Mr. Wonderful took me to the Burley Park Flea Market on Memorial Day. We had to park several blocks away before walking through the gate to browse MILES of tables and tents set up by the vendors to draw the crowd's attention to their wares! Not for the faint of heart, let me tell you!
When we were nearly done 'Flea-ing", I was sorting through a cigar box full of small treasures - the box said "Any Item for $1". Vendors were packing up to leave the end of a busy action-packed day, so I offered $1 for all 3 of these. I asked the seller if he knew what they were - and he said "Do YOU know what they are???" Of course I had not a clue! I only knew that Mr. Wonderful spied them and thought they would make great decorative birdhouse perches!
He then revealed to me the secret! They are called "stiles" - and were used to tap the Maple trees for syrup! These are the vintage type - they have newer and improved methods now, he told me. Now, I felt absolutely horrid for talking him down after receiving that bit of historical information!!! -NOT!!!- I took my prizes and headed off to find Mr. Wonderful so I could amaze him with my new knowledge!!! (But guess what?!? He said he had a hunch that is what they were! MEN!!!)
Happy VTT to YOU!