It worked. It relieved my frustration (because even though I couldn’t work on the Schoolhouse I found a way to work on the Schoolhouse) AND we ended up with some really cool stuff.
One of the things I bought was vintage pull-down school maps.
These can get ridiculously expensive if they are in pristine condition but if you shop carefully and are willing to accept some minor damage (like maybe an incomplete roller) you can still find them for a reasonable price. I didn’t go over $100 for any of mine.
I am still kicking myself for not bidding more on the California one I spotted early on – I just didn’t know how rare they were. If you see one, please snarf it. We are hanging them salon style, both to emphasize the high ceilings and to leave room for art underneath.
The other thing I bought was vintage globes. Again, some people go nuts. As far as I can figure out, anything pre-World War II and made in Europe or art-Deco and made in the U.S. will cost you a fortune, or at least several hundred, which as far as I’m concerned is the same thing. Moon globes are also pricy.
But if you’re going to display them ten and a half feet above the floor, there isn’t a lot of point in paying top dollar for the super-collectible ones. I found some very cool old ones, several without Israel or with Persia instead of Iran (for example) for about $20.
Now we need a chalkboard…