by Kimberly A. Cook (Twitter@ WarriorTales)
Spent time at my favorite antique store last Friday and found a treasure I can’t afford. Peeking out from under a lamp base and a radio was a fabulous wicker travel desk. This little piece of furniture immediately got me to thinking of the British Empire in India and Lawrence of Arabia all at the same time.
It’s an amazing desk with cubicles and drawers and hiding spots. Perfect for someone with a small space who could put their laptop right on top of the fold out table.
While I would have loved to snap it up, for the tune of $550 I didn’t. Taking a picture was close.
I require space to spread out on my desk, but oh the mind vacation and adventures I could dream of sitting at this little piece of history. That is one of the reasons I love looking at antique stores and perusing gadgets and gidgets of the past.
My imagination loves to take walks on the wild side when shopping. Plus I might find some treasures I can’t live without for the bead, book, shoe, and teapot collections.
The weekend before I made a slow mosey through our local Salvation Army Store. Scanned for a small drawer unit to up-cycle and make into a bathroom storage cabinet, but no luck on my quest.
I did find out where vases, punch bowls and extra plates wind up though.
I’ve had great luck treasure hunting at Goodwill Stores in the past, but that was my first foray into Salvation Army. Think I must be more of a Goodwill Girl. Still love my large ginger jar shaped yellow lamp base I got for $5 and my small facial tissue box cover for $1. The prices were right.
Thinking about the stories behind the items I take home makes me imagine what kind of lives they had and who bought them first.
I’d really like to know the story behind that antique travelling desk. Maybe the real Lawrence of Arabia used it after all?
Got any fun shopping finds?
P.S. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Bet there is a Leprechaun in one of those wee drawers…..