Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Weekend Acquisitions

On Saturday my husband and I got up early and headed down to South Carolina for some treasure hunting. We went to our very first auction to find a dresser for our master bedroom. It was SO FUN.

I had never been to an auction before but I have always wanted to. I did the bidding and it sure is a bit intimidating! Especially when you get in a bidding war, which happened with our dresser. But luckily I walked away with this beautiful antique for only $280:



I am going to have it professionally painted. It may be a sin to paint an antique, but it can always be refinished and stained later down the road.

I also won this awesome art deco secretary. Look at that inlay and glass front detail!!! I had to have it. I just need to give her some TLC and she will be good as new.



It would look so cool if the inside of the glass front was painted or wallpapered...


[ lonny ]


[ cottage living ]

I will admit, I originally bought the secretary for the booth but I am thinking of keeping it for our living room. Right now there are exactly three pieces of furniture (the two black chairs and the black painted dresser at the entry). I think this piece would fit in nicely. Still undecided...



After the auction, I headed to the Habitat for Humanity Re-store. Mr. Goodwill Hunting posted on twitter some amazing copper pendants for $60. I gasped and knew I had to go and pick some up.



Funny story about these... right when I got to the store I picked them up and brought them to the counter to hold while I shop. I always do this at thrift stores because you just never know! Well good thing I did, while I continued to browse I saw a young man peeling the stickers off. I thought - maybe he's lowering the price! So I asked him and he actually was RAISING the price! From $60 to $100. I told him I already brought mine up to the front at the $60 price and they honored it. That was close! (another funny tidbit - they were taken from a local Longhorn Steakhouse restaurant.)

I haven't decided where to put them yet. Either in our upstairs hallway or maybe our kitchen. Probably the hallway though, because we need more overall light in the kitchen.

It was a super successful weekend!!! Tomorrow I'll post my plan with the dresser and some other details in another chapter of The Master Diaries :)

ps - thank you thank you thank you for all the kind words on yesterdays post. I really means a lot to me! I heart you guys :)

25 comments:

  1. Good Lord...you scored with the chest and secretary...and then to top it all off with the pendants! Love everything.

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  2. Great finds! I love auctions but haven't been in years. I'm thinking my kids wouldn't love them so much. . . Love the pendants :)

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  3. KEEP the secretary!! It's absolutely gorgeous. And those pendants...lucky girl!

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  4. Aimee@ the Functional SpaceMarch 27, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Love, love the secretary! I wish I had room for one too. I'm glad you've decided to keep it for yourself!

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  5. Camille @ the vintique objectMarch 27, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    The secretary is awesome. I'm looking forward to seeing what you to do with the back of the shelves. Have you ever considered painting the the French doors black? I keep seeing that and think the contrast look amazing. (Dying to do it in my house too!)

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  6. Lissa@AfterAdornmentMarch 27, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Gorgeous finds Bryn! Can't wait to see all the transformations.

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  7. Great finds!! Can't wait to see the finished product :)

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  8. These are gorgeous! What fabulous finds! Enjoy the wonderful day, Kellie xx

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  9. braxtonandyancey.blogspot.comMarch 27, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    oooh I love the idea of wallpapering the inside of that secretary. Can't wait to see what you do - you simply must keep it for yourself!

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  10. Great finds Brynn!! you must keep the secretary - Are you thinking of painting the Secretary or Staining her a dark color -- Wallpaper or fabric inside would be lovely

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  11. The Habitat on Wendover has crazy high prices...

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  12. Marianne (Style For Living)March 27, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Score on the great finds! Can't wait to see what you do with them. I'm sure it will be beautiful!

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  13. Wow ! That art deco piece is fabu ! Can't wait to see the makeover.

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  14. Great pieces, Bryn! I've been pondering a road trip to those SC auctions - let me know the next time you head down!

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  15. I am so glad you posted them! I don't know if this was the reason for the markup, but when I brought them up the lady who worked there said "oh these are nice" and I said "yeah, they are REAL copper I can't believe it". Next thing I know, they were marking them up. Who knows...

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  16. I wanted to see where in South Carolina you went. I live in Charleston and am always looking for fun places to explore. Love all your stuff. I can't wait to see what you do with the secretary. I inherited one from my grandmother that needs a little love!

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  17. Mr. Goodwill HuntingMarch 27, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    I am so glad you managed to get them at the $60 price. I started not to tweet it, but in my good fashion I like to pass amazing things on so others can jump in on them. From $60 to $100...thats highway robbery. I think when people realize they have a good thing and others show interest they go up in price. Thats why it is good to just do as you did, politely take them to the counter and pretend like it was random. I wonder if people from that store are following my tweets...

    Hmmmmm.....

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

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  18. I cant wait to see how you update the secretary and I totally think you should keep it for yourself! Cheers!

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  19. Fabulous finds. I'd love to try out an auction one day.

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  20. longhorn, out of context, who would have thought:) good finds!

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  21. recycledconsignanddesignMarch 27, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Great scores! The copper pendants, oh my!

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  22. oh my blog add is http://babytocome.blogspot.com/ just in case you want to know what kind of blog adds you :)

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  23. surfed to your blog from Japan and added to one of my fav blogs list!
    two thumbs up on the copper pendants, I love your blog!
    we are moving soon and your blog is so inspiring :)

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  24. That is so interesting, the price was going to get raised on you?! They are amazing, and love the dresser and secretary as well...great finds all! Janell

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  25. Those are some amazing finds! I can't decide what I like the most: the pendants might be my favorite pieces of all!
    abby

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