There are always plenty of unique vintage treasures to be found at our Ikaroo Fairs, but at our most recent fair in Columbus, Ohio, vendor Rosalie Zingales of and stumbled across something amazing.
A woman with a baby in a stroller was shopping in Rosalie's booth. While looking at the baby, Rosalie noticed an embroidered "eternal" calendar in a frame, sitting in the back of the stroller. As she looked closer, she was shocked to find that she recognized the calendar—it was the exact same one she had sewn for her mother as a teenager. "As I looked at it, I got dizzy [and] felt a little lightheaded," Rosalie wrote in an email. "I could be certain it was the one I had embroidered! I felt it...every stitch, every color was in my memory. I felt it! I even knew the frame it was in."
Rosalie asked the woman where she had purchased the framed calendar, and was told she had found it at a lemonade stand near the entrance. Rosalie quickly found her way to the lemonade stand to quiz the owner on where she had found the embroidered art. The answer? It was purchased at a yard sale in Ohio. "I am from Ohio, and sold it when I had a yard sale as I was moving to New York some 30 years ago," wrote Rosalie. "It may have changed hands a few times, but wow—I was stunned."
Even better? Rosalie had unearthed a photograph from 1975 of her stitching the calendar just last year, while cleaning out her mom's house.
So did Rosalie try to buy back her sampler from the lady with the stroller? "Actually, I didn't even think to buy it back," she said. "I was just so stunned! I was happy for her to have it. And I did keep another one from my Mom's house that I had stitched, so I was happy!"
The moral of the story? What goes around, comes around!
Looking to uncover some vintage gems of your own? Join us at the Ikaroo Fair in Columbus this weekend, September 16-18, 2016. Get more information here.