I have a creepy, weird love for rummaging through old, dusty belongings found at estate sales. I spent hours at this particular one held at a mid century rambler in Buckhead [in Atlanta], patiently holding out for the discounts that began at 2pm. I scoured cupboards, drawers, closets and some unsavory parts of a basement. It was all so fascinating. You really get a glimpse into a person's life by what they choose to hold onto. I love figuring out their story through the objects I find.
My most coveted discovery was this little giraffe stuffed animal. He's known as an 'autograph toy' and is quite old [Bantam US Toys from New York, dated 1940]. His tag reads, "I'll stay with you for many years and give you lots of laughs. If, on me, you will have your friends write quips and autographs." I snatched him up so fast, and proceeded to walk around the home with my giraffe friend in tow. The owner of this guy had all the people in their life sign and date him [mostly in 1942]. I imagine toys were hard to come by during World War II, so this giraffe must have been pretty special to the little boy [an assumption made based on some of the things written on the toy]. I'm really trying to avoid hoarding too much right now, since I'm just a week away from switching over to the studio, but I had to take a few things home, because how could I not?