Archive for April 20th, 2013

s1As we continued down Cape Cod’s Route 6A last weekend, Lynda and I stumbled upon signs for an estate sale and decided to check it out. We had no idea exactly what we were walking into, but we were so happy we stopped.

Lynda found a gorgeous 1930’s lampshade, which she scooped up as soon as she saw it. We were surprised no one else had grabbed it, since it was obvious the sale had been underway for a while. However, it sort of blended in so it was still available. It was one of those things – once we were walking around with it, everybody commented on what a great find it was. By the way, I am trying to convince Lynda to be a guest blogger here on Lost Cowboy so she can talk about her amazing finds and the creative ways she uses them.

Meanwhile, estate sales are not usually good for the “smalls” that catch my eye. However, on our way out I spotted this little ceramic plate with a fun graphic and words “Off to Widecombe Fair” depicting the story told in an old English folk song.


As an anglophile I snapped the plate right up and was thrilled to have found a little something for myself at the estate sale.

The song Widecombe Fair is a traditional English country folk song about a poor horse who dies after carrying everyone in town to the fair.

The chorus goes:

Tom Pearce, Tom Pearce, lend me your grey mare

All along, down along, out along lee.

For I want to go down to Widecombe Fair

Wi’ Bill Brewer, Jan Stewer, Peter Gurney,

Peter Davy, Dan’l Whiddon, Harry Hawk,

Old Uncle Tom Cobley and all

See the full lyrics of Widecombe Fair here.

Learn more about the actual Widecombe Fair here.

The estate sale was held by local Cape Cod firm Stem to Stern. We were impressed with everything about the sale and in particular the Stem to Stern staff who were knowledgeable, engaging and just plain nice.

Learn more about the estate sales of Stem to Stern here.

ARCHgI just love the sensibility of Archie Grand, a fine purveyor of notebooks, scrapbooks and other cool stationary and gift items.

About Archie Grand: “The notorious Scandinavian producer of sketchbooks, notebooks, cards, candles and tea towels. At Archie Grand we produce high quality and ingenious designed products for shopaholics, artists, royal´s and 55 other breeds of charlatans, scoundrels and luminaries. Archie Grand stationery products: cool notebooks, bespoke journals, witty tea towels and greeting cards… Candles for intellectuals. And art, fashion, design paper planes.”

Known mostly for their notebooks with their cheeky tagline “Notebooks for Friend or Foe” – Archie Grand makes personalized notebooks with titles like Brits I’ve Met and Liked: “A journal for your favorite British proper person or any other scoundrel or charlatan in your life, for them this is the notebook. The personal journal for Ascot and Henley Royal Regatta living.”

Or how about the red-covered Communists I’ve Met and Liked notebook: “The great blank notebook from Archie Grand. Our personalized notebook / journal / scrapbook for all walks of life, is a modern classic of design and quality. And with color and wit.”

You get the idea.

Find the “Notebooks for Friend or Foe” and all the products of Archie Grand here.