Growing up, my Aunt had a penchant for purging my cousin’s toys and woobies (blankets) without consulting with her first. Over a period of time, my cousin lost most of her childhood favorites. As we entered adulthood, I made it my mission to try to replace the items that were near and dear to her heart. It all started with the most coveted of all of her childhood friends, a 1978 rubber faced Miss Piggy puppet.
I had no idea where to start looking for Kermit’s sassy lady. Even if I could explain what the puppet looked like, there was an extremely slim chance that the antique and consignment shops in my local area would actually have her. Unfortunately, I did not have her picture at the time.
My quest began back in the late 90’s, and someone suggested to me that I use a website called eBay to look for Miss Piggy. I had never checked out a website like eBay before and quickly learned that it had a plethora of Muppet memorabilia. There were Muppets in all shapes and sizes listed in auctions, but unfortunately not the Miss Piggy I was looking for. I spent the next several weeks checking back on new listings, but ultimately gave up on my quest to find the perfect pig.
Several months later I found Miss Piggy online and when she showed up at my doorstep I barely recognized her. She was in very bad shape and I had to perform beauty shop surgery on her. I was hoping to track her down by my cousin’s birthday, but my quest for the Muppet ended up being longer than anticipated and she was given as a very belated Christmas present instead. The look on my cousin’s face as she opened up her long-lost Miss Piggy was a priceless moment that I will always cherish. I am elated that the two of them have been reunited.
At the start of my quest I didn’t realize the road to finding Miss Piggy would be so long and bumpy. In this day and age there has to be a better way to find such a unique item. Instead of having to actively search for her across a variety of channels, I think it would be cool if I could post a family photo of her on a website somewhere and say, “I want this; can someone find it for me?”, and then BAM she is delivered to my doorstep.
How do you currently go about finding hard-to-find items like this?