I’ll admit it: I love an inspirational phrase. I’m one of those people who clicks “like” when I see one on Facebook and I’ve even been know to share them on my social media channels. Some of my best inspirational phrases, however, have been found offline—at flea markets.
Over the years, I’ve found framed quotations, books of wisdom and handwritten notes, all of which spoke to me in some way. When I was at my local NYC market this past weekend, I stopped in my tracks when I saw this one, hanging on the wall of my friend Tanya’s booth. Its powerful message is one I need to remember, since it is always true for me—even if I lose sight of it once and awhile.
Tanya was positively tickled that I gravitated towards it. I admired not just the words, but the font, the frame and the finish (Mother of Pearl letters on an ebony mirrored background). Tanya comes from my hometown area in Pennsylvania and she often find things that speak to me, just as this one literally did.
She shared with me that the sign had been covered with decades of dirt until the day before. It was found in the attic of an old house not far from my hometown—and it was probably stored there since long before I was born. Tanya cleaned it and brought it to the city in search of a new home. When I laid eyes on it, I knew that home would be mine.
I brought the framed phrase back to my apartment and hung it on the wall of my meditation room. It now hangs near a statue that also came from an estate near my hometown and around several other things like a lamp that belonged to my Grandmother and a chair that belonged to a dear friend of mine. It looks like it’s always been there, and it is just what I need to see first thing in the morning.
I love that I find so many things here in NYC that once took up residence in my home state. I believe that things find you when you need them. I also know after working on estates and auctions that possessions outlive us. In fact, objects often have many lives.
I’m grateful Tanya found this sign, and cleaned it up and brought it to NYC. It will live with me for a time and I’ll care for it, until one day it moves on to someone else.
The Journey Of Objects: Flea Market Wisdom...Passing along tangible pieces of history and preserving beautiful things for future generations interests me greatly. I’m the very happy recipient of a framed phrase that surely inspired many before me. I’ll do my part to ensure it goes on to inspire others.