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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Look what a sweet neighbor gave me!

The house across the street from us sold recently and the owner’s daughter was clearing out the last things before closing day.

It was her childhood home and had been chock full of stuff when her father passed away a couple years ago. The house stood empty while the family decided what to do with it.  About a year ago they had cleaned out and sold everything at an estate sale before putting the house on the market.

Imagine my surprise when Barb came across the street to say goodbye and tell me she had saved a piece of furniture especially for me because she knew I liked to refinish furniture.

I was so touched that she thought of me!

I grabbed my hand cart and trucked it across the road to see what she had.

It was this awesome dresser,

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complete with a big mirror!

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Some of the decorative pieces had crumbled away. Even more came off while getting it home.

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This paper label was nailed to the back of the piece.

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And inside one of the drawers I found this receipt for clothing dated 1943.

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How cool is that?

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On my way out I spied this in the garage and stopped to admire it.

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Turns out they were throwing it away and said please take it!

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It still had the shipping label on it from when her father sent it home when he was in the Air Force.

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Don’t know exactly what I’ll do with these yet, but I’m excited about getting them!

Goodbye Barb, I know it was hard for you to part with your parent’s home. We’ll keep an eye on it for you, don’t you worry.

:)

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14 comments:

  1. I'm sure you will turn these treasures into something beautiful.

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  2. That was so nice she gave you some items from the home. It must be so hard to let go of the home you grew up in like that. I moved around so much being a military brat but the 'things' my parents have are starting to make their way to my home from my Mom's as she downsizes. Love the dresser and the box!

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  3. Lucky girl... I love that box... hmmm makes you wonder what else they threw out that might interest us junkers.

    Great dresser... I am sure you will give it a new look so it can live another 60+ years.

    That must have been hard for Barb to leave the house for the last time. That's a tough one.

    Hope you are having a good week Rose...

    Hugs, Deb

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  4. Wow!
    I don't know if I'm happier about the dresser you were given ...or the curb shopped "personal effects" box! It was sweet of your neighbor to give permission for both!

    Pat

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  5. What a sweet post. Rose, Barb is blessed to know that pieces of her family will be so loved : )

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  6. wow! two pieces with such history!! amazing. :)
    I can't wait to see what you do with your new finds!
    I'm sure it was very difficult for barb to move one.
    gail

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  7. oh........
    i just drooled over the chest! heck - and the trunk!!!

    rose... i am turning green and it's not 'cause it's Christmas...

    ;-D robelyn

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  8. Thanks for stopping by to wish me Happy Birthday. Great old dresser can't wait to see it all dolled up. I brought my father's footlocker home with me too. Don't know what I am going to do with it but hope you give me some ideas with the one you have. Stella

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  9. great cabinet, all the way from 2nd Avenue! I am sure your neighbor is glad someone will enjoy these things again.
    Lezlee

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  10. Love the mirrors behind your tree!!! Nice dresser she gave you! Have fun with it!
    Deb

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  11. What a pretty dresser. The hardware looks really lovely. Is it all there? Can't wait to see what you do with it.

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  12. I can't wait to see what you do with these pieces. I love the old mirror on the dresser.

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  13. wELL i'M YOUR NEWEST FOLLOWER AND I'M SIMPLY AMAZED AT ALL YOUR LOVELY INTELLIGENT THINGS THAT YOU HAVE MASTERLY MADE....i JUST LOVE IT ALL...AND TO THINK YOU SAVE ALL THAT STUFF FROM BEING THROWN AWAY...I LOOKED AT ALL YOUR BLOG POST TO THE VERY LAST... I HAVE TO ADMIT I'M TOTALLY JEALOUS THAT YOU HAVE SUCH GREAT IDEAS IN MIND. IF IT SOUNDS LIKE I'M PRAISING YOU I'AM...YOUR VERY TALENTED AND I'M SO GLAD I HAVE FOUND YOUR BLOG. IT HAS A GREAT INSPIRATION FOR ME TO BE ME, THOUGH I'AM NOT COMPARISON BY FAR...IT JUST GIVES ME MOTIVATION THAT I NEED TO DO THE THINGS I LOVE. . . WITH SOME THOUGHT IN MIND...I'M A FAIRLY NEW BLOGGER @ SPOONWITHER.BLOGSPOT.COM. I DON'T GET MUCH FEED BACK ON MY BLOG BUT I LOVE TO WRITE IT AWAYS...YOUR BENCHES ARE INDDEED LOVELY THANK YOU FOR SHARING IT ALL....COME BY SOMETIME WHEN YOU HAVE MOMENT...WITH LOVE JANICE hAPPY hOLIDAYS.....

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  14. You have a really nice blog! I love finding the dates of when things were made on furniture too.

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