Even though I am sick as all get out. I had to run an errand that could not be avoided so while I was out I decided to check out the thrift store. Wait, Let me tell you the back story before I continue…
When I was a little girl my grandfather had a beautiful black walnut bedroom set that included a vanity table. I loved that vanity and all the while I was growing up he used to tell me that it was a part of my inheritance. When he passed away his brother was living with him and he told me to take whatever I wanted but I felt like I could not take the bedroom suite while he was still living there so I said when he passed away, if he passed before me, I would get it then. That was a KNOWN fact to everyone in the family.
Well fast forward a few years later (probably about 4 years) and my uncle became ill and his daughter moved him in with her, cleaned out the apartment and threw all the furniture away and then called me to tell me. I was quite upset, I mean beyond words upset. I mean freaking out upset. Here I was making sure her father still lived with dignity by not swooping in like a vulture picking the apartment clean and they threw away my beloved bedroom set like trash, and not to mention the historical documents (my grandfather was the head of a union and he had a lot of correspondence between himself and historical people) and not to mention all the crap from my childhood. Well I won’t go on and on about that, that was well over 20 years ago and I want to believe I am over it although right this very moment I am upset again.
For years I have been searching for a vanity, one that was within my budget, old and unique, and just like my grandfathers. None ever even came close. NONE.
Back to the present… I was laying in the bed this morning looking around my bedroom thinking about what could I do to improve it. My cousin is staying here for a week while he waits for his classes to start up again at college and I am thinking I have some muscles to help me out for a week so I better think of all the work I can think of. I came up with the idea of having him move my dresser across the room and putting a vanity in its place. YES. I tried to go to TROSA first but they are closed today so I went to the Rescue Mission. Besides I am pretty sure TROSA did not have a vanity. (I would have remembered that being that I have a mental inventory in my head of everything that is in the store. LOL)
OK LET ME GET TO THE POINT!!! So wordy!! Seech!!
I go to the furniture section and right there I find this first
Cute! I wish it had a heart on it rather than a club though. I could say I was the queen of hearts ya know? Not the queen of clubs. What’s a queen of clubs? A party animal or a cave woman/man beater? Nah, not me. It was in pretty good shape but second of all I do not have $89 to spend on a vanity. Furniture was on sale at 25% off so that would be about $65 and I really did not have that either plus it was kind of big for my room and probably over bearing . No …keep looking. Then I found this one (and I guess you can see the photo is in my house and not the store).
The sign said
Minus 25% is hmmmmm $35? And why did I not see the chair? I felt like I was getting seriously ripped off here. I felt in the depths of my heart that for $35 I should get the chair as well but I did not see it. I wanted to inquire but I was scared to move, scared that someone would steal my vanity. I kept my hand on it while I sent my cousin to get the clerk who apparanlty was not budging on the price nor was he looking for the chair. He said it was a mistake, I said I don’t think so. Then there was another tag up there saying $40 and he said if he gave it to me for $40 I could not get the discount. I tried to reason if there is another tag for $40 its probably because someone stole the chair or purchased it without the desk and they marked it down. He was not hearing my pleas. He was a hard nut to crack. DAMN.
I gave in…
Oh I did not even show you the rest of the photos did I? It is going to take some work to get this puppy in shape.
Pretty bad shape and its going to be a job to restore. I am kicking myself in the butt for not insisting on speaking with a manager. Oh and you are probably wondering what those arms are for aren’t you. That’s the beauty of it…the arms are for a skirt. When you go to sit down at the table you open the arms like a queen. I love it!! As for the price…if I was going to flip it the price would be a good deal but I am not flipping it. I want it for myself therefore I want a better deal. I am going to call the store tomorrow and insist they find the chair ATLEAST. I still have to strip, paint, buy fabric, buy tacks, the expenses are going to ADD UP…
The chair should look like one of these.
Oh and I also purchased two of these fans NOT ON SALE for $8 for both (rolling my eyes but couldn’t leave them cause they are so cute and so me)…
and this candle holder that was marked $9 but they only charged $4.50 because all “bric brac” was 50% off as long as it did not have a “D” on it which of course the fans was marked with a “D”.
and as you notice this covered my last sentences so I decided to take that part off the wall… I did not like how it flowed anyway.
What do you think? Am I a tight wad for thinking I should have gotten the table for about $15 which in actuality is three times the original price? And what colors are dancing through your head for my table?
A quick search on Pinterest comes up with these ideas: