However yesterday changed this post.
You caught a glimpse of the red wicker desk yesterday.
I could not pass it by.
A painted wooden bucket.
Brass cricket boxes - I need about five more.
Some paper Easter eggs.
Old teacher + old office supplies = LOVE!
I have a stack of these.
I must corral them and take a photo.
This paper cutter is a 12 X 12.
A leather ledger book - not old, but looks it.
A silverplate condiment dish.
A paper mache Easter candy container. (Made in Germany)
A huge heavily woven tablecloth in spotty condition.
It's a cutter.
Don't grimace - you know you've done it to old linens.
The aged mirror with the cracked plastic frame was going to the trash.
I paid a dollar to save it.
If. It. Ever. Stops. Raining. It. Will. Be. Fixed.
It is supposed to be 60F and sunny this time of year.
It is 45F and rainy today.
My shorts keep jumping out of the dresser wondering why I have forsaken them.
A legal-sized clipboard.
A wooden scoop.
A pair of Italian paper mache bookends - love the line drawings of the lady.
And this was going to be the end of the post until I walked into the thrift store on my way to buy detergent to wash the mountain of linens laying about.
Agnes, the most wonderful thrift shop lady ever, said she had a Donna Box in the back.
The box where she tosses things too rusty, crusty, dusty to put on the sales floor.
I take the good with the bad and I do pay for them.
The Bad: four embroidered dresses from three different countries.
I know several women who can pull these off, but not short, round me.
I'll think of something to do with them.
There was so much good in the box.
The long damask dress with the muskrat muff.
The dresses are in deplorable condition.
Perfect for hanging in your boudoir.
Yes, I did sing the Muskrat Love song in my head.
Tiny little feet dangle from the bottom edge of the muff.
I was taking the photos as rain was moving in so they are wonky.
The wedding dress is polyester, but still has that Old World look with lace and pearl beading.
The silk nightgown is 1950's or earlier.
I picture Vivian Leigh in it.
A two-piece embroidered silk top and skirt.
At the very bottom of the box was the treasure.
1950's or earlier.
I cannot tell if it is a robe or a cocktail coat.
I can imagine someone wearing this to an afternoon tea or for cocktails in the garden.
It is lined.
Horribly wrinkled and aged.
I love the embroidery.
It is chiffon over silk.
Lovely pink flowers.
A chemise of embroidered batiste which has been curiously sewn over a piece of foam rubber to make a cushion.
I will be setting it free.
Yes, I had to buy a textbook.
Even though the AAUW Book Fair is next weekend, and I know I will buy boxes and boxes.
So I am sorry for the long post, but had to show you the Donna Box of treasures.
Agnes is leaving the thrift shop. The community will miss her greatly. The management doesn't know what a wonderful store manager she is.
And no more Donna Boxes - all will be ditched.
Off to mourn.
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