Friday, March 8, 2013

Thrift Store Mystery Solved!

Last Friday, I stopped by Goodwill after work. I found several cool things, and a couple of them weren't priced. This is one that didn't have a price on it. 

Normally, NO PRICE is the kiss of death. No price, no sale. 
I had no idea what this thing was, but I loved the look of it.

It was well made, with dovetailed corners. It had the "vintage industrial" look I'm so attracted to lately! I lusted for it. 

I decided to go for broke and see if they'd sell it to me.
Score! I ended up getting it for a buck. 

A little Google detective work, and I found out how it actually was used! Look at this 1911 ad I found via Period Paper on Amazon.

Of course, I thought it might look better painted white. 

I saw a few of them listed on Ebay and Etsy for about $14.
I guess I paid twice what this one would have cost in 1911.

I won't sell it. This was state of the art in 1911! I love having a little piece of industrial history. Plus, it will fit in quite nicely with my Pressure Cooker!

Word for the Day:

Job 33:14-16

14 For God speaks in one way,
    and in two, though man does not perceive it.
15 15 In a dream, in a vision of the night,
    when deep sleep falls on men,
    while they slumber on their beds,
16 16 then he opens the ears of men
    and terrifies them with warnings,

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Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

what an interesting piece of industry!
I love it. I love that they sold it anyway...and that you figured out what it was...and I really love how it looks painted!


Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

that is so neat! where do you even start to look on the internet for something like that?

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

How in the world did you even know what to search for?
It really is a cool piece of history!

Trisha said...

What a great find. I like the Bible verse, too. Blessings.

Liz @ Quirky Vistas said...

Love it, love it! I thought it was cool before, but now that I see the whole thing, I really love it and you painted it and it got even better. So it's just a little thingy that they use to shorten the bed for display? How in the world did there happen to be an ad for that? That ad's a find in and of itself. Cool stuff. Glad you are saving it.

Tammy said...

I love the uniqueness of the piece, and I love it in white :) I am still trying to figure out how it was used?Thank you for linking this up at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

Unknown said...

I would never have guessed it was used for that but I am with you, it is fabulous. What a great find.

Laurel@ChippingwithCharm said...

What a fun find!! Now I want one :) Laurel

Jana@Transformations From the Heart said...

Wowza Revi, What a great buy (steal of a deal) I've never seen them but it was nice reading the history and what they are. I wouldn't have been able to pass it up either. Aren't you glad you asked the price. Normally unmarked items are "the kiss of death" for me too. This might just make me ask more often.

farmhouse-story said...

what a cool piece--love it white, too:)

Marsha said...

Cool! I'm sure you will enjoy this unique addition to your industrial collection.

Ricki Treleaven said...

Revi, this is so in the world did you find it? I like the way you painted it, too....

I like unusual things like this that no one else has!


Anonymous said...

That is so cool that you found such a clear ad for it... neat! Little Bit from

Marium said...

I admire your detective work. Its a great piece!

Maureen Wyatt said...

You found it and you figured out what it was! It was certainly meant to live with you. Love it with it's new colour!

Barbara Jean said...

Very cool.
Great find, and I would have snagged it up too.


Stampin' VMG206 said...

Wow, that IS cool! Neat post!
I found you today at the {Primp} Linky. I hope you are able to stop by my blog and say hello!
~ Megin of VMG206

Amy Kinser said...

How cool is that! Love it and that you found the ad about it.

Stacey@Rendition Road said...

I just love, love, love finds like this! I also love that you took the time to look it up & share it with all of us. Sometimes I feel like the oddball getting so excited over old things & wondering how they were used, where they came from etc. so it's nice to know there are others out there. Lol. The paint job you gave it is perfect & really makes it stand out. Enjoy your new treasure!

Rhonda said...

What a real treasure. I had to show the man of the house, as he think we all blog about lace. Ha