It’s been awhile since I stumbled across a good garage sale furniture find; I scooped up a number of pieces the summer that I moved into the house, items like the trunk that I use as a coffee table (still, three years later, even though it was going to be temporary), wicker chairs that sat in the sunroom for a few years, and the kitchen island, but these days I’m stuck in that tough spot where I’m prevented from accumulating anything because I don’t have anywhere to put it.
Many of the garage sales this spring have been pretty lame, mostly because its the same homes putting out the stuff that didn’t sell from last year’s garage sale, and that’s no fun. But we did come across a great (new) sale over the weekend, at which we scored ourselves this little treasure. OK, big treasure. A big treasure that might not fit anywhere in our already furniture-packed house.
Side note: The beast could barely keep his emotional eyeballs in his dog skull… a bicycle was riding by at the moment I said “STAY” and snapped the photo.
The new-to-me buffet is nothing like what I normally find at garage sales in my town, and it’s possible that the seller didn’t know what he had either. When I asked what the price was, I expected to hear $50-100, no exceptions, so imagine my surprise when I heard “Take it for $15, but how are you going to strap it to your scooter?”
Stamped Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc., it’s a hardwood, dovetailed, mid-century piece with three drawers and a side cabinet. And according to some similar products on eBay, craigslist, and in online shops, it might have more appropriately priced between $150-$600, no lie. It’s purrrdy.
Purrrdy and full of yummy mid-century modern taste, yes, but it’s not without its share of damage; the top of the table in particular has deep scratches and water damage, but I don’t think it’s beyond repair. Wait and see.
The drawers open easily, and they’re not too filthy either. No cat bones or sketchy stains or raunchy smells, at least. The green felt lining beneath the silverware tray will have to go, but generally speaking, it’s assemblage is very strong (and it’s very heavy).
Really, I don’t even have any cloth napkins or table cloths, but maybe that’s because I’ve never had an adequate space to store them. Ahh, the world of possibilities has opened before me.