Friday, March 28, 2008

A Thing for Vintage Dressers + 7 Things

Last week I was surfing around on craigslist. I love craigslist, btw. Love it! I have both bought and sold many things on craigslist. If I could I would give this Craig person a hug for coming up with a way to get rid of and buy stuff quite easily. Anyway, back to the surfing. While I was looking around I spotted a listing for a "Chest of Drawers" in my town. When I clicked on it I thought, hey pretty cute, but more than I would normally pay for a dresser. Oh, did I mention, I have a thing for vintage dressers? I love them and they are usually pretty good sellers for me at the antique mall. Okay, I'm getting off track.

Fast forward to Wednesday when I finally decided I needed to go look at this dresser I found. Well, let's just say that I fell in love with this dresser, and, I offered $20 less than the asking price, and it was accepted so the dresser came home with me. Now, this dresser is a lot older and completely different from the one I showed on my last post and I paid a little more than $14.99 for it, but this one is way cooler in my book. So without further ado, here it is:

I love the chippy paint, the carvey parts and of course, the cute little drawer boxes on top. It is pretty dirty and stinky, things that don't really put me off, but come on, pink paint! Did I mention that I love it?!

Okay, now that I have completely bored you with the story of the new dresser, I will now bore you some more with 7 random things about me. Tammy tagged me to do this, so if you are bored with my list, blame her. If you are new to my blog and want to read some more boring stuff about me, you can click on the "stuff about me" category on my side bar. Here goes!

1. I love the beach! I do! Have always loved it. The Oregon Coast is so much different from the beaches in California where I spent the first 12 years of my life, but I think if I had to choose, I would choose Oregon. The beaches are peaceful and uncrowded and quite frankly my bikini sunbathing days are long over so that isn't an issue. We actually went to the beach today and I will share some pictures in my next post.

2.When I was a little girl, I loved to read. I still do, but just don't seem to find the time to do as much reading as I would like. Plus, if I do pick up a book, I have to read it from start to finish and nothing else gets done. When I was little, my favorite books were the Little House series. I bought them and read them all again a few years ago and they were still as wonderful as I remember.

3. I love buying vintage linens even if they are dirty. Like Joy, I get a thrill at seeing the dirty water when I soak my linens in Oxy. I know, this one is strange, but I really love seeing that dirty water because it just means I am getting my new old linens really clean.

4. In June of 2006, I fulfilled a long time dream and traveled to Paris. I went with my Dad for a week and loved every minute of it. I felt like I was dreaming the whole time. My Dad and I are huge movie buffs and while we were there, we saw three movies including Marie Antoinette which didn't get released in the U.S. until a year later. Two days after that we went to Versaille where the movie was actually filmed. I am dying to go back to Paris and maybe visit the South of France as well and hope to be able to in the next few years.

5. Until recently I have never considered myself to be artistic. I can't draw or paint or sculp or play a musical instrument or even sing well. Having this blog has really made me realize that I am artistic in my own way. I can create things, sew, decorate and those are all artistic things, right? I still fall into the trap of comparing myself to other artists I admire and I am really trying hard to be proud of my own ablities and creations.
6. My Mom is probably my biggest blogging fan. She is the only person in my family who reads my blog on a regular basis and she always gives me kudos on my posts. (In person, she never comments.) Thanks Mom!

7. This one you probably already know about me, but other than spending time with my family, I would rather go thrifting than do anything else. That includes garage sales, flea markets, antique shows, etc. If I had unlimited funds I would still buy most things second hand. I am too cheap to pay retail. Isabel and I are always joking that we would still go to the Goodwill if we won the lottery. Our dream would be to fly to the east coast, rent a uhaul and thrift our way back home. Maybe someday.

Well, there you have it. More than you ever really wanted to know about me and then some.
Hope you all have a truly awesome weekend!


Auntie Joy said...

Glad you got to the beach. I'm sure it was sunny and warm not a cloud in the sky. I will soon be posting pictures of the quilts and chenilles so stay tuned!! I will be glad when this break from Spring is over and we can have some warm weather!

