Every once in a while you pop into a little non-descript antique shop...the kind filled with man toys such as floor to ceiling racks of vintage match-box-cars, hunting artifacts and model cars. There are always a few kid toys (such as vintage Weeble airplanes, which I confess that I was SOOO tempted to buy) and girl toys (rhinestone this and pearl that). On this day, in this tiny little shop on my way to the candy store (yum), I took a leap of faith and wandered in. After quickly passing the match-box-cars and pausing in front of the airplanes, under dusty puzzle boxes, low-and-behold...a vintage box of Anagram game pieces! At first, it was the faded color of the box that caught my eye (surely, there would be a use for it in my collages). Just knowing that YES! Anagrams could be found at Antique shops still (and not just on eBay) made my day. But looking inside...BONUS! Stubby little yellow pencils with giant eraser heads (sharpened just for me) and half a dozen green dice. Need I say...SCORE! The little Anagram game pieces with their raised my-kind-of-teal-blue letters were just what I needed. The best part...the worn-out price tag of $10 (search for these online and find that they go for at least triple that...without pencils and dice!). To find your own, just search on eBay by typing in ANAGRAMS. Happy Bidding!
With just a few minutes to spare on the parking meter, my hasty walk to the cash register was halted as something a similar shade of faded green caught the corner of my eye. An old book, tattered, torn, tearing, faded, and certainly unwanted...but the little birdie on the cover was calling my name "Tweet-Sally-Tweet". I couldn't resist the $4 price...but even if I could...I couldn't resist the sweet embossed golden birdie on the cover. For those of you that love the birdie, too...did you know that you could go to Amazon and type in the title to find other booksellers who have this book for sale? Search for A FIRST BOOK UPON THE BIRDS OF OREGON AND WASHINGTON. (Just email the sellers to make sure the cover is the same).
Just imagine what you could do with this book? Cut up the birdie words inside to use in collage your collages. Remove the inner pages and use the cover for an altered book cover. Frame the front cover making sure to show the rips and tears. Cut the back cover into tags. Stack it along with other same-colored old books on the table next to your bed. Tease your cat with the birdie picture.
I thought I had nearly made it out of the store when I came across another pretty little faded box with a 40% off sticker on it. Inside...not just one...but two pairs of baby shoes. Loving their soft feel and knowing that someday I will do something magical with them...they came along, too.
So, my 15 minute quickie into a tiny antique shop was a good thing. And yes...I did make it to the candy store...and came out with a 15" long French marshmallow!