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A lobster lesson for prairie dwellers

06/24/2014

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Maine tourism icons have a very long reach. I found these placemats at a church rummage sale last week in St. Paul. Now I’m hungry for a good lobster roll and a visit to the Old Port.

Anybody who knows me, knows I love junk shopping. I was less than five minutes into a bike ride Friday when I passed the annual Bethel Lutheran Church rummage sale on Wheelock Parkway. Furniture was strewn across the front yard and shoppers parked in the street like they were late for a wedding.

I’ve made some major scores at Bethel Lutheran in the past: A white ceramic swag lamp shaped like a basketball, a goalie stick and a stack of plastic letters for a portable advertising sign to name a few. I had to stop the ride even though I hadn’t even broken into a sweat.

Bethel Lutheran fills its basement with tables of knickknacks, kitchen supplies, books and electronics. Hardware and clothes overflow into a hallway and three other rooms. It’s cheap and always busy. I ran into neighbor Dennis at the sale. He thought I was working it. “No, I’m shopping,” I said. “I’m looking for deals.”

But I was off my game – late to the sale and riding only two wheels. I passed on the round wicker chair for $10. It was old but it wouldn’t fit on the bike rack. I focused on smaller things. I discovered a pile of kitchen table placemats. I like to collect placemats. Cheap. Easy to haul & store. Useful. And sometimes you find the oddly beautiful or ironically funny.

This time, I found both.

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