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Beautifully hand-painted in Pepto Bismol pink by refugees in Sudan, Oinky is guaranteed to please even the fussiest collector. Oinky rests on four meticulously crafted feet. This delightful pig will entertain you for hours with his two whimsical ears, two of the sweetest black ebony eyes made from brilliantly colored faux pearls, and a penny receptacle snout (coins not included).

Show the world you care deeply about the recession. Oinky is delicately wrapped in a fine solid sterling silver chain of links. This world class lovable piggy replica features  a porcelain body, glowing with personality and charm.

Oinky is the creation of Thurston Howell, reknown master of bacon-inspired art. It's an exquisite showpiece fit for a queen or king.

Imagine the joy on your children's faces as they discover that once they drop a penny into Oinky's snout, it's inside Oinky's belly forever.

Sweeter than a slab of ham, Oinky is approximately 11" (27.9 cm) in height. Order your limited edition today. Only $198 or 3 easy monthly payments of $66.00. Send check or money order to: Useless Stuff, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Wash., D.C. 20050.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is an author, home buying expert for, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Weintraub is also a Sacramento Short Sale agent who lists and successfully sells short sales throughout the four-county Sacramento area with an emphasis on Elk Grove. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put 40 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate. BRE License # 00697006.

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Diane Daley
Caron's Gateway Real Estate - Northumberland, NH

Cute and creative... 

Nov 12, 2008 09:39 AM #1
Darrell Walters
W. Darrell Walters - Newnan, GA

Thanks for the laugh. I like the chains so you won't steal the bacon.

Nov 12, 2008 09:42 AM #2
Vickie Slade
Colorado Landmark, Realtors - Boulder, CO
Service You Can Trust ~ Someone You Can Depend On

Elizabeth,  To bad more people didn't have and feed "oinky" before purchasing a home.  I think it is a skill that many of us forgot about.  My Dad always used to say "pay yourself first (savings, oinky, or whatever you want to call it), before you pay anyone else."  He lived through the depression and watched as his family lost their farm and most of their worldly possessions.  They wasted nothing --- not even the pig's squeal (he he, couldn't resist). 

We, as a society today, are wasteful and throw away and discard things that are perfectly good, but we can't wait to get our hands on the newest, latest and greatest gadget.  And actually, things are made to last less time so that we are inclined to do exactly that. 

Guess it is time that we all take a look at what we have and ways we can stop the waste.  Manufacturers should be encouraged to make things that can be "updated" rather than merely thrown out.

Loved your analogy by the way ----


Nov 12, 2008 09:45 AM #4
Anthony Stokes-Pereira
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty - Nanuet, NY

Hi Elizabeth;

Thank you for the information, very funny. Very creative post.

Nov 12, 2008 09:45 AM #5
Thesa Chambers
Fred Real Estate Group - Bend, OR
Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon

Thurston Howell - how many television shows do you think we will start seeing - mimicking him - remember the sitcoms from the 70's and 80's and how much they portrayed saving, and being saving minded...

Great message with a wonderful twist on humor

Nov 12, 2008 09:57 AM #6
Nicole Weidauer
Keller Williams Greater Seattle - Shoreline, WA

haha... too funny. But oh so true! Boy, am I praying we get out of this in one piece!!

Thanks for sharing, Nicole Weidauer

The Egerer & Weidauer Team, Keller Williams Realty North Seattle

Nov 12, 2008 09:58 AM #7
Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate

Is that Thurston Howell III??  I haven't heard from him, since he went on that three-hour tour  (echo: threee hourrrr tourrrr)

Nov 12, 2008 10:02 AM #8
Jim & Maria Hart
Brand Name Real Estate - Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC Real Estate

Thanks, Elizabeth. Funny, my Oinky is still empty and thin. He refused to take wooden nickles. Take Care, Jim

Nov 12, 2008 10:17 AM #9
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Northern VA

A great commercial for something we should all be doing...especially anyone with dreams of owning a home.  SAVE, SAVE, SAVE. 

Nov 12, 2008 11:19 AM #10
Kristin Hunteman
True Title Company - Clayton, MO
Escrow Closing Officer

Cute.  Thanks for the laugh.  I needed it!

Nov 12, 2008 11:28 AM #11
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Hi Everybody: I saw this picture in Parade on Sunday and, for a moment, thought it was an ad for one of those mail order companies. Then it occurred to me that I could write my own parody.

Most real estate agents have little or no training on how to write marketing materials. Perhaps NAR could offer classes on marketing and PR, and make students write advertising copy, describing the ugliest trinkets they could find. It would be a good exercise.

P. S. I even considered putting in my own address, but then I figured somebody would probably send me a check. I'm astounded at what people will buy.

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Nov 12, 2008 01:26 PM #12
Debi Ernst
St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors - O'Fallon, MO
GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate

Elizabeth - Is this guy related to Thurston Howell III (Gilligan's Island)?  Just wondering...  :)

Nov 12, 2008 04:15 PM #13
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
CRS, GRI, e-PRO, Searcy AR

I can't wait to order one....if I had a kid to save the money in Oinky!  Fun blog.

Nov 12, 2008 07:12 PM #14
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Debi: I do suspect that Thurston Howell, the renowned master of bacon-inspired art is indeed the same Thurston Howell the third. How do I personally know these creative artists? You tell me.

Hi Barbara: Well, what are you waiting for? Send in your check!

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Nov 12, 2008 09:08 PM #15
Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re

I think I might put the money in my old pig for a rainy day. Can't be too careful today.

Nov 12, 2008 10:47 PM #16
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Wow - I could put it right on my fireplace mantel, next to the ceramic jug, that is labeled, "Ashes of My Dead Lovers."

Nov 12, 2008 11:24 PM #17
Lisa Spalding
Casa Latino Four Corners, REALTOR, CDPE - Longwood, FL

LOL.  I always LOVE reading your AR blog.  I'll either learn something about real estate, get a good laugh, or both!  :)

Nov 13, 2008 06:56 AM #18
Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Elizabeth - I just saw where the replaced this with the new, improved Bailout Oinky.

With the new Oinky, the value of your savings is devalued from 10% - 25% and that value is automatically transferred to the bail-out target d'jour.

Nov 13, 2008 08:53 AM #19
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Yeah, and Victoria's Secret wrote this morning to say it wants my opinion on holiday shopping. Sorry, Victoria, I haven't finished thumbing through Neiman Marcus' Christmas catalog.

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Nov 13, 2008 09:16 AM #20
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging,

I had to break mine to get yours... where do I send my check?

Nov 14, 2008 09:12 PM #21
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