Sunday, May 7, 2017

Scene & Story - April 2017


Everybody's doing a brand new dance, now.
(Come on Baby, do the loco-motion)
I know you'll get to like it if you give it a chance, now.
(Come on Baby, do the loco-motion)

The song comes on the radio and I can't help singing along. Not out-loud of course, but mouthing it with all my might.

Today feels like a good day for antiquing. The rain has finally stopped, the sun is shining. I am on the hunt for things that make me happy. 

I am wandering the aisles of our local antique store. Fascinated by the items that find their way to vendors' booths. There are the objects I remember from my childhood; the avocado-green bun warmer my mom always kept our hamburger buns in, the black metal lunchpail with the silver ribbed thermos that my dad carried to work everyday. I wonder how these memories can be antiques, but then I remember that I am almost fifty, and these items were around before I was. 

I am on the hunt for a couple of specific treasures. First is a table for my daughter's dining room, we just finished painting the room, and now she is extra aware of how empty the space is with the much lighter color on the walls. She is anxious to get a table so she can stop eating her meals on top of the cabinet that covers the radiator. There was a time when I couldn't drag her into an antique store, who would want to buy something old and used. But now she understands the quality and craftsmanship that went into those old pieces. Her Pinterest boards are full of timeless antique objects. With age comes wisdom.

The second treasure I am hunting for is something I am always hunting for: green depression glass plates. I saw some once being used in a coffee shop and I fell in love with them.

There are a couple of table possibilities here, so I snap pictures with my phone and text them to my daughter. There is nothing else to do with that now, except wait. 

I am in the last aisle at the last booth and there in the open display case are two green, oval depression glass plates with matching cups. I lift them out and hold them in my hand, they are perfect. I look for a price, both on the plates and on the cups, no price. Then I see six more oval plates on the bottom shelf of the case, maybe they have a price, no such luck. One of the owners walks by, I stop her and ask about the price. She says, "Oh that gal is here today, I'll go get her for you." Hallelujah!

The booth owner comes to her space and I show her the plates and cups. She says, "I was just using those for display since there are eight plates but only two cups, I didn't think anybody would buy them." The cups are a bonus to me, I want the plates. She says, "I will gladly sell them to you, if you don't mind not having all the cups. How about $20 for the whole lot?" Sold!

Come on, Come on
Do the loco-motion with me

**In April I participated in Susannah Conway's April Love. I am also doing the #the100dayproject - This year I am doing 100 days of writing prompts. This photo and story were from the April Love prompt Patterns.





17 comments:

  1. Love how you found these cut-out green glass plates and cups and saucers! Perfect both in price and what you were looking for! You had me singing that 'locomotion' song by just reading the first few lines!

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  2. I love your stories . . . and look forward to seeing those paisley boots in view.
    Depression glass bonanza . . . green is my favorite.
    Setting up a first home brings back memories . . . many . . .
    There must be the perfect table out there.
    Happy Treasure Hunt . . .
    Love . . .

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  3. Score! I love it when that happens. The cup and plate are so pretty. I love antiquing - it's one of my favorite activities when I'm feeling restless from being housebound by the weather for too long. Most often, I don't buy anything, but it's such a great feeling when I run across something I've been wanting for a long time.

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  4. What a lucky day! That must have been such a great find for you. I love when that happens. How lovely that your daughter is looking for the "made for eternity" craftsmanship. It must be quite exciting for her to furnish her new home, and she sure is a lucky girl to have you as her mother who is helping her to find them.

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  5. So beautiful, Sarah! You scored. Isn't adventuring wonderful. One never knows what will be found. Thanks for sharing your story. I'm on the journey to pass on things I don't need.

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  6. What luck to find that!! I love going to the antique store as it is always a thing that puts me in my "happy place"!! Thanks for being our "hostess today" This meme is such a fun place!!

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  7. What good fortune, Sarah, and they are really lovely.
    Have a wonderful week ahead!!

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  8. I love depression glass, your cup and plate are gorgeous. I haven't been to a flea market in a long time, You have inspired me to go out. Thanks

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  9. I love when things like that happen. It was meant for you to have and enjoy them. I have a green depression glass butter dish and it brings me joy to see it on the counter every day protecting the brick of butter until we need to use it. I love that my kidlets grew up learning to use it and that it has survived their young and now adult hands.

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  10. That's great! She was there and didn't think anyone would want them without the cups...they were meant for you!

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  11. Going antiquing is like going down memory lane. I find myself taking pictures of things I remember from my childhood and texting the picture to my sister to see if she remembers them too. Your plates and cups are a great find! That song is going to be in my head the rest of the day... :)

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  12. Great find! I must thank you for the exercise I've gotten over the last two days...locomotion is running through my head and making me dance through the day. Thank you also for allow us to link-up on your blog.

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  13. I haven't been antiquing in a while! You've made me want to go see what I can find! Beautiful glassware!

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  14. What a great find. I miss the days of shopping around for this and that, now all I want to do is clean and clear and ship things off with the kids.

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  15. Don't you love when that happens!!?? It's beautiful and I love being the keeper of vintage items.

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  16. What a great find. I have a couple of Green Depression Glass Plates but mine are very different from the ones you found. - Also I sing to that song outloud, how can you not.

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