Yard Sale find

What my mother and I were doing stopping at a yard sale just two weeks after we finished having our yard sale, I don’t know. But we stopped anyway. Low and behold, I found something I’ve been wanting since January!

backpack-1 backpack-2

This is the frame of a hiking backpack (it came with the pack part, but I don’t need that, and it came off easily). It’s what I’ve been looking for to mount parade puppets like the Phoenix I built. I had a conversation with a friend about how the puppet would be much more secure if there were two points of contact between the puppet and the person. The Phoenix only had the one rod which held the puppet in the air. If there were two I think it would wobble less. The other plus is that then, when the puppeteer moved, the puppet would move more closely in response (similar to the relationship between marionette and airplane). Generally with the Phoenix, there is so much give and take, that its hard to know where the puppet will end up.


Anyway, those are my thoughts. I’m really pleased with this find. Not that I’ll be using it anytime soon. I leave for Cape Town tomorrow afternoon, so the frame is going into my parents attic. The small picture is my passport upon it’s return from getting my student visa, with a note that says “With Compliments of the South African Consulate.” I couldn’t resist keeping it.

2 Responses to “Yard Sale find”

  1. Hil says:

    Glad you found the backpack, it should work well.

    Bet you are excited! Good wishes for a safe journey :-)

  2. eleanor says:

    I’m not sure if excitement quite covers it… Thanks for the well wishes!!

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