No, this isn't a post about Apu Nahasapeemapetilon (but seriously, no one says it better than he does!). Today I'm talking about the lowly receipt.
Man, these can be annoying, can't they? In fact, in some places, like fast food restaurants, they ask if you even want it at all. I always say no.
But maybe I shouldn't! I'm always shocked when I come across an old store receipt that wasn't thrown out. Here's a Kohl's receipt from 1984 - my friend Lea found it at her grandma's house and thought of me (is that awesome, or what?).
I have found old store receipts used as bookmarks, stuck to the backs of things, sandwiched between two items in the house and other odd places you wouldn't normally find tiny pieces of paper. These poor little guys are so forgotten and so mistreated!
Which is why I love collecting them! It's hard to find them on their own for sale, because really - why would anyone want to buy a receipt unless it's incredibly old or from someone famous? I count finding a receipt in a pile of ephemera a major score (Manto Fev and Paper Flea Market have both served me well in this arena!).
Every now and then, however, one comes across a find that is so amazing and so unusual, you can scarcely believe it exists. And here it is.
I nearly plotzed when I saw this little book staring back at me. It started innocently enough - I typed the words "vintage" and "receipt" in the search box on Etsy. Lo and behold, this item popped up. I felt like the ephemera gods had placed it there for me and me alone. I couldn't believe my good fortune and when I saw the price I purchased it on the spot. It came in the mail last Friday and I've been geeking out about it ever since!
Isn't it AMAZING??? I love everything about it - that it's 75 years old; it's intact; it's foreign; they're receipts; and it's a little book to boot. I'm going to bet that it's one of the most comprehensive unused receipt collections that exists outside of a museum (there are about 40 full pages of receipts!). The poor sellers must think I'm insane because I left a rather crazed feedback comment for them (but in their feedback for me, they called me a "lovely customer", so I guess we're good). :D To give you a little history about it, let me quote from the placard that's still in the inside front pocket:
|Receipts from now-defunct |
(or different) department stores
I don't know if I can use them just yet; these may have to stay in my "we'll see" collection. But I have used receipts all the time in my artwork! They are sooo versatile!