Just when I’d given up looking…
I used half my tax return to buy myself a new toy – a Canon EOS 1000D – my first digital SLR. I love and adore it and I took 500 photos in the first 24 hours I had it, 8 of which were spent sleeping and 4 of which were spent waiting for the battery to charge. It’s dreamy.
For a miniature photo tour yesterday, I went back to my hometown of Mason. On a whim, I went into Kean’s Dime Store, the place we always went to buy greeting cards and Hallmark whatnots. It had an assortment of toys, lots of candy and a bunch of kitschy displays. I didn’t imagine much in there would be interesting…
Was I ever surprised to find not only quilting fabric, BUT BOLTS OF MODA, Anna Maria Horner and Amy Butler. Holy smokes! I did a literal double-take as I meandered past a rack of French General Rouenneries.
I turned around and was speechless at this:
All that online searching and shipping expense and wondering what fabrics would really look like, and so much of it is right here in my back yard. In a store in my old hometown. A store into which I have not been since high school!
What’s more, the fabric lady said, “Oh, we’re almost completely wiped out of Moda right now, due to the sale we just had.” Are you kidding me? Have I ascended?
While I don’t recall the fabric having been there, I do remember these things:
The old-fashioned candy counter:
This old sign on the basement stairs:
And various displays of knick-knacks:
It was the same place, but so very different.
It was a good day, yesterday. Wandering around Mason and through the store was a fantastic trip down memory lane and may have reignited my slightly-dormant quilting bug. There’s a scarf to finish, and Dad & Janet’s quilt to bind, but we’ll see what happens after that.