Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Thirft Store Find: Old or New? Trash or Treasure?

I had an amazingly productive morning at work. Almost too productive, to the point where by lunch I felt like I couldn't do another thing - to help clear my head I decided to take a walk.

I ended up at this very hit or miss thrift store across this street. Turns out, it was a good day. I've never been one of those people to really have an amazing score at a thrift or antique store. Well, today - I found this:

I've gone so long with such bad luck at thrift stores I'm questioning my own judgement a bit. I had a coworker look at it and she agreed, total treasure.

But, I'm insecure and I'd really love your opinion. On 2 things actually - did I find something good here? And is it really old or did someone recently make this. The hinges seem new-ish, but everything else seems old. There are NO markings on it anywhere, well except where someone has drawn in pencil in a few locations.

What do you think? Old or New? Trash or Treasure???

What do do with it now, when I first spotted it I thought I was going to paint it, but if it is really something old, it seems somehow "wrong" to paint it. Plus I love the metal pins on the door, I don't want to mess with those and they would be hell to cover and paint.

I really appreciate ANY and all comments on this one!!!

(Oh, and by the way - this piece, cost $40, did I pay too much?)


  1. It looks like a treasure to me, but it is something that appeals to me. If you love it then it is definitely a treasure! I can't wait to see what you decide to do with it.

  2. It looks like a treasure to me, definitely has potential to be something great! Can't wait to see what you do with it! Thanks so much for swinging by my blog and for your sweet comment, I hope you stop by again soon :)

  3. I'd say treasure, and I'm guessing old too! I think it would look stunning with a good coat of paint (says the girl who is addicted to the stuff!) and it's hard to say if $40 is too much, yeah I would have hesitated, but I have to admit, I have found things that I think are way too much, but at the same time, I can't leave without it, so I guess if you couldn't have lived without it once you left the store, than it was totally worth it! I can think of several places I'd put it if it were mine! (hows that for a novel?) :D

  4. It really doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. Do you love it? Do you have a great spot for it in your home? Are you getting excited just thinking about how you can decorate/restore it and use it?
    I think it looks lovely and would delight in it, but my opinion really doesn't matter since I am not the one who has to live with it.

  5. I think it's beautiful! It definitely looks old to me. I don't think $40 is too much for a treasure like that! I will stay tuned to see what you do with it.

  6. Ohh! That's a great piece. I think it'd be gorgeous panted white. You could go back after the painting & distress it a little & rub over the pin heads to let them show thru. Just a thought...

  7. its a beautiful piece, i would've paid $40 too

  8. I say it's definitely old and $40 is reasonable for sure. I like it. I think maybe I'd just sand/re-stain it to shine it up, but it'd look phenomenal in white paint, too!


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