I boiled water in it so when I give it to Goodwill, it will be clean inside and out. It even has a nice whistle when it hits the boiling point. A whistling tea kettle is one of my favorite sounds, since it means hot coffee or tea is a-comin'.
Next, I circled around the block to get a closer look at this little thing, which looked vaguely familiar:
It's a play refrigerator, made by Pottery Barn Kids (a label on the back confirmed it). It has a chrome handle and shuts with a satisfying "click."
Some little girl (I assume it was a girl, but who knows) personalized it with stickers and a magnet:
And a sweet bit of hand-drawn art:
I think I'll clean it up and give it to a young mother who just had her first girl. It'll be a while before her daughter will be playing Chef, but in the meantime, mom can use it as a small armoire to store baby things.
And last, I circled around the block to make sure I got this beauty:
Pao agrees with me: This thing is straight out of the '70s! It has a crazy base, ornately wrought with gold-painted shells and flowers:
It's huge! I'm thinking of offering it to a young, 20-something friend who wants to feather her nest with some vintage finds. If she's really bold, she may like it just the way it is.
I can also see it done more subtly, with a pewter or gray-painted base, and a drum shade in pale gray linen, or maybe flour sackcloth.
Found anything good in your neighborhood lately?