A few weeks ago as I was walking near my apartment, I spotted this solid wooden teacher's desk in perfect condition sitting by the side of the street. I posted its image on Facebook with its location in hopes that someone would see it and come to its rescue.
I didn't, however, mean to alarm my friends who thought I had tossed out a desk that my father helped me refinish many years ago and that Kansas City photographer Bob Greenspan photographed, with me on it, for The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details. I think I paid $10 for the piece of furniture at Goodwill and then went home to ask my dad to help me haul it home.
When I got there, he couldn't imagine why I bought the desk, being that he was an elementary, wasn't very happy about my buying a piece of furniture that was so plentiful and easily accessible in his work place. "If I'd known you wanted a teacher's desk, I could have probably found one for free," I think he said.
Either way, he helped me re-finish it and I took it off to the University of Missouri where it was the sturdy surface for typing many a college paper or for laying out magazine design projects. When I moved to New York, space prohibited me from taking it along, so it continues to reside with my sister where it remains completely happy in her home office.
|Photograph from The Find by Bob Greenspan|
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