On Saturday we popped to Wellington (best medium sized town in the south west sayeth the town sign).
We had a mooch about the charity shops and found a little junkyard / reclamation yard off down a little alley way. I walked in to one of the corners of the large shed/out building and was stopped in my tracks by the sight of a laundry bin.
I realise it sounds rather odd to be affected so much by the sight of a laundry bin but this one was identical to the one in my parents house and that my mum had right up until her death in the nursing home. When she died it was amongst the items of furniture that we asked the nursing home if they could make use of (we obviously took all her personal stuff – there wasn’t much of this as most of it had been sorted and divided between the family when she left the family home to go in the nursing home).
I don’t know if it is the same one – there is a chance, the place we found it was only 12 miles away from the nursing home where my mother died. But the likelihood is that hundreds of these were made. They were made locally but hardly bespoke pieces. The one on Saturday was marked at £5. I dithered for a while – not over the cost, that was neither here nor there – but over, if I was buying it – why? And then I bought it. I don’t need it, there is a laundry bin in our bedroom and Flo has her own. But I knew if I left it I would be sorry.
So it is now in the hallway because it needs some work – cleaning and painting, it is in perfect condition otherwise. I need to decide what colour to paint it and then which bedroom it goes in and which one of our current laundry bins we send to the charity shop.
Here it is – the colours are pretty ghastly but my mother lived with the colour for over 40 years so…
What colour I paint it depends very much on which room it goes in. Another thing to add to the list of things I want to paint/revamp. The list is getting rather long but now the weather seems to be improving getting some painting done outside (there really isn’t the space inside) is looking more likely.
What nostalgic purchases have any of you made – I would love to hear some stories.