My New Motto: Less is a Bore

Stained glass door, Fayetteville, Antiquing Clarksville. Barbara 184A friend called and wanted to go antiquing in Clarksville Saturday and work our way back to Morrilton. We had a late start. We didn’t get going until 8:30. So we went to Russellville first. We found a huge new flea market mall that has been there for over a year. We had passed it several times. It didn’t even have an antique or flea market sign. We went to threeClarks 1 in Russellville then off to Clarksville then back to Atkins. I found several small items china, pie servers, petit point purse, white oak basket, Department 56 Halloween stained glass plate, 2 metal iron stands, miniature  rocking chair, hand-painted glass shade, and some of those solar moving toys. I found a needlepoint pillow that says: Less is a Bore. I think that will be my new motto. My friend found a little china trinket box. He called it a fairling. I got it for 50 cents. I had to look it up. Figural fairings are small decorated nineteenth century hard-paste porcelain objects, largely figural groups andClarks 2 covered boxes. They were usually produced in England and Germany and sold at country fairs during the last half of he 1800’s. I saw 4  that was similar. One was $50,  one $65, $99, and $100.Neat to know. Oh, I found 2 cedar Rastus and Liza salt and pepper shakers. The names Rastus and Liza were often used in 19th and 20th century America as generic references to black men and women whose names one didn’t know, but often also to crudely stereotype blacks asStained glass door, Fayetteville, Antiquing Clarksville. Barbara 180 sexually-charged and simple-minded.  In popular language the connotations carried by the names, especially when used together, are overwhelmingly of black characters who are being satirized. Needless to say, in recent years such usage has not been considered “politically correct,” and there is now relatively limited use (apart from crude jokes) of the names, though references remain common in folk stories or folk histories of the 19th and early-to-mid 20th centuries.  It was a fun day.




About Jim Gatling

Artist: primitive watercolors, colored pencil. Quilter: Original designs, Scrap quilts. Craftsman: Woodburning, Recycling Teacher: Retired MHS, SHCS K-12 Part Time. Collector: Antiques, Quilts, Glass, Buttons, Petit Point, Needlepoint, Hankies, Figural Perfume Bottles. Son, Father, Grandfather, Neighbor, Friend.
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One Response to My New Motto: Less is a Bore

  1. Deb says:

    I need a Sign like that in my sewing room!

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