Friday, February 8, 2013

Selling a Piece of My Childhood

    You know how it is when you go to an antique store and see an old toy or something marked "vintage", and you think "jeez I used to have one of those, am I considered vintage?".  Well I guess the answer is yes.
  My sister (the lovely one on the right) and I (yep, the cutie on the horse) try to switch up our space at Paris Flea Market quite a bit.  We usually have some type of theme, like all kitchen stuff, silver and black things, dining alfresco etc.  This time around it's a little girls room.  At first I was thinking what do I have that fits in with that?  I was just about done revamping a children's roll top desk (will blog on that later) but needed more.  Then I remembered I still had my high chair and bouncing horse from when I was little.  Like I said, I'm vintage.

    How many people are lucky enough to have two great pieces like this that have been used by 3 generations, (myself, my daughter, and 2 granddaughters) and still are in pretty good shape?  These have been well used, and loved but it is time for them to go.  I had re-painted the highchair and upholstered the seat for my 1st granddaughter, so a little clean up and it was good to go.  The poor horse had some problems though.  I still remember the joy of rocking back and forth, and bouncing on him, but I'm afraid he just didn't stand up to all four of us.  He was cracked and some of the plastic was missing by where the foot rests were.  Years ago my husband had glued a chunk of wood by the crack to try to get it though the 1st granddaughter, well I couldn't sell it like that.  It was a challenge, but he figured out a fix, for the fix.  He removed the wood chunk, glued in a piece of plastic, routered that out to except a small piece of pipe for the wooden foot rest to go into, then put in some bondo, sanded it all down and painted the patch.  It is amazing what a great job he did.  I have to admit, I got a little teary eyed when the horse was all done, and we were cleaning him up to take into the store.  Well here they are, my high chair and horse, I hope someone loves them like I did.

Oh, by the way, what do you think of the blog's new look?
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1 comment:

  1. Someone will , I am sure ! : ) I came over to see your Noel post as you suggested...yes those look similar to the piece from my mom in style etc! :)