Jones Trading Post
ones Trading Post is an antique shop that's almost the perfect balance between kitsch and good finds. Unless kitsch for you is a good find - well then it's perfect. At the moment I don't have a house otherwise I might've come back with a couple more items than I did, which is probably just as well. I did, however, get a mirror. Which I almost didn't get. I thought I love this mirror but should I get it? So I walked away. Then I came back. I wondered all over again. I walked away again without the mirror. What made me finally decide to purchase it was seeing a similar-sized brand new mirror elsewhere for about four times the amount and I didn't like it even a wee little bit.
This is not the mirror.
These cards were great but I couldn't think of what I'd do with them if I had them.
When I was seventeen someone gave me a handbook of sorts filled with little quips and rules for a happy life, most likely 101 of them. The only thing I remember from it was the admonishment "you don't have to own everything you love". It went on to describe the freedom that comes from relishing things as you experience them without seeking to purchase them, immediately or in future. It has always stuck with me, usually for the good, but sometimes painfully so, either because of leaving behind something I loved or because of buying something I should have left behind.
I think that's one of the things I love about photos. They remind you of the beauty you've encountered and left behind in your life without the upkeep and concern that ownership demands. In the case of places and things anyway.
Even so, I wonder if there's something cool I could've done with this old sheet music if they were mine instead of letting them beribbon all on their own at Jones Trading Post.