When I plan a day of second-hand shopping, farm sales, and property sales, I always have a list.
A list of the things I’m looking for.
A list of furniture or decorations or mirrors or whiteware that I want.
A list of things for which I have the perfect place in my home.
I try to stay organized and task-oriented and to stay centered and focused and to stay within the limits of my pre-approved budget.
Sometimes there is something in the middle of all the organized shopping that I never expected. If I had made dozens of lists on dozens of pieces of paper, I would never have written this article down.
Something so wonderful and amazing that I have to throw all these lists out of the window.
Something like that.
Wait until you see what I found on a property sale.
Before you scroll and find out what it is.
Do you have any guesses?
I asked on Instagram and here are some of the answers I got:
- a loom
- a sock holder
- a sorter
- a thread winder
- a game
Not. Even. Conclude.
To be fair, I had no idea what it was when I went up to it. You had to tell me.
Here are some pointers:
- These things that look like they were part of the triangle game at Cracker Barrel? They are rubber.
- They are slightly different colors.
- There are eight rows of them in a wooden frame.
- Each of the rows is on a wooden slat that can be lifted out individually.
- The frame has several colors.
Can you guess?
If you suspected that there was a … ..
… balloon shape.
You would be right.
A shape from which balloons used to be made.
Apparently they made balloons in a distant country a long time ago.
Since most balloons were made of latex or rubber, they used this shape to shape the shape of the balloon. They took the form and dipped it in liquid latex or rubber and pulled it out.
These long-established balloon manufacturers took the coated form and baked it in the oven.
After the latex or rubber hardened, they took out the mold and pulled off the balloons.
I did a little research and apparently balloons are still made the same way.
Except now everything is industrialized and they are making 1000 balloons on high-tech equipment at the same time.
Everything is limited to a science about machines that do all the work.
This is part of a bygone era when things were made a little easier.
It is an amazing piece of history that is just waiting to be discovered on a property sale.
It came home with me and I hung it on the wall next to the office.
Doesn’t it look like it has always been there?
It was just sitting there selling real estate and waiting.
It knew it had to come home with me.
Even if it wasn’t on my list. 🙂
PS What is the most amazing thing you have ever found in a property sale?
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