Safety-Pinned People

posted by Sharon July 17, 2012 16 Comments

Have you ever found a picture of love where you least expect it?

The weekend market in the town of Sandwich on Cape Cod offered one-of-a-kind treasures of dubious value.

At the entrance we found homegrown tomatoes and corn and fresh-baked cookies. Most of the merchandise, though, was old. Rusted. Worn. Chipped. I wandered around the dirt field thinking most of these sellers were surely too optimistic. Would anyone really want the out-of-date items strewn on tattered blankets?

Aging toys graced every row.

Dolls once clutched by pudgy hands sat idle in the sun.

This would have filled a home with music decades ago but probably will never play another note.

Here’s an erector set, vintage 1920s. My dad played with just such a set when he was growing up. My grandma kept the metal pieces in a toy box and dragged them out during my childhood visits. For me, this precursor to Legos was instant nostalgia in a box. But what kids would want to play with these ancient pieces?

Then one stuffed bear caught my eye. See the tall, formerly-distinguished tan guy in the battered cardboard box?

Imagine how much he was loved, once upon a time. I know he was. Here’s how I know.

Someone took the trouble to pin on his torn ear. He wasn’t thrown out. He was mended.
In fact, his current owner believes he still has value, safety pin included. He is worth something. He is displayed for all to see.

We may know what it feels like to be torn, though the wounds are internal and invisible. Our ears may be fine but our hearts may have been ripped and unraveled. We may have some chips and dents and maybe the music that once filled our days fell silent.

Are you a safety-pinned person? That’s okay. I’m one, too. In God’s eyes, though, we are distinguished. We are worth an infinite price. We can sit up tall and smile at the world. Never mind the safety pins. Never mind the past that wore away shiny perfection. Remember this today: you’re loved, torn parts and all. And it’s never too late for the music to begin again.

 

 

 

 

Linking up with Communal Global, Sweet Shot Tuesday, This and That Thursday, and Texture Tuesdays. Photos were processed with layers of Kim Klassen’s Let Go, Be Still, Zuzu, and Empty Page.

 

 


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16 Comments

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nowymps July 17, 2012 at 4:10 am

I have to say I think I would have purchased many of those items because of their worn and well loved visages. Nice post!

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Sivinden July 17, 2012 at 6:08 am

Great post! Love those old teddy bears:)

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Melissa Hopper July 17, 2012 at 8:43 am

So many of those items could be used as photo props! I absolutely love that baby carriage. That little foot stool, I would re-do that up and make a little stepping stool for my son. Oh my that music player! One of a kind.

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Molly July 17, 2012 at 10:06 am

I would have been so tempted to buy the old bears, they look like they need a loving home to live out their thread bare years.

Mollyxxx

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Pat July 17, 2012 at 11:53 am

What a beautiful post!

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Jill Wellington July 17, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Oh, GOSH! I would LOVE to go there and buy that baby buggy for portraits! So many wonderful photo props. Really enjoyed your photos.

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lifewithkaishon July 17, 2012 at 2:50 pm

That looks like an awesome sale. I love to visit places such as that. I really love the bear with the pinned ear. How special.

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Paula July 17, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Great post! I’m sure that bear would have come home with me, and my grands would absolutely love that erector set. The metal makes it look “real” and less like a toy.

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Deborah July 17, 2012 at 5:23 pm

fantastic captures!

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Marian Jeanne Stone July 17, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Love your thoughts at the end of this…. so true of all of us. I love Sandwich, but believe that I have missed out on this sale….

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Karen July 18, 2012 at 12:38 am

Fantastic captures. I stumbled onto your blog through a series of links and blog parties and just love the way you tell stories with your photos!

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Becs July 18, 2012 at 9:47 am

So beautiful. I love the old pram and those gorgeous, well-loved teddies. What a fabulous place!

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prideinphotos July 19, 2012 at 12:38 pm

OMW….these photos are just lovely…Major love for the baby buggy!!! DO you live in Cape Cod or just visiting the area?
Laurie @ Pride in Photos

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MG Atwood July 19, 2012 at 2:16 pm

What treasures you uncovered. Love those time worn objects. If only they could talk. Joining you from Deb Duty…http://tutusshots.blogspot.com/2012/07/blooming-thursday.html

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin July 19, 2012 at 2:32 pm

These are amazing!! To think that was 1.5hr from where I live!!

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Carolyn January 27, 2015 at 1:51 am

Load the teddies into the pram along with the dolly and I would happy for life! That is lovely, Sharon, and absolutely true! Proud of my pins! 🙂

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