Credit: Tom Deals, Rogers Flea Market Vendor and All Around Nice Guy.
Have you ever seen disgarded photos And wondered why they were lost?
Last Tuesday I (Tom Deals) attended the monthly auction at the Rogers Auction and flea market
I purchased a small pile of items and loaded them in my van
Later on while unloading I found a box of over 100 photos.. and while I would normally throw them away.. the context of the photos pulled at my heart
It features mainly the same girl.. from her newborn photos.. toddler photos all the way up until graduation.. and her maiden name was written on some of them..
It seemed that she had a great childhood and I hoped that she was healthy and happy still
I couldn’t .. I tried.. but my inner self wouldn’t allow me to just toss them.. I had to try to find this person and return her photos
Well I did a Facebook search of her name and resulted in several people with her name and a profile that had only had 1st name and different last name.. I messaged all of them with a slightly creepy message :
“Hi.. are you from the ____ Ohio area?
I bought items at an auction and contained a box of photos with your name on them… I’d hate to throw them away if they have personal value”
Well I got no replies.. until this morning!
I got a message saying that ____ was her hometown.. and I sent a photo of a child picture asking if it was her.. and asked what get maiden name was as it was the profile with a different name that I decided to messaged..
It was her!
She was very happy.. but I think I was even happier.. I could have just tossed the box full of photos and gone about my life.. but my heart told me to try to find her.. often my heart gets me into trouble.. but not this time. This time I was able to brig Christmas joy to a stranger at no cost but my time
I will be meeting with her brother Friday to pass on the photos
I gave her a challenge.. to pay it forward by doing something special for a stranger.. which she accepted
With her permission in sharing this story.. and photos but blocking out faces other than hers.
There are many joys of the season in decking the halls with festive finery old and new. There is always a special place in our hearts this time of year for the tried and true vintage kitsch that recalls Christmas past. Whether repurposed farm and flea goods, collectible blow mold pieces or antiques, plants, treats and more – Rogers has you covered for unique, memorable holiday items.
The best thing about budget decor tips like these? They are even more affordable if found at the Flea!
It was with great sadness that (some) greeted the news that our favorite Fixer Upper couple, Chip and JoJo of Fixer Upper (HGTV) Fame were going off air. While we know we will still have their seventy-billion other Magnolia/Waco Oriented Business offerings to fall back on, the truth is we may have to get our “Fixer Upper On” all by ourselves! Never fear, Rogers Flea Market is always here with our award winning market and miles of aisles to bring you chippy, vintage, creamy white, farm fresh fixer upper fresh farmhouse goodness.
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It’s January … something? 1st? 2nd? Eleventeenth? Something like that. I think we all lose track of time a bit over the holidays.
One thing we do know for certain is that just as Valentine’s displays bloom in stores as early as Christmas Day, so too does the desire to “Clean up!” and “Organize!” as we kick off a new year.
It can be costly, and let’s be honest, kind of homely, to stock up on plastic bins and storage totes in your local big box mart. I call storage totes “clutter coffins.” So often in using them we have not so much “cleaned up” as “put off a decision about something we should probably get rid of.” You do you.
There are so many places and spaces in our home that storage IS needed. Everyday, or seasonal, items that need a place to be. That is where the magic of FLEA-TASTIC good taste and Thrift Hunting takes form. You can repurpose vintage items for wonderful, affordable storage all around the home, barn, garage and office.
The fun part? The hunt! Start around the house and if you don’t find anything in the house, barn, garage or storage shed (surely everyone has those right?) then head on down to visit our amazing flea market vendors who are here ALL YEAR ROUND. Every Friday we have SEVEN heated buildings with a changing variety of vendors in addition to a restaurant, hot fresh Amish made doughnuts and our heartiest outdoor vendors too!