We purged a good amount of stuff when we moved into our trailer. When we decided to stop travelling and settle down, we weren’t left with much. Our computer desks, computers, couch and a bed. We’ve been going to estate auctions in order to acquire furniture we like to put in the house. Usually, there are some good deals, but sometimes, things go for ridiculous amounts (or at least ridiculous to us). We’ve been patient and mostly have only bid on things we actually need. We’ve grabbed a couple of splurge items, but nothing too big.
The first auction we went to, we went for some tools and some furnishings, but things were going for much more than we were willing to pay for them. We did end up buying an old fly fishing rod as we had broken Nathan’s on the trip. It was unlikely that he would buy himself a new one, so I was glad that we got it. When things settle down with the house and we have a bit more time, there are some trout streams near us worth exploring.
The second auction we went to, again for some tools and furnishings, Nathan got several planes. These were a bit of a premature purchase as they would be to build some furniture when we moved into the house, but they are nice to have and will come in very handy when trying to retrofit old doors for bedrooms and making the kitchen cabinets.
The bigger splurge item we bought, was a sewing machine. I have used it a bit, but honestly, other than hemming some things and that’s only when the thread doesn’t break and I have the right needle in, I don’t really know how to sew. I’m planning on taking some classes so that I can start sewing some quilts and fixing the pile of clothes I haven’t gotten to yet. It was such a cool machine and I’m glad Nathan bid on it, because I don’t have what it takes to bid at auctions. I just can’t decide that quickly if I really want something or not.
It wasn’t working when we first plugged it in, but Nathan was able to open up the peddle and tighten something to make the electrical connection work again. That’s one nice thing about older, mechanical things, you don’t need a computer degree to give it a quick fix. Once that happened, it worked really well and I was able to hem some pants. I have not been able to hem any jeans, I believe my thread is too old and keeps snapping on me. The neat thing about it, is that it tucks away when it’s not in use and can double as a small desk. The peddle is also pressed using your knee instead of your foot, which is different than I’m used but I do like it.
A 1950’s Singer Sewing Machine that tucks away when you aren’t using it, $35.
It’s been tucked away for a little while. I think next rainy day I’ll need to go get some new thread and start working at my pile of hemming projects.
We also purchased a drop leaf table. We have not been able to identify the type of wood it is, but the leaf is about 14″ wide and is a single slab of wood. Nathan looked up the hardware for the drop leaves and it seems that it was made pre-1850s. This will go in our “booth” dining area next to the wood stove. It’s a little warped, but it has plenty of character. We might look to refinish the top in the future, but for now, it looks pretty good the way it is.
Drop leaf table, $40
We had a couple of dry auctions, where we purchased a pitcher and some glasses for lemonade and ice tea in the summer time for $1, but otherwise not much else. We had been looking for dressers for a while, but they kept going for more than we were willing to pay for them. Finally, a piece that looked pretty good, but apparently not many others wanted popped up. It was in rough shape, but Nathan cleaned it up and removed the old shellac with denatured alcohol. Underneath the dirt we found what we think is cherry. It looks amazing now that it’s been cleaned up and re-shellac’ed.
The starting point, pretty dirty and dark
Remnants of a tag on the back of it.
The left is pre-cleaning and the right is post-cleaning.
The finished product, bright and shiny, $50 plus the cost of the denatured alcohol.
At the same auction, we also bought a large partner’s desk. It has drawers on both sides. We needed a new desk as I have started working from home and the desk I had been using was not large enough for an at home set-up. Unfortunately, the desk didn’t fit into the bedroom and Nathan got mega-desk and I inherited his desk, which at least was larger than my prior desk. Some kid R. Ponter carved his name in one of the drawers and we did find a piece of gum under it, but still a nice find for us.
The partner’s desk, $90.
Finally, I’ve gotten a stained glass light that I’ll need to rewire that I will put above the kitchen sink. I have a second one coming from an estate sale that will go over the “booth”/dining area. I’ve also picked up an old trash picker to clean the side of our road and a scythe that I’m cleaning up to cut near the woods where the brush hog can’t get to.
An advanced house warming gift from a neighbour having a yard sale.
We’ll continue going to auctions to keep furnishing the future house. There isn’t much left that we need, just some bedsets and nightstands for the bedrooms. We’ll need to wait until we live in the house for those as we don’t have any more room in the apartment for those items.