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If you remember last week, I said my post this week was going to have a theme - specifically - What was I thinking??? Have you ever made a purchase and got home with your new treasure to ask yourself that very question?
I went to an estate sale a few weeks ago, and in the garage I saw this:
Well, I snatched it right up...well, let me clarify....I did not snatch it right up because this weighs about 70 or more pounds, but I promptly told the young man who was watching over the garage that I wanted this dog. I should have taken a second look at the dog when I saw the look on this kids face when I told him I wanted it....but no....I paid no attention!
He took this vintage dachshund boot scraper to the checkout so fast, it would have made your head swim. I am sure he was thinking any second I would change my mind.
Do you think for one minute I noticed how skinny this dog was? Of course I did not notice that small detail until I got home. Now, tell me why in the world the maker of this boot scraper would think it was OK to show this poor dachshund's ribs? I mean, most dachshunds look like footballs with legs walking around from being over weight....not skinny, starving, studs!
Also, do you think during my shopping frenzy that I noticed how SCARY this dog's face was? Oh, I noticed it alright, after I got home.
Here is a better shot of this scary face. It looks like someone at one time decided to paint he eyes and mouth....Oh, why couldn't they have just left it alone? Surely, it would have been less scary the way it was originally.
I tell ya' it's a face only a mother could love. Sophie and Dora had no interest in adopting this orphan. In fact, Dora's hair down her back was standing on end when I sat it on the floor. But quickly, she lost interest, I think she was just too stunned to know what to do about this hunk of iron.
Pitiful or not, he sits in front of my wood stove. He really has a nice patina to him, but clearly this purchase was one of my what was I thinking moments. I have found no markings on him, but he is clearly old, and could be used as a weapon, he is so heavy. If I had to be honest with myself, which I know I can be honest here, I really don't like him that much. But, with a face only a mother can love, I hope he grows on me in the future.
Yes, I will keep him, because, I have visions of taking him one day to the Antique Roadshow. I can just imagine someone informing me of the unusual history of the maker, and how rare a find this really was. I visualize his age to be older than what I have imagined, and possibly he came all the way from Germany....on a boat..... dramatic right?
And I can not wait for the experts to ask me what I paid for this rare dog....and I hesitantly say, "$25.00 at an estate sale." Then with a smile on their face, they ask if I have any idea what the little skinny dog would be worth today? After a slight pause, they will inform me that my $25.00 investment really paid off, that today at auction, they would expect this little skinny dog to bring well over.......
.....Well, you get the idea...it does not hurt to dream! And I promise, when this vision of mine becomes reality, you guys will be the first to know! Do you have a What was I thinking item in your home? Go ahead, be brave and share it with us....you can trust us here...we are all friends! Happy Vintage Thingies Thursday!