What’s in the basket?

Not my brother…*

basket-closed

I say I’m on a buying of all things, especially old things, hiatus… perhaps even a lifetime ban.

But I couldn’t resist a gourd.

 I could plant some gourds, I could probably get one free from a neighbor, but I actually paid $4.00 for this one.

basket-gourd

Why?

Because it was used as a darning egg!

And came with a basket filled with other useful things.

basket-full

Needles are always handy and I love that they used to be promotional items (not to mention I love the graphic design and re-use of other little packages)…

basket-design

And things that were once made in Europe but are now made in China…

(the notions, not the dust wads.)

basket-german

And evidence that the  original owner was perhaps a Nervous Nellie as well as a photographer…

basket-stress

And another mysterious notion – what is it?

basket-perfex

It’s got “Waldes Perfex” stamped on it as a registered trademark.  I couldn’t find the trademark, but several patents on “Perfex” exist for textile, cleaning, and photography products.  I find anecdotal evidence of others finding these with old knitting supplies, so perhaps they’re stitch markers?  They seem a bit pokey and impractical though…  I can’t think of an application for them with photography unless these were poked through the sprockets in film for some reason or another…?

Anyone know what they are?

*

I’ve never seen the movie, but I just might have to check it out…

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7 Comments

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7 responses to “What’s in the basket?

  1. So many great finds! I especially liked the Western Auto catalog. My dad (and his dad before him) owned a WA back in the day in Western PA.

  2. Beth

    My mom used the Waldes Perfex pictured above as paper clips, so that’s how I’ve known them. I don’t recall if I’ve ever been able to purchase them in store though.

  3. Beth

    See more at the paper clip museum, specifically the Fay paper clip:
    http://www.officemuseum.com/paper_clips.htm

  4. Jody Bishel

    Your clip was probably originally on a paper flower made in occupied Japan. They were made of accordion folded tissue paper with a stick/stem glued to each end. To make the flower the two stem pieces were clipped together forming a circle flower head. They show up on ebay sometimes.

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