Two years ago The Bluminettes moved across the street from where they were living and into a fixer upper. The story of that house is another blog post, but in the move we decided to throw out all of their crappy particle board furniture and replace it all with antiques. Thankfully I was taking a job in CT and could antique for cheap, but that, is also another blog story.
Nothing says you’re a New Yorker like Ikea furniture. They are easy to get a hold of, easy to deliver, not all that easy to put together and great for getting in and around small corners, hallways, up stairs and all those other awkward places we NEED to fit furniture. The coolest thing about this house was there was NONE of that, so we COULD invest in pieces we cared about!
Our rules were no particle board. I was SICK of the warped, falling over, discolored, if you move them once to rearrange your place half the pieces broke because you didn’t lift them “just right”. I wanted to spend my money RIGHT and oh boy have I (but again, that’s a whole ‘nother blog post!)!
This weekend I bought a secretary’s desk. I needed a better space to teach. So I invested in a beautiful solid wood, antique desk that has a chest of drawers, fold down desk with lots of hidy holes, glass cabinet top…. just everything I was dreaming about.
There are a TON of great places to shop in Astoria, yah, crazy I know. You don’t need to rent a zipcar and trek to New England to get great finds for a great price. Plus Astoria delivers and delivers on the cheap. BUT We make a game out of how we now shop, because THAT’S FUN!
Everyone knows, if you are looking for something specific at second hand stores you will never find it. So we found EXACTLY how to find things without looking.
We suit up for a good run and don’t take ANY paying devices with us. Not even a phone. We just go for a run and magically end up at our antique stores. They are all about a mile from our house and there is totally a loop we take, however if you don’t bring paying devices you are pretty much guaranteed to find whatever you are looking for on your first stop. So, we run a mile up, look at stuff. This time we found a few great things on our first stop!
First we found this (it came with 6 cups but I was too lazy and the shelf was too high to get all 6 out):
My family has a green glass, mostly depression glass, set that has been handed down to me. This fit in perfectly. And it was under $30, so that was a must have!
Then we found this:
The wood is a little darker than what we had originally wanted but it was in such great shape that we just had to have it. Typically with older furniture you have to do all sorts of repairs. But we hardly had any with this piece and there is so much character that the photo doesn’t pick up. The desk that this is replacing is fine. It’s solid wood and just doesn’t serve our needs anymore. I needed more storage and it was not matching the rest of our natural wood and antiqued look.
Anyway, so we run to the store, sometimes storeS and then run home to grab the paying device, run back to the store and then walk home with whatever we find. All in all this trip was about 3 miles. They are always between 3 and 5 miles. Just the perfect run. Plus it’s fun! I encourage you to try it! Plus, who doesn’t LOVE solid wood furniture that’s $250?!