Some months ago I decided to buy a new postal scale that would handle more weight than my little scale. I also wanted a digital scale so I could better set the postage rates for items I sell in my Etsy store.
So I trudged over to the Fry’s Electronics a mile from my house and roamed the acres of store till I found a small selection of scales. Twenty dollars and a few minutes later I was home with my new scale…or not. I took the scale out of the box and it looked used. Well, I’m sure it had been used. It had scratches and something sticky on it.
Back to Fry’s once more for another one. Back home.
Alas, the second scale did not work. Refused to work. And to be honest it was made of lightweight plastic and seemed cheap and flimsy.
I went back to Fry’s for the third time that day. This time to get a refund. They say “three times a charm” but I no longer even wanted a replacement scale. The whole experience was a disappointment and a colossal waste of time.
Since then I’d been muddling along with my little scale until I stumbled on the scale of my dreams on eBay: a sturdy, metal 1953 Hanson scale (capable of weighing up to 50 lbs.) with the most beautiful face. It has a bit of rust on the body, but that just adds to its charm.
Yes, it cost more than $20…$30 plus $13.45 shipping (to be exact), but this scale is not going to break or need batteries. Plus I love looking at it. I would be happy just to display it!
And that’s why I love vintage…in a nutshell it’s the quality and charm!
What charming thing do you love?