It struck me as neither odd nor anachronistic when I saw window shades on most of the Manse windows when we bought it. (By window shades, I mean the plasticky or vinyl-y white spring-loaded affairs that one pulls down all the way at night to keep people from seeing in, and then in the morning gives a sharp tug to so that the spring-loaded action comes into play and they whip up and let the daylight in.) Shades of the same type were on the windows in all the years I was growing up at the Manse, so their presence seemed quite normal.
It was only when, this past weekend, I got fed up with two shades in one of the bedrooms that weren’t working right – one was hanging crookedly, and the other one’s spring-loaded action had ceased to function, so that it wouldn’t roll either up or down – that I discovered they are a bit of a rarity any more. Well, duh – when was the last time I saw one anywhere other than the Manse?
As Raymond and I did errands at various places in Madoc and Tweed – places like Home Hardware stores – we asked whether they sold window shades. And were very politely told no, and the sales clerks invariably did their best to think of a place that might sell them, but came up blank. “It sounds like a Sears kind of thing,” one offered. And a couple of people told us that maybe we should try a furniture store in Tweed – but when I called them, they very politely told me that they didn’t know who sold window shades in this day and age. (This day and age, I might add, of “window treatments.” I think I’ll take old-fashioned window shades any time.)
So people, here is my question for you tonight – and this comes from someone who’s been so busy in the last couple of days that there has been no time for internet research on the subject. You are it: where do you think we could buy window shades?