Laura Ingalls Gunn has organized an online auction to help generate dollars to be contributed to a fund to help pay Valorie and Alberto's expenses. Several bloggers have already signed up to donate beautiful items. I hope you'll visit Laura HERE to view the auction items. Please bid with a generous heart, and bid often.
I'm offering a set of ten vintage Libbey/Rock Sharpe tall sherbet/champagne glasses. I thought the stem shape was very beautiful and decided to purchase them at a local antiques mall. I thought they'd be perfect for appetizers, as well as for beverages and desserts. I've yet to use them for anything other than tablescape posts, most recently (and ironically) on a table I set using the beautiful Limoges bread plates Valorie gave me when I visited her in New Orleans.
I used the pretty dishes as underplates for the Rock Sharpe stems in the photographs below:
To sweeten the deal, I'll also include this vintage, but unused (new in the box), hostess set of Wm. Rogers silverplated serving pieces. The mid-century pattern appears to be a 1950s design, or possibly early 60s. To be honest, I forgot I had the set and hadn't researched the pattern. I do think it's beautiful, and I particularly like the lemon fork and slotted spoons.
Far more than I like the hostess set, or the 1940s stemware, I admire, respect, and appreciate Valorie and Alberto.
They were truly gracious, kind, warm, and welcoming when I had the good fortune of meeting then in NOLA. I have fond memories of having brunch with Valorie at gorgeous historic home of famed New Orleans author, Julia Reed. Valorie, Julia, and I are in the photo below.
I'll be happy to pay the costs of shipping and insurance for buyers in the continental US. I don't know the value of the silverplated hostess set, but I think it's unusual to find pieces like this in their original packaging. The auction is for the ten Rock Sharpe stems and the hostess set. Please start the bidding at $25.
Bidding closes at 10am on Monday, November 8. All monies raised will be placed into an account set up for Valorie and Alberto:
Please note that bidding will end at 10am Central time. I will contact the high bidder at that time with payment instructions (directly to Valorie and Alberto's Paypal account). As soon as that's done, and I have a shipping address, the package will be sent via USPS priority mail.
Thank you to everyone who placed bids and to those who have contributed directly. Your kindness is admirable and greatly appreciated.