Ha! Someone else can pout now, cuz check out what I found on Craig's List:
My very own box of vintage pattern treasures. And - bonus! - most of them are roughly my size. Granted, I did have to bike up a hill, have an awkward interaction with a stranger, fork out $25, and then RID THE BOX OF SILVERFISH to get these, but I think it was worth it. Maybe.
Silverfish? They're these fast-moving gross little bugs that remind me of the thing that crawls into Keanu Reeves belly button in The Matrix. I'm not going to post a picture here because that would defile my pretty blog. Anyway, I already had the box in my house and was happily rummaging through it when I discovered the infestation inside. I had to take the box outside and go through one pattern at a time, sometimes flinging a pattern across the porch when a silverfish leaped out at me and sometimes smashing wildly with a paper towel til the little bug was dead. I threw the original box away, and hopefully if there are any more bugs hiding out inside the pattern envelopes they will stay there til I work up the courage to take inventory of the pattern pieces.
I regret giving the guy $25 for a box of bugs, but it doesn't seem right to bargain when someone is liquidating their (possibly deceased) parents' assets. Also, the bugs didn't appear til I got home. Oh well. As you might guess, these patterns aren't in the best condition. I can only imagine where they've been stored all this time. The envelopes are pretty beat up, but it looks like the patterns themselves might be fine, just aged. That's my hope at least. So should we take inventory?
|Click on the picture and zoom in to get a closer look at individual patterns|