"Live now, believe me, wait not till tomorrow; Gather the roses of life today."
---Pierre de Ronsard
I have mixed feelings about estate sales: on one hand I am over the moon with the thought of finding that perfect treasure, but yet I am always keenly aware that I am rummaging through items that were once loved and treasured by someone else now passed. I fast forward to my own passing each time and wonder what a stranger would make of my collections and accumulations.
There was a big box filled with photos at this sale on Saturday. I went over to the box and carefully took out every single photo and made a pile in front of me and then started the sorting. I ended up with 14 I think from that. They were $2 each and I didn't have a big budget that day so I had to be very selective. I bought only the ones that seemed to have that special something we look for in the images we use in our collages. The eyes that grab, the expression of sadness, joy. And thank goodness I was there when I was because as I was leaving a woman was buying the lot at $2 each. The same woman that kept giving me dirty looks as I was sorting! I ignored her. I was even pleasant when she came over and starting grabbing at my pile! Oh the nerve she had...anyway, I also purchased a scrapbook from the 30's because of the wonderful photo booth images, a set of old china paints in vials, a large button card and some old fabric that was just in tatters.
Then yesterday I was given an unexpected surprise. A sweet friend of my husband's let me go through some items in her mother's basement before they prepared everything for a yard sale. Her mother had passed away and the children had already gathered things to cherish. I would have loved this mother I know for we seemed to share many of the same interests. There were lots of birdie things and pretty tablecloths and old cameras. Vintage suitcases, books and prints. Cookbooks and pretty plates, holiday decorations and old dolls. I came home with lots of goodies. The suitcases have already found a place of honor, holding papers next to my art table.
I hope your weekend was just as lovely.
Blessing for a great Monday!