Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Rusty and faded
Do you ever feel rusted, faded and worn? I guess I am feeling that about now. WHY?
Business is slow here at the store. We have a few lookers coming by but not many serious
buyers. Not many lately, not like a couple of years ago. The downtown Courthouse Square is empty where people months ago were honking and pushing to get one of the few parking spaces.
We get up each morning and prepare in the same way for the opening each day at the store.
Then we get here and wait. Those who come in are usually travelers and are older and not really looking for something to buy but only out for entertainment and antiquing has become a big form of entertainment.
I have talked to a friend who sells on eBay and her business is hurting also.
The old print below is an example of my faded and rusted theme. It is puckered and torn and still one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. Many have told me, "You could have that fixed." and I just grin and say " really?" I don't want it "Fixed". I like it just like it is. I like it damaged. And I like it worn and faded. It is perfect as it is to me.
At least God does not throw us out when we become damaged, worn or hurt. Through His grace we can be made whole again.
The old faded portrait at right is done on tin.
We have 2 of these portraits of men and they were called Jesse and Frank James by the auctioneer who sold them. Who knows who they really are or were, but at this late date it does not really matter. "They" were lost,
but now they are found again. I treasure them.
When someone comes up to the counter and asks me, "Is the best price on this since it is damaged?"
I have to smile again. If it were perfect, how much would it be worth to them?
Probably the same price as it is damaged. The price that is on an item here reflects that damage.
Below is a faded oil painting of a boy with lamb. Is it perfect? No. Is it new? Not at all.
Is it beautiful and haunting? Yes very much so.
This economy has seriously hurt our small towns. If you can shop once a month with a small independent store owner it could save that business.
I am not whining but stating first hand how serious the economy is for us. At this time we are blessed to have other income and unlike many others do not depend on this to live. But there are many who do. Consider shopping with them when you are out and even a small sale can help keep these businesses going another month. Small businesses, which used to be the main type employer in the US are going away because of the bad economy.
A lady come in earlier who was trying to sell some family items to live on until she got a first check working as a waitress at her new job.
She was in her 50's, attractive and well dressed, and a casualty of Hurricane Ike, 2 years ago. She lived near the Gulf Coast then and lost everything including home and job.
For 2 years she has been on a special type unemployment income for people displaced from IKE and it ends this month. She has looked for almost the entire time for a job locally. She kept thinking she could go back home but now knows she won't. She worked as a manager of an apartment complex and lived there also since her divorce a few years ago.
It hurt me to see her so reduced to having to sell family things. And to think of a woman a little younger than myself having to work as a waitress, the only job she could find. $ 4.50 an hour and tips.
While we were talking, a customer came in who has been in many times and today was checking again on dimensions for a gentleman's chest/armoir I have. She overheard our conversation and offered her a job working for her home health agency. It was all worked out and she starts this weekend. Was it a miracle? We will wait and see. It is a hard job for her age, and starting over in something she knows nothing about.
But God directed her steps here and the owner of the business to be here at the same time. I do not believe this is a coincidence but that God directs our ways.
The lady decided before leaving that she could work as a waitress and work as the home health worker on weekends and maybe make nearly what she had been getting in unemployment benefits. But she wanted and needed to work. She was not afraid of work.
She was happy for this opportunity. I was happy for her. She still has her family items of jewelry in her little bag and maybe will not have to part with them YET. I pray not.
And was this today maybe a warning to me, that there except for the grace of God,