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Old Kitchen Scales as Herb Garden

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In my thrifting adventures I've come across a few old fashioned kitchen scales. I always liked them, I'm not quite sure why even. Maybe because they're mechanical? Or just because they're old? Anyway, I never bought one because (1) we already have digital kitchen scales at home and (2) they might not be exact anymore and (3) they take up a lot of space!

But a few weeks ago I was thrifting with my aunt and when we got to the pile of old kitchen scales, she gave me the idea to use them for plants! So I chose the one with the deepest dish, bought some garden cress seeds and planted away:

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They grow so fast! Took about 4 days and they were ready to eat. In a way I didn't want to cut them, I really like how the scales look filled with green.

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found: Vintage Singer Sewing Machine

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On Monday I went thrifting with my aunt and found quite a few things. The most beautiful thing I found was a vintage singer sewing machine:

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The handwheel works, but one of the rubber bands is missing, and the other is in bad shape, so I'll have to find replacements. And there was no foot pedal or cover. But I couldn't resist. It's so beautifully made. If I can't get it to work (maybe even if I do), I will put it somewhere I can see it every day, I'll keep it as a piece of art.

I wonder if people in fifty years will find our household appliances beautiful. I doubt many of the appliances made today will make it that long. I admire how things used to be made to last, and if they broke there were skilled craftsmen who could fix them. On the other hand, if there hadn't been a $90 sewing machine on amazon four and a half years ago, I wouldn't have been able to start sewing!

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Is it weird to buy things simply because they're beautiful? Haha, I hope not!

Posted on February 8, 2013 and filed under want found bought.