We’ve been missing from the farm for a few days; we’re in Surfside Beach, SC and having a lovely time. It’s been splendid to sleep past the sun’s awakening, to wander at will, find shells on the beach, eat delicious seafood, find bargains, and, best of all, visit with friend Sandra. Mom always told me if a person died with a handful of True Friends, they would die the most fortunate of folks. I’ve got just a bit fewer than a handful and all distant but these women make up for any loss I might think I have. Sandra is one of those friends and sometime later this week I’ll blog about her amazing life and artwork.
When Dave and I travel, we usually find accommodations via VRBO or Holiday Lettings. We’ve found some incredible places to stay and have never, Thank God, been ripped off. We stayed at a 14th century apartment in Tarifa, Spain and never met nor spoke with the owner; every bit of our business was accomplished via i-net and Paypal. Our keys were left under the mat although we did have a “go to gal” in Tarifa should any problems arise. This time, we did speak with the owner as she lives in Ohio but we’ve never met her. We retrieved our keys from a rental agency so it’s been just as pleasant but different. A good thing as the a.c. broke the second day and we had to have an emergency fix.
Sandra and I have a number of interests in common and one of the most exciting is frequenting thrift, consignment and antique stores. We both value old things and love to drag home our latest finds to, lovingly, restore to use and loveliness. Thus far this trip my Find has been this old Singer sewing machine. The box has some sadness but is still in, relatively, good shape considering it was made in either the late 1800’s or early 1900’s. I’m still not sure because I’ve done only preliminary research but did find a similar machine, circa early 1900’s with rather dear price of $1200. OUCH!
This sewing machine is in excellent condition; the box has a bit of damage, probably due to heat as the wood is veneer and has popped loose a bit. Nothing that can’t be fixed with a bit of glue. The gold detailing isn’t worn at all and the silver plate on the back is practically pristine. I’m over the moon with my Find especially as it cost $30! The gent at the consignment shop was grateful to be rid of it, tried to sell me a few others as well, including a wonderful little Featherweight and metal table but, for me, this hand crank Singer was the one that needed to go home with me. Thank You, God!
Until next time,
Blessings ~ friends ~ sewing machines ~ vacations ~ ocean ~ sea shells ~ slow living ~ seafood ~