Sunday, May 6, 2012

MCM Dresser Love!

On Friday morning,  I moseyed on over to the local Charity Thrift shop which around here is only open two days a week. Those days are Friday and Saturday from 9 to 3.  I got there around 10:30 because...
  1. I have a hard time getting anywhere on time and 
  2. If I got there at 9, I’d have to join a line that sometimes stretches completely out of the parking lot!  
  3. It’s a complete crush when you finally do get inside & I don't really like crowds...

It’s a series of pretty small rooms and they don’t have carts, they have baskets.  There is a rack next to the checkout where you can stash a full basket with a Sold sign on it and then you go get another basket to fill up.  You go through 3 rooms to get to the furniture and books and by the time I get there usually all the good stuff has 
Sold & Paid tags all over them…

Well, this particular Friday was a different story. I strolled in to the shop in my usual late fashion, grabbed basket #1 & made my way back to the furniture & book room to give a quick scan to see what I had missed.  Over to my right I spied a gorgeous Mid-Century Modern dresser and the tag was still on it!  $30.00 it said...Thirty Dollars!

I snatched the tag off and started waving it in the air and turned to my left to see…

Ah, ah, ah…you’ll have to wait for another post to see what I saw next because I’m not finished telling you about this yet!

I called Noel and he brought the van because much as I love my HHR, it just wouldn't handle this...
Here is my handsome husband Noel & my handsome new dresser!
Here is the mirror, kind of hard to see it but you can see DD Julia's hands holding it in place for the pic!
The black bottom has a Pagoda style flair to it,
the pulls are copper and there is a copper strip under the wood handles in the middle 3 drawers...
But wait!  There's more!
Top middle drawer with a moveable & removable tray for tie tacs maybe?

This is the drop leaf door on the right and the mirror folds down to expose...

Look at all those cool storage sections! The middle ones are felt lined.
So Noel and Julia man-handled brought the dresser into the living room (excuse the mess!) and I was eyeballing it from the dining room and I spied something at the back of the bottom right hand drawer...

 what is it?

A very old Houston Palais Royal sack with two hand-written receipts!

Seven Complete Apparel Stores To Serve You
Main at Rusk - Phone Number CA 8-8211
Sales Tax was 2% - When was that?  Alas, no date on the ticket, just the name Scheffler & they paid a total of $17.85 for two shirts (or skirts) & a dress...those were the days...probably sometime in the '50's.
And after all was said and done, I went to the mailbox and found this...
Forgotten money from 2007!

Happy Early Mother's Day to me!

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  1. Wow! That fabulous dresser with all its neat insides, and a check! You had a very lucky day! Thank you for taking us along!

    1. You are very welcome Laurie. It was a great day and there is more to come! I went over to check out Button Floozies! What a great name and such lovely buttons! I had to follow...thanks for stopping by and be sure to stay tuned for my next find!

  2. I am always late too! I love your find, it's stunning. Thanks for visiting my blog! Sherry

  3. Sherry,
    Thanks for stopping by all the way from Australia!
    I love how the world is so connected by the internet and we have the opportunity to meet such great and interesting people from all over the globe!

  4. What a fantastic dresser! I've never seen one like it...and I love all its little hidden surprises. Even better that you got a check that made it as good as free. :)

    1. Thanks Dana,
      Noel is having to rebuild the back legs on this and I'm seriously thinking about painting it a very clear turquoise with black trim since it is has sort of an antiqued finish on that weird yellow-greeny color...or not.
      Oh, and what a co-inky dink - I was born in Shreveport and lived there till I was 14 in Wilton Place and in Yarborough Subdivision, I remember Cherokee Park.

  5. Really unusual and super pretty. Nice find.

    1. Rebecca,
      Thanks for stopping by. I went over to your blog and your house is stucco too? I love stucco, practically maintenance free. Good job!

  6. Wow, what a neat looking dresser! A great find. But who would leave a really old Palais Royal bag? My my!

    1. It looks like the bag was stuck to the back of the dresser probably for close to 50-60 years...that's what boggles my mind! We are going to paint it a clear turquoise and use glossy black on the legs (as they are painted black already but need serious touching up)and the drawer frames...I'm seeing it already in my minds eye..neat! What do you think?

  7. What a fantastic find and only $30! I guess getting there a little later paid off!

  8. Yes, the thrifting gods were with me that day!

  9. what a great deal I saw a similar dresser on one of my facebook yardsale groups but they wanted $100 for theirs You got a great deal

  10. Yes, I was lucky there! We have the paint we are going to use, it's Jamaica Bay by Behr...really a pretty turquoise and Noel has repaired the back legs and re-braced them. So we're good to go on that part, but there is some wood-filler stuff to do and more furniture to shift's always good to have a project, I tell myself!


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