Have you ever felt a responsibility to do something, for whatever reason wasn't able to discharge that responsibility and felt the burden of that responsibility weighing on your shoulders like an albatross? I did, for many, many years. As this is a thrifting post, how does this relate to thrifting? Let me backtrack a little. Twenty-five years ago, a friend of my father gave him a figurine of three owls. When my parents moved to the States, I offered to help by having a garage sale at their house to clear out unwanted things. I don't think my mother liked the figurine very much as she plucked it off the mantel and gave it to me to put into the garage sale. When my father found out, he's wasn't thrilled to say the least. I felt so, so guilty about happened. Back then, there was no eBay or Etsy so I had no idea how to replace it. I didn't know who the maker was and, when eBay came on the scene, various searches were fruitless. Then guess what I saw when I was out thrifting?
I couldn't believe my eyes! And the feeling of relief after such a long search was indescribable. It occurred to me that my father has quite likely forgotten the event as he's a very organized person who doesn't believe in accumulating clutter. A few thoughts have crossed my mind about the futility of guilt but that is a discussion for another post and another day.
It has a copyright stamp on it of 1972 so no surprise that it took a while for me to find it. I admit that it is quite ugly. In fact, I can't even say that it is jolie-laide as the French would describe something that is so peculiarly ugly as to be pretty. In this case, though, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and, right now, looking at it, I feel light as air as if I've come full circle in life. I can't wait for Father's Day to come around to give it to my father. Speaking of coming full circle, I did thrift something just for myself and which is 180 degrees opposite the owls in terms of beauty.
Yes, my first Nuutajarvi piece with the label still attached! As the label still says Nuutajarvi, I assume that this is an older piece before the company merged with Iittala. In any event, I la-la-love it. The pattern is "Dewdrop" and what could be a lovelier name? And really, there is something so wondrously pretty about the concentric little drops of glass and the way they sparkle in the sun.
Do you have a thrifting story to share where you found something after a long, long search? Something that has been on your thrifting bucket list for what seems like forever? Or maybe you are still searching? Let me know so that we can celebrate (or commiserate) together!