Oldies But Goodies
I've always loved oldies. When I was a girl, family outings often included a trip to the Goodwill or the Salvation Army. We all enjoyed rifling through the old blankets, teacups, and Christmas tree ornaments, some of which I still own. My parents amassed an expansive collection of vintage pots and pans, which I inherited when they died. Some are so heavy I can barely lift them, but I love that connection to the past. 

I appreciate old cast iron pans - despite their weight.

I've joked that one reason my husband and I bought our place on Camano Island, WA, was so that I could use all of my parents' pots and pans. Fortunately, my sister prefers sleek and modern items while I adore antiques.

A fun shop near our island home.

The first oldie I recall purchasing was in third grade. Walking home from school, I wandered into a secondhand store and bought a tapestry I still love. It's hanging on our bedroom wall. I'm sure it was a copy of something wonderful and must have cost less than a couple dollars or I wouldn't have been able to afford it. I've been collecting ever since!
It's fun to see what's on display in second-hand shops.

What is it that attracts me to old-fashioned items, such as quilts, clocks, antiques, and Amish dolls? Even to aged people with their fascinating histories. I so enjoyed writing my novella, An Unexpected Gift, for An Amish Christmas Kitchen, and delving into my character's intriguing pasts.

Are you as drawn to these Amish-made dolls from Lancaster County as much as I am? Enter to win Rebecca and Moses, plus one of my signed books: either An Amish Christmas KitchenStarting from ScratchA Letter from Lancaster County; or one of 3 books from The Legacy of Lancaster County Trilogy - Leaving Lancaster, its sequel, Pennsylvania Patchwork, or Forever Amish; or A Portrait of Marguerite.

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