September Days Are Here

By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.
                                                                                Helen Hunt Jackson, September, 1830-1885

Good golly, it’s September already!  The summer has flown by, and now we’re heading into my favorite time of year—Fall.  But, we still have some unfinished business from Summer.  There’s quite a backlog of photos, which is always a good thing in our book.  It takes the pressure off while we shop.

Just imagine how different Monty Python and the Holy Grail would be if the knights had an Archie McPhee catalog instead of coconuts:

Archie McPhee Emercency Horse Noises

Batteries might be an anachronism, but that wouldn’t worry the boys too much.  I do know why this was at the bins unopened.  Those noises would get old after a while and if you had a child who was pretending to be a horse instead of a kid, mercy!

We had to laugh at the peanut gallery at Goodwill’s Bins:

Noah's Ark at the bins

I’m not sure if the empty box, or the orange cone might be more fun to play with than those stuffed toys.  We loved that someone liked them enough to carefully put them on top of a six-foot cabinet to keep them safe.  You should make the picture bigger and have a look at those frames—they are massive and only 99¢.

This poor bunny is much too good for the bins:

One Fancy Bunny

What a sad comedown in life for a toy with a lace apron.  I tried to talk Kathy into a rescue, but she already has more stuffed bunnies than anyone I know.  Hopefully, some little girl, or boy, will throw Miss Fancy Pants into a cart and take her home.

This is an interesting collage that someone put together:

Interesting Collage

It seems to be images and ideas from circa WWI.  I was surprised to find out that daylight saving time was implemented in the US in 1918, and that Benjamin Franklin favored it in the 1700s.  Who knew?  I’m guessing that this was a school project which someone kept for a while and then realized that it was big and bulky, so now it’s at the thrift store.  Maybe someone will drag it home to fill up an empty space in their house.  We kind of liked it, but of course have NO empty spaces in our houses.

This kind of NRFB (never removed from box) box is pretty ironic:

NRFB underbed box

Someone bought it because they needed to store things under the bed, and never used it.  I wonder if it was stored under the bed, or in the back of a closet?  Many years later, it’s at the Goodwill bins and probably everyone shopping at the bins should buy one for all of the crap they drag home weekly.  Most of my under bed space is already claimed by storage boxes, baskets, and tubs.  Out of sight, out of mind!  God help my estate’s executor—Kathy.

We went to an interesting estate sale after lunch.  We think cranberry servers are just taunting us now:

Cranberry Servers are just teasing us now

We love you all, but we aren’t buying a huge set of silver just to get a cranberry server to give away at Thanksgiving.  We have been looking for the best part of two years now, with no luck.  Good news for our gentle readers—we never give up when we’re looking for something.

We occasionally like paint-by-numbers art; it’s rare, but it happens:

Awesome paint by numbers

These are a couple of those rare examples.  We like the subject, colors, and execution.  If they weren’t $80 (wth!?) they might have come home with one of us.  This estate sale had some wonderful western art.

Like this picture:

Thomas Sutherland painting

Thomas Sutherland is something of a local legend in Fort Collins.  He was a professor at our local college, CSU.  In 1983, he started teaching at the American University in Beruit, and was unfortunately kidnapped.  He was held for 2353 days, and was released in November 1991.  In 2001 he successfully sued and won a HUGE settlement against the frozen assets of Iran.  He acted with a local theater company, wrote a book, and painted after returning to Fort Collins.  He passed away last year at the ripe old age of 85.

This serving piece was at the sale:

Lovely Glass Serving Piece

Isn’t it lovely?  I have so much old glass that I just don’t have a place for it.  It was reasonably priced at $24, but we left it for someone else to love.

I might have made room for this mid-century lovely:

Iriquois Samovar

It’s made by Iroquois, and is a samovar, according to the label.  The pattern is known as Autumn Leaf, and was designed by Ben Seibel.  It seems to have “informal” right in the name, which is kind of weird.  Their price was a good deal, as they sell for more, but we would prefer to find one in the bins, or at a garage sale for a $1.  It could happen!

We have been seeing these lamps with some regularity over the last couple of years.  I have never seen one with a grizzly bear on the shade before:

Conestoga Lamp

It fit right in with all the western decor at the estate sale house.  I’m not sure it works in my mid-century modern house.  I enjoy looking at these kinds of things, and then leaving them right where they’re sitting.  I live in the West, but I’m not really a Western Gal.

We went to this sale because Kathy had seen a picture of this piece of folk art in the ad:

Kathy's New Folk Art Piece

It’s a charming hand-made dresser.  Kathy loved it, and it was pretty special in person.  Of course, we always want a bargain, so Kathy put a bid in their bid box in case it didn’t sell for full price.  Lucky her, she won!  It’s pretty darn fun, and fits in with their other folk art pieces.

Thanks for reading.  We’re always trying to think of something new to write about, so if you have ideas, shoot us an email.

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