Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Bracelets and More!

Thanks to a new camera (the old one died) we have an exquisite photograph of a gold bracelet now on display on the Turnabout. Is it a bracelet or a mystery in gold?
I have to say perhaps it's the new camera or I don't know what, but pay close attention. I just discovered after you click on a picture and it expands you can click on a particular article in the picture you want a closer look at and it blows up that image too. Try it. How about that?!! Back to the picture: I think this is a bracelet for a lucky little girl but don't quote me. It is lovely. I think I'll keep my new camera!
I've been inclined to look with disdain at the silly table things on the top shelf but they do have a certain, winning look about them--all looking straight ahead and pointing to the left. I love that our great co-chairman, Barbara and Diana, placed them all pointing to the left. Silly? Right! Here you see a winning sense of humor!
Glass is the name of the game here. Look at the delicate pieces in the lower center. The objects on either side are globes: you touch them just so and they spin!
Here is our July Dollar Rack once again. Some of these goodies must be on this rack yet--or---perhaps even better stuff because it's changed daily!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


This is a great way to introduce the masks that presently sit, proudly, in our front window. I'm sorry, I can't introduce these guys, other than in my fashion. This mask I'll name "Village Henchman." What has caused this reaction? Maybe his woman, Constant, Truly Loyal Wife wants to go out to dinner.
OK. He gets mad. Won't take her out to dinner. Then, of course, she gets mad and won't fix him dinner. Two days later, when he's prostrate on the ground from hunger, he gets her these beads to placate her.
Our heroine is from a far distant village where the finest of cuisine grows and has to load her little horse up with whatever Goodies husband might want for dinner so she can put that dinner on the table. Poor horse can't take too much at a time as he's only made of straw. OK, so he's a special horse, loves his mistress, and will do anything for her, but for her husband? Nah. So, she has to plead with him to bring whatever the Master wants. Very painful. No wonder she gets mad when he refuses her a night out on the town.
Well, the Elders in the Village get to gossiping about this Trauma between their Village Henchman and his Usually Constant, Truly Loving Wife. Sorry, We'll have to wait until the next installment to find out what happened to Village Henchman and his Constant, Truly Loving Wife. Is he still hungry?
Our Dollar Rack is absolutely bursting with Goodies. Hey Guys, I worked in the shop last week and one gal I waited on took twelve items off this rack. She had a whole bunch of friends, and/or relatives she wanted to gift. This was an amazing group of Goodies. Beautiful women's suits, blouses, lovely pairs of slacks. I mean, this lady had a steal going because each woman's suit was probably at least ten times that much when it was hanging on our shelves!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Wonderful Russian Folk Art And Other Treasures!

These great examples of Russian folk art are at the Turnabout Shop, thanks to David Mandel, one of our volunteers. David presented these charming pieces of art to the shop as a gift from his parents. Thank you, David! This Bakery Shop, with customers, sits on a table in the book room, along with the other charming figures shown below. While you're perusing the collection be sure to read about David's father, who has a fascinating history.

More Russian dolls anxious to get to the Bakery Shop for some of that wonderful bread!
Here we have a bright blue and green plate, as well as a wooden bowl with what looks like horse-head handles! As usual I can't tell what the piece of pottery is next to the plate, maybe a jar to hold olive oil? I'll have to wait until I tap twice on the picture, which is like opening a box of treasures in a magic cave!
Tap on this picture twice and take a look at that curious wooden treasure next to the vase at the far right. It contains a little drawer, which could hold stamps, or paper clips, maybe even a tiny scissor. Whatever you want can reside in that drawer as long as it's small. I find this object particularly interesting as it's very modern, while most of the other things to be seen on the table are old and quaint. Also, while just about everything else appears to be Russian in origin, the box all the way to the left looks to be Japanese! David's parents have an international collection, it seems!
Our wonderful Dollar Rack, filled with so many things--shirts and sweaters and blouses. Don't miss it!