Sunday, May 18, 2008
After putting much time and sweat into the garden this weekend (report to come), I decided to play hooky for a few hours and go browse my favorite (air conditioned) antique mall. I don't do this very often since my house is already up to its gills in stuff. Do I really need more old stuff? "Antique mall" in this neck of the woods pretty much translates to overpriced thrift shop, but if you have persistence and a treasure seeking soul you can find some gems. Well, if not gems, then items that are better living with you than with their last owner.
I think I did quite well today. The little sheep will join my flock at home, but the cool little "Black Bull" Scottish Whiskey bottle will join the livestock in my office. Yes, it did come with contents intact, but I am not brave enough to drink something I found at an antique mall. Perhaps Magnusmog can give me a critique on "Willsher's Black Bull Scottish Whiskey".
The expandable carpenters ruler I bought out of pure nostalgia. As a child I was fascinated by one my Dad had. This one expands to 72 inches and has a cool brass slidey bit for an unknown purpose (the numbers are worn off there).
Most useful is the coffee mill. I have been looking for one for my vintage (no electricity) trailer. Most of the used ones you find have corroded mechanisms. I doubt this one is very old. With a bit of trial and error I have been able to adjust the mechanism for the finer grind I prefer.
I also found a hot/cold server (read ice bucket) that was too cute to pass up, and a 1947 knitting book with patterns for interesting things like "gilets" and "godets". Some of the pictures remind me of my Mom's high school and college pictures. I will probably never make the wool bathing suits (yikes), but the pattern for the "Swagger Coat" looks really interesting. The pattern for the Men's Swimming Trunks calls for 6 oz of 4-ply wool and a "bathing belt" - I wonder where you get one of those....