Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Elbow Grease and Paint Pants:






I've been working on a project from my fourteen auction purchases, but it wasn't quite ready to post.  It will be ready next week, so I thought I'd share one of my biggest accidents/scores today.



Sometimes I just bid on things, leaving a low-ball offer and never dreaming I will actually end up with the piece.  Then, when I get it, I wonder what I will do with it.


I saw this dresser at auction. It was such a beautiful piece (in new condition) that I knew my bid of $125 would never stand.  I was wrong.

When I picked it up, I was astounded to discover how much this dresser weighed.  I have never moved a piece of furniture this dense--seriously so heavy.  What was up with this thing?

Don't you love the hardware?  That's what caught my eye, too.  I opened one of the drawers as we were dismantling it to move it when I discovered this:
I looked up the company online to see what I could find out.  This company doesn't even list prices online.  It is a private, handmade artisan shop in VA that makes pieces to order.  Every piece of wood they use is solid wood--no plywood, no pressboard, nothing.  Not even on the back.

I now knew I'd scored big-time on this one.  If I lived back east, I'm sure I could have sold this piece for 5-6x what I paid for it, but since the brand is unknown here in AZ, I wouldn't make that much profit on it.  Plus--I love the piece, and so does Brad.  (He and Ben didn't love it quite so much when I requested they move it upstairs.)

What to do with it--where else but the master bedroom?  I think this dresser new cost more than my bedroom set.

Lessons Learned:
  • Look for manufacturer information on the piece--in drawers, on the back, underneath--not just for dovetailed drawers and other workmanship clues, especially if you're reselling the item.
  • Sometimes it's just love at first sight.  And that's okay!
  • And sometimes, you can get what you don't pay for.  That's the beauty of auctions. I could never afford this piece from the manufacturer.
Until next week . . .
Going once, going twice,
SOLD!


10 comments:

  1. What a lucky happenstance!

    And that thing is gorgeous, Jen. Not just the look, but the size and shape of it.

    =)

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  2. It's gorgeous! Good for you! I am loving this series of yours!

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  3. What a great purchase. It's a beautiful piece, Jen. I love the hugeness of it, and all of those drawers. Jealous!

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  4. that.is.awesome! seriously so. we don't really have many auctions around here.... or at least that i'm aware of. perhaps that's just it, i need to find my community's auction pulse and tap in! thanks for sharing your brilliance. you rock, jen. (and please feel special, cause you're one of only 3 blogs i've checked into today... and today's the first in over a month!) ::hugs::

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  5. That is simply beautiful Jen!!!
    The beauty of that piece is it would look just as amazing in ANY room in the house!
    have a happy day

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  6. What a beautiful piece - and the story of how it came to be yours will be family lore.

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  7. WHAT AM AWESOME PIECE OF FURNITURE!!!

    i need to come with you!

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