Friday, September 4, 2009

It's a before now, but ...

... one day it will be a stunning after. I couldn't believe when I saw this beautiful bench sitting at a yard sale a few blocks away from my house.

The craziest part was that my friend Katie had just visited me and while shopping at a local store, we were admiring a settee with a $2,000 price tag...Katie dreamed of a day when she could have something similar to put in her kitchen, so people could really lounge around the table while drinking their coffee (heavy on the creamer.)

Two days later, I ran into this bench with a sticker reading, "Make an Offer." I absolutely froze. I didn't know what to do... I have seen many a mission style piece in antique stores and they often carry the heftiest prices... "Maybe I should offer $50," I thought in my head, but I didn't want to seem insulting. Sure it needs work, but I knew it was a valuable piece.

I left the sale, too intimidate to even make an offer, but then I called my Aunt Lori to get her thoughts (Poor thing has been fielding these types of calls for many, many years.)

"Just ask what they were thinking they'd like to get for it," she advised.

I'm so glad I called her. They only wanted $30. I know some people will look at this bench and think... she gave them $30 for that? (I could tell that was what my husband was thinking when he came home and found it in our living room.)

Yes I did and I can't wait to turn it into a thing of beauty. Most of all, I can't wait to enjoy a cup of coffee over at Katie's while I lounge on it.


Yaya said...

Love, LOve, LOVE it! Can't wait to see what you do with it, has Katie thought about a fabric? Jack looks like he was impressed with the find!

Lindsey @ Better After said...

Can't wait to see what you do with it! I featured you on my blog today! Thanks so much!

Jennifer Emick said...'s easily worth 50 times the price paid, and looks like it only needs minimal work, awesome. I'm profoundly jealous. My neighbors sell smoked glass coffee tables for $100 bucks in this neighborhood. :O

Annie @ Birdcages n Butterflies x said...

Thats a BARGAIN!!! Well done you! Can't wait to see the after!!
Annie x