The old curio shop

Photo prompt curtsy of Rochelle Wisoff- Fields

Photo prompt curtsy of Rochelle Wisoff- Fields

Today dear readers we start off by visiting Josephines curio shop, to purchase her entire stock of abandoned farthingale hoops. Josephine smile said it all. She had never in a million years believed that she would sell the remaining stock from her great great granddads factory.
Selling five hundred farthingale hoops at one dollar each, not only emptied an entire room, but the cash would allow her to repair her mother’s old jalopy. To drive it up the town high street with brightly coloured ribbons in her hair. Flamboyant and exuberant it might be, but that is our Josephine.

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This Post Has 28 Comments

  1. Tannille

    She has flare!

    1. Michael Humphris

      That she has Tannille

  2. neilmacdon

    Great character, Michael

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am glad to hear that, thank you Neil

  3. ceayr

    Josephine sounds like a cool lady

    1. Michael Humphris

      She is getting cooler by the minute, thank you sir

  4. M K Zebra

    Do you think she’s kept just one as a keepsake? Like the picture of her driving with ribbons in her hair, loving life!

    1. Michael Humphris

      She certainly loves life,

  5. Iain Kelly

    Big win for Josephine today! 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      That is so true. Thank you Iain

  6. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    Good for Josephine. She sounds like a fascinating person.



    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Rochelle, if I can allow Josephine to develop she will be happy

  7. Nobbinmaug

    You had me at the Dickens-inspired title.

    Flamboyant and exuberant are usually fun attributes. She’s also responsible, which should give Josephine a nice balance.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Josephine and I are very pleased to read your comment, thank you

  8. granonine

    Did anyone else look up “farthingale”? I thought I knew, and I was correct, but it makes the story come alive to think of all those ladies who used to wear them. Great story 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      I did not myself ‘consciously’ recall the term farthingale… One of the pleasures with writing, is to undertake research in an attempt to not make factual errors… It is hard to imagine the sheer amount of material needed to utilise farthingale hoops to their full affect.

      1. granonine

        Yes, literally yards and yards, depending on the size of the farthingale. And how deep the pockets of the one paying for all that fabric 🙂

        1. Michael Humphris

          Thank you Granonine

  9. Sandra

    She sounds like a vibrant and interesting lady.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am grateful to read your feedback, I am wondering if I may let her character develop,

  10. Keith's Ramblings

    i also Googled farthingdale and now the story makes even more sense! A delightful tale about a fun-loving lady.

    Here’s my story!.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Google has its uses… I was so pleased to read your feedback, thank you Keith

  11. Abhijit Ray

    Today seems to be a good day for Josephine. Let her smile and enjoy.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Smile she will,

  12. Brenda's Thoughts

    Love the snazzy character you created. Like Keith, I looked up farthingale hoops. Great little detail. =)

    1. Michael Humphris

      I loved the term snazzy, thank you Brenda

  13. patriciaruthsusan

    A good character study, Michael. Those hoops would be antiques now. Theaters would probably buy them for costumes also if they weren’t too fragile. Or it could have been a kindness to Josephine. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you for such a kind comment, it is appreciated

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