Sometimes you find something totally unexpected.
Something you weren’t even looking for.
Something that fits a need that you didn’t even know you had until you saw it… and you can’t live without it.
That’s just what happened this week when I finally got out to do some thrifting. I’m so glad I found this treasure, but I need your help with a quandary.
First of all just let me say that I have a thing for vintage/retro clocks.
Not sure why, because I don’t even wear a watch. Never have.
I found this $10 beauty, a Syroco wall clock, leaning against some shelving that holds craft supplies at the back of the thrift store.
Usually things like this are hung on the wall by the door where you enter the store.
It measures about 30″ tall and is made of some kind of plastic resin material.
I’m a girl who loves curlicue thingies so this clock was impossible to resist
It’s battery operated and is decorated to look like aged copper.
The clock is very light because it’s hollowed out at the back.
From my research I was able to find that Syroco is short for The Syracuse Ornamental Company, which was founded in Syracuse New York in 1890. The company changed hands several times since the 1960s and closed in 2007.
My clock is marked 1971.
Notice that where it was made has been removed. I wonder what that’s about.
Anyway, I have to tell you how I got this clock.
As soon as I saw it I picked it up and carried it around the store with me.
I never leave something I want because it might not be there when I turn around two seconds later.
I’ve learned that lesson several times.
Well, I guess the man who came back into the thrift store looking for the clock just learned that lesson too.
Yikes, I felt kinda bad and I even said sorry.
Not that I really had anything to be sorry for, but I’ve been there so I know how it feels.
I explained that I had the perfect place in my living room just waiting for this clock… which I did and I do.
I’m happy to say that he smiled and seemed to take it well.
The pendulum doesn’t seem to work, but it keeps time beautifully.
Now here’s what I need your help with.
But for some reason I can’t make up my mind about this one. It’s not like it’s worth a lot of money, maybe $50 if I can get the pendulum to work, so that’s not the issue.
Usually my gut just tells me yes or no, but this time even my gut doesn’t know.
To paint or not to paint? That is the question.
What do you think?
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!