Several years before this, our third child was born and I quit my job to be at home... because, let's face it, having three children under the age of 5 was a bit hectic. But by the time all three were in school, I was beginning to think about what I would do next. Although I was keeping my options open, I had enjoyed my time as a stay-at-home mom and really hoped to continue that by finding a work-from-home type of job.
Now my husband is a "collector" (which, in my opinion, is just a nice word for hoarder) and, among many other things, is interested in fishing baits. One day, he mentioned he wanted to visit an old hardware store in a small town close to our home. He was hoping they might still have some old baits and I agreed to tag along. As my husband was talking to the store owner, I was browsing up and down the aisles, looking for nothing in particular. All of a sudden, something tucked away in a dark corner caught my attention: several rolls of wallpaper, dated mostly from the 1980s, along with a few older ones with bright patterns turned right side out. Finding the older ones very unique, I picked out about six rolls to buy. As I was making my purchase, the store owner said, "If you like old wallpaper, I have something to show you..."
My husband and I followed him into a dimly lit back room, where there were six large cardboard bins full of vintage wallpaper. He laughingly said he would make us a great deal if we would buy all that he had. Taking his offer literally, my husband and I went home, did some research of our own, and decided to return the next day to buy a truck load.
|One of the first patterns that caught my eye.|
|Another pattern that caught my attention.|
|This is one of the three buildings that we collected wallpaper from. (I wish I had taken more photos!)|
|The inside of the building. The upper landing was full of wallpaper, as was the back room and the second story.|
|Our kids were a big help!|
|A pattern with lots of possibilities!|
|One of my favorites.|