My sister-in-law, Stephanie, comes from a big Greek family and over the past 20 + years that we have known each other, she has shared many stories with me of the food, the celebrations and the love for her family – especially the love for her wonderful father, Mike, or as known by her kids as “Papou”. Mike was a wonderful man that lived a great life and was the center of Stephanie’s universe. This marvelous man passed away a few months ago at the grand age of 86, and while he is no longer present in this world, his love for family, cooking and collecting “junk” will definitely be passed down to everyone that knew and loved him for generations to come.
I was honored when Steph asked me to fly to New Hampshire with her to go through her father’s collection of what others would call “junk” but what I call a “cornucopia of absolute wonderfulness”!
I should have known I was in trouble when my SIL had to shovel the snow out of the truck before we could head to the building! That was a whole new level of cold for this born and bred southern girl. NH weather ain’t no joke!
I was in awe when I walked into the building that held his possessions. This man knew something good when he saw it and when he saw it he took it with him to add to his collection.
One of the first things that caught my eye were these huge trunks. We opened one that held Steph’s father’s mementos from the military and his high school days. It was priceless!
As we moved throughout the building we came upon items from the past that we no longer use today but the beauty of them is still present.
The wood stove pictured below is a piece of art in itself.
The rust, patina and dust that covered it made it even more beautiful.
Steph and I fell in love with this stove. I can just imagine the meals cooked on this stove for a hungry family.
They don’t make appliances like this anymore.
These antique hand screw wood clamps are something you don’t see every day.
We also came across an ice chest…or box…or trunk. Either way, it was way cool!
I also found plenty of broken items like these chair backs that I know I can make into something great. What some see as trash – I see as treasure.
I get so excited when I see the original tags and paperwork with an older piece. It just makes it even more unique.
Steph and I spent 9 hours rummaging through her father’s compilation of decades of long lost memories of yesteryear. It was a true honor and privilege to get the opportunity to pick items that I will be able to re-purpose into something new for other people to enjoy in their home for years to come.