Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I found a China Cabinet!


Edited to add: I’ve chosen this post as my favorite Junkin Find for 2010 to link to Linda’s Junkin Finds Friday party.  Hope you like this find as much as I did. 

I still haven’t officially found a home for this piece, right now it’s in the hall outside the upstairs bathroom, waiting for me to decide if I want to use it for towel storage and such. Maybe in 2011 I’ll write about this one again…..



That’s right, a china cabinet sitting out at the curb with a free sign on it.  I was on my way home from work yesterday and passed by it.  One quick look and I knew I had to go back. 


The glass is missing, but everything else was with it.

Especially the key.


The 2 shelves were sitting on the bottom.


I just love the wood cut-out that goes over the glass. 


The 2 tone detailing is understated, yet pretty.

The lines are simple.


A couple scratches along the side are the only thing wrong with this other than the missing glass.


I think I’m in love.


So now I must ‘fess up. 

I have 2 more of these in my storage space right now. 

Does 3 make a collection? 

Maybe I should group them together? ;)

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I actually spent $15 for one of them.  Can you guess which one it was?


There  is something about these old cabinets that speaks to me.  It could be because my Gramma  had one at her house and kept all sorts of cool stuff in it (besides dishes). 

We would examine everything through the glass each time we visited, and on rare occasions she would unlock it so we could get a closer look.

Ah, what was it that Proper Prim Deb wrote about in a recent post? 

Memory hunting.  That’s it!  So true.  Check it out if you haven’t read it yet.

Gotta go now, it’s trash day somewhere…..


Linking this up to Linda’s Nifty Thrifty Tuesday #23 over at Coastal Charm. 


  1. Wow, how great is free! My grandma also had a china cabinet close to the same design. Only more glass. I love 'em.
    Good thing you had a vehicle to fit it in.

  2. I want to live in your neighborhood! I never see anything but trash set out at the curb around here. The china cabinets are lovely. I like the one you found yesterday the best. I'll bet you paid $15 for the one with the green paint still on it.

  3. Isnt it amazing what people throw out?!?! I swear we have the BEST "trash" here in CNY dont we? nichole @

  4. That's just wrong! you have THREE! You lucky, lucky girl!
    I love the newest one! I cannot believe anyone would get rid of that! It had to be a young person, but wait... there are young bloggers all over blog land who would love that! So, if it wasn't a young person, it must have been a crazy person!
    great find friend!

  5. Oh Rose, I have one very similar to your new one and I paid $450.00 for it... it is full of clocks, no dishes... I like your Gramma's way of thinking... I can't believe you found that for FREE... and the key what a bonus... you have to find a spot for that one in your house for sure... we will have to work on that in

    Hugs, Deb

  6. What a find! I have been looking for one of those in my price range to replace a more modern cabinet.

  7. Free??? You have three???? I want just one!!!! You do have the best curb shopping luck. I never see stuff like that on the curb. WOW!

  8. You sure do have the dumpster diving, curb shopping luck! I just pilfired a wood 2 shelf wood wine cabinet on wheels from a neighbor's trash and was feeling lucky, but your find put's mine to shame.

  9. never thought i'd be wishing for an suv so i could curb shop! but this is beautiful, my goodess!

  10. WOW WOW WOW! I can not believe you have some hidden away like a little squirrel hiding her nuts! They are all great pieces but the new one with the scroll work and the key was there too, Amazing. I bow to you, oh leader of all curbside junk finders.

  11. Wow Rose you scored big time!!! It is gorgeous! Amazing what people throw out huh. Good for you :)

  12. FFRREEEEEEE! Yeah, they are lovely! What fun to have them, are you keeping 1....2...or all??

  13. Can't wait to see what you do with your collection of china cabinets, LOL. It sure is amazing what you can stuff in the back of today's vehicles, I have a PT cruiser the back seats fold down, and a full size van that the seat comes out of if I every get real serious about "memory hunting".

  14. Wow! Free! You did good on this. Three is a collection. I think they make for great storage. olive♥

  15. What a fantastic find! And in such good shape too!

  16. Wow, what a lucky ducky you are! I would have stopped for the cabinet too! I am your newest follower, I found you through Three Ring Cottage.

  17. ROSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm in love!!!!! I have been so busy with work :( That I haven't been able to treasure hunt at all. Even when I did have time I never found anything that beautiful!!!!!

  18. Lucky Duck! Wow - hard to believe such treasures are kicked to the curb. So glad you rescued it!

  19. OH MY, that is a beauty! Can you pass some of that luck over my way?

  20. Found your blog by following comment left on another blog. At any rate....doesn't matter how I got here...I'm just delighted to discover your blog. I have read several posts already and cannot believe the things you have found. I love all of your china cabinets! What great finds!

  21. wow! my chin was on the floor reading this post. i have never seen a cabinet like this/these where i am from. i don't know how you find all these curb finds...i am so jealous. we have "junk" month once a year and occasionally i will see a furniture piece at the curb from time to time but nothing like weekly or monthly. lol

    i would love to see these three beautiful pieces refurbished some how. :)

    have a creative day,


  22. Hey, how come I can never find anything like this like you do! ;p

    What I would love to do to it... I would paint it in a funky color and make it into my garage storage to hold my paint items such as rollers, tapes etc, things are that are light. I could use some more storage in my garage.

    Thanks for sharing! :)

  23. Stopping by from Nifty Thrifty Tuesday! Awesome! I love free and I love furniture so that is perfect for me! We live out in a rural area so I rarely find anything at the curb!

  24. How cool!! MY husband (who does not like getting things from the side of the road)loves it and said he would have grabbed it!! Where do you live? I want to move there! My guess is the $15 dollar one is the brown one. Thnks so much for sharing.

    :) Michelle

  25. Great find. It would look great with screening in it instead of glass. Yes, I beleive 3 of anything is considered a collection.

  26. WOW!! I'd say you really scored big on this curby find!! I think I like this one best too of all your cabinets! Have fun with it! Julie

  27. I'm so jealous!!! I gave $175 for one similar to this (had the glass) and drove over 125 miles to get it!!! Now I'm debating on whether to paint it...the man who I got it from told me that it was solid mahogany...maybe your's is also!!!

  28. "COOL"...they are all neat looking pieces and should look really awesome after you do a makeover on them...thanks for sharing them at NTT!


  29. Those are simply divine and what a steal!!! Ya can't beat free!

  30. I am SO green with envy right now!! All three of those are FANTASTIC!!!

  31. FREE FREE FREE!!! I'd have hauled that China Cabinet home on my BACK! Gosh! What a FunFind, and the other two are Fantastic,too...definately a collection!

  32. Loving the repost! I think this would be my favorite finds also! I love this cabinet! Do you still have all three? Thanks for joining JFF!! hugs, Linda

  33. "OMG" I LOVE that cabinet, AND I LOVE the others too!!!!!!!!!!!!! You really NEED to get them "Into your home"!!! LUCKY YOU!!! and yes they remind me of my Gramma too... I used to do the SAME thing, stand in front of it examining all her treasures!!! Thank you for the memories, AND now in 2011 I think "I'll HUNT for one, or two, or three!!!
    Happy New Year,
    Hugs, Donna

  34. gorgeous! all 3 are so beautiful. i cannot believe you found it for free! that is amazing!

  35. LOL on owning 3 in storage! I have 4 hutches! (2 sort of in storage... one in the basement and one in the garage.)


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