Thursday, May 19, 2011

Honest Wear & Pincushions

If you have been reading this blog for any amount of time, you probably know that I have a penchant for old things that show lots of wear from love and use. You may also know that I have a thing for pincushions.

I wouldn't call myself a collector, per se, since I don't avidly go out hunting for pincushions, and I don't spend much time, if any, on a monthly basis, browsing for them online or at antique malls.

I do, however, have this sensor back behind my left elbow that goes off anytime an old pin cushion is near, signaling a radar in my brain, which then turns my feet and moves them in the correct direction. It is a completely involuntary, and sometimes shocking process that I have experienced quite a few times.

Recently, on a very *rare* perusal of ebay (rare because the ebay machine hates me, and I get tired of being treated so poorly when I decide to nibble at an auction. Hopes... dashed! too. many. times.), I stumbled across this title :

"Vtg Antique LEATHER make-do PIN Cushion SHOE"

Okay... many old leather baby shoes have been turned into reproduction pincushion make-dos, and although they are usually sweet, I just personally don't get it. Not much appeal to the old elbow sensor.

Then I read the description:

"Approx 4 1/4 inches tall
A kids shoe that was turned into a pin cushion somewhere along the way
Has lots of wear but is still very charming"

Right. Short description. Not much detail. And a really lousy photo:

But the more I looked at that photo, the more intrigued I became, and grew convinced that this was indeed the real thing. A truly honest-to-goodness old-as-the-hills genuine original leather baby shoe - turned - pin keep.

I waited until the last few minutes of the auction.

I placed a low bid.

I won!

And yesterday when it arrived in the mail, I carefully unwrapped its newspaper covering to find that it is so. much. better. than my imagination built it up to be.

Love it when that happens.


Casa Pearl said...

OMG it's wonderful! You are right to be so pleased - this is a treasure. Enjoy your wonderful piece.

Penny said...

I love it, too! Such a great find!!

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Mouse said...

ooo wowow .. that was some good find there girl :) lovely ... all that history in one tiny shoe :) love mouse xxxxx

Catherine said...

Your excitement is oozing through my computer! Love it - especially those buttons!

Witch of Stitches said...

Wonderful pin cushion - love it!

marly said...

I love your find! My husband would say "did you wash your hands?"!!! Now I know what to do with my baby shoes.