A little tale about a storied French wine crate!
Sometimes special antique pieces will find us, if we’re patient, and we’re not looking.
Such is the case with a beautiful old French wine crate.
It’s a special item in my home decor. I’m especially fond of this century old piece, because it has a memorable story, and person, attached to it.
Several years ago, while attending a monthly antique market in Kansas City, I discovered a vendor that carried all things old, shabby, and French.
I fell in love with everything “Susan” carried, and over the years of attending this market, and making many purchases, we became very friendly, enjoying many conversations and laughs.
Every time we attended this antique market, we always looked forward to seeing Susan.
She was funny, charming, insightful, and always smiling. She also had terminal cancer.
Susan had battled this horrible disease for a couple of years, but her outlook was consistently amazing.
Unfailingly, she always had a kind word, a new joke, and a hug to share. We shared laughs, told stories, and at times, held hands and prayed with her.
Talking with her on our many visits always reminded me about what was important in life.
On one of our visits, Susan had this amazing French wine/champagne crate for sale that had come directly from France.
Susan told me that she originally had two of them, but had already sold one, and this was the only one remaining.
I fell in love with it immediately and purchased it, bringing it home with the intention of selling it in my online shop.
Once I got the crate home though, I decided I wanted to keep it for myself for awhile, and I did, enjoying it for several months, before eventually listing it for sale.
Of course it sold immediately, and I instantly regretted selling it.
Several weeks went by and I was still kicking myself for selling the crate, knowing that I would never find another one.
I decided that the next time I saw Susan, I was going to ask her to please keep an eye out for another one, and to hold it for me.
Unfortunately, before I could see her again, we received word that Susan had lost her battle with cancer and had passed away.
We were so saddened with this news, and felt such a loss. Even though we only knew Susan through shopping her market, she had touched my heart, and I felt like I had known her forever.
As the weeks went by, I continuously thought about Susan, and the regret of letting the French wine crate go that I had purchased from her.
One day, months later, we were antiquing in Arkansas, and had found several things at a market there.
Hubby and I were standing at the front of the market paying for our purchases, when a vendor opened the door to bring in a large antique chest. They were having trouble getting it through the door, so hubby went to help them get it in, and then proceeded to help move it to their booth.
As I finished paying, hubby returned and said, “You might want to go check out that booth before you leave, they’ve brought in a lot of new items that you might be interested in”.
So back I went to see if there might be something that I had missed.
As I turned the corner into the booth, there sat a French wine crate, identical to the one that I had sold months before.
I was almost speechless, and all I could say was, “I want this”.
I didn’t even look at the price.
As the booth owner was getting the crate down off of the shelf for me, I questioned her about where she had found it.
She proceeded to tell me that she had purchased it from this sweet antique dealer in Kansas City, named Susan…….my Susan!
I think at this point, I had chills over my entire body! I couldn’t believe it!
Somehow, some way, the universe had brought this wine crate, with it’s special connection to Susan, back into my life!
Right now, I have it displayed in the dining room filled with dried hydrangeas, but I have used it in many places in our home, filling it with everything from dried hydrangeas, orchids, and moss balls.
No matter what room I display it in, it holds a place of honor.
Thank you, Susan.
Each time I look at this French wine crate, I think of you!
Today is also French Country Fridays!