Owning a shop, particularly a vintage shop, is an interesting thing. I have all sorts of conversations in the course of a day.
Another cool thing: sometimes I get letters and packages from people who have been in the shop or who have come across it on line.
A few months ago a wonderful (and wonderfully talkative) elderly lady came into the store and randomly started telling me about persimmon pudding. She told me how she likes to pick the wild sour persimmons and how they make the best pudding.
Then, a few days ago, out of the blue I received this in the mail:
It’s the persimmon pudding recipe, used for “over 50 years”!
Once a customer came in and asked if I had any old buttons. I do have a box of them, mostly ones I’ve removed from clothing that could not be salvaged. Turns out she was absolutely passionate about buttons: collecting, displaying, learning about and sharing her knowledge of them. She was actually on her way to a button convention when she made a detour in Micanopy.
Some time after her visit, I received this:
Three gorgeous vintage Bakelite buttons and a sweet note.
Another time I unexpectedly received this box:
Inside were some vintage aprons, gloves, scarves and this lovely painted clutch bag, all sent anonymously.
One day last year the mail carrier brought a box with two pairs of infant shoes inside, one pink, the other blue. It came with a note that only said “I found you on the web pages.”
One of my more surprising envelopes contained only a pair of vintage silk thigh high stockings but no note:
Unexpected mail is the best kind, especially when it contains unexpected treasures.