Ginny goes shopping in her garage
A year ago I acquired the house my grandparents built in 1946. Originally it was built with three small apartments and I actually lived there the first two years of my life. The house has always been in my family and over the past few years my cousin had redesigned it into a single family home.
One of the first things I wanted to do was to fill the built-in bookshelves. Well, because I did not want a flat screen TV in the middle of it I painted a large canvas to fill the space. To keep the original brick feel from the home’s exterior I painted the background “Florentine Clay” (by Valspar from Lowe’s). So then, of course, I wanted to find items that worked with the color.
I found baskets and some of my own handmade pottery along with a seashell collection in a glass cannister and a piece of driftwood from Sunset Beach — all of this from shopping in my garage ( much to the delight of my husband Joe). Someone turning into our driveway one night, had hit and destroyed one of the lanterns at the edge of the street. I couldn’t match the remaining one and, of course, I can’t bear to trash anything. Guess what ? It was in my garage and now I love the way it looks in my bookcase. Several carved antique wooden fabric stamps are my own collection over the years. I love having a place to display them– They have such character!! And then there is a new find from my neighbor John who buys and resells great stuff. It is a fabulous copper clad clay vessel that he had snatched from an auction just the same day I got it. I love it !!
One of my other favorites is a wooden box with rope handles that must be ancient- someone in my family probably made it and my family never threw away anything–also from my garage.