Monday, June 23, 2008

Unplug Your Kids Group Project

This week's theme from Mom Unplugged,
is OLD.
I have been missing the projects a lot lately
for various "we've been busy" reasons,
but I stopped by Heather's blog this morning,
and saw her post, and thought "we are so in this week".
We love old around here. Farmer Dad and I enjoy collecting
"old" stuff. Furniture, dishes,glassware, books.
We use our "old" stuff every day.Princess is really starting to get into it too.
She loves checking out yard sales and keeps her eye peeled for the garbage
piles at the curb as we drive by, for the "good garbage".
This past Friday Princess and I stumbled upon an old kitchen table
here in town at a garage sale. The people had a battery powered ride on trike
near the curb, and Princess has been asking for one, so I stopped to find out the asking price.
The people had things inside as well, and while I waited for the gentleman to finish talking to another customer,
I noticed the table underneath all the coffee mugs and vases and picture frames before me.

It was marked $60.00, and I just thought...."I have to have this".
I asked how it opened, and the man showed me,
he also told me his wife would gladly take less money for it.
It belonged to her parents, and she had a picture of herself with her 1st b-day cake on it
and she is 70. As we went in search of his wife, he told me a dealer was just there, and told them a bit about the table (made in Newark)but said he didn't have room in his shop for such a big piece.
His wife told me she would sell it to me for $40.00, and they said we could pick up that night or on Saturday,
we loaded up the trike for Princess, I paid her and we exchanged numbers so I could arrange pick up.
I worried a bit when I arrived home that Farmer Dad might not like the table, but that feeling passed.
We picked it up Saturday afternoon, and the man told us the dealer had come back to buy it and was really ticked off that he had sold it. He offered them more money. The man said "sorry, it is already paid for."
He got quite a kick out of the dealer being upset. He told him that had he said he wanted it, he would have gladly held it, but he said no. Oh well..his loss, my gain. It will need to be cleaned up a lot, and it has a horrible paint job,
but Princess and I spent a couple of hours cleaning it on Sunday while Farmer Dad worked at the community garden plot.The chairs are in the garage to be cleaned and re-glued.How does this make it an "unplugged project" you ask? She turned off the T.V. to help me clean it up.
And isn't that the whole point of the "unplugged project"?
It is going to look great with our old dishes when it's done.


18 comments:

Jenna said...

Kate-That is absolutely adorable! I must confess I haven't done many craft projects lately either. Savannah is on me though. She said she wants to go to school because she wants to do more art. It halted me in my tracks and made me realize that I have been too busy with academics and need to recenter myself.

Have a great week!

Jenna
(ps I changed my name)

Candy Cook said...

Gorgeous table! It's beautiful!! What a find.

Patricia said...

WoW!!! I love it! What a great find!

morningstar said...

A beautiful table and history too. What a wonderful treasure.

Mrs. Darling said...

Wow that table is stunning!

Stephanie said...

Ooooo, I love it! Where are you going to put it?!

MommyK said...

It's gorgeous!

Gottfredsen said...

I love the table. It is beautiful.

Michie said...

That's cool - I thought it was neat that she has a picture of herself at the table with her first birthday cake. If that table could talk, I bet it'd have a lot of stories!

Christy said...

What a find!

Mom Unplugged said...

What a gorgeous table! I think yard sales are cheaper on the East Coast than they are here out West. I've noticed that before when I visit my Dad in Upstate NY. You'd never get a table like that for $40 here!

Congratulations!

Nina said...

I love your story. It is so lovely to think of the woman celebrating her first birthday.

Tehe-Farmer Dad. Beautiful table.

Angela said...

Gorgeous! I love everything about this, the table, the working together, and the memories that come with it.
I have just recently realized that we need to do some unplugged projects here with Girlie, as texting and computers have taken on a life of their own!

planetharris said...

How on earth do you find these things, Kate? I do not possess this Karma of yours, can you shop for me, too, please??? I would have been all over that table. I love pink in any form. Tee, hee, hee!

8)(8 said...

What a find and nice honest people!

Wendy said...

beautiful table! It reminds me of my grandparents!

Cher Mere said...

that is a totally cool table!

Rockin' Moroccan Mama said...

We love "trash". We are always on the lookout for great finds. I just posted my new dresser that I found and repainted. I came to your site to see your finds. LOL Love the table. Great price too for $40. What a steal!!!It was quite a challenge having ds help me but he enjoyed it.

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