You know the feeling. I know you do.
You see something at a garage sale and your heart skips a beat.
But you’ve been down this road before, so you remain cool.
So cool you would make James Dean look like George Costanza, minus the hat and leather jacket.
You say to the guy, very casually – what are you asking for this thing?
You try to appear nonchalant, as if you’re the only person who would be interested in his junk. But, you’re ready to pay almost anything he asks, within reason. When he says $15, your heart skips ANOTHER beat. You tell him you don’t really have a place for it and the items inside the drawers are of no use to you. You ask ‘will you take $10′?
A few moments later you’re smiling like the Cheshire cat. Yup. YOU are ;).
Before we get to my treasure (tell the truth, you knew it was me all along didn’t you?), I’m going to share some pictures I took while on a bike ride the other day.
It’s no secret New England is gorgeous this time of year. We went on a trail called the Noratuck trail near Northhampton, Massachusetts, a lively college town about 1 hour away.
I fell in love with this shed and the silver trough on the side. Love the cupola and how pristine the surroundings are, nicer than most homes actually, mine definitely included! I had to brave the elements, the brush and poison ivy to get this shot. Who loves ya’ baby?
Now here’s the money shot.
Now on to my recent treasures. In spite of the title of this post, I don’t consider this junk, although I know many, many, people who would
But that’s only because they’re sane.
After all, it was filthy and almost falling apart. After cleaning it up with rust remover and mineral spirits, (and yes, this is the ‘after’ if you can believe it) and hammering in a couple of pieces of wood that had fallen off, I’m giving this a place of honor in my craft room. And I’m not putting manly things inside. I’m not even putting brushes or sewing supplies inside. I’m putting the goodies that I have leftover from the bouquet. Talk about a juxtaposition of materials.
I love it.
I love it in a way most rationale people wouldn’t understand. I love the patina, the well worn look and its history.
It was owned by the grandfather of the man I bought it from and he said it’s from the ’40′s. Judging by it’s condition and some of the items inside, I’d say that’s a conservative estimate.
It was filled to the brim with small tools, screws and items I couldn’t even identify. Between the steel drawers and the heavy tools, this thing weighed more than moi, and that’s saying a lot since within a 48 hour time span I had some of my apple pie, a cannoli and a Brontosaurus Rex for an appetizer.
I imagine the man who owned this was one handy dude.
The hinges on the right are exactly like the hinges that are on this console that I acquired several months ago and refinished. They were, and still are, my favorite part of that piece and I hope I can find a use for these hinges someday, not to mention the pretty knobs on the left.
I’ve been wanting a metal planter like this one in the middle but they’re about $50-75 in the stores and of course they’re lacking that all important patina that I covet. I picked this one up for $5 and the pail on the left was free. And free is good.
I bought the pails at a different tag sale than the tool chest. The owner of the pails had owned an antique shop and was selling everything off to move to South Dakota. I also picked up an old Waring blender for $3.00. I actually donated one when we moved several months ago but lived to regret it when I started using MMSMP. That stuff really needs to be blended and there’s just no better way to do it than with a blender.
We’ve been working a bit outside and trying to clean things up so maybe next year there will be a place for these items outside. I imagine they’ll be put to use as planters. Our yard is a hot mess, but I’m hoping that will change in the next year or two. Unlike working inside, I actually don’t enjoy outside work and neither does Fisherman so it’s something that gets put off. Our former home had lovely landscaping but other than the planning of it, I couldn’t take credit for it. We had help with that, but it’s difficult to get reliable, knowledgeable help here and besides, now that we’re retired we have the time so I feel we should do what we can on our own.
In other news…
The storage shed under the deck is complete, although we’re having some issues with water coming in when it rains hard, which it recently did. It’s not terrible, but it needs to be addressed. I spent some time organizing the basement storage areas that are now free of all the stuff that have found a new home in the shed and I feel like I can finally breathe! I’ll show you some pictures next week. They’re not pretty, but since I’ve been yapping about this shed for months I think I should come clean with some pictures.