Jocerane said...

You did not bored me : it's a beautiful dresser! I act the same way you do, so I perfectly understand!
On a huge flea market, last sunday, I bought a lot of embroidered linen clothes...1 euro each!!!
If one day you come to the south of France, you're welcome!

Vintage Tea said...

Such a lovely dresser... I can see why you wanted it!

Victoria x

Iris said...

Ain't it the truth ,I'd buy vintage over new any day. I love to find a old treasure one that has a story. A old coin purse clutched to death or old windup clock scraped where someone has wound it every night. Now that's fun!

pinkroses said...

LOVE the dresser, and the one in your last post too...great finds, I must check out Craig's might have started something here! I love your list of things...I read the same way, would LOVE to go to Paris (and thrift there if possible) for are SO TALENTED in so many ways, but too modest to believe it of your charms, and one of the many things to love about you!!xo suzanne

Sandi McBride said...

I just love that dresser, don't blame you for wanting it...I love the 7 things, it's like getting to know more about your friends...things you would normally know if you lived nearby. What do you plan to do for the dresser? How are you going to "reclothe" her?

miss gracies house said...

LOVE that dresser~GREAT find! Thrifting does get into your blood doesn't it? It's the thrill of the hunt!

barbara burkard said...

thanks for stopping by! I too would rather reclaim a vintage, well loved item than buy something cookie cutter from retail...!!! I just yesterday found a bodum tea pot that i had been wanting from the mall fancy tea store but it is 40.00 there and not even it yesterday brand new in the box at goodwill for 1.99!!!! (doing the happy dance lol...can you see me?)
big hugz and happy finds for you!
the rummage season here will start SOOOON...(although not soon enough!) last fall my daughter called me to say that the people down the block had put out an antique childs dresser to the curb...and i should come is missing it's two top drawers but i can see it painted out in pink or white and new shelves in it and some pretty lined fabric baskets where the missing drawers once lived!

Anonymous said...

I Love reading your Blog! What a wonderful trip w/ your Dad!! I envy you that... Your Mom is right, Your Blog is Great! !
Always a Fan!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

LOVE that dresser! Never have seen one like it with the little drawers on top. LOL about OXY and dirty water. I get the same thrill and have to think, "EWWWW!!" Oxy is our friend!

Cute post, Lisa!


~Vintage Virtues~ said...

Thankyou for one of my first postings! I've already meant to post you a comment and think I accidentally emailed instead; sorry! Still trying to get the hang of this blogging stuff! haaa -- But I did want to say I love that dresser~ It is really unique with those little boxes ontop!

cherished*vintage said...

Ok, so wouldn't it been fun to get a group together and all go to Paris? My aunt is there right now, I'm so jealous and dying to go someday...
I really like the dresser you painted the other day, but oh my gosh! This new one is fabulous. The drawers on the top are wonderful!

Alicia ~ Time Worn Style said...

Lisa, I am loving that chest of drawers. The things that I keep buying are mirrors, wish we had something like that craiglist you mentioned here in Australia. I guess we do have the trading post which is probably similar but they dont always have photos with their adverts which makes it quite tricky.
ALicia ~ time worn style

Linda said...

Great dresser! I've never used Craig's list but my husband loves it....I think I'd better check it out.

I love the tags, it's such a neat way getting to know each better. I'm with you, no matter how much money I had I'll always go thrifting, etc. I love treasure hunting! About #5 I think you are and you should be:). Hugs, Linda

Aleta said...

Did you not see that that dresser had MY name written all over it?!! Ha! What a great find!!

Hey there.....pop on over to my blog....there's a little surprise waiting!! (wink, wink!)

Warmest bear hugs, Aleta

ShabbyInTheCity said...

That is a great old piece of furniture! I have never looked at Craig's list so now I'll have to...

Anonymous said...

Hello! Wandered onto your blog from another it! I was wondering how you get the "stink" out of a stinky dresser. I have one that has an odor that always comes back to haunt!! Your blog is beautiful! Cheryl in California