Well, it’s only rained once or twice this week, and only one bridge in town continues to be closed because it was a problem to begin with. We are so lucky; other communities around us are still digging through the muck and trying to put their lives back together. A local philanthropist, Pat Stryker, is matching donations for flood relief through the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado. To contribute: https://www.mycommunityfoundationnc.org/flood.
On a happier note, our blog was nominated for an award (you CANNOT be more surprised than we were!):
One of the blogs that we follow, Pillows A-La-Mode, has been bestowing the Good Neighbor Award on her blog’s anniversary for the last two years. She takes nominations from her readers, and some lovely person (or persons) nominated us. Thanks to Katherine for giving the award (she is a pretty good neighbor herself) and to our nominator–it made our day! As a side note, you don’t have to be our neighbor to go shopping with us. In fact, most of our neighbors know better than to be seen with us. If you’re willing to be seen in public with two opinionated, picture-taking, fun-loving women AND you’re going to be in Northern Colorado, then contact us through the blog or via email–TheSecondHandRoses@gmail.com. We’ll try our darndest to meet up and shop!
Okay, on to our normal business–snark!
We hope that the poor lady who owned this tray only used it for serving hallucinogenic mushrooms:
Well, maybe when you see what else was on the table, you can judge the mushroom platter within its context:
She was a lovely lady, but some of her belongings led us to believe that she was … decoratively challenged. That lamp, with the fake ivy and brown ruffles, is just awful. Then there is our old friend, the crocheted bottle poodle, who definitely looks like he’s sitting on a bottle of Jack Daniels. I’m also not impressed with the rose pottery pictures; they almost look like ashtrays, but could you imagine cleaning them? I think that they probably hung on the bathroom wall, collecting dust and little else. We didn’t take a picture of the huge bolt of crushed red velvet upholstery material that was being given away; the fact that no one had taken her up on the offer gives me hope for our town’s collective taste. The mind boggles at a living room suite done in that fabric.
After all that trash talking, I have to admit that we did pick up a few things at this garage sale:
We went to an estate sale later, after garage sales, since it was the liquidation company that drives us crazy. We didn’t get much, but really loved this wall on the studio/guest house in the backyard:
It was so imaginative and well-done and that’s a rarer combination than you might think. We stared at it in the bright sunlight for several minutes, getting in the way of all the frustrated bargain hunters.
We also went to a family-run estate sale, and it was a hit-or-miss sale. Some of the prices were fair, some were good, and some were “what have you been smokin’?” crazy. But we did end up buying a few things (the usual–fabric, hankies, kitchen linens, and jewelry) and we enjoyed looking at the clothing and accessories:
I thought I had a better picture of this little clutch, but as you can see it’s blurry or flashy. I don’t think that the fellow’s profile is his best side, and it’s hard to know what to say about the girl. She kind of looks like Raggedy Ann or maybe a female scarecrow. I’m glad that they found each other, which is perhaps the nicest thing I can say.
There was a whole rack of well-loved Lilly Pulitzer dresses that had premium prices:
That darn bright window made picture-taking a nightmare. You’ll have to take our word that these dresses had the “Lilly” tag. The original owner must have been a happening, stylish woman, because her clothes were fun. If she had been my mother or grandmother and I could fit in the outfits, they would have stayed with me. It would be a great way of remembering your loved one.
Since the lady of the house was a woman of taste, we really didn’t understand where these silly rabbits fit into the picture:
That’s it for this week. If you run into something exciting during your excursions into the secondhand world, send us a photo–we would love to see what you consider funny, weird, or horrible.