Friday, September 21, 2012

I Found Her on the Side of the Road Today...

...and I named her Gale.
 
 


What I thought to be a mostly unassuming cabinet,
 
turned out to be so much more.
 
I wasn't even looking for furniture today.  It wasn't even a garbage pick-up day.
 
I first saw the curvy front.
 
Could it be some strange buffet?
 
 
 
 
Of course, her side doors give us some identifying clues...
 
 
 
 
...cubbies!
 
 
 
 
...industrial mechanisms!
 
Are you on the right track yet?
 

I opened her top hatch
 
to be blasted by gale force winds.
 
 
 
 
The crowning glory to the old cabinet!
 
The detail is amazing.
 
I couldn't capture it all with the evening sun.
 
 
 
 
There's even a working metal pedal down there.
 
 
 
 
I just couldn't leave a 96 year old lady on the street.
 
(Gale is circa 1916).
 
 
 
 
So the boys helped me load her up and we brought her home to await a make-over.
 
Don't really know what I'm going to do yet...
 
will I remain a purist on this one,
 
or paint and distress her exterior because she has some damage anyway?
 
Or will I remove the sewing machine from the cabinet altogether?
 
Dunno, dunno, dunno.
 
Any of you ladies have one of these babes in a big wooden cabinet like this?
 
 
 
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20 comments:

Deanne said...

Oh Andrea, what an amazing find!!!
I have a Singer sewing machine that I picked up at a garage sale last year, but she has the legs cast iron legs and open bottom. I don't know what to do with mine either!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Wow, what a find! Who would just set that beauty out on the curb? Will be anxious to see what you do with it.
I'll probably be out looking for barns and fences this weekend. :0) Actually going to a Minnesota Gopher football game.

Debra @ Common Ground said...

what a find, I've never even seen a cabinet like this before. I'm excited to see what you'll do with this. so glad you were able to make it over to Vintage Inspiration!

Cloudy said...

Ein herrliches Schmuckstück...

Lieben Gruß
CL

Something Nice and Pretty said...

What a wonderful find! She is beautiful!

Tam said...

Wow... now that's being @ the right place @ the right time! I've never seen anything like her - beautiful! Good for you! I can't wait to see what you do with her!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What an amazing piece, Andrea! I cannot believe someone was throwing this out.

Helen and her Daughters said...

That is one gorgeous gal! How someone could toss that is beyond me. So happy you saved her.

Pam said...

I think that wins the award for best curbside find this year! Not sure what your award would be? Maybe a pair of gloves or something. Both the cabinet and machine are gorgeous.

Elsie said...

WOW!!! What a find! I have about
15 sewing machines, 4 of them
being treadle. I have never seen
one in a cabinet like that. You
have a real jewel. I would leave
her in her cabinet and use her to
quilt or when the electricity goes
off. She is awesome! You are very
lucky to have found her and she is
lucky you saved her. Please keep her intact where she can be useful.
I found your blog on Funky Junk Interiors, I'll be back to visit and see what you did with her. Love your blog.
reeree1949@bellsouth.net

lisag said...

just found you via funky junk - definitely RESTORE - she's too beautiful to paint or anything else!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

OH MY GOSH GIRL THIS IS AMAZING! I just can't believe someone put that out for trash. I can't wait to see what you do with it. Please don't take the machine out though. :o)

anangloinquebec said...

Okay, that is definitely the best roadside find I have seen! Looking forward to what you do!!

debra said...

She's a beauty ! : )

cathy@my1929charmer said...

Such an amazing fine, and can't believe someone let that go! I found one at a garage sale but in such a lovely sewing cabinet as you have. You are so lucky, use her well! Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

Cristina Garay said...

Wow! What a great find! I love it just the way she is! Beautiful!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I've never seen one in a cabinet like that! What an amazing find! WOW! Can't wait to see what you decide to do with it!

Anonymous said...

Good morning! First time visiting your blog and first time commenting but I just have to say I've never seen such a beautiful machine in such a gorgeous and unique cabinet. She must be custom right? This beauty deserves a special place of honor in a special room. Can you imagine the years and years of service "Gale" has seen. If only she could talk! Wow I really hope you restore her. I'm so glad I stumbled upon your blog today... it must have been fate.

All the best,
Caroline R.

Red Rose Alley said...

Andrea,
You find the most amazing treasures. This was very touching to me because my mother had an old Singer sewing machine, and she used to make all my clothes growing up. She even made my wedding dress. I can't wait to see how you make it look fabulous!
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Snooks said...

What an amazing find!!! She is gorgeous.

@ 3Beeze Homestead

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