Monday, August 17, 2015

Living with DPS, part three

If you've read about our cottage here, then you know a lot about our neighborhood, as well as my ability to research. What I left out of that report is that the neighborhood folks are older than average.

Way older.

Consequently, there are a lot of estate sales and yard sales in this neighborhood, as folks are anxious to get rid of mom's/grandma's/old Uncle Danny's stuff now that mom/grandma/old Uncle Danny has moved to a facility/moved in with a relative/moved on to the Great Unknown.

And I will apologize for the photos...old house = tiny rooms = not a lot of natural light.  We do the best we can with what we have here at Brandywine, folks.

This little desk is the perfect example of the kind of items I buy for Brandywine. (And I feel I need to add that for every item I bring home...something else leaves. That's the life of someone who has collected for over 45 years.  Otherwise I'm just another episode of Hoarders, cats included.)

Recently, a sale was held at the home of Dr. Maya Angelou. She lived down the street and around the corner from me, and I thought it would be nice to have a little something from her estate.

Oh Lawd.

I knew it was going to be incredibly crowded, so I decided to go very close to the end of the day. First, finding a place to park was nigh impossible.  Let's just say I got all my steps in for the day. Then, I waited in a line for about a week forty minutes just to get in, which meant I had only about 20 minutes to peruse what was left.  Fortunately, Dr. Angelou owned several rooms of books, and I was able to score some.

One of the books had a section authored by her,

all had her bookplate,

two were inscribed to her, and

all of them had the British connection!  So despite having to wait for what seemed to be forever, I was happy with my score.


Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

oh WOW!!!! now you know i think that is awesome! i was so bummed to never get to take a class with her at wake.

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Wow, pretty impressive. I knew you lived in a nice area, but didn't realize you had such famous neighbors!

Andrea said...

That is so cool!

Junkchiccottage said...

Very cool. Wow to own a few of her books is awesome.

Rose L said...

Wow! I do love Maya Angelou poetry.

Art and Sand said...

How awesome for a reader like you!

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

That is awesome, Kirby...books are so personal, I think. Love that little desk. :)
xo Heidi

karen@somewhatquirky said...

I can't believe you hadn't dropped that name before! That she lived around the corner from you. I don't hero many people, but she was pretty much a hero of mine. Great scores on the books btw.

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Very cool, my friend. Very cool! Makes me want to collect a little dps for my very own home!

:) Linda

queenopearls said...

Kirby SCORES!! :) Love the desk and the books. Sweet!
I was laughing after I got a call from the husband of one of my dead sisters who wanted to bring over some DPS stuff. I kept thinking of your "DPS". :)
Being in the Tampa Bay area... I get the age demographic. There is a saying that Florida is "God's waiting room".
~ Christina

Good Time Charlie said...

I would have been all over dropping that name in as many posts as I could. You are so cool to just NOW bring it up that she lived that close to you. How cool to have objects that were hers and lived in her home. Now you have some Mayou with you, and especially in her books. What treasures!

Bliss said...

Even I know that name!

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