Last week, after I dropped my son off for school, I found myself with many hours to kill and no desire to stay home. I had a ton of errands that needed to be run, so I packed up the car with all the things I needed to either return or mail, and got all the boring stuff done in about an hour. Then, I headed to my favorite spot, Faith Farm. Since I’m trying very hard not to buy big pieces of furniture because we have run out of room in the garage, I headed up and down the isles of “other stuff”. Not much was catching my eye, until I saw this.
I think I laughed for about five minutes… Seriously, who thinks of these things? I didn’t buy it, but if you are interested, I’m sure it’s still there
I was just about to leave when I spotted this.
I think I heard the angels singing, and my heart stopped for a second or two. I’ve been looking for a tool chest for forever, but they are all so darn expensive. This one was $89, and even though I tried to haggle with them, that’s what I ended up paying. I’m not complaining. After all, most of my tools are sitting in the bottom portion of an old secretary desk. I know, it’s furniture abuse – I should be reported. The gentleman who helped me get it into the car asked me if the chest was for my husband. Ha! Silly man. He thought it was the funniest thing he’d ever heard – a girl who wanted a tool chest! Obviously, he hasn’t met my friends!
When I got it home and in the garage, I found a bunch of little tools, screws, and random parts – BONUS!
Then I headed home. On the way, I saw a garden shop that is going out of business, so I stopped to see what kinds of plants I could find. Little did I know, but they also had tons of artwork and all kinds of awesome fun things.
I love that chandelier. It’s hand carved. I saw something sort of similar on the High/Low Project, in white, and fell in love. This one needs a little love and it will be fabulous. I know it’s more rustic than what I usually like, but I will find a place for it.
And how freaking amazing is this guy? I am in awe of people who have talent like this – to create something so amazing out of a bamboo root. Best of all, he was $5. He is currently hanging out next to our front door. Makes me smile just to look at him every time I come home. I think I might go back to find out if they have more so I can have a few as outside wall art.
I also picked up some plants and trees while I was there, and this bird bath for $10.
As I was paying for everything, I saw this chair out of the corner of my eye.
I knew I had seen them before, but I couldn’t quite place it. The owner of the store said it was an “original”, that he had papers somewhere for it and that it was really expensive. Hmmm… it was really beat up. The chrome was all rusty, and the leather had seen better days. So, I left without it. When I went back the next day to pick up the chandelier, I saw that it was still there, and asked about whether they knew the history on it. No, nothing except they thought it was an original. After everything was loaded into the truck (including a bentwood rocker), I asked what they would take for it. I ended up paying $30 for it. Even if it wasn’t worth anything, it matched the couch in our family room, and it was kind of neat looking.
I took it home, and cleaned it up a little. Then I looked online and found out that an original Wassily chair can go for thousands, and the knock offs, which I’m pretty sure this one is, go for hundreds in used condition. Unfortunately, I can’t figure out who made this one. And even so, the rust is pretty bad so I’m not sure if it’s worth anything.
By the way, did you know that using balled up aluminum foil will remove rust from chrome? Check out the small spot I tried it on…
I’m debating on whether to keep it or sell it. I will have to give it a good cleaning, and get rid of the rest of the rust, but it is a pretty cool chair. What do you think – would you keep it?
So, that’s my thrift store adventures for this week. What about you? Have you found anything particularly awesome lately while thrifting?? Tell me about it!