I am happily sitting in the middle of a big mess. Why? Because of an unexpected blessing that happened over the weekend. An ad on Freecycle (yes, FREE!) led me to a beautiful old display cabinet, and a heavy- (REALLY!) duty safe/file cabinet from the 1920's (more on that one later!).
The ad said it was from a recent estate sale, valued at $389, but didn't sell. I went to go see it before I committed Mr. Bee to hauling it for me, and was a bit surprised at how big (and beautiful!) it was. The dark oak was gorgeous, but a huge concern for me was the amount of glass on the piece (with the amount of kids we have running amuck), but he quickly pointed out how thick it was, and since it was an old piece- it was built to last.
|This is actually the back of the piece|
|That green line on top is the thickness of the glass!|
|Front and sides have this heavy granite on the bottom|
When he told me the history on this piece, I was so excited. It belonged to his godmother, who owned a stationary store on Main Street, here in Santa Paula in the 1940's. He thinks it was Santa Paula Stationary, but I will have to check around, as my neighbor remembers it being a different name. I know it was used for display at least through the 60's, because we found this in side:
|Someone (Emerald? Emwald?) "is interested in this one"...wonder what it was!|
|Wednesday, October 7, 1964|
For now, it will serve as much needed storage for extra kitchen and crafty-type items (and a bunch of games!). Eventually I would love to fill this case up with freshly baked breads, cakes and pies for sale- featuring, of course...