Here she is, Mrs Bennett. I first met Mrs Bennett about 14 years ago when I had my shop, Frog's Hollow Antiques and Curios, on Hawthorne Road...I loved my shop, and sometimes I do miss it....but I digress. Mrs Bennett, a great purposeful walker, used to often call in for a chat and a browse when she was returning from her days errands. Those of you who know me know...I am good at chatting and I loved sharing in the stories Mrs Bennett has to share of her family and life. She often purchased gifts for loved family members. But one day she purchased something for herself. It is the lovely dressing table, she is pictured with above, and further down.
At the time of purchasing the dressing table Mrs Bennett was in her late 70's and her family wondered why at this stage of her life she needed it. But she loved it and said she had always wanted one and she didn't care that she may not get to enjoy it as long as she would like. She would love it every day and she knew it would bring her joy. Well if you do the math you can see Mrs Bennett has had many years of enjoyment of her dressing table.
I called in on her the other day when I spied her in her garden. She grows beautiful roses and has a lovely green house. She does all the up keep herself. She is just such a lovely person, I can't begin to tell you.
Her husband's photo is on the left, you can just make it out. He passed away 43 years ago...
People always ask how I can part with the treasures we find. Well I love that I get to meet and be a part of the lives of people like Mrs Bennett and I like that so many customers buy things from me again and again. One lovely ebayer said to me the other day, except for the beds and white goods just about every bit of furniture in her house has come through us. Too funny but also very special.