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Offline nightmare muffin

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Thrift rescue stories
« on: August 09, 2018, 09:53:55 PM »
Sometimes I wonder, upon finding and taking ponies home from thrift shops, what their life might have been like before I adopted them.  Were they loved by tbeir child? What adventures did they go on, in their previous owner's imagination?  Were they loved before they were discarded? Some Pokemon games have a feature where your pocket monster pals recall their past adventures and experiences with you, in a similar aspect. What stories do you guys think your thrifted ponies could share with you from their pasts?

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Re: Thrift rescue stories
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2018, 02:32:24 PM »
I usually figure out if the previous owners had dogs or cats because there's always pet hair woven into the pony hair! :D
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Re: Thrift rescue stories
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2018, 02:44:10 PM »
There were plants in my perfume puffs hair so I guess she liked the outdoors!
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Re: Thrift rescue stories
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2018, 02:47:15 PM »
There were plants in my perfume puffs hair so I guess she liked the outdoors!

Oh my goodness, so did mine! I guess Perfume Puffs are surprisingly adventurous ponies.

I love finding ponies who have been given creative hair styles. I used to have a DVD that taught you how to do hair styles on dolls when I was little, and I sometimes used to use those hairstyles on my ponies. So I like to imagine little girls sitting down and giving their ponies a salon day. It's even cuter when you find them with handmade clothes!

There are some rather unfortunate stories that mine could tell me too, I'm sure. Any of the ones that have body parts missing or have been chewed on. I have a sea pony who has what looks like cat bite marks on her face, but the way the bites are positioned makes them look like scars, which is actually pretty neat! She battled the giant furry monster and survived.

It's funny because even when I go thrifting or buy big lots on shopgoodwill, I can somehow always tell which ponies came from the same household.
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Re: Thrift rescue stories
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2018, 02:50:37 PM »
I definitely wonder about this with ponies I find or acquire online as well. Especially if they have a child's name on the hoof or something like that.

A couple that I wonder most about are my Glory and Moondancer. Because neither pony was sold here, they must have come from overseas. So I wonder if they were American? Canadian? From somewhere in Europe? Somewhere else? And they somehow both lost their tails. I wonder how that happened, to have occurred to BOTH ponies, not just one. They came from the same home, but I wonder - were they always together? Did they belong to the same child? Was it even their first home that I acquired them from?

I am sure a lot of my ponies could tell some pretty cool stories about places they'd been, things they'd seen and so on...if they could.
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Re: Thrift rescue stories
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2018, 03:02:29 PM »
I do this with most of the toys/merch I find at Goodwill, it's kind of fun. The Moondancer I found at a local sci-fic convention (in a bin of what looked like thrifted small toys) is missing her tail. She must have made it invisible to put on another (more colorful one) during her adventures.

There are several G3 Goodwill ponies that have markers on their faces, must have had budding artists in that family.
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Re: Thrift rescue stories
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2018, 05:04:01 PM »
The Blossom I found had no tail and was very dirty like gravel dirty. Must have had alot of adventures in her life time

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Re: Thrift rescue stories
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2018, 06:32:56 PM »
I once found two ponies with those shiny back gem stickers on their heads. I also have found ponies with braided hair. I think it makes me happy to find out kids must of really loved the ponies. I also feel a little bittersweet because maybe their parents gave them away. I will never really know.

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Re: Thrift rescue stories
« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2018, 07:24:05 PM »
I once found two ponies with those shiny back gem stickers on their heads. I also have found ponies with braided hair. I think it makes me happy to find out kids must of really loved the ponies. I also feel a little bittersweet because maybe their parents gave them away. I will never really know.

I actually do have ponies that came from a very unhappy situation :/

Local collector - her parents divorced. Her mother was always more into the ponies I think than she was, but her dad kicked her and her mum out and then sold off her ponies. I have no idea if she consented or was even involved.

But among her ponies she had a really beat up Truly. I have no idea how she got a SS pony but she had a lot of really rare stuff which I think was more her mum than her. She wasn't allowed to play with the ponies (she was eleven I think when this happened) except a couple and Truly was one. I remember the one time we went to her place to trade with her and her mum before this, she was hugging Truly so she was fond of that one at least.

