I had a living room full of stuff that needed to be sorted out today. Boxes of ironstone, boxwood wreaths and butcher twine, furniture and other things that have been delivered or bought over the past few days. I had a little bit of time this afternoon, so I picked away at it, selecting what needed to go to the basement to be worked on, what needed to be photographed to be listed in the shop and what I wanted to keep (well, keep and exchange for other things to sell.)
I tagged things for Lucketts that had a tighter margin and I felt they might be too expensive with shipping included.
I also thought about what would be better to take to an antique fair as opposed to packing to ship and what would be good display pieces. Also, I want to make sure I have great stuff, which is why I’m starting the stash already. I know people wait in line, some travel a long way, everyone braves the weather (which has been hot enough to burn a hole in a postcard one year and wet enough to collapse tents another), so I want to make sure I have stuff that’s worth it!
What to keep is easy… This ironstone milk paint pitcher? Keeper.
Some people don’t like crazing and discolorations, but those pieces are the most endearing to me. The piece was “ruined”, but someone still saw it as valuable enough to keep and pass on. I love that.
I’m also keeping this casserole.
I’ve never seen one like this with the delicate basket weave pattern, decorative “ribbon” and beautiful handles. I can’t pass it along…not yet, anyway.
I’m selling things in the online shop that I think my readers will love and I just don’t want to wait until May to sell. In the next day or two, I’ll be listing this antique French metal plaque…
…an amazing four piece ironstone tureen set unlike any I’ve seen…
…and some of the chunky 12 ply butcher twine I use for my tags and other things…
I have it in four colors – blue, red, gray and pale blue. And, as I mentioned on Friday, I got in a shipment of preserved boxwood as well.
So, I was really ready for spring and wanted to plug my ears and sing LA-LA-LA really loud, so I could ignore the forecast. We were forecasted to get 6-12″ of snow, but the totals have been downgraded and it looks like I might end up having a normal workday tomorrow…or at least a 2 hour delay instead of a cancellation. We’ll see, though.
With the way this winter has been, I’m not holding my breath.