Longtime Uni Watch reader Will Scheibler, who lives in Thunder Bay, Ontario, often finds fun items in his local thrift store to share with me. He recently outdid himself by sending me a big box of thrifted items, most of them curling-related, including the beautiful pins shown above. Magnificent!
Will also sent along one non-curling pin. It’s for the great Canadian sport of five-pin bowling, and holy moly is it a beauty:
Next up is a pair of novelty “curling humor” ashtrays (which remind me of the famous “Futuro House” in Pensacola, Fla.):
I love these, but there’s something annoying about having two of something — I feel like I need to find at least one more from this series in order to make it a bona fide collection!
Will also included a pair of very nice curling trophies. I particularly like the ridged/textured sweater on the first one:
Now comes my Very Favorite Thing in the whole box: a figurine of a curling chimp! Completely absurd and amazing. I will treasure this little guy until the day I die:
For the more literature-inclined, there’s a selection of curling books, plus a bonus book about hockey uniform numbers:
Next up is a, uh, imaginatively designed curling jersey in Uni Watch colors:
Gotta stay hydrated by drinking from a curling-themed mug:
Will also sent along a nice scarf/mitten set from the Scotties Tournament of Hearts bonspiel:
There’s also this gorgeous curling sweater in a deep, saturated shade of green. I’ll no doubt be wearing this around town a lot when the weather gets a bit chillier:
If you look closely at the placket, you can see that it’s actually a women’s sweater (it buttons right over left), but it fits me fine. As you can also see, it’s missing a button, which I’ll have to replace. I doubt I’ll be able to find an exact match, though, because the original buttons have a curling design stamped into them! Check this out:
The sweater also has a great interior label:
Well-memoried readers may recall that this isn’t the first curling sweater Will has given me. I’m humbled by his generosity! Thanks so much, Will.
Meanwhile, if this is any indication of what thrifting in Canada is like, that alone might justify a move north. Hmmmm.