Jan 16, 2012

One Man's Trash...Another Man's Treasure..

I've been looking through my inventory quite a bit lately. Kind of taking stock of what I already have listed in my ecrater store Hazel's HodgePodge, and also looking at all these boxes of "stuff" to list. It is amazing how many different types of things I have--a true Hodge Podge.  I say "stuff", but we have to remember that "one man's trash is another man's treasure."  We see this on "Antiques Road Show every week.  Someone rescues something that is being thrown away, and it turns out to be extremely valuable. Or, someone has an item that they, or the family, has had in the closet, or otherwise discounted, because they thought it is ugly or who wants that "old thing".  They then find out it is valuable, or collectible, and others put a high value on it.  I hope that some of my "stuff" is just the "treasure" you are looking for.

Some of the "stuff" aka "treasures" you will find at Hazel's HodgePodge include this statue, "Mama Says". Does anyone else remember learning this rhyme as a child and doing the hand motions to "see all the people"?
Life like Statue by Kathy Andrews Fincher
I also have some pattern books for crochet and cross stitch. These are older books which some may be looking for.  Maybe you are waxing nostalgic over the doilies and things "mama" used to make or have around the house.
Counted Cross Stitch Book
One of probably the most unusual things I have is this collection of parts for toy making.  I think one daughter and family had these left from a toy making project. I recall as a kid, driving all over San Antonio with my aunt looking for wheels for a car my brother was making.  Of course, he needed some bigger wheels than these. I don't remember where we found them, but recall going to all the old houses turned junk shops along N. St. Mary's St. looking.  In the days before internet, we could only look locally for our treasures.
I also recall, my first husband telling how his parents made toys for his little sister for Christmas during the Great Depression.  He even had a really neat toy truck that he made himself out of tin cans which were cut to make the body and fenders.  One of the daughters has it or I would post a picture of it.
Anyone looking for wooden toy parts?
I certainly hope you will find a "treasure" among my "stuff".  Don't hesitate to contact us if you are looking for something special. I just may have it or can get it for you.  Also check with our friends at ESN.

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed reading the stories about your "stuff." I love the word "stuff." I think we all have plenty of it.