Saturday, September 24, 2011

They Wanted to Sell Us Cats...




...but my husband was on a mission:  pick up the intended items I had found on Ebay Classifieds, pay for the items, and leave. 






It was a cat HOUSE.  His throat was starting to itch.  He was ready to go.  The neighborhood was none too friendly.  Burned out and graffitied shells of homes dotted the street and landscape.






Across the street, two elderly people sat in rocking chairs on their front porch watching the transaction. 






He said it was very surreal, and he felt like he was in the movie Grand Torino.  Oops.  He's correcting me...GRAN Torino.  Guess I know nothing of cars.  Or Clint Eastwood movies.






It was one of those towns where you know every single home still standing probably had beautiful old furniture it it just like this one.






With detailed history found in every curve.  Where the mirrors are starting to ghost, like this one.  Others may say the mirror would need to be replaced.  Not me.  I felt like I knew her well...even when I just saw her as a blip on the computer screen.  She was purchased simultaneously and rode home in tandem with the highboy I posted about earlier.






In neighborhoods such as these, as the older generation disappears the younger one will sell off their possessions for pennies, not understanding, needing, or appreciating the true beauty.






Just a couple of coats of paint and some sanding restores her - to some degree- of regal elegance.  Simple fall decor keeps her grounded and whimsical.






Are you nostalgic for old times?  These Halloween lovelies were purchased at Homegoods two years ago.  They sell a beautiful selection of vintage reproductions for cheap prices that are just too cute to pass up.






If you can't afford real Halloween antiques, as they are hard to come by, stylish repros will still let you dream about the times they must have been aplenty.


My kids are starting to debate about how they will dress up for tricks and treats this year.   We are all starting to get into the spirit of fall.

Partying this week at:

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21 comments:

Anita said...

I love the decor and that piece is amazing as always. You really do find the best stuff!

Katie said...

Love the details on this beautiful classic white dresser!

Anna said...

That is a pretty dresser, I love the old mirror. I have a similar one we have our TV on (did not come with a mirror though). Hopefully there are still enough people who appreciate old furniture like this. I know since I got the thrifting and antiquing bug a few years ago, I have not bought any furniture since, the old vintage stuff has so much more character.

Barb and Dell said...

She looks great, Andrea. I like the black cats too.
Barb

Raindrops and Daisies said...

Hi Andrea,
tried posting from the laptop but no go
don't know what I'm doing wrong
so had to wait until the boys were finished on the main computer to post!

The cats are a bit creepy but great for Halloween, the dresser is WoW !
You find great things don't you.

Hope your kids decide what to dress up as for halloween!

Have a good Sunday.

Fiona

Mona Kay at Blissfully Refurbished said...

Did you move furniture with a broken toe??? Hope not!! Loooove the dresser, great find!!

Lorie said...

Love the dresser! And cute Halloween decor! Lorie @ Reading Confetti

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

Hi Andrea, that is so cute. I love the dresser too. Have fun. I love Halloween.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I love the whimsy of this post. The dresser looks great, and make a perfect backdrop for the cats. Great vignette.

Geneva said...

Enjoyed reading every word... That dresser is definitely in the right home, and all the lovely halloween decorations are probably making it smile. ":o)

Erin of HomeSavvyAtoZ.com said...

What a fun and well written post! I couldn't stop scrolling down! The dresser is fabulous too! Thank you so much for linking up your post at Freshmen Friday at HomeSavvyAtoZ!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

What a fun post and I love that dresser!!!! What you have done is fine with the party buttons on your sidebar, but you could also link up where you have some parties listed at the bottom of your post. Just go to persons party...at the top of their blog...you will see the http for their party...copy it...then go back to your post and hit the link button at the top and paste that http in there...I hope this has helped you:)

Blessings,
Linda

DogsMom said...

The cats dragged me in but I stayed because I too appreciate the furniture of long gone relatives. (Mainly mine, some other people's.)
Lovely curve to the mirror.

Anne said...

Those cats kinda freak me out! lol love the dresser!

Thanks for visiting today!

Melissa and Scott said...

I LOVE that dresser and I NEED those cats! Nice job!

Melissa

Jann Olson said...

Love those cats! They are purr-fect! Sorry, I couldn't resist. I love vintage repro's. Just picked up a new spooky one on Fri. I have a blue cupboard that I fill with my vintage type Halloween decor. It's my favorite. That dresser is so darn cute! Yes, I would leave the mirror just as it is. Oh, if it could speak the stories it could tell. I'm sure many a young girl primped while looking into it. Now following you. Thanks for visiting me.

Yadira said...

I'm loving your vintage inspired Halloween decorations. The cat heads are creepy/cute. The hunt for cute Halloween decoration starts now!

I found your blog via Coastal Charm's Nifty Thrifty Tuesday.

Pam said...

You know, I love to go to the thrift stores in those type of neighborhoods for that reason. The really old people have the best stuff and when they go off to nursing homes or other places their kids want all the "old junk" out of the house. I had to laugh at your Grand Torino reference. When I watched that movie I was eyeing an old table they had on the neighbor's porch.

L'Heure Bleue At Home said...

The dresser is a great find! The cats are hilarious.

Kristal said...

She is definitely a Beauty! And I am sure she is happy for the chance at many more years of useful service. Your are lucky to have such a devoted Husband to trek into unknown territories and pick for ya ~ LOL!!

So love the Spooky Cats! I too love vintage Halloween decor, but it is rather outrageous in price.

XoXo,
Kristal

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

It looks really great, and perfect with your cool cats. I didn't know that when mirrors did that it was called 'ghosting' - how appropriate! My dressing table is 40s and the mirror is a little fuzzy, but maybe that helps!

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