After I finished there, something or someone told me that I needed to go to the Assistance League Thrift Shop. It is way over by where April lives and I don't very often get there unless we plan to go together. I kind of felt like someone was whispering in my ear "You MUST go to that thrift shop. You MUST go to that thrift shop." There are several thrift shops that are closer. There is even one that is almost next door to Best Buy. I opted not to go to any of the closer ones. The weird thing was, it sounded strangely like Tessie's voice. How could I resist? I usually wind up doing what she wants anyway. So I went.
It looks like a kit of some kind, but I have never seen it before. It's not very big, but interesting in shape. Someone did a good job putting it together and painted it white. That's as far as they got. Hey! What more could you ask? Well put together and primed. I looked at the price and grabbed it. It was $5.00.
As you can see, Tessie approves. She thinks that it would make a good shop of some kind.
I looked to the left and just about fainted.(Not really)There was a Houseworks Porch Kit! It was all put together and unpainted. Also with a $5.00 price tag!
Tessie took one look at it and announced "Hey! All you have to do is build a house behind it and put some steps in front so that I don't have to jump."
Yup. That's all I have to do.
I took those two up to the front and paid. I rushed them to my car and came back in. There was a third building.....It was a poor forlorn Sweetheart cottage that someone had decorated for Easter. A lady was looking it over pretty good, so I figured that one was a goner....I made a silent deal with myself. If she let go of it, I would adopt that poor orphan too, but only if it was 5.00. That seemed to be the going rate. She really messed with it inside and out. Then abruptly walked away. I acted just like Tessie. I pounced on it and in my mind I yelled "MINE!!!".
That one will need the most work, but the Sweetheart Cottage is one of my all time favorite houses. It is just the right size for a shop.
When Tessie saw that one, she freaked! "What did you do to my house? Did you make a deal with the Easter Bunny to rent it? How dare you?" Then she turned around with a gleam in her eye....."This means I don't have a place to live! You will have to build Spiderwort Manor."
"Tessie, I hate to disillusion you. Look up on the shelf. Your house is still up there. This is just a duplicate." I knew I shouldn't have said that!
She started jumping up and down, shaking her fists and shouting. "You mean to tell me that my house is not original? Zar's house is more original than mine is. I don't want to live there anymore. I need a new house!!!!!".
I had to think fast. I tossed my last purchases on the table and she started to purr like a kitten when I said " These are to make up for the mistake. We will start your house soon." I didn't say how soon. I may be foolish, but I'm not stupid.
About the last purchases... After I left the thrift shop,I figured I was on a roll so I stopped at my favorite antique mall.
One of the stalls had a bunch of unopened, House of Miniatures kits just sitting there waiting for some sucker to buy them.....Here I am! They were priced at 4.50 and 5.00 a piece. I looked up and there was a sign on the edge of the booth that said "Everything in this booth is 40% off". Tell me that was not a signal for me to buy...I purchased 6.
Between the three structures and the kits, Oh and the basket on the porch ($1.00) I spent $34.89. I just tried looking up the price on the kits....The Chippendale desk kit is selling on one e bay site for $25.00 right now! I didn't see any of them for less than $6.oo.....Good deal? I think so. I paid under three dollars for each kit.
Now about Spiderwort Manor.....It is just going to have to wait. I want to play with the orphans. Don't tell Tessie!!!! Please!!!
See you tomorrow.