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Lot 13: 13. Vintage Sunflower Yellow Trash Can

Country, Americana, Steampunk, Machine Age & Advertising Auction

by Haw River Junktion, LLC

December 3, 2016

Graham, NC, USA

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  • 13. Vintage Sunflower Yellow Trash Can
  • 13. Vintage Sunflower Yellow Trash Can
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Description: It was said that Ernestine "buttered her bread on a different side." Perhaps she did. She saw the world through rose colored glasses and from that, she was a kinder soul than many. She had a beautiful flower garden inside her picket fence from which she graced her neighbors with bouquets weekly. As sweet and gentle as she was known to be, Ernestine had a strange obsession with and fretted about her trashcans. She worried sick that someone would steal them or perhaps clip them with an automobile going round the curve. More than once, she had lost sleep over this worrisome matter. One night, when the yipping from the passing coyotes woke her, she had a "Eureka" moment. Ernestine arose before dawn that next morning and went to the little garden paint shed and retrieved some sunflower yellow paint that she had left from painting some old flower pots. She grabbed a brush and painted those gray galvanized cans the most luscious yellow. The sun was rising in the sky as she finished and she stood back to admire her work.  About the time, Ol' Jake drove by with his window down. "Hey Ernie", lots of townsfolk called her that for short, those are by far the finest looking trash cans I've ever laid eyes on," Jake  hollared. Then he took a deep breath and circled back around and said, "But they ain't nothin compared to the girl standing next to them." Ernestine blushed and her smile and crimson cheeks lit up Jakes world. "Want to come in for coffee?" she asked. "Yes ma'am, I sure do," Jake answered. Jake owned the local hardware and what-not store. He said, "I have an idea, why don't you paint these cans in all kinds of flower colors and I'll put them in the store?" Ernestine smiled and fanned herself with her tissue. "I'd be honored to. Do you think anyone would buy them?""I know they will" Jake answered as he reached over and touched her hand. He thought to himself as his heart fluttered, I'm going to make this trashcan paintin' woman mine. That he did six months later and when they drove away from the chapel , what do you think followed the souped up pick up down the road? Three trash cans tied to the back clanging and banging in the three top colors: Sunflower Yellow, Rambunctious Rose and Beauty Berry Purple!  This can comes with it's original lid and is marked  Lid: "32 GAL WITT US 1961" Dimensions 21 x 30 in

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