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my great find

Okay, I’m sure some of you will laugh at this.  But anyway.  I never go to thrift stores, sure I think it would be fun and love to hunt for treasures, but really, I just don’t take the time.  I’ve tried hitting garage sales around the area this summer with not much success.  I looked all summer for an upholstered chair or something I could re-cover.

Then we stumbled upon this gem:

My mom and I were shopping up in Minneapolis and we drove by a garage sale on the way to our next stop.  At first I said, “oh let’s stop, they have furniture!” and then “no don’t stop, I don’t want to take the time.”  Luckily my mom stopped anyway and we were just going to do a drive by to check things out when I spotted the bench!  I jumped out of the car and pretended no to jump for joy when I saw it was only $8. 


So there you have it, it’s my find of the year and I plan on recovering it, but first I just want to stare at it for a while. 

In other news, I’m back to work 3 days a week now instead of 2, so I’m still struggling with the adjustment.  Who would have thought that adding one more day would make such a difference?

I also have a fun something coming up for next week hopefully, so I’ll just be crossing my fingers hoping that I get over this cold I’ve got so I can get the project finished up!  I don’t think I’ve sewn anything in 5 days, now that’s a record!


37 Responses to my great find

  1. madebymegs 09.15.2010 at 10:44 am #

    Oh I love the bench!! I have a total retro theme going in my house and it would look perfect here….so yes, I am in total envy :)

  2. alayne 09.15.2010 at 10:48 am #

    I love it!! Oh, the possibilities…

  3. Lora 09.15.2010 at 10:48 am #

    what an amazing find!!

  4. casserole 09.15.2010 at 10:49 am #

    Ooooh, I’m jealous!!!

  5. affectioknit 09.15.2010 at 10:51 am #

    Awesome bench!

  6. Heidi 09.15.2010 at 10:51 am #

    That is a way cool bench! Can’t wait to see how you update it!

  7. Sew Much Ado 09.15.2010 at 10:55 am #

    That really is an awesome find, I can’t wait to see what you do with it! I hope you get feeling better soon :).

  8. Mrs Yappy Dog 09.15.2010 at 11:10 am #

    unusual and rather beautiful I think. Well found.

  9. Tina @ Squirrel Acorns 09.15.2010 at 11:15 am #

    I love that bench! I can’t wait to see what you do with it. Hope you feel better! I’m feeling the same way, with no energy for sewing or creating.

  10. SummersDesigns 09.15.2010 at 11:19 am #

    This is gonna be great! Can’t wait to see it fixed up.

  11. Targetgirl 09.15.2010 at 11:20 am #

    Holy cow!!! That is an amazing find. Recovering it is going to be so much fun!

  12. Vanessa 09.15.2010 at 11:20 am #

    oh, the possibilities! great find. get better soon :)

  13. Rachael 09.15.2010 at 11:55 am #

    i’ve been looking for a chair for my living room to recover. no luck yet. hopefully i find something as awesome as that bench! get better!

  14. Wendy 09.15.2010 at 11:56 am #

    Terrific find! Can’t wait to see what you do with the recovering :)

  15. Care 09.15.2010 at 12:26 pm #

    Oooooooooooooooooooo!!! So completely jealous!! Can’t wait to see how you recover it… after you’re done staring, of course!

    Hope you feel better soon!

  16. Allie 09.15.2010 at 12:38 pm #

    Love, love, love it!

  17. Emily 09.15.2010 at 12:48 pm #

    Wow! I never find anything that awesome! (or anything worth paying for). Good luck with the work adjustment. Where do you work?

  18. katy 09.15.2010 at 1:30 pm #

    EIGHT DOLLARS?! score! I would have jumped for joy. I wish I had a bench that cool!

  19. ellen 09.15.2010 at 1:45 pm #

    $8?!? I love it! Lucky you!

  20. secret cake 09.15.2010 at 1:49 pm #

    What an excellent find! I love steals like that : )

    I can empathize with you…I also work three days a week (and have a four year-old, a seven-year old and a full-time working husband.)

    I admire folks who can work as well as blog daily (or even a few times a week), and I admire folks who can keep their Etsy shops updated. It takes a lot of time and effort and the hours easily get away…

    Take care, and I hope you feel better soon.

  21. Jenny 09.15.2010 at 1:55 pm #

    Great find! What’s with the colds??? Our whole family has them (except for me, muahaha).

  22. Delia 09.15.2010 at 2:28 pm #

    Very cool find Anna!

  23. Mary on Lake Pulaski 09.15.2010 at 6:16 pm #

    Love the bench Anna! It was a great garage sale day in Minneapolis. Can’t wait to see what you do with it.
    And what else is coming up??

  24. Michele 09.15.2010 at 7:45 pm #

    I have bench envy!

  25. Larissa 09.15.2010 at 8:43 pm #

    S-C-O-R-E. SCORE! Battling bench envy now.

  26. paperandclouds 09.15.2010 at 9:41 pm #

    can’t wait to see the recovering.. and what were you doing in the fine city of Minneapolis?

  27. Dahlia 09.16.2010 at 3:33 am #

    only 8 bucks?! You got the deal of the year for sure!!! It’s going to be beautiful!!!

  28. EBeauty03 09.16.2010 at 8:49 am #

    what a great find for only $8 … can’t wait to see what it looks like when you’re finished!

  29. Nat 09.16.2010 at 11:46 pm #

    Adding a day TOTALLY makes a difference. Last year I worked 3 days, this year I work 4. I may as well work full time, I think. Love the bench- can’t wait to see what you do with it!

  30. Jess 09.17.2010 at 11:37 am #

    awesome!! i’ve been on the lookout for something like this-and what a great deal!

  31. Miss Sews-it-all 09.17.2010 at 12:28 pm #

    Sweet. Nice find!

  32. Jeannie 09.17.2010 at 6:13 pm #

    Alright!! and I know you will turn into something very nice!!!

  33. dana 09.17.2010 at 7:12 pm #

    ooooo. what a find! And I kind of like it as it is!

  34. Betsy 09.17.2010 at 9:07 pm #

    I LOVE the bench!! I’ve been reading your blog for quite a while now, and when you mentioned going to Minneapolis, I was excited because I live in MN too (just outside of Rochester)!

  35. Pacific Designs 09.18.2010 at 12:12 am #

    $8 is a steal! That bench looks way too good for such a small price tag! Those legs look as solid as tree trunks. Great shopping. I am looking forward to seeing this bench in the future.

  36. lisette 09.20.2010 at 2:26 pm #

    Oh what a great great catch!!!!

  37. Anonymous 09.29.2013 at 5:42 pm #

    Great bench. 2 ways to make the bench your own. First is to make an easy cover with elastic around the edge like a bottom sheet. You could even pad the top if you wanted to. The other is if you want to really want to do the upholstery thing. Use the old fabric as a pattern (old upholstery practice). I suggest you deemphasize the vinyl button & piping. Fabric piping would be in period & you again can reuse the piping, but I would strip the vinyl upholstery fabric. Good luck on the projects, they are coming out with some neat patterns. Again a suggestion, try canvas. It would be more durable.

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