Wear some comfortable shoes and be well rested. We’re hitting the antique malls today in search of the perfect wedding present for an eclectic couple. If you decide to go off the reservation and not buy from the registry then you’re in for a lengthy search but isn’t it worth it? It’ll take about six hours.
First, you will consider these items:
Lusterware – copper and silver versions
Majolica in every possible shape, form, and combination
Carafes – cheap, frosted, etched, outsized, silver chased
Tiki dolls and fertility statues
Platters, tureens, dishes, all in rose patterns
Tiny little cordial glasses, sets (see above carafes)
McCoy and Roseville pottery
Starving Artist’s renderings
Colored glass anything
Here’s what you’ll like but will agonize over. Your mantra: I can’t make a decision because my brain has turned to mush.
Silver sugar bowls (Victorian)
Sugar shakers + salt shakers
Silver plate pitchers, flower vases
Candlesticks, especially giant pillar holders
Parisian holy water holders
Cake server plates (silver)
Carved walking cane (aka the Husband Beater)
How do you solve your problem?
It’s very hard when you’re barely conscious. But please bring someone with you who will shame you into making a decision. Look, you can’t predict what they’re going to like. If you could, you would just buy the stuff on the damn registry. So what if that’s what they want. Too bad.
So pick something that you like. If it reflects you, it reflects your relationship with the person/couple.
Nifty idea: Enclose a time card so they’d know how long you searched so they’d appreciate it before they shove it on that back shelf.