Seek­ing lost tra­di­tion

Fam­ily ap­peals to pub­lic for mis­tak­enly sold Christ­mas vil­lage

The Central Voice - - Front Page - BY KRYSTA CAR­ROLL

Many fam­i­lies have fam­ily heir­looms, passed down through the gen­er­a­tions.

This was the Clouter fam­ily’s hope for the ce­ramic Christ­mas vil­lage Ber­nice Clouter had col­lected over the years. She had planned to pass it on to her daugh­ter, Ed­wina Os­mond.

Her fam­ily is hope­ful this can still hap­pen, but they need help.

Shakira Pa­try­luk, Os­mond’s daugh­ter, took to the in­ter­net with a plea.

“Please share and help me make my mom’s Christ­mas” her post read.

The Face­book post is seek­ing the per­son/peo­ple who pur­chased a Christ­mas vil­lage set in a Rub­ber­maid con­tainer dur­ing an es­tate sale in Gan­der in 2017.

The fam­ily is plead­ing to have it re­turned, and are will­ing to of­fer a re­ward.

“I shared the post in hopes of find­ing it for my Mom as it would mean the world to her to have it back in our fam­ily for Christ­mas,” Pa­try­luk said in a Face­book mes­sage to The Cen­tral Voice.

Os­mond told The Cen­tral Voice her mother passed away in Septem­ber 2011, and her fa­ther, Wal­lace Clouter, passed away Jan­uary 2017, so they had an es­tate sale in April 2017.

“In the es­tate sale we had their things for sale and the things that weren’t for sale were put into an­other room,” Os­mond ex­plained. “This con­tainer was sup­posed to have been put in that room but got mis­placed. The con­tainer held the Christ­mas vil­lage that she had been col­lect­ing for many years be­fore she passed.”

Os­mond said the last piece she can re­call her mother get­ting was around 2007, and was a spe­cial piece put out by Cana­dian Tire that had a green­house on the side with poin­set­tias in it.

“That’s the last piece I can re­mem­ber her get­ting be­cause the set was big enough for where they used to dis­play it,” Os­mond said.

The set in­cluded a train station, school, ho­tel, houses, as well as a ski slot, train, a small ice rink she made out of a mir­ror, a gazebo, and a lot of lit­tle knick­knacks that went along with it, in­clud­ing a tele­phone booth and mail­boxes, many of which her mother col­lected from Eaton’s and Sears.

“All that was in that box and my brother (Craig Clouter) said he knew that he sold the con­tainer,” Os­mond said. “He said he thinks he got $10 for it. He didn’t even look in it. He said some­one must have just said, ‘How much you want for these Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions’ and he didn’t think no more of it than that.

“I was do­ing a sale up­stairs. Some­one came to me and said some­thing about the vil­lage and I said, ‘Yeah Craig moved that to the room,’ and I took off down­stairs.”

She con­tin­ued, “The night be­fore we were get­ting ev­ery­thing ready and I asked him to move that con­tainer to the room and I just as­sumed that he had done it and he didn’t even hear me say it he said. So it didn’t get moved and the next morn­ing that was it, it was gone.”

As soon as the fam­ily re­al­ized it was gone they started post­ing on Face­book, Ki­jiji, buy and sells and ev­ery­where they could think of.

“We never heard any­thing,” Os­mond said. “Then when Christ­mas rolled around last year we said if some­one got it they got to put it out, so we tried it again and we never got any­thing again.”

This is the fam­ily’s third at­tempt to try and reach who­ever has the Christ­mas vil­lage.

“I have an idea of who may have it but I don’t know who they are,” Os­mond said. “I re­mem­ber these peo­ple that were in the house. They knew when they walked out of there with that vil­lage for $10, they knew some­thing wasn’t right.”

Os­mond is hang­ing on to the me­mories of her and her mother col­lect­ing the pieces each year.

“She al­ways liked it when she done it and she got her com­pli­ments on it,” she said. “I can see now how she would get no mat­ter who came in com­pli­mented her on it.”

“I got this pit in my stom­ach right now, this feel­ing in my stom­ach. Mom and I have been do­ing that to­gether for years. If she got a piece, even the small stuff like the phone booth and the mail boxes, she would buy me a piece.”

These were sup­posed to be handed on to Os­mond, and Pa­try­luk would have been the next fam­ily mem­ber to get it.

“She left me a small an­tique ta­ble set be­sides that, with a sate, and I would give that up in two sec­onds to have that vil­lage back,” Os­mond said. “I know the an­tique sate and ta­ble set and two chairs are worth money… but there’s no price you could put on this (vil­lage).”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can con­tact Shakira Pa­try­luk through Face­book, or call (780) 838-6518.

They are hop­ing for a Christ­mas mir­a­cle, that the right peo­ple see their pleas and con­tact them.

“If they don’t,” Os­mond said, “I just wish that the per­son that got it feels and has as much plea­sure out of it as what we did.”


A fam­ily orig­i­nally from Gan­der is hop­ing to re­trieve a fam­ily heir­loom, a Christ­mas vil­lage sim­i­lar to the piece pic­tured here, that was ac­ci­dently sold dur­ing an es­tate sale in Gan­der in April 2017. They are cur­rently mak­ing their third in­ter­net plea for in­for­ma­tion as to who may have the set.

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