Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Find: A Desk to Remember

The other day while thrifting in Fort Lauderdale at the Faith Farm Thrift Store, I saw a desk that reminded me of the one that I've shared with you in my author photo that appears in The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details. I'll show it again since after shaving the 'stache I now look like I did when I perched on the desk from my college thrifting years for the photo taken by Bob Greenspan in my sister's back yard.

The desk I'm sitting on was found in the early 1980s for $10 at a Goodwill in Independence, Mo. I used it when I was in journalism school and wrote many term papers banged out on my dad's old Smith Corona manual typewriter. It had dings and scratches abound, but my dad lovingly refinished it and it now lives in my sister's home office.

The desk I spied in Fort Lauderdale reminded me of the one in Independence, even though it is twice the size of the one my dad restored. I fantasized about purchasing it for the $19 asking price, but if I had, not only would I have had to ship it, but in my Manhattan apartment it would have had to serve as a work space a dining table, a dresser, a craft table and a credenza!

Be sure to visit visit my space next week for my very first giveaway. I'll start giving clues to the mystery gift on Monday, December 30. I will give you a tiny clue right now. It came from the same place I saw this desk, but I can assure you that it will fit cozily in your mailbox.

The Elegant Thrifter

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!


  1. Stan, I can't beging to tell you how many of those old, heavy, sturdy, beautifully worn desks I have had to pass up in the Goodwill stores. I had my heart set on buying one, but you had to puchase and leave the store with it. They would not hold it even for a few hours for me to drive home (1 1/2 hours away) and get the truck.
    I now have one that belonged to my Dad. It's small and lightweight and beat up, but it means so much to me.

  2. We actually got a great old teacher's desk along with our first appartment! The appartment (flat) was let out to student teachers, and the student who was leaving sold us the old desk for five pounds rather than have to take it with him! 20 years on, it is doing a sterling job in our sons' bedroom, but I have grander plans for it...

  3. Hi Stan,
    Isn't it frustrating when we find great things at great prices, and they're just too doggone big and heavy to fit in a shopping bag?

    At least the desk brought back pleasant memories of your original find and of your dad refinishing it so nicely. Great photo, btw!

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!



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