Friday, January 8, 2010

INHERITED FAMILY

You would think growing up in a large Italian family, I wouldn't need any more relatives! Wrong! I fell in love with garage/tag sales when I was young. The entire street brought items over every summer to our garage and I was hooked. In the 1980's, I started "junking" at garage/tag sales. I think I paid about 10 cents for a bunch of pictures. These pictures below were pulled from a great grandmother's trunk. Voila, I inherited family members. I enter day dream mode, wondering who these people are and why family members sold them off. And yet another reason I scrap and work in mixed media art. To save my family memories. I tell the kids, do not, under any circumstance, trash my work or sell it at a garage/tag sale. Raise these kids right, I say!


Growing up in the South, we say "garage sale." Living in New England, it's called "tag sale." Regardless, like the bumper sticker says, "I Brake For Garage Sales."
Have a blessed day.
Elaine

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why, oh why would anyone give away these dashingly handsome men? - SBQ

Anonymous said...

btw Elaine - I love your blog music! -SBQ

Lora Oliver said...

These are gorgeous! I love old photos. I once found a wedding portrait set at a thrift store. Two 8x10s, one of him, one of her, in those gorgeous, almost pastel like painted techniques of the 40's/50's. I wanted it SO bad, but couldn't figure out how to take it on the plane home safely. I call them garage sales too.

mandysea said...

They are garage sales here in OZ (never hard of tag sales before - thats a newie!) I have to agree...why would anyone sell these handsome gentlemen?? MAYBE it was thwarted love!!! oooh the stories true and fable!!

You've just brought them to life!

Lean said...

So thats how you are getting some family..hihihi easy .This must work here to.
like the things you made all ready.
have fun with.....all your family,Lean.

Cazzy said...

I wonder if the relatives no longer know who these ancestors are and that is why they got rid, I know recently when my husband's aunt died in the house where she lived with his granny I found loads of photos and I have an enveloped stuffed full of them and some films and slides but we don't know who most of the people are, we will be asking Hubby's mum if she knows.
Cazzy x

courtney said...

We call them either garage or yard sales. I've never heard of a tag sale before. Learn something new every day!
I don't know why anyone would get rid of pictures of ancestors as handsome as these men. Even if I didn't know who they were, I'd frame them and when someone asked who they were, I'd say, "Some relatives of mine....aren't they gorgeous?"
That's just me.....

Darlene said...

Enjoyed reading your story about collecting relatives.