Sunday, August 28, 2011

Thrift Share Curiousity

Occasionally when I'm out thrifting, I'll come across an item I just can't figure out. What was it made for? What is it's purpose? Who made it? Why?

Exhibits A and B.

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These appear to be mere simple, rustic wooden frames. But no. On the back side of these frames is a fine wire mesh.

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In my mind, some old gent with a super long full beard, suspenders and knee high leather boots put these little boxes together while out panning for gold. It's only a guess, but my money is on the fact that my dubious miner was searching for The Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine here in Arizona.

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Rather than being used in the search for fabled gold mines, this odd set is now holding mini treasures - like these tiny Japanese dolls. At any rate, I think they're pretty great even if they don't match a single thing in my house. They have a cool rustic kitchen/farmhouse appeal. I'll probably end up listing them soon, but for now I'm enjoying them =)

I wasn't able to get much thrifting done this week. Apologies as well for a lack of posting and commenting on your blogs. Between a very sad family tragedy and a hurt foot, I was injured and depressed. After a few days spent thinking about the good things in life and all that I have to look forward to this fall, I'm feeling a better and I think the sun'll come out tomorrow.

Linking up to ATG's Thrift Share Monday!

7 comments:

  1. Homemade silk screening frames? That's not nearly as interesting an answer as the one you came up with though...:)

    Sorry you've had such a bad week. I hope things will be better soon.

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  2. I hope the sun shines again for you soon. I have to get back on the blog-horse too!

    I was thinking the frames might have been for sifting stones out of dirt? Or as a makeshift bug screen at a window?

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  3. Oh no, sorry about family tragedies and random injuries. You can never predict these things and they ALWAYS suck. Wishing you positive vibes.


    I LOVE these screens. They would be perfect for hosting jewelry and earrings when you tired of them as curio shelves. Also, I love the Japanese dolls!

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  4. Thanks guys - I really appreciate the well wishes and positive thoughts <3

    Van - I hadn't thought of using the screens for jewelry but that'd be perfect!

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  5. Maybe they were screens for making paper? I second Van's idea of using them for jewelry.

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  6. My friend was thinking of making something similar to these boxes to use for her earrings - she has a gianormous collection.

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  7. I remember avid gardeners having screens like these to prepare potting soil, especially if a fine mix was needed.

    ...but I think that something to do with silk screening is also possible (although they a little small for a big project.)

    It's hard to focus when life leaves you reeling.

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