There is a little stretch of wall in the walkway between the living room leading to the family room that I have been needing a table for. Because it functions more or less as a hallway, the table had to be narrow, not more than 12-13”.
This is the table that had been there until now. It was too small, and it was wobbly, making it an unsafe place to display much of anything. (The frame was temporary.)
The last several weeks I had really kicked my search into high gear. Hours were spent on craigslist, special trips made to antique malls, and of course the regular thrift shop rounds. I saw several that might have worked, but it had to be cheap. I saw several that were super cheap and might have worked, but weren’t exactly what I wanted.
This week, on one of my regular consignment store stops, there it was. It was long side-to-side, but it was only 12” front to back. Price check: $65. Doable. I was standing there looking at it and measuring it, and another lady came up like I wasn’t even there and started running her hand across it. As soon as she backed away, I picked it up and took it to the front. Things go really fast at this store, and I couldn’t leave it to chance.
Look how well it fits in the space.
More importantly, it’s not a hazard to passers-by. You can see how anything much more than 12” deep would have been in the way.
One of my wishes was a little bit of storage, at least a drawer, at the very least a shelf on the bottom for display. I got the shelf. Maybe I could put some of those displaced pantry baskets there. What do you think? I don’t know.
Oak furniture is not typically one of my favorites. In fact, when I first got this, I was thinking paint. I still might, but I’d almost feel bad to do it, because it does have a very nice finish, even if it is oak.
Either way, it’s a perfect fit, it’s sturdy, and I can display lots of things on it. Including Aunt Maggie, a family heirloom clock, which I never had a good place for before. I’m so glad to have her familiar tick-tock, tick-tock and on the hour and half-hour her Bong!Bong!Bong! . It sounds like home.
I’m sure I could have found a perfect table much sooner if I had been willing to pay a lot more. In fact, I saw an ideal little chest of drawers at an antique mall, but it was $400. Out of the question.
Time after time, patiently continuing to search has turned up the right item at the right price. I guess that’s why it’s called bargain hunting.