A few years ago, some friends of mine were really keen on buying a stuffed giraffe head. I know, I know, but I totally egged them on to do it, too.
"Just think about the conversations it will start!"
"It's Memphis history! It's part of the collection that used to be housed at the Pink Palace."
"It's a giraffe! How cool is that? And it's already been dead for, like, 100 years, so, you know, you didn't kill it."
Where would you buy something like that, you ask?
Memphis Heritage's biannual architectural auction, of course.
This year's will be held at Howard Hall THIS Saturday, October 10th. The event starts 6:30 p.m. and costs $55 per person for non-members.
As bidding started for the giraffe, it quickly moved out of my friends' price range. But wait! There was a back-up: a stuffed warthog.
(There is a good chance I'm remembering the warthog part incorrectly, but it was something like that, an animal that you don't normally see stuffed, but one that you might not want in your house, either.)
We held a quick caucus: Should they try and get it? It wasn't quite as elegant as the giraffe, but it was still a conversation piece.
In the end, they tried but didn't win the warthog. And I think the next morning, they were sort of glad they didn't.
Now, I don't think there are any stuffed animals up for auction this year, but Memphis Heritage does have quite an array of historic pieces.
For instance, this:
I'm pretty sure this was used to help Lil' Orphan Annie escape from Miss Hannigan. Or I may have just made that up. Maybe you should visit the Memphis Heritage website, just to make sure.
There are several signs from Libertyland, including some very dapper bathroom signage.
And a cool Mid-South Fair sign.
My personal favorite is the "G" from the Goldsmith's sign. I always thought it looked so elegant and retro.
But I'm pretty sure THIS is going to be the conversation piece of the evening, OMG. Even the giraffe head cannot top THIS.