But then this week, the final week of the annual curbside extravaganza, my faith was restored.
Because there was this -- a box from Germany. Actually, a box from Neckermann, which I had never heard of before, but turns out to be a German mail-order company. No indication of how old the box is but I would guess at least four or five decades. It was sent from Frankfurt to Syracuse.
I saw the box, standing on one end, with a little bit of what looked like a homemade Styrofoam Christmas decoration poking out. I also saw a few ugly plastic holiday picks, but I decided to take a chance and brought it home.
Here's a look at that Styrofoam thing and an even closer look at
the very scary pipe cleaner Santa at the head of the sleigh. Luckily, under the tacky stuff and a few layers of tissue paper, there were some treasures.
An angel tree topper that is in perfect shape, other than being really dirty. Actually, it's filthy.
And then this, which actually made me just a little bit giddy.
It was a collection of pressed metal Christmas decorations.
Besides, a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year banner, which is just like the one that I hang in my kitchen at the holidays, were some styles I had never seen before.
Plus two kinds of Santa Clauses:
Two smaller and shorter Santas with presents.
And four much bigger skipping Santas with sacks of goodies. Because there are four of those, I'm going to give one away. To be eligible, leave a comment between now and midnight Friday.
It's kind of funny how 2011's Spring Cleanup came full circle, from finding silver in week one to finding something with silver on it in week six. By the way, I've been hard at work cleaning that silver and it hasn't been easy. I've got one more method to try and I'm hoping to reveal the "after" soon.