We just love going to the local thrift shops – known as the Bis-Bis or the Rd4 – and on a recent visit I found two fantastic treasures.
The first: A Spirograph, in perfect condition! I’ve been pining after one of these since my older sister got one for her birthday many years ago. I can’t remember if we enjoyed family fun with her Spirograph, as shown in the photograph on the right, but I know Sarah made some pretty sweet drawings with it and as the pesky little sister, I did not. I’ve not yet mastered all the potential of the Spirograph and its 21 plastic parts, but according to the instruction book, with a little practice I should soon be able to make drawings like this:
According to the box I can make a million marvelous designs. That is a lot of drawing fun for just 2.50€!
I haven’t mastered the Spirograph because I was too busy creating pictures of breath-taking beauty with fantastic ease with this Swing-O-Graph. I wasn’t familiar with the Swing-O-Graph, but at a price of 1.50€ I thought I would give it a try. Another factor in my decision to buy: The bows in that sweet girl’s hair. That could have been me, right Mom?
It took me a little bit of time to figure out how to set up the Swing-O-Graph. I would have thought it was the pen that did the swinging, but it is actually the platform that the paper is on moves while the pen is stationary. This little device beautifully captures the physics and motion of a pendulum. I know I’m a science geek, but this is really cool.
I can’t say it took my breath away, but we did use a fair amount of paper making lots of different designs. I remember being equally enthralled when seeing the Foucalt Pendulum at the Smithsonian when I was about 10 – which was maybe about the same time that my sister got her Spirograph. Ah, it is all coming together…hairbows, crazy drawing toys, childhood trips to Washington DC…that is a lot of nostalgia and fun for just 4€ at the Bis-Bis.