There is an old Italian saying about the new year. “Quello che fai il primo dell’anno, farai tutto l’anno”, which means “Whatever you do the first of the new year, you will do throughout the year”.
And so we started the new year by going to an estate sale in Devon, PA. I love estate sales. I love browsing, searching for old things and discovering new uses and as I go from room to room I can’t help but wonder about its owners. There is a piano in the corner by the fireplace. They must have had lots of parties playing music and sitting by the warmth of the fireplace or at the bar. I go to the second floor and enter what looks to be a library. I notice books on travel, law and music. That makes sense. There are many items that I am sure were purchased during their many trips overseas. I spot several books on Italian language, one was the Divine Comedy which I immediately picked up. I had studied the Inferno while I was in high school but never read the Purgatorio nor the Paradiso. It’s time for me to read them, I thought.
One of the smaller bedroom had a tapestry depicting Dante meeting his muse, Beatrice. It was very large and not in very good condition. What would I do with it? I wish I knew how to restore it. So I passed on the tapestry but got some old books. Stay tuned for more estate sales findings as I am sure there will be much more to share with you!