Even though I've told the story of how Mark Ciolli of Carl & Co. discovered a hidden treasure at an East Side Housing Works, finding a photo taken on the day of its discovery gave me reason to repeat it. I would never have noticed the metal structure hidden by a leather chair, two dinette chairs and a pile of Mediterranean-style accent pillows stacked upon its glass top. The price? $45.
Then the transaction that took place reminded me of an undercover operation that only takes place in spy films. I told it best in The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details:
"I couldn't understand why Ciolli would get so worked up over what looked like garbage to me," I recounted in The Find. "I leaned against an upended tacky, ruffled floral sofa as he flipped open his mobile phone and started dictating specific pickup instructions to his delivery service, ending his conversation with 'and leave the glass top there.'"
I didn't quite get it until he explained later: "Honey, those were two Maison Jansen gueridons holding up that horrible glass, and they alone are worth at least a thousand bucks a piece."
|Photograph by Jim Franco|
Here's how one of them looks once Mark incorporated it into his apartment, which was featured among the pages of The Find. The moral of this story? When thrifting, keep your eyes open for you never know what you'll find.
What treasures have you stumbled upon lately?
Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,
The Elegant Thrifter