A gorgeous day. Easter Sunday. I felt like a heathen, but still I went. And glad I did. Great day, wandering around all by myself. One can do a lot of damage when nothing else is on the agenda.
I met the nicest couple from Fresno, who sold me that big sign and the story that went with it. It marked the parking entrance to the the Patterson Building, built in 1928, in Fresno. Being converted to condos as we speak. It's huge. I have no idea where I will put it, but I couldn't leave it behind!
To go in the completely opposite direction...this is a tiny salt shaker, just big enough to go on a necklace. I bought it because - and I realize you can't see it all - around the bottom it says, "Minnesota Prison Industries". There is a story there....
Can't resist drawers...
This is a very worn but sweet coin purse. Is that a four-leaf clover and a horseshoe?
On the inside of the cover is the label from Costello and Wood.
They were the proprietors of the Hotel Windsor, on the corner of First and Mrytle Streets, in Mount Vernon, Washington. Seems like a pretty fancy hotel, with "Modern furnishings with the best beds we can get combine with Cleanliness to make this a comfortable stop." Wonderful what you can find on the internet, isn't it?
"Disaster struck the successful Windsor Hotel on the morning of March 23, 1926, when a fire in the elevator shaft in the basement broke out and leaped out of control. Mount Vernon’s only “skyscraper” was in ruins." It's now low income housing. How the mighty have fallen. That was, by the way, the very first elevator in the town.
I can't seem to resist these wooden carriers and this one has been well loved. I collect those round sifters and this is the smallest I have seen. I use my biggest one to sift the compost. This one will go on the kitchen wall with it's sisters.
An old scale will probably end up in the same room.
As will these graters.
How cool is this? I just got nothin' to say.
And what the heck are these? well, I know what they are, but I'm still thinking of ways to use them. That round sparkplug gauge should be good for something, yes?
Am I too weird?