Truly now lives with  me. When her Dad sold them off, I remember looking for her especially because even if I couldn't fix her family, or get the pony back to her original owner, at least I could take care of her.

So one of my Trulys comes from a genuinely broken home and very sad circumstances. She now acts as sentry guarding my SS and winger cabinet, in pride of place.

Her Dad did say when he sold them that she 'no longer cared about them anyway' so I don't know if the girl cared that they were sold. And honestly, we had some bad interactions with these people, waving ponies in my sister's face to upset her and stuff. BUT when it all ended like that, I guess the animosity kind of went. I mean, that's rough. So yeah. Sadly not all ponies come from happy homes.
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Re: Thrift rescue stories
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2018, 07:26:15 PM »
I once found two ponies with those shiny back gem stickers on their heads. I also have found ponies with braided hair. I think it makes me happy to find out kids must of really loved the ponies. I also feel a little bittersweet because maybe their parents gave them away. I will never really know.

Or the kids grew up and stopped loving them. I find that equally sad because I still love my childhood toys(not in the same way I did as a child, but I wouldn’t throw them out...). It’s like Toy story in real life :cry:
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Re: Thrift rescue stories
« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2018, 09:10:58 PM »
My more recent finds must have been chucked into a garage. There is very little flocking rub-off but the hair had a few natural decorations.
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Re: Thrift rescue stories
« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2018, 12:50:56 AM »
I live in the southeastern United States. Back between 1995 to 1998, there was a thrift store I visited regularly for ponies.  Toys were sold by the bag.  One day I found this ugly yellow pegasus, with horrible rainbow hair, whose symbol was red hearts growing black sticks.  She also had strange, different stamps on her hooves.  Since she had a plastic leakage issue, I wrapped her up and stored her in a pony lunchbox away from the rest of my collection, and forgot about her.
 Years later, discovering the arena and learning about nirvanas and ponies of different nationalities, I realized I had a Brazilian Heart Throb!
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Re: Thrift rescue stories
« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2018, 01:06:19 AM »
The weirdest pony I've found at a thrift store is what look like a custom, but it wasn't attractive or complete? It was a brush and grow pony with black hair and it was covered in thick brown paint. I took off the paint to see was was underneath. The body looks died or something. And the hair mechanism works! Well, until I broke off the head after peaking inside out of curiosity.
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Re: Thrift rescue stories
« Reply #13 on: August 11, 2018, 01:25:08 AM »
My more recent finds must have been chucked into a garage. There is very little flocking rub-off but the hair had a few natural decorations.
hm. Wonder what stories those ponies had to tell, if they could talk. Garage explorers? Battles with rogue spiders? Paint wars with enemy ponies?

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Re: Thrift rescue stories
« Reply #14 on: August 11, 2018, 01:31:24 AM »
There were plants in my perfume puffs hair so I guess she liked the outdoors!

Oh my goodness, so did mine! I guess Perfume Puffs are surprisingly adventurous ponies.

I love finding ponies who have been given creative hair styles. I used to have a DVD that taught you how to do hair styles on dolls when I was little, and I sometimes used to use those hairstyles on my ponies. So I like to imagine little girls sitting down and giving their ponies a salon day. It's even cuter when you find them with handmade clothes!

There are some rather unfortunate stories that mine could tell me too, I'm sure. Any of the ones that have body parts missing or have been chewed on. I have a sea pony who has what looks like cat bite marks on her face, but the way the bites are positioned makes them look like scars, which is actually pretty neat! She battled the giant furry monster and survived.

It's funny because even when I go thrifting or buy big lots on shopgoodwill, I can somehow always tell which ponies came from the same household.
Perfume Puffs- prone to adventure in the outdoors with or without their human. XD  I wonder what they were doing...tame pony picnics and rolling around in dandelions, or romping in the wild outdoors and battling the elements and giant killer butterflies?

how does a seapony fight a cat? Unless it was a catfish that battled with her.....That must've been one epic battle if it left scars on the poor dear. That'd be one heckuva story to pass on to future generations of seaponies.