This is part 6 of my series on the Venetian baroque masked ball we are putting on for our daughter's Sweet 16 th, at a venue, early next year. If you are new to my blog, please read parts 1-5 also. The series will continue until after the party.
Last week, we went to the big city to pick up four cheap secondhand eBay purchases, for the Venetian party. Some will be used in our respective houses afterward. That is not very remarkable. However, we did it on public transport! It was a long and tiring day. We live many hours away.
One oval mirror, very good condition, $41 au
two, three - armed Marie Therese style chandeliers , (to be made over in the Murano style), only $40 au each
And a large framed tapestry of Venice in the 1600s, ($30 au) , all carried back on a series of trains and a regional coach! Note, its bigger than it looks here:
The first seller, of the mirror, drove us to the next seller, of the chandeliers, waited, then took us to the train! That was an unexpected kindness! So there are still nice people in the world. In one train, due to concerning crystal clinking, I repacked the chandeliers in their box, with alot of that day's daily newspaper , none of which, I'm sure, was fake news, but all useful! We did all our travel in off peak times, so we weren't in anyone's way.
Here's a little baroque mirror and shelf set we picked up on a previous trip, for $27 au. My daughter is learning how to get around the big city by train!
A few of the other eBay items, for the party, that came by post, all cheap.
I thought this cherub is appropriate, for a Venetian palazzo, but also because it looks like a teenager rolling her eyes!! When I told Acerules that, guess what she did.
Maybe for toothpicks? I had to get things with animals, as Ace loves all animals, even ugly ones.
For Italian chocolates:
Wall plate I'm going to keep afterward
The video on this article is a must-watch, some people have tried to take much bigger items on trains! Perhaps trains need a cargo carriage!