A Few Of My Favorite Things - Part 1


   I’ve seen a few really cool things these days. Since we’ve done some more serious topics, I think we need to do something fun. I’m going to talk about some of my favorite things that I’ve sold so far.

    I’ve gone through my sold merchandice, and picked seven things that I really liked, and I’m going to tell you a bit about those items and why I liked them so much.

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    Chancay Dolls. I had two of them, and out of everything I’ve sold, they are the only sale that I regret. Deeply in my soul, I regret not keeping them. They’re hard to come by at a good price, because some sellers think they have something that they actually don’t. Chancay burial dolls are a beautiful form of folk art from Peru. These dolls are made in the fashion of burial dolls found in ancient tombs from the Chancay civilization. These dolls are made in the same style, with ancient fabrics. I liked them because each doll is different, they weren’t mass produced in a factory, each one handmade by an artisan to bring new life into into the old art of their ancestors. 

    These are not the same as real burial dolls. The key difference, is in the face. An ancient burial doll will have a face that was actually woven into the fabric, made specifically for that doll. The revival dolls have embroidered faces. Don’t be surprised to see people selling these as actual ancient artifacts. Rest assured, if I ever get another one or two, I’ll be keeping them.

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    Vermont Tubbs Canoe Seat. I love a big statement piece, and I was a little disappointed that this one didn’t stick around very long. It was made of bent wood, strung together with rawhide strips that had been heavily shellacked. It was made to fold down, and was meant to sit inside a canoe, it was easily portable. I bought this one on a hunch, I hadn’t done any research, had no idea about the company, I just had a good feeling.

    Big pieces are a harder sell online, the cost of shipping scares some people away, but someone in California saw the same thing in it that I did. I was planning to incorporate it into my Christmas decor that year, but I didn’t get to hold onto it for that long. This one is a good example of a good item selling itself.

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    Greyhound Racing Mask. Let me give you some background on this piece, The first recorded race of greyhounds was in England in 1876. The first professional dog track was opened in America in 1919. It maintained its popularity up until the 1960’s when it started to fall out of favor. Dog racing is now illegal in 46 out of 50 U.S. states. 

    Now, lets talk abut the mask. In order to protect the dog’s face, they wore metal wire masks that affixed onto the collar. This was for several reasons, the main two being so that the dogs didn’t injure their faces, and in the event of a fight, the dogs didn’t hurt each other. 

    Dog racing in America has a sordid past, and as we all know, history isn’t always beautiful. It is our responsibility to preserve this history, wether we find it pleasant or not. That’s why I liked the racing ask. It was part of our country’s history, even though the situation associated with it wasn’t always a happy one. To hold your country’s history in your two hands is a very humbling experience.


    Mystery Necklace. I say mystery necklace because I am not sure what its made of. Or really what the stone was. All I have are suspicions. My first suspicion is what the necklace is actually made of. It was some kind of non-ferrous metal, meaning its not iron based, because it wouldn’t stick to a magnet. I suspect it was made of pewter, and I am basing that entirely on the color and weight of the metal, and nothing else. The stone was less of a mystery, it was just yellow stone, and I asked a colleague who knows more about rocks than me, she said it was most likely agate, but I really don’t know, but I trust her opinion so agate it most likely was. 

    It was one of those items that just jumped out at me, I saw it out of the corner of my eye, and it was just a pretty little thing. The pendant had small bells hanging off the end, just to give a but of jingle. It reminded me of something a gypsy might wear, and I think thats why it jumped out at me.

    I figured this would be a longer one, so I’m splitting it into two parts. Next week I’ll talk about the last three items.

Brooke Gilbert