Ruff & Ready Furnishings at 14th & T NW has the oddest assortment of items you’re likely to find in D.C. Culled mostly from estate sales and auctions, the clutter and variety is overwhelming. I’d think it a fire hazard if it weren’t so damp.
Sometimes, though, you unearth a great piece of furniture there, or lamp, or glassware, or any of the usual estate-sale fare you can imagine. Last weekend, though, I stumbled across a truly unexpected gem: an Eagle Toys N.H.L. Hockey Night in Canada slot-hockey set.
Mind you, the box was rotting… the playing surface warped and rusted… and almost all the players missing. To be fair, it’s from the early 1960s, and was clearly used often. The “Win a free trip to a Stanley Cup Final Game!” contest is all kinds of awesome.
How can you tell it’s old? Sure, that there are just six teams is an indicator — but the surest sign it’s from long ago is that the Maple Leaf player is smiling.