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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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communitybee
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!!!!
fbhjr
Aug. 28th, 2016 12:08 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a great excursion!
Your grandparents and great-grandma sound really nice!
mac_arthur_park
Sep. 2nd, 2016 11:48 am (UTC)
They were amazing. I have them to thank for almost all of my positive experiences growing up.
nightshade1972
Aug. 28th, 2016 02:00 pm (UTC)
Sounds like it was a productive day!

:-)
opakele
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.
mac_arthur_park
Sep. 2nd, 2016 11:48 am (UTC)
I so get this. <3
mr_sadhead
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.
lynn82md
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!
grlicnotgmblin
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!
aggiebell90
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.
mac_arthur_park
Sep. 2nd, 2016 11:51 am (UTC)
I have serious chalkboard envy. That's so cool, and what a great idea!
crys79
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!

cielamara
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.
mac_arthur_park
Sep. 2nd, 2016 11:52 am (UTC)
Roosters in a kitchen mean good luck and, in some cultures, prosperity for the home.
nucleosides
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.

dandelion_diva
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.
coyotewoman
Aug. 31st, 2016 07:00 am (UTC)
mac_arthur_park
Sep. 2nd, 2016 11:52 am (UTC)
Thank you!
kk1raven
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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