Can you believe it? Last week, an antique display case was left by the side of the road, destined for the town dump. While out on my morning walk, I spotted it curbside sitting on top of a neighbor's garbage can.
Doesn't it look like it belongs on the counter of an old general store? Why would someone throw out this lovely piece? Who knows . . . What I do know is that I had to rescue it.
Made from solid oak, it weighs a ton and I knew I couldn't take it along with me on foot. I still had about a mile left to go, so I picked up the pace and continued on my way with my fingers crossed, hoping that no one else would notice it.
Once I arrived home, I jumped in my car and headed back to get it. Luckily, it was still there. I loaded it into my trunk just as the garbage truck rounded the corner.
Primitive and simple, this display case has an angled glass door on the front that lifts up to reveal two shelves. And aside from some grime, it was in remarkably good condition with no musty smell.
I gave the piece a good scrubbing to remove a few decades of dust. Then I set it on top of a cabinet in my studio. A perfect fit — and best of all — it was FREE!
I decided to use the case to display and store some of the smaller items in my Etsy shop. For the past week, it has done a very good job of keeping them dust free and safe from harm. And as things sell, I will have fun rearranging what's left and adding more items.
Having walked in the early morning for years, I often see furniture discarded by the side of the road on trash pick-up days. Usually the items are damaged beyond repair, so I'll pass them by. But this display case stopped me dead in my tracks. I'm so pleased it now has a new home in my studio. Guess it was meant to be!