And, if you live in Maine (and possibly New Hampshire) you are quite familiar with the sing-song-slogan for Marden’s stores.
A couple of days ago, I was sent an email with images attached, asking if I would be interested in a small collection of corkscrews. After going through the photos, I did see a couple that did interest me. So, we arranged a phone call, and struck a deal.
With the two of us being in relative proximity, the plan we came up with, went something like this.
The seller would take the two corkscrews and put them in a package with my name on it, in a bowl, on a shelf, in a case, at Cliff’s Antique Market, in Scarborough Maine. I would then hop on the boat, hop in the car, and drive a couple hours to Scarborough, and then get someone (presumably Cliff) from behind the desk to retrieve the package with my name on it, from the bowl, from the shelf, in the case at the antique mall.
And, I would be paying cash.
With an errand to run on the mainland, yesterday was to be the day of the drive and purchase.
Yes, there is always a big however…
After hopping on the first boat, and hopping into the Mini, and running the aforementioned errand, my phone rang. It was the seller, that explained the plans had changed, and that she wouldn’t make it to the antique mall.
Instead, we figured out another place to strike the deal, and she asked if we could meet at Marden’s in Gray, Maine.
Sure… Why not.
We talked a little bit about what the other person was driving, and I explained that I would be the one with the carnation in my lapel.
I didn’t really have a carnation in my lapel
As it happened, we literally got to the Marden’s entry at the same time, with she (driving her red van) getting ready to turn right into the parking lot, and I getting ready to turn left into the parking lot.
In short order, we pulled in, exited our vehicles, and exchanged pleasantries. And, after talking bit, she handed over the corkscrews to be examined.
A celluloid alligator, and a small perfume corkscrew.
The alligator, has no cracks, and the opener, blade, and worm have a good snap to them.
Taking Marden’s catchy advice, “I should of bought it, when I saw it, at Marden’s,” I handed over a small stack of cash, and we talked a bit more about other corkscrews she might have, and bit about our collections, eBay, and similar. A genuinely fun deal!
Saying goodbye, for now, we both climbed back into our vehicles and each departed the Marden’s parking lot.
I wonder how many other corkscrew exchanges have happened there before…
Arriving back home several hours later, I went to find the other alligator waiter corkscrews in the collection.
Look, a congregation of alligator corkscrews!
Thanks for the deal Sue! When you find those ladies legs, drop me a line!