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Family Christmas

Yesterday evening we had family Christmas in South Jersey, at my grandparents' home. It's always good to see them. My brother brought his girlfriend up, so I finally got to meet her as well. I rather liked her, and she seemed to like all of us (or at least find us entertaining), which I think is a good sign for them. My mom made garlic beef for dinner, which was amusing since it's what I cooked Christmas Day. My brother told me he also got the recipe around the same time, and has made it twice in the last two weeks. Fortunately, we all really enjoy it.

Gift exchange involved quite a bit of not-very-surprised and oh-I-forgot-I-asked-for-that, as usual. My biggest surprise came from my grandmother. Grandma is mostly deaf, mostly blind, and has only one leg. It's amazing enough that she's still living relatively independently, and no one expects that she will manage much by the way of Christmas shopping. So, for several years, our gifts have been cash plus little cheap gifts so there's something to unwrap. Well, as I took down the packages for me and for A to unwrap, my reaction to mine was "Hm. This looks and feels like a little wastebasket. How odd, I wonder what it really is." Lo and behold, it was indeed a little wastebasket. It's blue, and decoupage. Kind of cute. Not sure what I'll do with it, and it's not quite matching either my actual decor or the one I'd like to have, but I'll figure something out.

So, Grandma starts telling the story, since it's clearly a somewhat unusual gift. Apparently she'd picked it up and was trying to get a good look at it (macular degeneration - all the vision she has left is peripheral vision). The salesperson told her it was a really good deal, it was usually $250 but it was marked down to $10. So, of course she had to get it. At this point, all I could think of was blackfog's mother, because it sounds like the stories she tells. I looked at it closely, because while it was cute, and certainly looked to be worth more than $10, I thought $250 was ridiculous. Perhaps someone had slipped a decimal point. Then I spotted a price tag. The price tag clearly listed the price of that wastebasket as $275. I am rather incredulous... And taking very good care of this thing until I figure out whether it actually has value.

Update: Looked at the bottom of the thing. It has a little gold-colored thing on the bottom that says Spode, England. Quick research tells me that Spode makes china - not cute little wooden wastebaskets. However, there's one image on their site that is a portion of the picture on the wastebasket. But, I can't find that picture on any of their current product lines. Curiouser and curiouser...


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Dec. 30th, 2004 04:45 pm (UTC)
Was it at an antique shop?

Got a digital camera?
Dec. 30th, 2004 05:04 pm (UTC)
I have no idea where she was.

I do have a digital camera, however.
Dec. 30th, 2004 05:11 pm (UTC)
Pictures of the garbage!

Why don't you post more pictures if you've got a camera? Think of all the things that you could post since you've got a digital camera. Oh, joyous day, calluh callay!
Dec. 30th, 2004 05:25 pm (UTC)
Well, it's not like most of what I post about lends itself to photographs. Nor, for that matter, do I really want to take a lot of pictures of random objects, let alone come up with something to say about them.

But I agree, a picture of the wastebasket might be relevant. So, if I remember next time I'm both home and awake for more than a few minutes...
Dec. 30th, 2004 05:30 pm (UTC)
*giggles* See, I want to take a lot of photos of random objects, so I guess I was just projecting.

But gosh, when you stop at the mailbox and realize that the sun's at the perfect angle to create a ray down onto your clean (for the first time in 10 months) car or that there's a drop of water hanging on an icicle that's sparkling so beautifully it makes you want to cry or you see that some graffiti artist actually posted something witty, doesn't that make you want to share? Or is that more projecting on my part?

Home *and* awake at the same time may require a bit more effort than needed for this since it's just a garbage pail and it's the holiday season, otherwise known as the time of zero sleep.
Dec. 30th, 2004 05:38 pm (UTC)
doesn't that make you want to share?

Sometimes... which is one of many reasons I have a camera. But I'd be unlikely to put it in LJ, other than perhaps a link to the Gallery.
Dec. 30th, 2004 05:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, but a link to the gallery is sharing :-)
Dec. 30th, 2004 09:14 pm (UTC)
What is approximate size of the basket? And its wooden? Any Pattern?
Dec. 30th, 2004 10:05 pm (UTC)
erm... *grin* about the size of a breadbox?

I think it's wooden - the top looks like plastic, but the bottom looks like wood and I think it's just the paint/lacquer that makes the top look plastic.

Not a pattern, a picture that's decoupaged (can you use that as a verb?) on. Same picture on all four sides - just less of it on the shorter sides.
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