Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Memories are made of this.

Last week the boot sale season down here got into full swing and I was out scouring the tables for possible hidden treasures. So far the pickings have been kind of slim, if I had a small child though it would not be short of clothes and toys! But in a field full of disappointments I did come across these two little boxes of someone's treasured memories. The lady I bought it off did not know who they belonged to which makes them all the more poignant.
The first box was packed tight with little wedding cards, sent out to friends and guests with the piece of cake. The earliest one is dated 1919 and they span the years to the 1950s. All have the names of the bride and groom and where they were married and the date. I can only assume the collector either went to a LOT of weddings or was given them by friends, but they kept them all those years. They are beautiful little things, all celebrating love and the start of I hope of many happy lives together.
I did not even bother to look through the other box, leaving it till I got home. When I opened it I found little wax flowers on top of other small decorations from different wedding cakes and at the bottom of the box even a tiny amount of confetti all I am sure memories of happy days and dear friends and relatives, I can imagine her (I can only think its a woman who collected these) stooping down as the happy couple passed by and scooping up a few bits of coloured paper, slipping them into her purse and storing them away later, capturing that little moment to be looked back on with joy from time to time.
But the best and most charming items in the box are these gorgeous little silver paper shoes, they are only around a couple of inches long and oh so delicate. I wonder how long it has been since the boxes where opened and looked through, maybe I am the first since the owner tucked them away for them to then end up in a big box full of anonymous stuff at an auction years later. I am so pleased I paid that couple of pounds on the off chance, it would have been so sad for these to end up in the bin, which is what the lady selling them was going to do with them if she didnt get rid of them. All I can say is Lucky Me!

15 comments:

hensteeth said...

An exquisite find Jane, just perfect for you.

Annie said...

What lovely treasures, it's fascinating when you find something like this. The little shoes are wonderful.
Ann x

Country Cottage Chic said...

How lovely that you saved them Jane - I would have too!

Jayne

THIS'N'THAT said...

Such treasures! I can se why you are so thrilled!
Lesley X

Clare said...

How beautiful..what a lucky find!

fleamarketchic said...

What a great find! What will you do with them? The boot fairs up here in Berkshire have been really slim pickings too?!?!? Wonder whats happening? Maybe everyone has gone Vintage mad and are holding on there bits? Oh NO!!!! xxSadiexx

shevie said...

Absolutely delightful,what treasure I love finds like that...I hope the original owner wasn't'always the bridesmaid and never the bride'!Just back from my second boot of the year,both have been unusually full of finds,I had to leave early as my purse was empty and my trolley full!Hoping you have more finds soon!x

noelle said...

The little shoes are lovely x x x

Lyn said...

What a lovely thing to find. They hold such happy memories, shame they did not get passed on to relatives to cherish. Or maybe you could make some memory boxes with them yourself?
Love
Lyn
xxx

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Lovely wedding mementos Jane - the flower filled shoes used to be very popular decorations for the wedding cakes, I recall. Bye for now, Lesley

noelle said...

Thanks for your comment Jane. Yes i did well at the library, there was a lot of interest and i sold four of my pictures. I only had five on display! We have booked another one for next year. x Noelle

Country Style Living said...

Great find..the little shoes are so cute

A Time to Dance said...

How sad that they all end up on a car boot stall after they have been loved and tucked away so carefully. Hope you are well my friend...Love Helen

Autumn Mist said...

My mum had those little shoes when she got married in 1965. They always fascinated me as a child, lovely to see them on your blog.

landcuckoo said...

Wonderful findings! I love treasure like that, I have a few pieces from my great aunt's collection so I do know a little of their heritage, but even without that you have some delightful treasures.
Will look out for your article in Country Living too, well done! Love your workshop, I hope you will be very happy and productive in there.
Take care
Sarah x