Monday, May 11, 2009

Meant to be

Do you ever wonder about the one that got away? Regret what you hadn't gotten? This weekend through sheer happenstance, I was reunited with "the one that got away".

It started two years ago on a trip into town, I had stopped at a garage sale expecting to find the typical garage sale fare and instead bumped into the most beautiful, amazing.....wooden bowl I had ever seen. Of course wooden bowl, what did you think I was going to say? Now this was no ordinary wooden bowl, it was big, bold, well-used and it had history. I talked to its owner who told me that he had purchased an old cabin on a lake out in the country (which turned out to be just a few short miles from me). The cabin had been left untouched and unsearched until they had purchased the property and when they opened it up, they found it as it had been left years and years ago. The furniture, books, linens, everything was there, including the bowl. It was obviously well-used and I couldn't help but wonder how many loaves of bread it had prepared and who had the pleasure of owning it.

I listened as the man told the story, trying not to let on just how badly I wanted that bowl and was just about to offer him all the money in my wallet when he told me his selling price and it was very clear he wouldn't take a penny less. Alas, I was $7. short and left the garage sale empty-handed.

Every time I have driven past that road during the following two years I thought about that bowl.

This Friday, my hubby and I decided to go garage sale-ing and though we hadn't planned to be in that neck of the woods, we ended up in that old neighborhood. There at the end of the road was a garage sale sign. No, it couldn't be, could it? We drove on and as we neared the place, my heart began to thump a bit...it's the same house! The house of my lost bowl! We parked and walked up and as I neared the tables I saw it. THE BOWL WAS STILL THERE! As if it were waiting for me! This time it was mine. All mine. I guess it was meant to be.

My bowl, holding two eggs. Isn't she a beauty?

13 comments:

Sue said...

That's a brillliant story and I'm so excited for you that you got the bowl! It really is the loveliest thing :-)

primdollie said...

wow I love the story but most of all am happy you actually got the bowl!! wow and yes it is a beauty!! I love wooden bowls but I always find them at antique stores for outrageous prices so have yet to be lucky enough to get one!! enjoy yours you were meant to have it!! hugs Linda

Sonia said...

Aww Lisa, what a beautiful story with such a happy ending ! :D You must have been so sad the first time when you couldn't get it, and you must have been so super excited to see it again & to be able to get it *this time* !!
She is indeed a true, natural beauty, and with so much to say ... if only bowls could speak ....
xoxoxoxo

Lisa at Lil Fish Studios said...

Sue - thank you! I'm so thrilled to have it. I'm a collector of bowls and had decided that I would only purchase a new one if it were really special and this one completely fit the bill.

Linda - compared to antique stores, this was a steal. The owner refused to sell it to an antique dealer, which is why it was still there after two years. When I explained that I collect them and use them in my photography, they were thrilled. Totally meant to be.

Sonia- thank you!! I was sooo excited. I couldn't believe it was still there. It's so big and such a rare piece. sigh I love it. It has a hole in the rim where they used to hang it and nicks and scrapes from use, which is my favorite thing. The bowls I treasure most in my collection are those that earned their patina. (I like that quality in people too) xoxo

Jackie said...

I want to touch it, I can almost feel its smoothness.

Brittany Noel said...

Lisa, this is such a beautiful bowl. I can't believe it was still there, at the same house! So meant to be. Your eggs look wonderful in it :)

Mrs.Kwitty said...

Wow--I got chills from your story--I guess you two were meant to be together! It's fantastic and it now has the perfect new home.
Smiles, Karen

Roseanna said...

An absolute treasure, it was meant to be!

silver.work said...

ooooohhhh . . . gotta hit more garage sales!
What a fabulous find

Rhymes With Magic said...

Gosh, I wish I'd been able to see the rest of the cabin. I bet it had the most wonderful things inside... - Heather

Lisa at Lil Fish Studios said...

Thank you so much, everyone! It was a really lucky find.

Heather- I'm with you! To be able to dig through that cabin would have been sooooo fun.

Molly said...

OMG! Meant to be - I'll say! WOW! I think you like bowls as much as I do... And OMG- that one is gorgeous (and ALL YOURS!) Congrats on a fabulous love story :)
mb

FunkyArtGirl said...

OMG! That is an incredible story...talk about fate! What a treasure just for this story alone :) That is just perfect.

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