Saturday, May 14, 2011

♥ Serendipitous Find ♥

 I love to frequent antique barns, 
you know the ones that are jam packed 
full like a treasure trove from long ago.    
All those past treasures, usually evoke so many memories, 
sometimes with melancholy attached.    
I’m not one of those collectors who have 
100 clocks or 50 egg cups.  
I  consider myself to be  an emotional collector, one who discovers 
a serendipitous connection, where the unexpected find creates 
happiness and a feeling of being in the right place at right time.
I’ve  experienced moments of serendipity and I must tell you, 
it’s an amazing happening!  
Last year while visiting our local antique/craft 
barn I experienced one such out of the ordinary encounter.  
As my husband and I wondered through the museum-like barn, 
there on a shelf in front of me was a lovely vintage calendar.  
I was drawn to it and noticed  the date –  April, 1917.
The calendar was from a shop called Neill Shoe Store 
which use to be in the town where we now live.  
The picture they used caught my eye.  At first glance 
I thought it was of  Mary, as in Mary had a little lamb, 
but with closer inspection it proved to be Little Bo Peep. 
Now for the serendipitous part…
Although, it was Little Bo Peep,  the art picture for me screamed 
Mary had a little lamb at first glance.  My mom’s name is Mary.  
Her father had a pet name for her where he called her 
“Little Nell.”  
The name of the store, Neill Shoe Store. 
But what finally did it for me was my Mom’s date of birth.

Mary Helena {Nellie} Johnson was born on April 6th, 1917. 


  1. Wow! This was a truly inspired find, and what a lovely one that you will surely treasure! I'm believing that your Mom wanted you to know she was thinking of you! :-) This whole post made me smile, as I tend to shop and collect like you do, not for a certain item or a bunch of them, but rather for small things that call out to me and touch my heart. Happy hunting!

  2. I too love serendipity like that! I once picked up a volume on the first floor of a secondhand bookshop, held it to pay downstairs. On the ground floor another title caught my eye, then I discovered they had both been owned by the same person, who had written on the flyleaf. The subject matter of each was totally different, and there was no logical reason why I'd picked up both...

  3. I am always amazed and excited when serendipity shows up...Your book connection is also a bit of a mystery...I love it!

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