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...
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