The homeowner, a woman about my age, seemed to have a thing for shells - there were ceramic shells, shell-based lamps, china shells, wooden shells and a variety of silver shells. I grabbed 5, but kept this little one for myself.
I knew exactly where it was going to sit - on the granite counter in the guest bathroom right beside my old julep cup. Yes, those are fake flowers. I don't do well with indoor plants so have to cheat a little bit. And yes, that's a bar of ivory soap - we are Ivory people in this house. If I was a true decorator there is no way that such a utilitarian bar of soap would find a home in an antique silver shell. But it has to be done as we actually use this bathroom a lot.
Sometimes finding treasure at yard sales are like finding a needle in a haystack. Not this particular day - I found some beauties in the form of shells.