Well, if I haven't mentioned before, I LOVE Ebay. Yes, it's quite true. I have found some most delightful treasures that otherwise would have slipped into someone else's hand. When my shop was open and I had a twee-bit of extra cash, I'd peruse.. browse my most favorite search words.. crafts, trims, antique paper, paper dolls, skeleton keys, linens, vintage, antique, toile, and the list goes on and on.. I had the shear delight of winning the bid on a vintage jewelry box FILLED with vintage and antique pieces.. some junk, some most definitely not. (At least not to me..) Each piece was wrapped individually and it took my mother and I quite a while to get through the entire box. It was like Christmas in July! The treasures just kept unfolding..
My most favorite find, and probably my most treasured, is a paper doll set from 1894. Her name is Sweet Abigail (Yes, my first name is actually Abigail) and she is absolutely gorgeous! I bid high on her in the last few seconds so nobody could snag her on me. She arrived in the mail just days later, in the original box with all of her outfits and hats intact. Lovely, rich ink colors, no unwanted folds and just perfect!! The most surprising thing that actually took my breathe away and I came very close to crying was her date of patent. Not only was it the year, 1894, but the day. February 20th. MY BIRTHDAY!!!! With my passion for antique paper, and the other similarities (I have slightly longer than shoulder length, wavy, blond hair) as far as I'm concerned she was, by far, the most amazing thing I have ever seen. I am going to make her into a new paper doll set for my shop when time allows (and Rhonda, you get the first one!) Her outfits are fabulous and full of wonderful Victorian Charm. Fancy and frilled, Sweet Abigail was most definitely, a young ladies doll.
So, when you are looking for that special gift, treasure, one of kind, and can't always get out of the house.. perhaps browse Ebay or some of the other websites out there. You never know when you might find that perfect missing piece! Has anyone else found something 'just too good to be true'?