Sunday, January 27, 2013

This and That

I hope you are all enjoying your Sunday.

I spent the better part of the day marking items to take to my booth.
As I was digging around my basement and garage looking for additional items that might be booth-worthy, I came across a few pieces that I purchased with the intend to resell but haven't because I just can't part with them.

Take a look.....can you blame me?

This is an interesting piece that holds nine large file boxes.
I plan on painting it black and using it in my studio for additional storage.

I purchased these two stools last summer and originally had no intention of keeping them.
I brought them in the house to clean them up and noticed how nice they fit at the end of my kitchen island.....they've been there ever since (I do need to change out the seat covers).

I found two of these vintage shoe holders and thought they would be good sellers.
I guess I'll never find out because I love how unique they are and I just can't part with them (I think I'll use them in my bathroom to hold a rolled towel).
This last piece is an absolute favorite.  
It was love at first sight and I wasted no time buying it when I saw the price....$32.00!
 This is a very old upper cabinet piece that once sat on top of a possum belly table. 
It's pretty large, measuring 41" across. 
I love all the little drawers and the shelves for display.
I'm trying to figure out if I could make this work in my bedroom redo.  Maybe hang it over a small desk or vanity.  And to paint or not to paint.  I like to keep a wood finish when I can but the finish on this piece is pretty rough.  I'm thinking that a coat of paint may be the update that this piece needs to be used in my bedroom setting.  
 So those are just a few of the pieces that never made it out of my house and to my booth.  

Do you have the same issue of buying things that you just can't give up?
Let me know I'm not the only one!

Have a great week.

Jane

49 comments:

  1. Jane: You are definitely NOT the only one!! I bought a bunch of frames, painted them and was almost ready to part with them until I positioned them on my mantle to photograph them. They are still here a year later!!!
    I love the file boxes. I would use those in my craft room in a heartbeat!
    Have a great evening.

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  2. Jane,
    I'm one of those people too. It's so crazy but, it's time to sort and get rid of some stuff here. Then, wouldn't you know here we go again!
    I have to tell you though, I'm starting to just say, "NO" it takes a lot of willpower. I love the wooden piece. It would be great with a table
    underneath as a desk in your bedroom. Add a cool chair.. You are so great with re- purposing. You'll find home for it. Great stools. I wouldn't
    cover them ;)
    Have a great week,
    xxx Liz

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  3. You are not the only one! I have been known to bring something that I thought I would give as a gift and then not be able to part with... Love your beautiful cabinet piece. Have a wonderful week.

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  4. Wow-some finds there,for sure. I LOVE that last piece and I (for myself) would probably paint it and distress it a bit. It is a wonderful old piece. Great stools, too! xo Diana

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  5. You're definitely not the only one! I do that all the time. Especially if I search the word on google images and see it repurposed like your shoe holders. Nice finds and I can totally see why you wouldn't sell them!

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  6. Jane all of those would be hard to give up! The last piece is really amazing and I think painting it would just make it so fresh and perfect for your bedroom!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  7. Inspiring as always Jane. You are right, those finds are just too good to let go.
    Joy

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  8. Those are all so unique and interesting. I would also have a difficult time parting with any of them. I have gotten better at simplifying, but when it is something I know I will likely never find again (especially at a good price) I have to think long and hard about it.

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  9. My husbands mother has a love of all things old but not forgotten and has a booth. She's trying to purge her house of all the extra stuff she doesn't really need and won't sell from the booth. Its always fun to peruse her barn!

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  10. Great keepers... Looking forward to seeing what you do with your $32 beauty!

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  11. I collect those file boxes and have never seen a cabinet for them. Love them and that last cabinet. I would have to let some of that wood show even if I did add paint. I have been known to mark an item at a steep price and then rotate it back through the house when it does not sell. However over Christmas a beautiful green cabinet went to someone else's house instead of returning here. :>(

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  12. Haha! There are advantages and disadvantages of being in this business. 95% of the time my rule of thumb is....if you're bringing something new in, you better get rid of something else.

    Cool stuff though!

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  13. Oh dear Jane...I have problems parting with all the things I buy...because I only buy what I love! That...and I have definite hoarding tendencies! I love all your finds...and vote for painting that last piece...it is awesome and will be spectacular when it is freshened up!

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  14. Oh I do that too. That may be why our booth isn't making us rich.
    That last item is beautiful and I love it in it's original wood. It would really stand out against a cream wall. It would be a great cubby in a bathroom too. Love it!

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  15. great pieces, i love the stools, im making a kitchen island now so maybe im being partial!

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  16. I love the stools . . . I would love to find a couple of those. Your cupboard is wonderful, but what is a possum belly table? I'm not familiar with that term. Looks like you have some very interesting re-dos ahead of you . . . it will be wonderful to see what you do with them. Have fun! Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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  17. LOL..Yes I to have issues parting with some things that I buy to resell but am able to let go of some now that we are trying to move..Downsizing and adding the $ to my moving fund..but there are still some items that are a muct keep :) so I understand

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  18. Jane,
    You have some special pieces here..no wonder you can't let them go. Now you are not alone...I do the same thing.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  19. Wow, that cabinet is awesome. I love the woodiness of it, but whatever you do to it I'm sure it will look great in your bedroom!

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  20. Great finds and keeping them is smart..They are awesome pieces..I especially love the last one..Can't wait to see how ya use it..

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  21. No, you are not the only one, it happens to me all the time. I'd be hanging on to that cabinet piece too and I think a fresh coat of paint is just what it needs. Love those file boxes. Good storage is so hard to come by.

