As I turned the corner my eyes landed on that amazing antique weathervane and it was love at first sight. I've always had a thing for them, old copper weathervanes. My preference would be one with a horse or rooster, but truth is, I like them all. For years I've wanted one but they've always been out of my reach, cost wise, and this one? Located on top of a cupboard, I had to ask one of the sales people to get it down so we could find the price and I had my fingers, toes and maybe even my eyeballs crossed in hopes that this one would be in my price range. It took two people, one to steady the ladder and one to handle the weathervane. It was large, the stand was at least 40" tall, and one of the feet on the base was broken, but wow...what a beauty. Once down where I could reach, I quickly leaned over to turn the tag and sure enough...my heart sank. There was no way I could pay that.
I frequent that antique shop often and a year went by as that GORGEOUS piece remained on top of a cupboard, until one day as I rounded the corner and looked up to dream about it again...it was gone. My heart did sink a bit and I quickly began thinking how they are all so expensive, it was amazing, so I should have bitten the bullet and gotten it...but I quickly came back to the reality that it wasn't meant to be mine.
In a close by city there is another antique shop that I go to quite often and the next time I was there guess what I saw? Yep! That amazing piece was sitting on top of a table in one of the booths. I know it was the same one because you just don't find them like this very often, the base has the same broken piece off one of the legs and the price...still the same.
A good six months had passed and it remained on the table top of this booth but one day while there I noticed the vendor tending her booth, so I told her my story and she remembered being called with an offer a l-o-n-g time back and then she said that he's make me a deal if I was still interested. Well, of course! I asked her what it would be and guess what? It was still not within my budget, so I thanked her for being kind enough to come down in price, we continued to chat a while, and then I went on my way.
Fast forward another six months or so and while at this shop with a friend and we found ourselves in this same booth and this piece was still sitting on the table top, so I began sharing the story about me seeing this at another shop a l-o-n-g time ago and how it's been in this shop now for a l-o-n-g time and I met the vendor and she came down a bit but it was still high for me .... and that's when I noticed something amazing out of the corner of my eye lying on a bench covered with quilts ... an old copper horse that used to be part of a weathervane! And guess what? It was ONLY $25...yippeeeeee!
Once home I laid out a towel on the kitchen counter, reached for my copper cleaner and got busy polishing.
Here she is with some spring flowers and birds added to my vent hood in the kitchen.
Isn't she lovely!
I am so glad I waited and kept searching...it paid off big time!
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