Monday, October 8, 2012

If Trunks Could Talk...

One of my favorite shows on HGTV is If Walls Could Talk.  I'm so envious of these people who restore old homes (that's MY dream!), inherit the amazing antique furniture that came with it, and then find treasures hidden in the strangest places, like a book signed by Ernest Hemingway or a whiskey bottle believed to have been used by Al Capone.  Does it get any better than that?

In my travels to estate sales, yard sales, auctions and the like, I keep a list in my head of things I would love to add to my increasingly-eclectic home, a bucket list if you will.  For example I would love to add more old walking sticks to my growing collection.  Old bread boards are a new favorite, as well as quilts.

About a month ago while out yard saling with Denise, we came across another must-have on my bucket list - a steamer trunk.  I see these all the time on Craig's List, but they go for about $150 around here and I just don't want to spend that much for something that I don't really need.  Besides, these things can be big, so you better have a place to put it.  But just like the houses on the show, antique steamer trunks tell a story.  And.I.Love.That.

It was a "Stumble-Upon" yardsale.  The kind that's not on your list, but if you stumble-upon it and it looks decent you have to stop.  Heck I don't just brake for yardsales, I do a complete 180, tires screeching, small animals running for their lives, etc.  It helps to have a car that stops on a dime.

Anyhoward, it was late in the morning and all the good worms are usually gone by then, scooped up by the earlybirds so when you see something awesome at this time of day you can usually assume that the price tag is high, hence why it is still there.  That's what I assumed when I saw this trunk and almost didn't even bother to inquire about it, knowing the disappointment that was sure to follow.  But curiosity got the best of me and I asked, "How much for the trunk?".  What happened next is a little foggy as I can only remember picking my jaw up off of the ground after hearing the words "three dollars".  The startled look on my face wasn't lost on the seller either because he then added, "what, is that too high?  Okay one dollar."  What just happened?

I collected myself, happily handed over three dollars and checked off an item on my proverbial bucket list.

Oh, and I did find the perfect spot for it.  Right next to the sofa in my Living Room.

See that blanket inside the basket?  That is actually pieces of several old picnic blankets sewed into one big one.  I snatched it up at a church rummage sale last Spring for $2 and almost sold it at my show, but at the last minute came to my senses.

I just love how this room came together - bits and pieces at a time.

And who knows, maybe someday my walls will talk...

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulicious week!

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Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

Love your trunk, Kim, and oh what a bargain! Lucky you :)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Well, you were in the right place at the right time, Kim! I can't believe they only wanted $3.00 for a trunk that size.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Wow! You were at the right place at the right time!!
I have an antique wooden one with leather straps, but don't know its history. I always enjoyed that show also when I could get hgtv.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

Lucky girl...have you done a post on the wall collage in the first picture?

Love Of Quilts said...

Great fine!

Jemsmom said...

That is the freaking deal of a lifetime!!! I am with you on always wanting to know where it came from and the story of the piece. You need to visit Anita at Far Above Rubies. She has so many stories to go with her things from her family. It is amazing! By the way, your gallery wall is awesome! Is that new or did I miss it along the way?? It all looks so wonderful in there! So cozy!

The Tablescaper said...


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- The Tablescaper

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I would love to restore an old creole cottage in New Orleans one day....

I am NEVER so lucky as you! I mean, WOW!!! You are one lucky duck, Kim. What a nice find!


Veronica said...

LOVE the your Living room! Thankful that you are feeling better. Hope you are enjoying the autumn season. Take care

Linda Young said...

The trunk looks really cool ! I had one stolen from a yardsale a couple years ago. Last year someone took a wonderful vintage maple desk. Someone came and took them right out from under the tarps at night, I couldn't believe it! We figured that they had visited and spotted these things and returned in the darkness to help themselves!
You really find some great stuff and get some good deals!
Hope you and your family are continuing to be well!
Linda@ Grandmalay's Daydreams

Melinda said...

Looks wonderful. Great price on the trunk--WOW!

M :)

Carol said...

What an amazing price, Kim! It looks perfect in your room -- it must have been destiny!