Alrighty now... I have been so excited about this piece!!! A few days before our show last week I found and ad for a large oak sorting table. When I called about it, I found that it is a Post Office Sorting table from the early 1900's. Solid Oak with a unit above with shelves and dividers. My mind went nuts. This could be the perfect Die Cutting area! She sent me a tiny little photo on my phone. We "negotiated" and I bought it over the phone... LOL and then to make it even better... she lived in the same town we were doing the show in!! Seriously!!
The night after our first day we went over to pick it up. It took 3 men to load it! Once the show was over Hubby had to take it all apart to get it into our house... much less down the long hallway around the corner and into my craft room. The wonderful young man that helped him carry said that I should consider selling it with the house instead of moving it if we ever left here. (Good thing we are not planning that any time in the future)
Ok... so you want to see it?
This photo just does not do it justice... It doesn't seem so huge in this photo. But it is against the ceiling and wouldn't fit where I had planned due to the height. This thing is SOLID oak... old oak. I love the shabby look of the blueish grey worn paint. Hubby asked if I wanted it refinished and I said no... I love it just as is. The hole underneath the left side is for a trash can to slide under and then you could "file" the trash into the bin. A great long drawer and it is hard to see but on the right corner there is a old old cast iron hook. This would be where the mail bag would be hung to make it easy to pack up. There are wonderful old metal dividers that slide in on all the shelves.. I think about two inches for every divider. I didn't use too many of them yet. In fact I slide the bottom shelf out and just laid in on the back of the table so the large Big Shot Pro Dies would fit. So I have Sizzix dies across the bottom and part of the second shelf. Then I stood up EK Success punches. The next two shelves are Martha punches all sorted and easy to see. Top shelf, behind the large stamps, are metal baskets filled with Friskar punches. Then I filled in with some of my favorite stamps. The BS Pro fits perfectly on the table top, and this baby does not rock around at all! Strong and steady!
I will probably set up the doggie beds underneath - Once I get the rest of the room sorted and back in order. Hopefully sometime soon. We are so busy with all the shows coming up, the booth in the Antique Mall will need to be set up this next week. Animals... oh Goats are getting close! So then all spare time will be spent making the babies super friendly with lots of hands on loving. Hard job... but hey someone has to do it! :0)
My Postal Sorting Table though... Hubby still can't believe I found it in an ad, bought it basically sight unseen and now it is here. He really thought it wasn't going to be that good- when he saw it he winked at me. His way of saying well done. On our way home with it he said it was really lucky to have found such a great piece. I said I knew it all the time... it was meant to be in my craft room. Really I prayed it was as good as I hoped cuz he would have teased me forever if it wasn't. LOL
Now if only I could run across a few more! One or two more for me, and then a couple to share :0) For now I am loving all over my one and happy to have it for sure!
You have anything new that you are loving? Share...
Ok.. on the run.. Sunday breakfast with the locals and then we have an appointment to look at someones collection that they are wanting to sell. Toys and Dolls - should be fun to see, and hopefully I can come home with some goodies to resell.
Have a great Sunday!
HUGs and -