Hold on to your hats. You are not going to believe the swap package I received from Tero. Tero was in the process of moving from Germany and agreed to swap German thrift store shopping for my record purses. So, she went nuts! She was going to send an album for the purse and I'm not sending until she has an address in the US - so everything pictured here is FROM her. I got one GIGANTIC package and then a few days later got ANOTHER one. (The shipping alone was almost $50!) On top of her incredible generosity she totally nailed my style and it was like she shopped with my brain. I can't possibly post enough photos to do the package justice, but will try to give the best idea of it I can. Some are clickable thumbnails in the interest of not taking up pages. Trust me, this doesn't begin to convey the extent of the fabulousness!
Linens, linens and more linens. I have a pink kitchen and love hand work.
Records (check out Heidi and Karin-the two gals in German outfits) and a pop up record (never seen one of those before)
Cookie cutters, a bunny mold (I have SO wanted one of these forever) kitchen toys
Great comic books (Zack), a pile of beautiful books (not all shown here) including one of 60s era household hints and other great paper all in German
German games, yummies and KinderEggs (yippee for kinder eggs)
Dishes, tiki mug, real German stein
The teacup is gorgeous. The sweet little set has a sweet little story, from Tera "The tea cup, saucer and plate are called Sameltasse. Not sure of the spelling but it is phonically correct. They started being made right after the war. Women here then didn't have full tea sets anymore but having kaffe and kuchin is a very important part of their culture here. Soooo ladies started collecting their sameltasse. Each one is different. That way when you went to your lady friends home for kaffe you would bring your own along with you so your hostess didn't have to worry about not having enough and everyone would know who's was who's because they were all different."
Tin full of whimsies including ephemera and cute little Easter beads
AND TONS of photos and memorabilia for altered art - that picnic type basket was FULL of them. Some great wedding/soldier photos.
She has really raised the swap bar around here. I am busily thinking of ways to even come close to a worthy return package!