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  22. Oh, please don't paint it! The wood is so beautiful - what a fabulous piece. Could you try cleaning it up first with a furniture restorer. If that doesn't work, then you could paint.

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  23. Love that last piece and for $32, you got a fabulous bargain! Can't wait to see what you do with it!

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  24. Oh, those are wonderful. I would have kept them too.
    ~Elizabeth

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  25. You really found some treasures, Jane! I love the stools and the last piece. I can't wait to see how you fix them up!

    XO,
    Jane

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  26. Oh, I want that filing cabinet and that cabinet piece. I totally get why you cannot part with them. Great treasures!!!

    XX
    sUMAYA

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  27. Where is your booth? I'm sure it is far from me, but you never know when traveling.

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  28. Oh goodness....I think this is always the curse of the re-seller.....it's amazing how hard it is to part with those favorites isn't it?

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  29. That $32 piece is amazing. I love it just the way it is. Would a clear matte sealer keep the look of the current finish and keep it from chipping off more?

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  30. You are NOT alone! I actually went into the antiques business so I could justify buying all the stuff I love! Once you get it home, it's like a kitten - you don't have the heart to make it leave!
    Your finds are wonderful, so who can blame you for keeping them?

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  31. I would have a hard time parting with your treasures as well. The cubby cabinet is gorgeous and I can't wait to see what you do with it.
    Have a Nice Day,
    Suzanne

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  32. The last piece: What about painting it white, fabric covering the drawers in the centre (big & small) and wallpaper backing the two side recesses. Crystal knobs on the drawers would be a lovely finishing touch! Or maybe mirror backing on the two side recesses would be even better, and then use it as a dressing table topper.

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  33. hi Jane ... I love that shoe holder ... have never seen one like it ... I say keep it. I likeyour idea for use. Now, the cabinet piece ... oh my, I would love that. Hard to know, clean it up or paint it. Really depends where you use it, but I would try to clean it first. Murphy Oil Soap is a great cleaner and wood enhancer ... THEN ... if that does not work ... paint might be the answer.
    Good luck ... I know whatever you do will be just awesome.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z.
    Timeless Treasures

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  34. Well you know we are all drooling over those wonderful pieces. I can see why you are keeping them..=)

    That shoe thingy will be a great towel holder...and so LOVE that last piece.
    Tough one whether to paint or not. I love it how it is, but also love when people paint things up.

    Have a super week.

    blessings
    barb

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  35. I think you should go with your gut instinct about what you do with your pieces keeping in mind changing it will affect its value for selling if you choose to do so later. You're definitely not the only one hanging on to stuff. I have a house full of stuff I'm holding on to for my children to take home with them. Hmmmmm..did I tell them that yet I wonder. For whatever reason we do it we just do it. I grew up with saving everything post depression and never grew out of it in my adult life. Me thinks me in for one humongus Spring cleaning this year as I must downsize for the next stage of my life. But I would tell you to hang on to the real good stuff as long as you can. There's sure to be someone out there who will appreciate it for what it is and be willing to give you what its worth. A number of years ago I was pushed into selling a lot of my treasures and people knew it was a necessity and took advantage of the situation. So that's why hanging on with what I had left was so important to me I guess. We treasure what we treasure for some internal necessity I think.

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  36. Great finds! Can't wait to see what you do with them. :)

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  37. I would leave the finish, Murphy's oil dop will do wonders and after its clean reevaulate

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  38. Sorry, Murphy's oil soap. Then after u reexamine, tung oil, hand rubbed on gives a great finish.

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  39. Oh, and I am afraid if you paint the file holder, it might look like that furniture u buy in the ox and put together.

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  40. Wonderful finds, Jane...and you're right, they are unusual and you'd probably never find them again! I do keep pieces all the time...I call it a perk of the job...I get first pick!

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  41. They are all great, but oh my that last cabinet is wonderful!! Paint or not...It's yours and you know what will work in your house!!

    Carol

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  42. Each and every one a treasure, so I can't blame you for keeping them for yourself. You find the best stuff! I keep tellin' hubby I need to go with him on a business trip when he comes your way. Which is usually a couple times a year. I keep stuff all the time....just not as interesting as you. In fact we've been going thru my great aunt's house since before Christmas and every interesting thing I find I think, what would Jane do with this?

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  43. Great "stash"...I agree, keep them!! That last piece is amazing...can't wait to see what you do with it :)

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  44. I would probably have an easier time parting with some things because my brain does not work in the same creative way as yours. You have always had the ability to see several possibilities in everything you touch. Often when I'm shopping and I spy something interesting I ask myself WWJDWT? (what would Jane do with this) Nope, it just doesn't work for me like I'd like it to. So...you keep collecting and repurposing and I'll keep on reading and drooling!! You're the best!
    xoxo
    Joyce

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  45. Try Miss Mustard Seeds hemp oil on that wood possum cabinet top. She showed a piece last week and how it really refreshed the wood. A very fun piece.

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  46. Those are such nifty finds! No wonder you can't part with them. Wish I had your knack for repurposing. Love seeing your creative projects!

    I also have a tough time letting certain pieces go to my booth. A sweet predicament!

    Sandy

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  47. I know how you feel. It's hard to let good things go some times. I'm not wild about the shoe holders, but I would struggle with every other piece in this post. Nice, nice finds! I'm getting ready in the next few weeks to hit my stash. Who knows what I'll find? It's kind of like shopping twice!

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  48. Some cool finds! Love the shoeholders and the cabinets...

    Greetings Helle

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