Monday, May 2, 2011

Introducing my new assistant!

Late last week I was browsing around on Craigslist, as I do occasionally.  I perused my usual sections, then decided to do a quick search of my favorite items, just for laughs.  I found something interesting, this time, and decided to call and check if she was still available.  Yep, she was!  Quick call to my dear husband...yep, we could do this!  And so, as a result of this, on Friday, I was able to add an assistant to my shop!  Everyone, please help me welcome Gracie...

Please excuse the not-so-good picture
it was taken at night, in my dark house!

Yep, that's right - I found this very nice dress form on Craigslist.  Her price was just right, and even though the ad had been up on CL for over a month at that point, she was still available because she was a "Girls" model, rather than adult size.  Hey, doesn't matter to me if she's child-sized!  She certainly works well enough for what I have in mind! 


I'd wanted a nice dress form to showcase my necklaces, both in photographs and at shows, even though I have necklace bust after necklace bust.  Sometimes a cool dress form adds the perfect finishing touch.  The new ones were out of my meager price range, so I decided to keep checking Craigslist and Ebay.  Those that showed up there were never quite what I was looking for.  I knew what I was looking for, too, but wouldn't be able to describe it unless I saw it, of course.  


So I kept looking.  And looking.  And looking.


I was especially going to keep my eyes open this year during our jaunts through the Brimfield Fair, the largest outdoor antiques fair in New England.  (I've talked about Brimfield a few times....*love* it!)  I felt sure I that this time I was going to find something that would please my eye and satisfy my husband's sense of....errrhmmm...fiscal responsibility.


Imagine my surprise when, two weeks before Brimfield, I find the perfect, ideal, couldn't be better solution on Craigslist!  She's nice and distressed, vintagey and well-loved.  She's completely functional, if I were indeed a dressmaker, and is perfect for my developing style!  To say I'm happy would be an understatement.


And so please watch for more of Gracie in the future.  I'm sure she's going to make the perfect assistant!

Have you ever found Something Perfect on Craigslist?  
Or at a yard sale or antiques show?  
Tell me your story!

6 comments:

Lorelei Eurto said...

So stinkin' jealous!!
I wish I could get lucky like this!

My Life Under the Bus said...

I have no luck on craigslist pffft! Things are either gone or the people ar WIERD - your a lucky gal - congrats!

Dee said...

no way...I've been looking for one of these things at a decent price forever...everyone keeps finding them except me!

Kristi Bowman said...

I LOVE Craigslist, I've gotten so many awesome things. My printer cabinet and drawers, shutters for my show display and most recently 2 mannequins!!! http://dreamsomedesigns.blogspot.com/2011/04/my-new-employees.html

I love your assistant, she has a girlish figure but I love what she's made of, that's cool!

Holly said...

@Lorelei - lucky indeed! I certainly wasn't expecting to find this girl ;)

@Patty - CL is a hit or miss for me. Hubby has more luck than I do. But, uhm, yeah, I getcha on the weird bit ;)

@Dee - Keep looking! I certainly wasn't expecting to find her! And I'll keep my eyes open and point people in the direction, should I see something!

@Kristi - I saw your mannequin post originally, and that's one of the things I was thinking of when I went to search this time! I'd all but given up on CL ;) She is a cool girl, I agree!

Kristen said...

Oh Gracie has a fine home and will sport the most gorgeous creations! I love your find!

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