Friday, April 20, 2012

Ode to Trudy

I have had many cats in my life. Some have come to me on their own accord, strays, I guess that happened upon us. There was Manny, a sturdy male cat with a pleasant demeanor. And Greycat, who, of course was gray - he actually would come in the house and play with then puppy Pearl, our now 120 pound black lab. And there was Tripp, whom I assume was dumped on our road as a kitten and was lucky enough to find a good home here - named for the trip he made in his young life. And how could I forget Miss Kitty, whom I thought showed up to have kittens under our porch but it ended up her pooch was just that. She even moved with us to our new home.

Other cats were rescues or given to us. There was Buddy, a yellow cat who came home with my husband from work. And Cricket and Bopper, twins that were found and given to us - there was a theme with the names then as our yellow lab was named Holly (Buddy Holly and the Crickets, The Big Bopper).  And there's our old cat, 19 almost now, Bebe Neuwirth whom we found abandoned on a porch. She is aptly named after the actress who played Lilith on "Cheers" as she is black and white and is an uptight bitch (like Lilith, not Bebe the actress)!

But none of them have compared to Trudy. Trudy was a tiger striped cat named after Truman Tiger, our university mascot. We got her at an animal rescue place and is the only cat we have ever paid money. She wasn't a kitten so no one wanted to adopt her but we did. She was more than just a cat, she was a "dog" cat. She flicked her tail when she was happy. She would follow me up and down the stairs. She slept with us and with the other real dogs. She would let Pearl lick her on the head. She was not weirdly independent like most cats - she liked being around people and other animals and was pleasant. She talked to me all the time and let me know when she wanted something. She was happy to see us when we got home. By all accounts, she was a dog in kitty disguise.  Even my husband liked her and he doesn't like cats. She was a fun, faithful companion.

The only thing that was not dog like about her was her ability to leave our fenced yard. Most of the time when she squeezed through the gate, she would just play in the woods next to the drive way or go out back by the shed. And most of the time, she actually would stay in the yard. But sadly, on Wednesday night, April 18 when I went to call her in for the night, she did not come running. When I went to look for her, I found her in the road - apparently, she had decided to cross and was struck by a vehicle. It broke my heart.

Every time an animal dies, a piece of me goes with them. I lament about what I should have done differently. If only I had not let Trudy out the hour before, she would still be here. If we had made her strictly an indoor cat, she would be alive. I carry a lot of guilt with me for some time. But here is what I know - when they are with us, they have the best life we can give. We care for them like children. And love them, too. They are a part of our family.

Yesterday, I buried Trudy in the bird "area" of our yard. She spent many hours there under the bushes watching, waiting. She will be happy there - just look how many cardinals were in the bush this winter.  I am sure the birds and the rodents are glad she isn't pestering them anymore but I will miss her dearly. Goodbye Trudy Bear - you were the coolest dog cat ever!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sell a Little, Buy a Lot

Last week, I visited my booth space at Hildebrand's Framing & Gifts to add a few things. It had been a couple of weeks since I had been there and I was pleasantly surprised to see that most of the booth spaces have filled up plus I had a check for sales I made in the month of March! Wahoo! It wasn't enough to cover the rental, yet, but it is a start and we are heading into "tourist" season so I am hopeful that I will increase sales. Having more vendors in the place doesn't hurt either - it gives people more eye candy and reasons to shop there.  So I took a little looksy around, myself, and found some vintage items I brought home with me.
Set of 8 plastic coated or rubberized striped glasses, each a different color.
 Fun and only $4! Does anybody know who made these?

Federal Glass Country Kitchen Mixing Bowl - $3
 Since I was in the big city of Warsaw, I decided to visit a couple of other places to see what I could find. First I stopped at Oma's Thrift store and found these items:

More Federal Glass - a creamer and sugar with lid in the Golden Glory pattern - $1 for the set
Rogers Insilco Stainless Tray and a silver or pewter vase (heavy) - $1 each

Avon Milk glass Decanter - Partridge from 1973
My last stop (other than Walmart, of course) was at the Copper Top Flea Market. They were having a sale of 25% off anything with the color yellow in it. Although most of these purchases were not real "thrifty" prices, I picked up some cool items, anyway.

A vintage enamel pin or earring (that's what the lady said) made into a bracelet - $11.25

Raggedy Ann & Andy vintage twin sheet (love the colors) in mint condition - $1.88

Tulip motif triangular acrylic pitcher - $13.13
No mark - any body have ideas on manufacturer?

West Germany pottery vase - $10
There are a lot of little thrift stores, flea markets, and antique stores in Warsaw so if you are ever in that area, I encourage you to check them out. Later this week, I will share some more of my finds from the city wide garage sale in Versailles (not France) I went to on Friday. It was a spectacular week!

And in honor of the birds that are starting to arrive and nest in our neck of the woods, a final find from Warsaw.
Goldfinch Vintage Planter - 25 cents
Linking up to Apron Thrift Girl's Thrift Share Monday. From my brief tour, it looks like people are finding all kinds of goodies!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Take a Seat... It's Been Awhile

I have been kind of negligent on posting lately. It's not for lack of material as I have been finding some fabulous stuff recently. I guess because spring has come early, I have been working on other things like mushroom hunting, planting garden with my husband (we put 75 tomato plants in the ground by the end of March - unheard of in Missouri most years), and sprucing up the porch, patio, and deck. As I said, I have found time to go to garage sales, thrift stores, and flea markets, too. Instead of inundating you with lots of finds at once, I think I will do several posts and concentrate on one or two of some the best in the last three weeks.

In March, I told you about this fantastic glass front cabinet I snatched up at the Edmonson Trading Post. Last weekend, they held their sale for the month of April and again, I was able to pick up some mid-century modern furniture - three chairs by the W.H. Gunlocke Chair Company, a US company located in Wayland, New York since 1902.

When I first saw the chairs, it was from this view and I was immediately drawn to them. What great clean lines. Since there was three of them, I originally assumed they were dining chairs (I don't know why) but after doing a little research, I am certain they were meant as office or board room chairs.

All of the chairs are in good condition. They need a little attention like maybe some Danish Oil, and there are a couple of little nicks and scratches on each but all in all, really sturdy and quite handsome. I can't believe no one had scooped them up as I went to the sale the second day and they were only $6 each.

 Each chair has a metal fob attached to it under the arm - a sign of a quality product, I think. And one chair had a complete paper tag on it and one a partial. They all had another smaller paper tag stapled along the bottom of the seat, as well. At first, I thought the "1977" was the year it was manufactured but I have now discovered that is the model number. Although I do not know the exact age of the chairs, I do know they were made sometime between 1940 and 1969. The "G" logo was established in 1940 and the company was sold in 1969 and renamed The Gunlocke Company.  Yes, that's quite a span of years but I was pleased to determine they are true mid-century modern. I haven't decided if I am keeping them because, really, I don't know what I would do with three office chairs (although they are way cool) but if not, I will probably list them on craigslist.

Has anybody had experience with Gunlocke chairs? Is there a site that has any listing of the model numbers and the year they were built? I love to know as much as I can about my items so any information would be much appreciated.

I'm linking to Apron Thrift Girl's Thrift Share Monday - a couple of days late! Enjoy all the other finds of thrifters across the world.