Kind of reminds me of an old Saturday Night Live skit with Steve Martin and Bill Murray - which is an entirely other kind of vintage thingie, but that's not why we're here today. But ----
Just what the heck is that thing?
Well, I'll tell you what I know.
It belonged to my grandparents and they always had it on a bookcase they had in their living room. All the grandkids always wanted to play with it, but it was fragile and Grandma wouldn't let us look at it without her supervision.
I loved to imagine it was a crystal ball telling me all sorts of secrets. I was also a rock collector when I was in elementary school so this was doubly fascinating.
I wish I knew where they picked it up. I wish I knew when they got it, but they always had it for as long as I could remember.
When my grandparents passed away - within a month of each other - all the grandkids got to pick out something especially meaningful to each one of us. My one cousin took this giant jack (like the game jacks) that was a bookend. Another cousin took a book of fairytales. I can't remember what everybody else took, but I took this. (Don't worry, I picked up a few other treasures too.)
What it is is a little wooden coaster like thing filled with lovely rocks. Each rock has a number on it that corresponded with a paper on the bottom of it that told you the name of each rock. The paper is long gone as you can see. The top is a magnifying glass to show each rock in detail.
Why did I pick this? I wish I knew exactly what triggered that connection to my grandparents. Maybe I knew how much it meant to Grandma and Grandpa. Maybe I just liked the color. Maybe it reminded me of my rock collection from my childhood. Whatever the reason, it now lives at Sweet Bee Cottage where I treasure it, but I've never talked to Baby Bee about why it's in our library. I think I have a story to tell her tonight.
Thanks for stopping in and visiting my little Vintage Thingie. I hope you have a chance to go by Suzanne's Vintage Thingie Thursday little party at her blog, Colorado Lady, to see the other vintage treasures.
I hope to hear some of your stories too.