When I plan a day of thrift store shopping and yard sale shopping and estate sale shopping, I always have a list.
A list of things that I’m looking for.
A list of furniture or decor or mirrors or whiteware that I want.
A list of things I have the perfect place for in my home.
I try to stay organized and on-task and centered and focused and within the confines of my pre-approved budget.
Sometimes in the middle of all that organized shopping, something shows up that I never expected. If I had made a zillion lists on a zillion pieces of paper, I would never have written this item down.
Something so wonderful and amazing that it makes me toss all those lists out the window.
Something like this.
Wait until you see what I found at an estate sale.
First, before you scroll and figure out what it is.
Do you have any guesses?
I asked on Instagram and here are some of the responses that I got:
- a loom
- a sock holder
- a sorter
- a thread winder
- a game
Not. Even. Close.
In fairness I had no idea what it was when I walked up to it. They had to tell me.
Here are a few hints:
- These things that stick up that look like they belong on the triangle game at Cracker Barrel? They are rubber.
- They are slightly different colors.
- There are eight rows of them in a wood frame.
- Each of the rows is on a wood slat that can be lifted out individually.
- The frame has multiple colors on it.
Can you guess?
If you guessed that it’s a…..
You would be right.
A mold that they used to use to make balloons.
Apparently a long time ago in a land far away, this is how they made balloons.
Because most balloons were made from latex or rubber, they’d use this mold to form the shape of the balloon. They’d take the mold and dip it into liquid latex or rubber and pull it out.
Those long-ago balloon makers would take the coated form and bake it in the oven.
After the latex or rubber set and cooled, they’d take out the form and peel off the balloons.
I did a little research and apparently balloons are still made the same way.
Except now everything is industrialized and they are making 1000 balloons at the same time on high-tech equipment.
Everything is timed down to a science on machines that do all the work.
This is part of a bygone era when things were done a little more simply.
It’s an amazing piece of history just waiting to be discovered at an estate sale.
It came home with me and I hung it up on the wall next to the office.
Doesn’t it look like it’s always been there?
It was just sitting there at the estate sale waiting.
It knew it needed to come home with me.
Even if it wasn’t on my list. 🙂
PS What’s the most amazing thing you’ve ever found at an estate sale.
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