For a little something different this week, I thought I would share a day of finds with some of our deep feelings on “stuff”. Many times Deb and I speak of “rescuing” things. Orphan linens, bits of paper memorabilia, the stuff of everyday lives. We consider ourselves the guardians of these items, our duty to save them for the future. After they have lived with us for a while, they will travel to new homes where someone else can love them. We both have a willingness to repatriate things at any time, if we feel they really belong to someone else. Thus passing on a tablecloth to someone who is using a Christmas cloth inappropriately (you know who you are!), or a certain breed of dog figure finding a new home with a fan of that breed, etc.
A couple of weeks ago, I spotted the estate sale of my former next-door neighbor being held at his hanger in the local air park. I really did like this nice old gentleman and wanted a little something to remember him by, so we headed to the sale.
This first find seemed a bit large, so I looked around some more:
Deb and I whine about “guys” garage sales, and this one was no exception. Prices so high, they were going to get nothing sold, but I did manage to find some household things that were obviously priced by the ladies of the family. Here is a whole box of goodies for only a dollar:
All the things priced at just a dollar each, so for $5.00 I felt pretty good. Now let’s examine things a bit closer. Deb and I both just love these little 30’s pictures with the little sayings on them. We both have several, and this will hang on my wall to remember my nice neighbor, Leonard. I love the sentiment, as what home is complete without friends?
Really, how could you resist the Mystic Perfume Ring Disseminator? Sounds like something out of Summer Blockbuster Super Hero movie doesn’t it? The perfume actually still smells nice, like orange blossoms, after all these years. Little perfect boxes of stuff always amuse us.
And as for this:
I am not sure what part of the rabbit is incorporated into it, but it was not so lucky for the rabbit. But, the bead work is so cool and touristy, and the little stamp was tucked into the box as well, so how could you go wrong? I am not sure what I am going to do with it, but I like it!
Now let’s return to that first box. I just glanced in it quickly at the sale, and thought the little hankies were sweet, so a buck well spent. Here they are spread out a bit:
Then there was this:
A perfect 1946 Esquire Calendar with illustrations by Alberto Varga. My all time favorite pin up artist! I just scanned the first few, but the rest are every bit as cute. That was worth the price of admission right there!!!!
Then, if you notice, in the first photo, there are some old yellowed looking papers. When I unfolded them, I found two charming letters from a Japanese lady to Leonard. I knew he was in WWII, so he must have met her in Japan while stationed there. That explains the Japanese hankies. I spent some time thinking about the letters. He had never married, so I figured there would be no one to be hurt by them. Luckily, I was able to contact his relatives, as there were still cleaning up his home. I discovered that they knew about this woman, and even had a photo of her with Leonard. I returned the letters and the braided sash in the first photo, as they said they had her Obi as well. As a guardian, I had done my duty! Just for fun, and with permission, I scanned the letters and include them here:
I am so glad I knew the family, got the letters and was able to return them. Imagine how hard it would have been if a perfect stranger got a hold of them? After all that, it seems sort of anticlimactic to include anything else, but I am going to, as it was a bumper crop sale day.
Tagging along, down the street, was a sale of Antiques with a capital A. They had some fun stuff and some fun prices to go along with them, but I did score this wonderful basket, and the carved wooden bunny box:
I must say that rabbit looks a little ticked at the basket sharing his limelight. I had some doubts about some of the things on sale, and owner admitted to some refinishing and copying, so I didn’t pay much for these, so can love them no matter what.
Also hit an end-of-the-day estate sale. Just a few fun things. We always pick and choose the tiny things that perhaps aren’t priced as high as they should be, so we feel the bargains belong to us!
Notice how well my dolls scored! A Strombecker wooden chair, a hand-blown vase and a set of olive wood goblets and covered bowl. They always get the best stuff. For me a gorgy Matisse copper and enamel bracelet. Not a bad day if I say so myself. Wonder what next week will bring? That’s always the lure isn’t it?
For all our American friends, we want to wish you all a SAFE and happy 4th of July, and happy hunting, as always.