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Treasure Hunting

Taking the prize at GardenStone Creations

Since I was driving this week's test car down Highway 2, I pulled into GardenStone Creations in Airway Heights.

Ignoring the cruel Easter weekend sleet and hail outdoors, I spent a few minutes looking around the shop waiting on something to call my name. I didn't have to wait long. The first thing I found was a bottle of yummy Garden Gate Farms lavender bath gel. I keep this around as not only a bath additive, but a way to condition dry winter air in my house. I fill the tub with hot, hot, hot water and add a squeeze or two of the gel. While it cools enough to be deliciously hot but not boil me like a lobster, the lavender scented steam drifts around the bedroom and bathroom. When I'm done I leave the water in the tub and let the magic continue. It's a surefire way to a soft landing after a long hard day.

Then, I found a vintage treasure. One I can mark off the list of things I'm always searching for.

I was thrilled to spot a small, vintage paper cutter right up on the front counter. Such things aren't easy to find.

The heavy wood block, scored to help measure straight lines, has a very sharp and very heavy duty blade perfect for trimming photos and card stock. No flimsy parts or pieces. I can't wait to get it on my workbench in the basement and put it to work. Best $20 prize this month.



Cheryl-Anne Millsap writes about antiques and collectibles and the love of all things vintage. Millsap's Home Planet column appears each week in the Wednesday "Pinch" supplement and she is The Spokesman-Review's female automobile reviewer. She is a regular contributor to Spokane Public Radio and her essays can be heard on Public Radio stations across the country. Cheryl-Anne is the author of "Home Planet: A Life in Four Seasons."