First up is this fabulous scarf:
I was at an antique show, and I was looking at a vintage Vera Neumann linen calendar towel.
It was really nice, and I actually wanted it, but I decided against purchasing it.
It was more than I wanted to pay, and besides that, I pretty much only buy calendar towels if I am planning to use them as an actual calendar when the year on it matches the current year. This one wasn't coming up for a long time
I looked at it more than once, and the lady who was selling it spoke to me each time. Naturally, she was hoping I would buy it, and she was saying things about it, "it's a nice one", "aren't the colors nice on that one" - you know, things like that.
And it WAS a nice one.
But then she came over and she opened it up and then she said "Oh, and it's a "Vena" - those are really collectible". And I murmured something politely, like "Oh? mmmm hmmm...".
And I walked away. I wasn't going to correct her.
But I thought to myself "A "Vena", huh? Right. Okay. Sure it is." (So, yes, I suppose I am being a bit snarky. I'm sorry.)
I guess she just didn't really know too much about her merchandise.
Nobody can know everything about everything, after all.
I have overheard women talking before about Vera and thinking it's Vera Wang or maybe even Vera Bradley - sometimes a cashier will say something like that.
But I don't think I've ever heard anybody say "Vena" before.
I will admit that her signature is written in an unusual way - part of what I love about it. I still get a major kick out of pawing through a basket of scarves until a pattern or color combo catches my eye and I think "oh - looks like this could be a Vera!" - and it's always rather a thrill for me when I spy her signature in the corner or on the label.
Anyway - this is the end of my story - I just thought it was interesting.
Would you have said something?