Monday, April 14, 2008

first jumble sales of the season!

We dusted off our tote bags and marketing baskets and headed to the market. Not for fresh bread or produce but for fresh finds for our shop! This was our first marketing weekend after what seemed like an interminably long winter. Sunday morning at 5:00 A.M., it felt like winter, still dark out and in the high 20's!!! But the cardinals, robins and sparrows sang the sun up and made it sound like a glorious spring day, even though the heavy cloud cover and brisk wind seemed to suggest an entirely different season! Armed with steaming coffee, and wearing winter coats and gloves, we braved the field, and unearthed wonderful treasures!!! The first market was well worth the wait and the rather ungodly hour! We found three beautiful Mary and child prints (we always seem to gravitate to these and to old leather bound bibles on Sunday morning...guilt that we should be at service?).

We thought we had discovered an early eraser (Sheila decorates her office with these (not every find makes it into the shop!), but on closer inspection after wiping off the dust, we found that we had unearthed an early clothes brush for removing street dust from ladies' skirts. (We could have used this ourselves as the field is entirely comprised of sand!) Other finds included uncut stained glass in beautiful amber and dark green; a handmade box, featuring two women in Edwardian costumes, cheekily plucking a feather or two from a caged parrot to adorn their fancy hats (Imagine!); a candlestick phone table with the original swivel mount still intact; rolled magazine containers with pale green wicker accents (worthy of a Martha Stewart seal of approval); and a wonderful jumble of other finds!!! Keep checking the shop or drop us a note if you see a little gem that intrigues you and merits "gottahaveit!!!" status, as we clean, cobble together, repurpose and price....

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