Guess what I had to buy when I saw it...
It was covered with "Ticking stripes" - (so the dealer was half way there given my penchant for almost anything made from ticking!)
A wooden end bit...
A flat iron
Yes you've got it! A brand new old ironing board. I had one of these when I left my parents home 30 years ago but over the years had been persuaded to dispense with it with a view to accepting that I was part of the twentieth century. But I've pined and pined for my old board and finally I decided that next time I saw one I liked I'd have it. I had hoped to get one and cover it myself but when I saw this I caved in. It's worried me slightly as I have just realised that I have recently bought an old wooden clothes airer, and that I have several of the old wooden advertising coat hangers and a peg beg made from mangle cloth. When I visited my special friend M yesterday and told her what I had done she presented me with these! I remember my mum having these too for removing hot washing from the tub.
I also have a wooden airer to hang from the ceiling waiting. I'm ok as long as I don't fall for an old mangle or a dolly tub! I'm not so old fashioned I want to give up my washing machine! (Although a house with a utility room would be good)
Enjoy your ironing - in the late summer sunshine?