Saturday, July 30, 2011

What Would You Do With This Item (whatever the dadgum thing is)?

On a recent vacation with my Doves (female friends from homeschooling, who have become a support for each other even though I'm the only one left homeschooling) we made a stop at a Goodwill in Brevard, NC and hit the jackpot. We all came out with fabulous bargains. One of mine was this little item for a dollar. Cheap, but what the heck is it? I just couldn't pass it up for the price. Maybe mount it (it does have screw holes in the base end) and hang necklaces?  It does close and open like an accordion, by pulling or pushing on the red knob at the end, and will swing left or right from the base. Closed it's about 3 inches and open about 6 or 7 .  Anyone know what it is?   What would you do with it? Would you have bought it?

P.S.  I've had a number of people say it's a tie rack.  So far I'm using it as a photo display, I turned it on it's side.
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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Would You Buy It?

I stumbled up Junker Newbies site and have been intrigued by the Would You Buy It Wednesday? posts.  She will post an item each week that she either has purchased or seen that week and looks for agreement or disagreement on what you would do if you saw the same piece for sale.  Then it's time for the readers to chime in with what they spied or added to their homes during the past week.  What is encouraging is to then see how they have used the item, or maybe they will ask for suggestions on hat to do with the find.

Well today is my first day posting, though I could find something every week, I just haven't found the time until today to actually type up the post.  A friend needed a ride to a doctors appointment, so I was off fairly early in the morning and drove from one end of town to another.  I dropped my friend at the doctors office and told her I would be at the store just down the road, since I don't get to this end of town much, it would be a great way for me to spend the time waiting to visit the thrift shop.  As I walked in the door I took a quick glance around at all the outdoor chairs they had by the entrance.  And then I noticed the desk chair.  Solid wood, in great condition, no arms, slightly similar to a Pottery Barn chair.  But no price tag.  So I entered and asked the price, after a small conference they said as the furniture was 30% off that day they would just sell it to me for a flat $20.00 (including the discount).  I had to think a few minutes, since my husband gets a little out of sorts when I have multi projects going (an understandable case since I tend to start and not finish things :).  In the end I decided to take a chance on it.
Would You Buy It?  I've already removed the seat and painted it with the Provence Annie Sloan Chalk paint that I used for an Oak Dresser (still need to post that one), but need to wax and distress it a little.  Oh, and recover that seat cushion.  But I'm glad I bought it.
And just so you know, that's not a fancy effect on the photo above.  It had rained and it was sooooo humid outside that my camera lens kept fogging up.  I'd wipe it off and try to take a photo, but it would just fog up again.  Summer in South Florida!

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