When I was a kid, we used to have the Avon lady. She would come to our house every week. I LOVED it.
She had her catalogs, she had her plastic baggies of samples, (which makes her sound like a drug runner, but they were little packets of perfume/lotions, etc) and she had her cute little folding case of lipstick. When it opened up, it was filled with teeny tiny tubes in all shades of lipstick. When colors were discontinued, she might pass couple onto me or my sisters.
It was seriously fun.
In the late 1970s, Avon came out with a collectible set. Made from cranberry red glass, it contained wineglasses, decanters, dishes, and a bell. There were other pieces too, but I only know the above, because those are the ones my mother had. She bought several pieces from the Avon lady. That Christmas, the one I remember, my aunt sent my mother the bell from the Cranberry Red collection.
I remember that my mother really loved the Cranberry Red collection from Avon.
I also remember that I broke the bell.
A few times in my adult life, I have spent a little bit of time searching for this bell. I've wanted for some time to give it to her, maybe as a Christmas or birthday gift, not because it's expensive, and not because it's fancy, just because – it's a memory. I haven't ever found it - I've found the glasses, the decanter, the plates - but no bell.
This weekend, I went to in antiques store with my oldest son. I went there looking for Pyrex – I really would like to find a lot of Pyrex, but I don't have much luck. My niece can find it every time she goes to a thrift store, but I have never found any.
Of course, that there was no Pyrex to be found at this antiques store, but I rounded the corner and ran smack into something I haven't seen for close to 30 years...
That's right. I found the bell.
(When I bought it, I told the saleslady I didn't need a bag (I hate shopping bags and never take them if I can help it) - she was a bit taken aback, but my son, ever witty, said, "She's not gonna break it a second time.")