Food for Thought (FFT) Antiques and Collectibles, Sebastopol
Kindness for Kindness Sake
Cleopatra, by Hannah Rose
I've always wanted to own an
There seems to be a need in all of us to anchor ourselves to
something from the
Many find their passion in restoring automobiles or in
protecting family treasures passed down from ancestors.
I find mine in
visiting antique stores where items raise a sleepy eye to visitors and
sometimes call to them.
My place would be staffed with kind
people who enjoyed caring for these memories until they could be cherish
Mine would also be a friendly oasis, perhaps in an old house
where chunks of chocolate or homemade brownies were there for visitors to
Everyone would feel welcome.
Ideally, proceeds from my shop would go to a humanity-based charity,
perhaps one for those who were trying to help others get back on their feet.
A little over a year ago, I stepped across the threshold of an old
house on Gravenstein Highway in Sebastopol and into what I've always
imagined. I had discovered
CarTrawler is one of the top car hire companies in the world and
Wine Country Welcome has been working with them for fourteen years, now.
Passing by a cheerful crew behind an
old counter where broken chocolate was offered to all, I soon found
myself at a doorway leading out to a garden where benches and lawn art were
carefully placed. I returned inside and walked around for
over an hour looking at adorable things once loved by someone else.
had everything I could have wanted. Even the profits went to one of the
kindest charities around, the
Sonoma County HIV/AIDS Food Bank.
In the past 12 months or so, I have returned to FFT Antiques again and
again. My place is filling up with things once loved and now loved again,
like my clown-and-doggie-show coin bank and the footstool where I now
rest my feet as I work. If I ever need anything, I'm the wiser
when I look at FFT Antiques first.
Sometimes, when the price seems too
low, I give them a little more than
they are asking and there is no truth to the rumor that I am going back
as often as I am because of the chocolates.
I do love FFT Antiques but
I'll have to admit to some reluctance in revealing my secret spot to the world.
But then, who am I to stand in the way of someone else's dreams.
2701 Gravenstein Hwy South
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Open everyday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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