Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Fall Squash

WHEN: October 2010
WHERE: East Liberty, Pittsburgh
This is the toy equivalent of seeing a pile of squashed guts on the highway. No idea what this once was, but it's dead now.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Day-of-the-Dead Dead

WHEN: October 20101
WHERE: Shadyside, Pittsburgh
Hard times have befallen this sexy, already-dead nurse.

Sunday, October 31, 2010


WHEN: October 2010
WHERE: South Side, Pittsburgh
These little toys look cute in cupcakes, but what sad fates befall them when the dessert is eaten and gone?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

They're All Gone

WHEN: September 2010
WHERE: Brooklyn, N.Y.
PHOTO: John P. in NYC
This is unspeakable, some kind of mass dump of toys.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Angry Egg

WHEN: January 2010
WHERE: Strip District, Pittsburgh
This guy: scrambled, poached, hardboiled, fried but definitely not over-easy.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Monkey Time No. 3

WHEN: May 2010
WHERE: Venice Beach, California
PHOTO: Monica in Calif.
Face down in the gutter -- no way to be.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Monkey Time No. 2

WHERE: Friendship, Pittsburgh
WHEN: October 2009
Despite being flat and bright yellow, this monkey looks almost real, weaving its way through the jungle.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Monkey Time No. 1

WHEN: September 2010
WHERE: Brooklyn, New York City
PHOTO: Jon P. in NYC
Kicking off a mini-series of discarded monkeys is this guy. At first glance, he looks kinda happy sitting in a tree. Then I noticed he was strapped in. That's messed up, dude.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Panda on Board

WHERE: Oakland, Calif.
WHEN: April 2010
PHOTO: Meredith J. in Oakland
Who doesn't like to ride in the back of a truck? Look at that smile!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Head of Stewie

WHEN: May 2010
WHERE: South Oakland, Pittsburgh
I like how he looks just as non-plussed upside-down.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Yabba Dabba Ewwww

WHEN: May 2010
WHERE: East Village, New York City
PHOTO: Andy N. in NYC
This ain't no Bedrock.

Monday, September 20, 2010

South Pole Wanderer

WHEN: September 2010
WHERE: Brooklyn, New York
PHOTO: Leigh Fox, in New York City
This misguided penguin is 1. in the wrong hemisphere and 2. dressed for the wrong holiday. Plus, stuck on a fence.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Ay Chihuahua!

WHEN: April 2010
WHERE: Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh
The pocket-dog fad is over, and this little amigo is out with the trash.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Have You Seen My Dinosaur?

WHERE: Friendship, Pittsburgh
WHEN: March 2010
Sort of a toy-game double-header, as this dinosaur has been dumped on the park's chessboard table

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Chick of the Sea

WHERE: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
WHEN: February 2008
PHOTO: Bethany Armstrong, Chicago
I can't help but think this is how the Little Mermaid really ended up.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Day the Music Died

WHEN: May 2010
WHERE: Regent Square, Pittsburgh
PHOTO: Jill in Pittsburgh
Looks like somebody gave up their rock-star dreams for a job in senior care. Happens every day.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Behind Baaaaaa-rs

WHEN: May 2010
WHERE: Detroit, Mich.
PHOTO: Michael J., in Detroit
Oh no! Not Lambchop!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Peek-a-boo Boo-boo Bear

WHEN: March 2009
WHERE: East Liberty, Pittsburgh
The minute I saw this stroller crammed between some newspaper boxes outside Whole Foods, I knew it was tragic junk. I also rightly suspected it would stay there for days, which it did.

Friday, April 16, 2010

"I Used to Be Somebody"

WHERE: Detroit, Mich.
WHEN: April 2010
PHOTO: Michael J., in Detroit
Hard times have befallen one of the Mario Brothers.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Kawaii Down!

WHEN: April 2010
WHERE: Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo
PHOTO: Jessica M.
Even being "kawaii" -- super cute and adorable -- can't save this little plushie. Kitten, mouse, bunny? It's so freakin' cute I can't even tell!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Death of a Doll

WHEN: March 2010
WHERE: Bloomfield, Pittsburgh
PHOTO: Chris P. In Pittsburgh
Chris reports: "When I first walked past, the doll was laying face down, as in the first photo. What may not be clear is that the doll is headless. When I walked past later, the doll had been moved onto its back, and the new perspective revealed the bondage angle of the doll's hands tied together. One can only imagine the events that led to this poor doll's demise."

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Bored Games

WHEN: March 2010
WHERE: East Liberty, Pittsburgh
Scrabble tops this box of board games dumped in a corner of a parking lot.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Snow Emergency

WHEN: February 2010
WHERE: Friendship, Pittsburgh
A lot of parking challenges during the city's snowiest month ever.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Bunny Down in Brooklyn

WHEN: January 2010
WHERE: Brooklyn, New York
PHOTO: Leigh in NY
It's like one of those tragic hard-partying starlets who collapses getting out of the limo.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Not-So-Secret Squirrel

WHEN: February 2010
WHERE: Kensington Market, Toronto
PHOTO: Laurie McG. in Toronto
Laurie sez: This was lying on the ground, underneath a bike. I spotted him and propped him up on a rock next to the bike in order to take a photograph, and make him more visible so that he might be reclaimed by his owner.

I Am a Sad Toy

I had some computer issues that finally resolved themselves in a hard-drive death. Hence, the lack of posts recently. But, I'm back up a new horse, and moving forward.
Not sure how many stored photos I had on that dead hard drive (or where I backed them up), so if you've been thinking about sending in your own photos, now is a great time!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Truckin' Trauma

WHEN: December 2009
WHERE: Broadway Tunnel, San Francisco
PHOTO: Roger in San Francisco
There are few things worse than breaking down in a tunnel.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Don't Fence Me In

WHEN: November 2008
WHERE: Garfield, Pittsburgh
There is some deep impulse within folks to shove stuffed animals into chain-link fences. Here's three guys riding out the winter the hard way. Or maybe they're escaping ...

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year: Sad Version

WHEN: January 2009
WHERE: Friendship, Pittsburgh
That's right 2009, where's your Happy New Year fun hat now? In the gutter.