Sometimes I acquire items that are amazing, but I have literally no idea what I'll do with them. You may remember my post about the Parker Parkerette leaf sweeper from over a year ago.
it sweeps leaves!
It's a perfect example of something I bought with no idea in mind. I still have no idea in mind. It's still in my picking buddy's shed. But I digress.
Happily, there are times when items present themselves in such a way that you can't possibly miss the repurposing message. At Studio Second Canal, I lost my mind over an enormous box of test tubes, an item I had been ogling for years, and had never seen in such abundance.
Then sitting virtually next to these beauties, was a box of these.
I asked about them out of curiosity, not because I was particularly drawn to them, as rubber is not one of my go-to materials. Crutch tips. That's right, crutch tips. Apparently the Paper City, as Holyoke is known, produced much more than just paper. They made lots and lots of crutch tips, and many of them landed here at Studio Second Canal.
Of course I also couldn't resist buying the mold that was used to produce the crutch tips.