There are a number of mom-and-pop antique shops lining main street in the downtown area of our little town. I have memories of Sunday mornings with my father discovering all their hidden little treasures before heading off to the flea market, and they’re among some of my most cherished memories from my childhood. Unfortunately most of them have closed their doors over the years, but a few still remain- a good thing for my Husband and I, too. You’ll never guess what we were lucky enough to find today!
My Husband and I took our usual drive around to the Antique shops this morning, as we usually do on Sundays. Nothing offered very much and so we headed home empty handed once again. But this time we noticed the doors of an unassuming little shop were open. The little sign out front invited the public inside, and since we hadn’t visited this one before (let alone ever seen it open) we decided to stop and venture in. And I’m glad that we did, too.
Hidden in a back corner, blockaded in- and covered by- a number of old bar stools (along with various chairs and types of shelves) was a chest that caught our eye. We carefully moved away the shelves, cleaned the stools off, and had ourselves a better look at it. A quick glance at the price tag revealed a price of $59 USD and so our curiosity got the better of us. We pulled it out from its little cranny, popped the lid… And the strong scent of Cedar hit us.
We scrambled at that point to check the condition of it and found it virtually pristine; the hinges were still plated and functioning. There was little warping of the wood. No cracks, and very few scrapes and bumps. The original hardware was even still in tact. Better yet, we suspect it was hand made. It certainly has all the signs of it!
And so we decided to buy it. After all, a Cedar Chest has been on my Husband and I’s list of things to acquire for the house for as long as we can remember. We just never expected to be lucky enough to find one nestled in the back of an Antique shop rarely open- let alone handmade and with a price tag of only $59. We really couldn’t let the chance pass us by.
I spoke to the Lady of the Shop and managed to haggle the price down to $50 with little effort. After that it was a quick trip back to the house for my change jar, then back to the shop to pay her and load the chest. Another trip to Walmart provided us with the items we needed to give it a good clean and protect the wood from further damage. After all that, the Ceadarwood beauty sits cozily in our living room as our new Coffee Table- and doubles as much needed linen storage.
Other finds of the day also included what was labeled as a 1950’s Torque Necklace, and a clasp bracelet looking to be equally as old but unlabeled; today was a truly wonderful day for little secrets and discoveries!
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