Monday, June 8, 2009

Ypsilanti Historical Society Garage Sale a Success

The YHS had a great sale last Sat. Lots of folks were there when DD arrived (early!). I nabbed a 20s-30s-era old scale and found out it was made in Saginaw by the Morley Brothers, who got their start as builders of scales to weigh LOGS for Pete's sake, during the lumbering boom. Later they parlayed their little store into a hardware empire. I loved finding a Michigan-made artifact. The YHS will make good use of the funds to sustain their (your!) community resource.


Jen said...

Not the same Morley brothers as Morley's chocolate?

Probably not.

Glad to hear it was a success!

Dusty D said...

Jen: Yes, good catch--actually this was the same Morley Brothers! They manufactured giant timber scales, huge lumber chains, mill pistons, enormous flywheels, deadly iron pincers and pikes for wrasslin' timber, and petit fours.

Hey, when the burly shanty boys came out of the woods after a winter of lumberin', unshaven, filthy, scabbed, scratched, and a tad fragrant, they hungered for a taste of the finer things in life.


Jen said...

That is too cool. :)

Lisele said...

I scored a great aluminum teapot, laundry basket, puzzle, books, and a tiny filing box. But my big score from the NPNA sale was a huge clay jar that I'm going to use as an "olla" or passive waterer for my garden.

Dusty D said...

Lisele: Wow!--what a trove! Is the laundry basket one of those neat woven ones? I hope to get one of those someday.

The clay jar sounds very cool too. Neato.

We also visited some other Normal Park sales and got a floor lamp, a couple of good books, a copper kettle (I collect copper doodads), and a nice floor lamp which we needed. Fun day.

Lisele said...

Yes, a neat woven one like a couple others I have. I figure, if I'm going to be doing all the laundry (i only work part-time), then I may as well enjoy my tools.

I installed the olla today -- figured gray rainy weather was the perfect time. I sank it about 5" into the soil of a very dry raised bed. It certainly can't make this bed any worse and it might help!