We've all heard that story from a friend of a friend who found that amazing item on the side of the road.
And then for days afterwards you spend rubbernecking to try to find your own sweet find, but never find anything that can compare.
(rub·ber·neck (rbr-nk) Slang
intr.v. rub·ber·necked, rub·ber·neck·ing, rub·ber·necks
To look about or survey with unsophisticated wonderment or curiosity.
However my kind of rubbernecking is usually fast paced 180 degree head jolts in a speeding car, when a pile of branches, rotting doors, seatless computer chairs, and broken down whitegoods are piled up on the side of the road.
I've downpatted my scanning to under a second as I have no control of the car as I'm never driving, and no one ever has the patience or interest in fossicking through interesting piles of legal litter. (Well illegal to go through but pft)
The only things I've ever picked up off the side of the road are my bedside tables (Timber laminex, very 70's) And years ago, when I was in a share house with a friend, we went and spent the night collecting bits from all over Richmond and built a loungeroom in our carport, including lamps, rugs, tables, telephones, waffle machines? guitars, couches, oh the list goes on. Amazing fun.
Here's a really clear photo.
Anyway, I've lost my train of thought. Ummm
Yeah, so this friend of a friend who found this amazing item on the side of the road.
About a month ago my boss calls me with this smug tone in her voice. And she wasn't even calling me in 'free time' so I knew something was up.
"Trish, guess what I picked up on the side of the road?"
I didn't want to know. I really didn't.
No... I did.
"One of those circular bar things!"
"Not a Kartell?"
"I don't know I didn't look at it properly"
"It's a Kartell" (The tone in my voice is currently very 'Daria')
My boss started to laugh at the success of how jealous she had just made me.
(We have jealousy wars. Whoever can make the other the most jealous that day has the best day. A very bitchy and hurtful game.... unless you win. The time I got a large Murano vase was a highpoint in my life)
She collects to sell to collectibles stores, so I knew that's where it'd go.
I had brought in a safari suit and kaftan to sell to her to hire out for the shop, and asked if I could buy the Kartell from her for whatever cost the collectibles stores offered her, so instead (Something that hadn't even crossed my mind dah) we did a swap! Kartell for clothes.
I'm a very happy girl, and even though it wasn't me personally who had that heart stopping moment when I found something other than a massive broken TV set on the side of a road, I still had the heart stopping moment when my boss did, and again when I got it as MINE!
I've always wanted to own something by Kartell. Although it's not the most valuable collectible in the world, it's still something I've desired for a while now.
Next thing on my list is a Whitefriars drunken bricklayer vase. It may take me a lifetime but I will one day own one!
Here's my little plastic bundle of joy.
Also, check out the new lounge suite I'm getting! I got an add on Facebook from a girl I used to go to highschool with who got given this LOVELY suite, and lucky for me it's not her style, she knew I liked all the retro stuff so asked if I'd be interested!
And I'm getting the little matching magazine rack next to it too!
Where I'm going to put it in my chockablock house is yet to be decided. But it will fit!
I wish I didn't have such a love for furniture.
Goodnight, and happy rubbernecking :)
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