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First of all, captainsblog and christina_maria, thank you both so much!  After a long week, I got notification of the account extensions and just cried.  Y'all are so sweet.  I promise to pay it forward.

I stayed up after that damned 4:30 alarm (could somene PLEASE give the spousebeast a job that doesn't require 3 days of getting up at ohgodsthirty AND paying $50 a week in cabs?  Pretty please?) so I could be in line early for the UMC rummage sale.  It was nice to just be by myself.  I usually go with Kent and the Kinsey-monster, so we have to have a PLAN.  And places to meet up..  And  an AGENDA.

I love my boys, but I hate that.  I'm not much for shopping (unless it involves groceries), but when I do, I want to stroll.  And think.  And stuff.  Thinking and stuff is important.

I got $22.50 in foldy-tips yesterday, so I set that as my limit.  (Ya know, people can just keep calling out.  D and I have GOT this.  We may be the most obnoxious work girlfriends ever, but we get shit done.  I think we actually make more tips because we AREN'T pretty, pert, perfect people.  We actually like the job and the people.  D is so warm and so friendly and people literally HAND HER MONEY.  It's amazing.  I can't figure out why all of the weirdos love me, but I'll take it)

Without The AGENDA, I did soooo much better.  And I found little treasures I wouldn't have otherwise.  I normally don't get to go through the "Women's accessories" room.  Today, I said what the fuck and took a peek.

She was waiting for me.

Granma used to collect Avon bottles.  I was always annoyed that the one for my birth year was blue (it should be PINK, DAMNIT!!!).  She always dabbed a little behind my ears for big events (first Confession, first Communion, first date--with the warning "If tries holding your hand  as an excuse to put it on your thigh, make him regret that he didn't know you're a good girl."  I think that was her way of telling to nut punch if I was uncomfortable.  While we didn't talk about what my father and his friends did to me, at least I was taught agency after the fact.  Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't.  And jeebus did that go off on a tanget).

Anyway, back to why I just spent two bucks on a mostly empty perfume bottle.

She was sitting there on a mostly empty table and I could SWEAR I heard Granma say "Hey, Lee-she.  Look at that."  In a  room full of chattering people.

I don't know how many of y'all have been to BIG church rummage sales, but they are a contact sport.  I went diving in.

I got that bottle.  It still smells like "Cotillion."  I put it on the altar with the last picture of me and Granma.

Now I need one of those chess piece bottles that Grandpa always wore.  If he didn't have time to shower before church (he'd frequently try to work in a job early on Sunday), he'd slap on some cologne and say "It's just between me and the Lord, Franny.  I think He'll be okay."

Yes, my grandparents were the Walton grandparents.

Anyway, (jeez, did that ever go weird). I also seriously scored in the kitchenwares department.  Sadly, no Corningware baking dishes, but I DID walk away with a new copper jello mold!  I still have yet to find the Holy Grail (the Zodiac one), but I can check the pineapple one off my list now.  I also FINALLY own a proper roasting pan.  Kent and I have been using a full-sized hotel pan, which is brilliant for a turkey, but kind of overkill when you're roasting a 4 pound chicken.

I also got two cute cannisters with daisies on them that I remember from my childhood (I store all of my drygoods in repurposed spaghetti sauce or moonshine jars.  I kind of want to upgrade.  At 25 cents a piece, that's an upgrade I can afford), a mini spice rack with a rooster painted on it (and I had to explain AGAIN why roosters are good luck in a kitchen.  I swear, are Danes the least superstitious people EVER?), and a two piece lamb cake pan.

That was another blast from the past.  We always had lamb cake on Easter.    I wish I had Great-grandma Kraysyk's recipe.  All I remember is that it required a million bazillion egg yolks...and that's how I learned how to separate eggs.  Standing on a stool next to her (which I loved, because at 4'10", it made us the same height.  And she'd let me wear one of her fancy aprons.  I was ALL that. and she trusted me to do something oh so important.  Catch me, rocking the calico and rickrack, cracking eggs and seperating them like a superstar).

