Monday, May 23, 2011
A bargain for $3 total.
I don't know what exactly you call this pitcher and bowl. What I do know is that it caught my eye at a recent yard sale. I looked underneath the bowl and saw the initials MFG 1975. There were two young adult siblings running the sale, and I asked about it. They said that their mom had made it, and they didn't know anything more. I wondered if their mother had passed away? Anyway, I thought it was beautiful. I asked, "How much?" They said, "$2.00" As I stood considering, another lady stood by watching. I said, "okay, I'll get it." The other lady said, "If you didn't get it, I would have!" It is beautiful, and huge. I thought that even just the bowl was worth way more than that. It would look so pretty filled with lemons, or fruit.
I had a really nice visit with a lady from Europe at another sale. I talked to her for a long time...partly because she had some great stuff that I wanted to hear the history of, and partly because I just loved listening to her accent! It was there that I scored some beautiful vintage linens and lamps (photos soon). One of which was this lilac colored rose tablecloth for $1! As I looked through the linens, she said, "Oh yes, those were gentler times. People don't use them anymore." She kept referring to "gentler times", and I thought, "Yes, times aren't quite so gentle now."
Now, whenever I look at my linens, I am glad that I have a piece or two from "gentler times". I think of her, and I am happy to reuse things of beauty, in a world that doesn't always seek beauty. A bargain for $3, yet worth a whole lot more.