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Monday, July 25, 2011

My Two Desks of Summer

I can’t believe it’s almost over.
Just two weeks before school starts and the summer’s been great.
My older children have helped the younger children and I’ve watched them both grow so much.  
We’ve done projects at home, but trying to keep this house clean is a full-time job.  We swim every day, make smoothies and clean out the car whenever I get home from thrifting.
Seriously, it seems like every time I need to be somewhere in a hurry, this is the scenario I face.
Running Chandler out to guitar lessons, taking Payson to basketball, etc . . . but wait!  I’ve got to clean out the car!
Cleaning out the car of all my trash and wiping off thrift-store price tags.
What is it with these tags?  Why are they so difficult to remove?  They must use rocket glue to paste these things on.
I was out garaging and found this little trunk with a detachable pedestal.  I picked it up for $3.00 and listed it on craigslist for $25.00.  I had at least a dozen calls on it.
I had no idea a little trunk was wanted by so many people.
Eden’s been so busy.
The price tag still not removed from her bike.
Rocket glue, people!

She loves her two thrift-store bikes.
And I love my two desks of summer.
This first desk I found out garaging.  
The garage sale was a benefit Girl Scout sale and at 11:00am, the ladies were already wrapping things up, packing up boxes to donate to the thrift store.  Even the best of cause can only stand so much heat.  At first glance, there seemed little hope for this desk, but when it was offered to me for $5.00, I knew I had to bring it home.  It’s amazing, super sturdy, built solid with dovetailed drawers.  Would you’ve taken it for $5.00?
I found this $30 antique desk thrifting and see so much potential?
Both are for resale?
Which desk do you like best?
Which one should I paint first?
What do you think I should sell them for?


  1. I love that 2nd desk. Ive seen them redone all over the internet and with different hardware it'll be stunning. Great finds!

  2. Please, I'm begging you. Don't paint that first desk. That is an amazing piece of mid-century design. I know its super popular to paint everything in sight. But I have never seen anything like it, part of its soul is that crazy 50's den look. Oh pleasepleaseplease. I can't stop looking at it, its amazing. Truly beautiful piece. Sigh

  3. Did you just write no hope for the first desk? Would you just do me a huge favor and look for a name on it. I've been in love with the mid-century Eames/Knoll designs for 20 years. I have found some spectacular pieces here in Phoenix. Mid century should be our middle name. If nothing else at least give it a chance at Cumberz as it is. It will sell, you won't have to do a thing to it. Ok walking away now. Its only a deskitsonlyadesk

  4. Dhamma, Thank you so much for caring about the desk. I promise, I will not, NOT touch it with paint and I will do my research. Thank you for caring about my desk.

  5. Great trunk - I wouldn't have hesitated at $25 for the trunk - and I'm pretty cheap! I rarely paint over something - and never solid wood! I leave that up to the buyer. I usually don't rehab though - it cuts into my finding time! All the second desk needs is once over with some decent furniture polish!

  6. Have you tried using un-do to get the price tags off? Its a scrapbook product (can find it at Michael's or any craft store) it's great for getting them off.

  7. Aw thank you Laura, you're such a sweetheart!:)

  8. I would have paid well over a hundred for the first midcentury desk. Love it!


  9. It always amazes me what you can find at a yard sale for cheap. I've found that some people just don't want to spend the time and do a little research. Our loss is their gain right?
    Frugal Tidbits from a coupon-loving Mom

  10. My style is so NOT mid-century, but I LOVELOVELOVE that first desk! You simply can't paint it! I'm positive you can sell it as-is. Quickly!