When the children were all grown and gone...I discovered department stores such as Nordstrom's. I mean I knew they were around..but Mervyn's was where I went..it was more affordable. You see, I had not discovered garage sales back then and even if I had, I would have been too proud to go to them. My how the times have changed.
Not that I didn't use second hand things...heavens yes! Grandma, Mom, friends who were tired of what they had would sell their things to me...or..as was usually the case, I baby sat the cost of the item off.
Ever did that? I did.
You see, even back then I was drawn to women who were talented in interior design...learned about design centers..and warehouses where you had to have a "resale" card to shop there.
My labor was free to my friends...but I watched and learned a bit...not much, but enough.
I could never afford the things they bought...and I remember the ache when we would all go shopping in those adorable little exclusive shops with all the things for your home..and I would watch as they filled up their trays with adorble things..
I usually had, if I was lucky, five or ten dollars on me and I remember pretending that I could just "could not find a thing I liked".. HO! That was a joke! :)
You see...some people have children and some people have things. If you are most fortunate and not married to a Military man from age 17 in the 1950's, perhaps you are one of those people. I was not.
Groceries, school clothes etc. came first...so I learned to use what I could find.
But I had fun. I was with women I enjoyed..and even if I could only look, it was fun! But how I longed for those pretty things!
But..my babies grew up..one by one and slowly or fastly, depending on the day, they went out on their own.
Most went early and I didn't blame them but they all came back at least once for short stays...and then they were established and gone for good. And I had memories.
Some years ago I bought this...at a high end department store.
It's a tray on a stand and originally it was gorgeous..but..I used it out on the patio and it got caught in a rainstorm. My patio back then was not covered..just with slats...and the water sat...and sat..I had forgotten it was even out there.
And..you can see the results.
At one time I painted little roses on the sides...but after the standing water ruined this tray..I put it and it's stand away..intending to do something with it one day.
Today I finally did it. I dug it out..spray painted the legs "Apple Green" and sanded the tray down just enough to get rid of the sharp edges of peeling paint.
I could not find the exact color of the orignial paint..but I did find this and it's fine.
Patient husband is going to add little brackets on the corners...bless his heart..