I saw that pan and had to have it.  Hell, I don't even bake all that much (okay, practically never.  Which is also why I bought tart pans.  I have good intentions.  Really, I do).  But I teared up when I saw it.  It had to go home with me.

This was one strange, emotionally fraught excursion.  Way to spend your day off, Al!

But I got some seriously cool stuff, and home feels more like home now, if that makes any sense.


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Aug. 28th, 2016 10:33 am (UTC)
I don't know why but there is a certain nostalgia that goes with Avon perfume bottles. Glad you found one!!!!
Aug. 28th, 2016 12:08 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a great excursion!
Your grandparents and great-grandma sound really nice!
Sep. 2nd, 2016 11:48 am (UTC)
They were amazing. I have them to thank for almost all of my positive experiences growing up.
Aug. 28th, 2016 02:00 pm (UTC)
Sounds like it was a productive day!

Aug. 28th, 2016 04:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, it makes sense all right.

I have a bunch of my mom/grandmother's aprons. I can't use them because they are so special, you see.

One of the reasons I attempt to crochet is because that's what my grandmother did.

Years ago, I bought an entire set of Franciscan ware dishes that we used when I was a kid. They were in a thrift shop, very cheap, and I've used them ever since.

Stuff like that makes me feel stronger.
Sep. 2nd, 2016 11:48 am (UTC)
I so get this. <3
Aug. 28th, 2016 06:44 pm (UTC)
My mom told me that when she went on her first date, an older aunt gave her a nail file. "I already have a file, tia," mom said. The aunt said, "No, take this with you on your date. If he tries anything on you -- " and she made a quick upward stabbing motion with it.
Aug. 28th, 2016 08:16 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a nice day :)

I don't like shopping either, unless it's for groceries :)

I'm slightly taller than you by one inch :O Shorties of the world, unite!
Aug. 28th, 2016 08:27 pm (UTC)
I swear the nostalgia is really mostly why I go to estate sales often. I love seeing how people lived and remembering familiar items from the past more than buying stuff. Glad you enjoyed a reminiscent day today. Sounds great!
Aug. 29th, 2016 02:59 am (UTC)
Our UMC garage sale was yesterday, too. We came home with a seriously awesome spigot for the outside faucet--it's bronze and the handle part that you turn is a frog and it is so cool. I love it.

And then we found an old-school slate chalkboard with a gorgeous wood frame. I know right where I'm going to hang it--we're going to have the kids (who actually are all really good artists) draw something new on it every week or so so we get fresh art rotating through.
Sep. 2nd, 2016 11:51 am (UTC)
I have serious chalkboard envy. That's so cool, and what a great idea!
Aug. 29th, 2016 03:10 am (UTC)

I love rummage sales and garage sales and second hand stores! I hardly buy anything new anymore. Sounds like some awesome scores!

Aug. 29th, 2016 08:22 pm (UTC)
Wait, talk to me about roosters, because all of my kitchen stuff is rooster-themed and I've always had a THING about roosters without being able to explain why.
Sep. 2nd, 2016 11:52 am (UTC)
Roosters in a kitchen mean good luck and, in some cultures, prosperity for the home.
Aug. 30th, 2016 02:52 am (UTC)

If I could buy groceries online (safely, easily and feasibly) I 100% would. I buy 99.9% of the kids' stuff online anyway. Taking James out in public can always be a bit dicey because of the socially overwhelmie/propensity to run and wander-ey things.

Aug. 30th, 2016 09:13 pm (UTC)
I remember those! My Nan had several.

Great upgrade for a great price. :D

I love this entry.
Aug. 31st, 2016 07:00 am (UTC)
Sep. 2nd, 2016 11:52 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Sep. 4th, 2016 10:54 pm (UTC)
It sounds like a very successful sale for you. And yes, it makes sense that the stuff you got makes your home feel more like home.
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