Serendipity. That's the word of the day after ventured out to celebrate my dad's birthday and came home with a vintage arts & crafts sideboard!
The photo above isn' OUR sideboard, actually--we didn't have a camera with us at the time. I grabbed this photo from Cottone Auctions because it is similar enough. Both share a simple craftsman design and a similar profile. That said, ours doesn't have its original finish like this one does. It also didn't cost the small fortune this one probably did. In fact, we got a down right deal...
After taking my parents out for a birthday brunch, we decided to swing by one of our favorite dealers in rescued, beautiful things--Architectural Artifacts. They display an amazing array of items--from vintage tile to Catholic confessional booths. It's a wonderful place that we love to introduce to friends.
Our last few visits we'd been eyeing a particular vintage sideboard there. We weren't really in the market for one at this point--work on our dining room will be a long way off. But this particular sideboard had such a strong similarity to our bungalow's original craftsman character that it was hard NOT to consider. Each time, we ultimately decided against it on the most practical of reasons--price and timeline.
So imagine our intrigue today when we arrived to find they were having a sale--30% off everything! We hadn't heard about the sale and we were actually a bit anxious that "our" sideboard might already be gone. To avoid jinxing the situation we played it casual, looking around with my parents for awhile before heading upstairs.
Sure enough, it was still there. But even better, it had an additional tag--"All built-in's 50% off." 50%!? [Cue the Hallelujah Chorus here.] After a brief conversation designed to make us look rational in front of my family, I headed downstairs to stake our claim.
We'll pick it up next weekend, so look for actual photos then. In the meantime, we'll be trying to figure out where on earth we'll keep the darn thing until we can gain back enough square footage in the house to rearrange the dining room... :-)
PS - For you Chicago folks, the sale at Architectural Artifacts runs through December 17th (2004). Check it out...especially if you're in the market for, say, an Argentine Brass and Glass Candy Jar Stand. And really...who isn't?