I’ve got a short list of sales today. Why so short? I’ve been having an issue with my car and it’s just better to keep the list as short as possible. If I make more than four or five stops, the car has trouble staying on. If I’m not careful, once I try to shift it into gear it’ll cut off. It’s as if the car wants to stay in idle. Lots of stress…
I had an extra note for an estate sale that was by appointment only. This sale did have cookbooks, but it started on Friday. Maybe I can call the number and get in today if the other sales don’t pan out?
Well…an hour later and it turns out the other sales really didn’t pan out. I pull out my phone and give the number a call. The estate sale is being handled by Tom. You may remember the sale where he decided to keep the Betty Feezor cookbooks for himself?
This is a sale that had cookbooks listed…there was even a photo of a shelf of cookbooks! Okay, so the estate sale started on Friday. The selection will probably be picked over, but right now there’s no other option. He gives me the address and tells me to come by the sale in about an hour. When I arrive, I pull into the parking lot of an older, upscale retirement apartment complex. It’s only about four stories, but it still looks very impressive. When I go inside, it’s almost like I’ve stepped into a time machine.
The décor is retro cool, upscale and tranquil…lots of pastel colors. The only weird thing is that when I walk down the carpeted hallway, I can feel the aging, sagging wood flooring underneath. Maybe I’m just a fat ass, but I can almost feel the age of this building.
I make it to the apartment and there are already about 10 people inside. I look around but don’t see the shelf of cookbooks. Then, as I walk around the living room, I see bookshelves in the closet. I step inside and find the cookbooks. There are definitely a few less than the original picture, but I start a stack. Here’s what I found:
Food for Thought (Shiloh Baptist Church, Monroe, NC), Bells Best (Telephone Pioneers of America, Mississippi Chapter No. 36), Carolina Cooking (Telephone Pioneers of America, North Carolina Chapter No. 35), Cooking with Love (Kay Peek Boone and Kathy Boone Pratt), Shared Secrets From Our Kitchen (Social Committee, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Charlotte, NC), What’s Been Cookin’ at Pleasant Grove for the Past 100 Years (Pleasant Grove UMC, Charlotte, NC),Our Favorite Recipes (The Young at Heart Club, Idlewild Baptist Chruch, Charlotte, NC), Delightfully Southern (Compiled by Dot Gibson), Mission in the Kitchen(Girls in Action, First Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC) and Glenelle’s Requested Recipes (Mozelle Williams, Lake Junaluska, NC).
How ‘bout that FBI cookbook?! We’ve had some recent excitement here in Charlotte with that whole Paula Broadwell situation. I wonder if the FBI leaves behind a complimentary copy of that cookbook after they serve a warrant and search a home? I know I’d appreciate that!