Dear Helen Hartman,
I used to think I knew what was what but sometimes I find things at sales and flea markets that make me wonder “what is THAT?” . One man’s trash is another man’s treasure and all but some people’s treasures are just plain trashy.
Love to know how to tell the difference.
Dear Loved One,
This happens to Helen all the time (a sentence often heard in pubs, jail cells and podiums where accolades and medals are being handed out). For example – what the heck is THIS?
The seller said it was for wearing to the beach! What beach? I have seen beach movies and never once saw Gidget or Annette wear something like this! Helen thought maybe a curler cap?
|Oh no! You caught me with hair up. At least I had on a touch of make up.|
I bought it because it was PINK and pretty and cheap. (Remind you of anyone?) Does there need to be another reason? I submit that there does NOT!
|I am NOT bossy. I just have better ideas that everyone else. (My much beloved Aunt Ruth - who had the best ideas EVER!)|
Still, Helen found herself wondering the same thing today at her first Estate Sale in a long while as she crowded into a sweet mid-century ranch with people there looking to buy tools, sheets and used cleaning supplies. I just wanted to shove them aside and tell them to let someone who knew what she was doing have a look. Of course Helen would NEVER do that. It might tip people off to the great finds they are overlooking!
A handmade school dress gem! What will I do with it? Not a clue but now it’s mine, mine, mine! That means I WIN! Oh and a really cute little bag, makes me want to do my hair in braids!
|Are you SURE this is what all the girls are wearing this year? I thought the trend was to weave FEATHERS in your hair, not the whole bird!|
Likewise these cool match box covers for down and dirty high stakes poker night at Helen’s.
Did I say POKER? Oh, ha ha, no, I meant Bridge. Strip Bridge.
Shocking! The little rhinestone band and glass were just a dollar each!
And I can't wait to show off my 1950 Christmas pop up book this holiday season. Absolutely pristine and only $2! As was another Better Homes and Garden cookbook.
The whole event had Helen exhausted. Luckily my new cookbook had quick and easy meals like this:
And to think all those other estate sale shoppers left these behind and yet, they were happy with their small appliances and baskets and garden weasels (a medieval looking garden implement that almost smacked Helen in the head in a narrow hallway!). I guess it is true – beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But most of those people? There was something else in their eyes, because what they bought was just tacky.
Oh and if you get a chance - pick up a copy of:
|Flea Market Style Magazine.|
Helen is quoted in it. Oh, and it's really cool!
Like Helen on Facebook! It's just a matter of good taste, really.