This is the "greatest find ever" I was hinting at yesterday. I got it at what was billed as an estate sale, but was really an antique mall vendor dumping her wares.
They're old ticket boxes from Churchill Downs that the clerks would use to organize the payouts and such. Each slot is numbered for use with each of the days races. They're all worn and patinaed and wonderful. The smaller black one on top is missing the slots inside, but it has the addition of the hardware to hold the key for the lock. Not a very good security system, it seems to me.
Of course, nowadays, all that stuff is done with computers. No need for awesome boxes.
Aren't they cool?
I asked the woman how much they were and she said they were 20 each (!) but she'll go to ten each if I got more than one. Something possessed me at that moment, and I asked what she would do for all of them. We go back and forth a bit and finally settle on a number that makes us both happy. It was a good deal to be sure, but I'm used to walking away with a whole lot more stuff when I pay that much.
Part of me is going "What a great find!" but another part is saying "What have I done?' I try to never second guess myself when I buy, but I also feel like I'm starting to play at a higher level than I've been doing. I just don't want to get too full of myself and make a mistake.
Still, Derby time is the right time of year to have something like this for sale. I need to get these puppies on Craigslist.
What do you think? Did I do good? Or am I going to lose my shirt?