After about an hour of trying to disassemble the toy cash register (they definitely made toys to last long ago...everything out of metal, securely riveted together), I got the nice little pile of keys which you can barely see lower left), and those great pop-up metal numbers...and the red metal pieces. I often use a little red in my pieces in my mostly dark art, so I am sure these will get used at some point.
As I was leaving the bins, one of the "regulars" that I see
there all the time came over to me and offered me this.
He said it was an Indonesian egg box, but actually I
think it is that game that I can't remember the name of
(see interior photo). Obviously, it is all hand carved.
As I was putting things away, I couldn't resist playing with a few of my new pieces. No matter what I come across, I always find new inspiration in all the disparate pieces of detritus I bring home. I loved the 3-cat base this is sitting on as well as the broken but very interesting glass shape (broken off top and bottom from whatever it used to be) as well as the scary skull. They are all just sitting together to pose for the photo.