Meet Marge, a tireless mom, wife, crafter and active community member. Because of her bubbly energy and seemingly unending list of skills, we are introducing her to you!
Tell us a bit about yourself.
Height: 8ft 6in (5ft 6in with my hair down)
Weight: I beg your Pardon!
Where are you from and where do you currently live?
I was born and raised in Springfield. I still live here with my husband and 3 kids. I’ve been lucky enough to visit some beautiful places like Australia, Italy, France, China, and Brazil, but I could never imagine living anywhere other than Springfield. For one thing, my coupons wouldn’t be valid anymore!
What is the most awesome thing in or about your neighborhood?
Well, our street, Evergreen Terrace, is right in the middle of our neighborhood, and it’s always fun to have neighbors come visit, like the Flanders’ or George and Barbara Bush. We’re close to everything (the mall, the library, the art museum, the school…) and everybody knows everybody. I went to highschool with most everyone in town!
Favorite place you go locally to discover hidden treasures.
Ooohh…Well, I can usually get a great deal at Costington’s, but when I’m looking for unique gifts, I usually stop into the Leftorium or Nick’s Nax at the Springfield Mall. I also like visiting the Springfield Swap Meet. Last time I was there, I spent $3 and came home with an original pressing of the 1960’s Melvin & The Squirrels album, and an oyster shell, hand-painted to look like Lucille Ball.
What blogs or websites do you visit regularly?
I certainly make sure to visit the online edition of the Springfield Shopper. I also enjoy staying up to date on the latest gossip on Mr. X’s Web Page. I love the Huffington Post. And of course, I always check out the latest posts on Krrb.com. Yesterday I saw a beautiful tear drop shaped coffee table that I thought was just adorable!
Do you create/make things? What are you working on these days?
HAVE I?? I put the “craft” in “arts & crafts”. And also in “crafty” and “craft-fair”. I used to rent a booth at the swap-meet where I sold my handmade wish-bone jewelry, and my one-of-a-kind lint & button creations. For a time, I even operated my own “Pretzel Wagon”. Right now, I’m a regular at the church and school bake sales, and am working on a gluten free donut recipe. You could definitely say that I never put my cooking on the back burner. Heh heh heh…
As a kid, were any of your toys and clothes hand-me-downs?
Oh Heavens Yes! My sisters Patty & Selma were older than me so I got everything after them. The clothes were always too big and stretched out for me, but I was very fortunate to be getting two of everything.
Have you ever taken home an object you found in the street or dumpster? If so, what was it? And where is it now?
Yes. My Husband! Of course, that’s usually after the Isotopes win the championship. Oh, there was one time that I remember, when we were in Aruba, I found half of a surfboard washed up on the beach. I took it home, sanded it down, re-glazed it with an amber poly lacquer, cut a piece of 1/2 inch lucite and fitted it with rubber & steel grommets at each corner, then I bolted that to the top of the surf board with ¼ inch spacers. I then took four black iron pipe fittings of equal length, with circular flanges, and secured them to the underside of the board. After adding four feet to the pipes, with ball-bearing casters, I had a lovely, custom-made coffee table. Unfortunately, Grandpa mistook it for a Russian spying device and set it on fire.
Are you a hoarder or a minimalist?
Right now, I am definitely a minimalist. I had a little episode recently when I was getting a bit compulsive about acquiring things. (I have a bit of an addictive personality) But now I see the value in clearing stuff out. I posted some fantastic items on Krrb, and I hope they find wonderful new homes, with owners that get the same joy from them that I did. If anybody has a male friend with the last name “Plow”, I have the perfect jacket for them.
What is your most cherished thrifted, secondhand, vintage, upcycled object you possess? What’s the story behind it?
It would have to be my red pearl necklace. My pearls are a Bouvier family heirloom, and were passed down to me from my mother, who got them from her mother. I love them, and can’t imagine stepping outside without them, which is why I have filled a drawer with exact replicas, for security. Unfortunately, that’s just made things very confusing. As a family, our next favorite second-hand item is our dog.
By the way, what’s your day job?
I’m a full-time mother and wife, and I love ever minute of it.
Thanks Marge! Visit Marge’s corner at Krrb.com/Marge