guests, and we all had a huge laugh.. its a full sized mask, complete with "scalp"


a rug only The Donald would wear!


 
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tikifish
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Toronto,Canada
Posted: 2005-10-07 12:45 pm   Permalink

It's Viking Chic!

 
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Feelin' Zombified
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Joined: Jul 15, 2003
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From: The Exotic Shores of Lake St. Clair
Posted: 2006-01-16 5:40 pm   Permalink

I think I have a winner here...

my sister (mentioned earlier in this same thread) told me she bought a tiki mug for me for Xmas. I didn't get my hopes up... and it was not only as bad but WORSE than I thought:


(photo taken from an Ebay auction)
"You like Star Wars and Tiki... this is both!"

Now keep in mind that she:


  • has viewed my collection

  • has a degree in art and should know better



The good news is that it looks like I can get $13 on Ebay for it.

-Z





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8FT Tiki
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Joined: Nov 30, 2003
Posts: 1226
From: Kansas City, MO
Posted: 2006-01-16 8:19 pm   Permalink

My dad is a garage sale hunter from way back and I suppose I have him to thank for passing the germ on to me. I KNOW it doesn't come from my mom's side. Anyway, he's retired and can go to the sales while I have to work so I have him on the lookout for tiki goodies. If he finds me anything tiki, I love it. He knows it is better to go ahead and spend a couple of bucks for something and let me decide later if I want to keep it or not. Usually there isn't a lot out there but occasionally he finds something I really like and I appreciate it so much. I never tell him when I don't like stuff because he was so kind to think of me and I don't want him to feel as if I am rejecting his thoughtfulness just because it was something I would not have bought myself. Here is his best score so far. I know some may not like this but I think it's great! It's vintage, made of plaster and was used as a table top candle holder. The light was inside and shone out from eyes, nose and mouth. I've never seen another like it. Thanks Dad!!


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