Tuesday, February 14, 2012


On a trip last month to Jim Thorpe, Pa., I tried once more to visit a shop that seems to be always closed. Sure enough, it was closed again, but this time, a new gift shop on the floor below was open. The owners had a few discounted Christmas things on display, but no penguins. When I told them what I was looking for they dug this gourd ornament from a storage tub. The store upstairs remains a mystery, but for once, I didn’t come away empty-handed.

Painted penguin by Jessie Geesey from Meadowbrooke Gourds, Carlisle, Pa.
Acquired: January 6, 2012, Jim Thorpe, Pa.
Number: 1050
Size: 5.5 inches tall
Price: $12.95

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