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. 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!
Hidden in a back corner, blockaded in- and covered by- bar stools and various chairs and types of shelves was a chest that caught our eye as we were exploring a random Antique shop whose doors we noticed were open for the first time since moving here.
We carefully moved away the shelves and cleaned the stools off of it in order to get a better look. A quick look at the price tag revealed a price of $59 USD. Curiosity got the better of us and 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. The hinges were in good condition. There was little warping of the wood. No cracks, and very few scrapes and bumps. The original hardware was even still in tact. At that moment we made the decision to buy it. After all, who is lucky enough to find a Cedar Hope Chest nestled in the back of an Antique shop rarely open- let alone with a price tag of only $59? They are certainly becoming a rare site these days and it was a rare opportunity. We had been looking for a new Coffee Table, anyways!
I spoke to the Lady of the Shop and managed to haggle the price down to $50 with little effort. A quick trip back to the house for my change jar, then back to the shop to pay her and load the chest into the car. Another trip to Walmart provided us with the items we needed to give it a good clean and protect the wood from further damage. Now the little beauty sits cozily in our livingroom 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 (Pictured), and a clasp bracelet looking to be equally as old but unlabeled (not pictured). Today was a truly wonderful day for little secrets and discoveries!