Today’s Daily Prompt is about Memories for Sale.
On a weekend road trip, far away from home, you stumble upon a garage sale in a neighborhood you’re passing through. Astonished, you find an object among the belongings for sale that you recognize. Tell us about it.
I don’t have to pretend to do this. My hubby and I used to stop and browse through these.
Back in the mid-80’s, when we were newly married, newly moved to Toronto, newly settled in our apartment, newly adjusted to Ontario’s four seasons (We came from a place where there were two seasons: hot/dry and rainy season), we would venture out of Toronto on the weekends to get to know our new stomping ground and the surrounding parts. Sometimes, we would come across garage sales. Or, we would spot little antique shops, usually out of someone’s home in the country, really, not like the sophisticated and fully secured structures downtown that would rival Fort Knox. These were small homegrown enterprises. They called these locales, “cottage country.”
Over the years, we picked up a few items that have slowly shaped the feel and flavor of our homes. (Through our marriage, we have lived in 12 homes. Our current one has been our home the longest so far.) This morning, I walked around the house and I chose three finds as featured above.
The typewriter is heavy, well-built and sturdy. I can’t get it to work anymore. The keys stick. The return is not consistent. And I lost one of the covers for the back leg. I’ve been wondering where I can have it restored. Does anyone know? I’m in Northern California now. Not Halliburton, Ontario. Anyone know any tinkerers?
The teapot says “Japan” on its base. It probably adorned many a cold wintry evening somewhere. We used it for our tea while we burned the midnight oil studying for our medical qualifying exams. After several moves and newer, prettier teapots, it was retired. It now sits at the back of a top cupboard shelf with many other “previously loved” items.
The candle stands were a find. We found them somewhere in Quebec. Very French. Great piece of work. Interesting details. I remember using them a lot when our power would go out and we would bundle up our little daughter, and we would sit by the fireplace for warmth. That was more than 20 years ago.
Such are the memories these finds bring whenever I see them scattered around our home. They will remain a part of our household for as long as I can still house them. Then, will I find them new homes one day? When I can’t take care of them anymore, I suppose.
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