Saturday, May 11, 2019

What to do?

Photos by Salt Water New England
Saturday is dump day, and with it the concomitant decisions of what to do with various things.  Today a few shirts and cups found a new home with friends, a stack of old framed prints had already been put by the side of the road with a free sign (they went immediately),  but this item continues to vex.  It is an old Abercrombie & Fitch hamper, with most of the pieces intact.  One temptation is to gut the disagreeable innards, and use the wicker.  But that seems wrong somehow, so it will likely be put away until either some great fit arises or, more likely, just a Saturday hence.




14 comments:

  1. How do you keep pulling rabbits out of your hat? Talk of breaking up this hamper is sacrilege! Order your self a throw from The House of Bruar, and go have a picnic on the common. I have no doubt you would encourage others to do the same. There is room for a few champagne glasses. How about Bartlett's Cove on the Thames for the finish of the race in June? You would look smashing!

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  2. You can send to me...I'll pay the postage
    Absolutely an incredible piece !

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  3. What a treasure! I wish I could of kept my great aunt's, but it seems lost to the mist's of time! Would love to own that, and put it through it's paces. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. What is the price with shipping to 72205?

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  5. I sympathize. That hamper is one of those things that we really intend to use, real soon, but somehow it just doesn't happen.

    NCJack

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  6. How about putting it on EBAY with the proceeds going towards an animal rescue organization?

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    1. Yes, or what I've done annually is donate good vintage pieces to the local shelters fundraising yard sales/auctions.

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  7. I think I need your address for a weekly drive-by.

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  8. From back in a day when A&F was something real!!!

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  9. Put on Ebay and let the highest bidder have it. And let us know, because I would certainly bid on it! And then you can use the money for something you like better.

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  10. I’m sorry, why is this a problem? I’ve followed this blog for years and understand the many nuances, but fail to see why one cannot figure out how to gift this attractive hamper to a new home. Are there no children, nieces, nephews, cousins the least bit interested? I struggle to believe there is no one within DNA territory who would claim this item with enthusiasm. I was married in 1981 and still use the picnic hamper we were given as a wedding gift. Let’s ground ourselves in reality, shall we?

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  11. Several years ago I had the same dilemma. I inherited two beautiful picnic hampers from my grandparents and I have a lot of fond memories of eating from them on the roadside when traveling. Remember when there were picnic tables along the highways? I absolutely love these baskets and one of them still has the same original dishes in it. I use it for decoration mostly but I have taken it out for picnics. The smaller one I use for storing my beeswax tapers.

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  12. Our local public school system runs a thrift shop, called the Magic Hat. The parents at the various schools take turns staffing it and whichever school staffs it that month, gets the proceeds. To date they have raised over a million dollars. Things we deem too good for the swap shed or street pick up are donated to the Magic Hat. It's a win-win.

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  13. That is a pretty incredible set. Seeing that caused me to dig my Optima out of the closet. It's been under my care for at least 12 years, but has never actually been taken out on a picnic. Compared to your A&F, mine seems rather lower middle-class. I'm starting to think that Optima may no longer exist. They were one of the larger companies of their kind, but I can't find any information about their current status.

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