Even though my birthday isn't for another four months, my sister bought me a new dining room suite from the driveway at a garage sale in Independence, Missouri. Early one morning last week, I took a spin by myself to see what sales might be taking place in my parents neighborhood. As I went down the hill and I turned the corner of a familiar, childhood street, here's the scene I witnessed:
I couldn't believe the quality of these old Hooker pieces from 1956, purchased at a local furniture store that no longer exists. There's the tall chest; the table, which seats 10 and folds up to 30 inches; and finally the hutch server with a hutch that you can see in the back. I didn't see a single scratch or ding on any of the pieces, and all drawers were in pristine condition and opened with ease.
I quickly jumped back into my dad's mini-van, and went to pick up my sister to show her my morning's finds. (I really didn't consider buying them. I just wanted to show her the fabulous discovery that was just down the hill from her.) We returned, and after visiting with twin brothers who were selling the furniture from their mother who lived to be 100, I fell in love with these pieces. My sister insisted I buy them, but when I said I really shouldn't, she offered them as a birthday present.
For a grand total of $135, I now have a dining room set, even though it is now living in my folks' back bedroom. I always recommend that when shopping vintage and thrift, only purchase what you love. For if you only buy what you absolutely fall head-over-heels for, it'll be easy to make room for it once you get it home, even if it means getting rid of something you already have.
Let's just say that I'll be doing some sorting, some selling and some giving away over the next few weeks until I have space for my new additions.
Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!
The Elegant Thrifter