Tuesday, February 12, 2013

~MY INCREDIBLE VINTAGE FIND ON CRAIGSLIST~

Not sure just how old this amazing antique chest of drawers is, but trust me when I tell you it's old, fabulous and an incredible find!  Simply put it's more than beautiful.  It's solid wood through and through and every single piece of hardware is in perfect condition.  My guess is that the chest hails from the 1920's or maybe even a bit earlier.  I'm not too good at dating furniture, but given similar advertising pictures shown in my 1912 Women's Home Companion magazine I don't think I'm far off in my assumptions...
Now...I don't camp out at our local Craigslist site even though I probably should visit it more often that I do.  'Tis true there is allllottta junk listed for sale, but every once in awhile it is possible to score something wonderful!  Last summer I purchased a French Cabinet for $50 and I still swoon when I think about it!
 Well...a couple of days ago I happened to log onto the CL website looking for a couple of pieces of furniture begging for a makeover (I'm on a quest to fill up my soon-to-open booth space).  After perusing several categories (antiques, vintage, furniture, etc.) I stumbled upon a listing for a Vintage/Antique Chest that caught my eye.  After a quick phone call to make sure it was still available my guy and I headed out the door to view the piece in person.
The chest was about 15 miles from our home and so it only took a few minutes to get there.  A nice man met us outside his beautiful home and he quickly led us to the garage where the chest was being stored.
After looking over the piece and making sure it wasn't falling completely apart (strong drawers, no missing hardware, no big gashes or broken legs, etc.) we agreed on a price and the deal was done.  
Pretty fun, but slightly ho-hum story, right?
See a piece, buy a piece, haul it home, etc... 

Well get this...

After chatting with the seller for a few minutes we found out we attended the same Oklahoma University (SNU/Bethany) back in the late 70's and shared mutual friends.  Then we discovered he knew my sister and bro-in-love in Tennessee very well and had once been my sister's boss.
Now how cool is that???

I've shared before how I don't (and never will) believe in coincidences!  I love it when I'm reminded that my steps are ordered and directed by The Most High. 

Life is grand!
(so.is.craigslist)

My project for early next week is to whip this baby into shape using some AS paint with maybe some glazing...hmmmm.  White paint is in it's future for sure.  Promise to share with you the process as I go!

Today I'm linking with these
A-MAZING-LINK-PARTIES:

A Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday
Nick of Time Interiors for Knick of Time Tuesday
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday 
Love to you...
 

25 comments:

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Fun story--and I love this piece! I can't wait to see it in white. I am so jealous! :)

Bente said...

Oh my, it is sooo gorgeous.

Lavender Cottage said...

A nice piece Rebecca with intricate details. I think the new life you give it is going to be gorgeous.
Judith

Theresa said...

Oh GIRL, that is a gorgeous piece:) Can't wait to see it all beautified! Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

Amy Jo @ Sunny Skies and Sweet Tea said...

I love finds like this! Although I am finding they are not quick sells in my booth. I am not sure if I am pricing wrong or if it must just sit a while. I can't wait to see your finished piece.

Blessings,
Amy Jo

Anne said...

What a beautiful piece!Looks like that is from the same era the bed and dresser I recently found for my daughter.Oh you will bring that piece to life with the touch of your hand.Can't wait to see it!
xx
Anne

Cindy The Victorian Journey said...

This is so beautiful. Your story as well I enjoyed. I always enjoy your blog. About the chest, I am so jealous. I say that's the best compliment a girl can get. Lol... Hugs, Cindy

Julie Marie at Idyllhours said...

Truly amazing my friend... both the beautiful piece of furniture and the stories that go along with it... xoxo Julie Marie

Deanna said...

Becky Sue, You did it again! You really got a jewel there and I know you'll paint 'er up really purdee! You have the touch!

God allows you an opportunity and you take it.
Have a beautiful day,
d

BrushedByAnAngel said...

I just love the details in old furniture...and the stories that go along with them. Iit is pretty as is but I am partial to a good paint job. Are you going to use a paint brush or sprayer?
Brenda

sweetinspirationsbyjpdesigns.blogspot.com said...

That's one beautiful piece...lucky you!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a great story, Rebecca! It really is a small world when you take the time to talk to people. This is a beautiful piece, even as it looks now. I know you are going to make it look beautiful and I can't wait to see the outcome!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Great story...you really just never know. The chest is beautiful...so this is one awesome find.

Blessings,
Linda

stefanie said...

you are sooooo lucky!! our sellers on craigslist think they are stores, prices for uckie furniture are $200, its crazy.!!!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

What an amazing story behind this gorgeous piece. What an incredible find. It will be so pretty with a fresh coat of paint to show off its beautiful bones!

The Comfort of a Safe Place said...

What a beautiful piece - and a wonderful story! Can't wait to see it after you do your "thing" with it!

Jan ♥

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Hi Sweet Rebecca...

OH MY GOOOOOODNESS! What a wonderful and charming piece. Can't wait to see the finished product... I know you make EVERYTHING beautiful.

Hope your hands are feeling much better....

Sending huggies and lovies.......

Spence

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Rebecca,
Lovely score you got here! That makes life fun and you will have a great place at Serendipity with treasures like this!
Hugs to you,
Mariette

decoratewithalittlebit.com said...

gorgeous piece! but how much did you pay for it?? ;) Little Bit from www.DecorateWithaLittleBit.com

Rebecca said...

To: Decoratewithalittlebit:

A FRACTION of what it's worth. :)

Rebecca

NanaNor's said...

Hi sweetie, What a find!!!! Of course, you know I love it just the way it is but I'm sure you'll add some beauty by the time you're done with it. You've got such a wonderful sense of style. I'd love it for my guest bedroom.
Have a great evening.
Hugs, Noreen

Marilyn said...

One of these days...one of these days!
I AM going to follow you around. This piece is fabulous! Now I know one of my missions after I retire! It involves being a stalker-in a friendly sort of way. Or should I go to spy school so I will learn how to track you without your knowledge and rush in for the treasure first?♥♫

Linda said...

Hi Rebecca - You've been busy! What a great find. It will be totally beautiful once you work your magic on it!
How evident God's hand in our life becomes when we only take the time to look! Blessings, L

Linda said...

Great story...Great Piece! I cannot wait to see it re-done!

It tickles to me to see the ways that God works in our lives! he loves to delight us!

Love, Linda

Denise * KKL Primitives said...

An absolutely gorgeous find!!!

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