Antique store score!

A friend and I visited an antique store in a neighboring town, partly to scour for cool finds, partly to just get OUT of the house.   The antique store in our own town is open sporadically, and it’s always closed when we actually get a chance to shop, so we had to go on a mini road trip.  We complained a lot about that, y’know?  Gee, do I have to leave the house for several hours for a trip with no children?  Oh, twist my arm, then!

A saw several things I “had” to have, but the mature side of me won out and I pared down my “had to haves” to a couple things.  Price won out in the end, as it usually does!

Score #1:  A plug-in clock for my kitchen:


We had always had a plug in above one wall of cabinets, and I knew it probably provided electricity to a trusty old kitchen clock at one time.  Imagine my reaction when I saw this kitchen clock for $10 piled behind some other stuff in the store.  What’s more — it works.  Accurately.  What’s more retro than this color scheme?  Off white, copper, and turquoise.  Yummy!

This next purchase was sitting on the sidewalk when we walked in, and I noticed the price right off the bat:  $22.


A child’s desk!  The rolltop is long gone, and that’s OK, because my kids would have ruined that in about 2.4 seconds flat.  It’s a little wobbly, but an easy fix.  My favorite part, however, is the decals that decorate the top and the sides:


A birdie . . .


De plane!  De plane!

and . . .


A Lassie dog!

Although I would not put it past me to pay $22 for the decals alone, I really bought it for my youngest son, who has turned into a drawing maniac.  The drawers aren’t wide enough to put a pad of paper in, but they’re plenty big to hold a pencil box, scissors, and whatever else strikes his fancy.  I’m hoping to modify the desk to put a drawer in the front, attached to the existing trim, so he has a place to store paper.

Once repaired, I think the desk will be a wonderful place for my little (I mean, BIG) guy to create some fantastic stuff.  Don’t you?

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4 Replies to “Antique store score!”

  1. I found this same exact desk with matching chair at a garage sale for $20 and mine is in almost perfect condition… love it!! does yours have any markings that tells who made it or when it was made??

    1. A matching chair? I am so jealous! No, mine does not seem to have any markings (does yours?), although I haven’t looked at every inch of the desk. The top part is a little rickety, so I never want to move it around too much. Does your desk have the little pictures on it too? They are my favorite part by far!

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