My little girl Elle and I were about to head home after running a few errands yesterday when I asked her if we should pop into Value Village. Being the easy going girl she is she happily agreed so in we went. At our Value Village, the back wall is lined with plastic bags that contain mismatched job lots - all the 'smalls' they they don't want crowding the shelves. You have to be in a good mood to peruse these babies because
a) most are filled with junk - bad junk
b) there are hundreds of them
One caught my eye. I couldn't believe it, it contained a cut glass stopper (which I collect) and it just happened to be a fleur de lis. (which I love) The rest of the bag was filled with junk (big surprise) including two other stoppers which had plastic sleeves on the stopper part. Ugh. I have learned not to drag this kind of stuff home so what I do is go to the cash, take the desired item out of the bag, pay for it - a whopping $2.99 - and then hand them back the bag with the rejects and say "Here, I'd like to donate this back!"
I could see there was some kind of a marking on the bottom of the stopper but my eyes are not as good as they once were. My detective work would have to wait til I got home. There were also etched numbers on it and I thought that was a good sign.
Feeling like I had just robbed the store, I wanted to tun screaming "Start the car! Start the car!" like that crazy lady from Ikea.
Upon closer inspection at home I discovered that the marking said "Baccarat, France."
Oh Value Village, I love you so.
It's a triple threat:
A cut glass/crystal stopper - in a fleur de lis design - made in France by Baccarat.
As my husband would say, "It doesn't take much to make you happy, does it?"
O.k. Here's my exciting news...I have been collaborating with the uber-talented Cathy from Avalon Rose for a new look for my website. It was spur of the moment and rather serendipitous actually. The Hope Jar will make it's new debut today at 3 p.m. eastern! Because my shop has become more than just The Hope Jar, I wanted to change the look and feel of the site. Hope you will stop by and let me know what you think of it!