Where does a lady put her champagne flute when she needs to take a stiletto break? And what is she to do with her Paris-imported baguettes when they go stale? This week’s challenge is all about practicality.
Item 1: Vintage Burl Wood End Table
- Denise’s Price: $2
- Retail Price: $700 – $1,500
- Source: Jane’s Garage Sale
This table is definitely one of a kind – just like Jane! Jane is one of the friendliest and funniest people I’ve ever met and she volunteers at both SHARE and Crossroads Hospice Thrift Stores. It’s always a highlight to see Jane at the thrift stores despite her critiques of my purchases. We had some awkward moments when Jane appeared to be following me and popping up wherever I went but that hasn’t happened for several weeks. So Jane, her hubby Ray and her sister, Linda were having a garage sale.
Of course I had to go Saturday AND Sunday. There was a larger burl table in the house that Jane refused to sell to me (even though Ray told her to). When I went outside, I found this table for only $2! I love it! A really unique feature is the inset with rocks and fiberglass. It will need just a tiny bit of restoring to bring it back to its original condition. I can’t decide if I should do a shiny or matte finish or natural wood. What do you think?
Item 2: Orbis 1.85-Gallon Compost Kitchen Collector
- Jackie’s Price: $1
- Retail Price: $10
- Source: Klahanie Community Garage Sale
As a great woman once said, “Do you want ants? Because that is how you get ants.”
Well, we got ants. So many I sometimes fear they will carry my baby away–something that might sound magical in a Gabriel García Márquez novel but is actually quite a terrifying prospect in real life.
Needless to say, the fact that the lid on our compost bin had broken off, leaving our uneaten food scraps open to our ant guests like a slightly rotten all-you-can-eat buffet (not that they aren’t all rotten) was not helping things.
Naturally, I was very pleased to come across this Orbis compost bin at my community garage sale. Made in Canada, it’s durable, roomy, and totally ant-proof.
It may not be as pretty as a vintage burl coffee table, but nothing looks all that pretty when its covered in ants.