Recently Charli and me headed over to one of my favorite thrift stores here in our area. Charli, of course, was miffed when she was told she had to stay in the car, and especially, when she saw the big old dog that roams the thrift store during the day. You should have heard her howling! Sometimes that pooch can be so embarrassing!
While I was in the store, tucked a way in the corner, I found this beautiful package of hankies. How many of you can remember back in the days when these dainty little hankies were so popular? Well, according to the owner of the store they are making a huge come back. He told me in the last several weeks alone a lady had come in and bought several boxes to use in a report she was giving on vintage hankies for her college class. He said another lady came in and purchased seven boxes. She said she was going to give them out as favors at a wedding shower she was throwing for her daughter later that month.
Seeing this box, wrapped, with the word Mom on it made me kind of sad. I imagine that some sweet mother received this lovely gift, and like so many of us, cherished it so much that she tucked it away in a drawer and never gave herself the pleasure of using it. I can't imagine this mother ever wanting to part with such a beautiful treasure so I am assuming she may have died and this precious little gift then found itself discarded in a thrift shop. It served as a reminder to me that all of our pretty things should be used and enjoyed. As I stood there speculating about this little box I knew I had to bring these hankies home with me.
Once I had gotten the hankies home, I washed and pressed them. Then I started thinking of all of the fun things I could do with them.
Perhaps I could give them as a gift at one of the teas I enjoy hosting.
I could even fill them with candy and use them as a party favor.
I don't think these lovely napkins will ever mean as much to anyone as the person they were originally meant for, but perhaps, I could make someone happy by passing them along. What ever I decide to do with them I know this....
As much as we treasure our beautiful gifts, we should enjoy them ourselves, because they just might eventually wind up sitting on a shelf in a thrift shop like these beautiful hankies did.
I hope all of you have a beautiful week ♥
I'M THANKFUL for the life lessons my mother and my grandmother's taught me.
Happy Sunday everyone!
With warmest regards, Carol