A collection for all ages

by Annette C. Silva

Eleanor Jamison is making up for lost time. Growing up on a farm near Woodland, the 75-year-old high-spirited doyenne of the Curiosity Shop didn't have time nor were there family resources to indulge a young girl's fancy for play furniture. "I think many collections are based on things we didn't do the first time around," she said. "I remember my father making a packing crate for a woman who was sending a little wicker buggy to her grandchild," Jamison said. She recalls, too, her father saying he would have liked to bring home a buggy for his daughters. After 35 years of collecting things she loves, Jamison has amassed more than 50 small chairs, tables, sideboards, kitchen cabinets, cupboards, bureaus, cradles and other pieces now placed in nearly every room, nook and cranny of her house on Pine Street. One corner cabinet was crafted by her late husband, Lyman, who shared her passion for collecting. Two tall cabinets were constructed especially for her furniture collection that now spills over onto tables, the floor, and all available surfaces in the parlor. "All of these things bring a bright spot to my day," said Eleanor with a sparkle in her eye. Her joy is apparent as she picks up pieces of tea sets or opens the drawers of the tiny cabinets revealing small utensils within. She has a miniature set of Blue Willow china matching a pattern of lifesize pieces with which she began housekeeping.

Eleanor Jamison is making up for lost time. Growing up on a farm near Woodland, the 75-year-old high-spirited doyenne of the Curiosity Shop didn't have time nor were there family resources to indulge a young girl's fancy for play furniture. "I think many collections are based on things we didn't do the first time around," she said. "I remember my father making a packing crate for a woman who was sending a little wicker buggy to her grandchild," Jamison said. She recalls, too, her father saying he would have liked to bring home a buggy for his daughters. After 35 years of collecting things she loves, Jamison has amassed more than 50 small chairs, tables, sideboards, kitchen cabinets, cupboards, bureaus, cradles and other pieces now placed in nearly every room, nook and cranny of her house on Pine Street. One corner cabinet was crafted by her late husband, Lyman, who shared her passion for collecting. Two tall cabinets were constructed especially for her furniture collection that now spills over onto tables, the floor, and all available surfaces in the parlor. "All of these things bring a bright spot to my day," said Eleanor with a sparkle in her eye. Her joy is apparent as she picks up pieces of tea sets or opens the drawers of the tiny cabinets revealing small utensils within. She has a miniature set of Blue Willow china matching a pattern of lifesize pieces with which she began housekeeping.

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