Monday, March 8, 2010

$5 never looked sew good

If you promise to pardon my dark basement, with it's poor lighting and rock hard walls, I'll take you downstairs in a bit to show you my latest bargain. I've been working effortlessly {no, not really} well, as much as I possibly can, cleaning the basement. I've made some really great progress and packed out some serious weight in garbage and stuff that had to go. It still feels like I have way too much junk with no place to call home. Over the weekend I sold quite a bit of stuff at a consignment sale, mostly toys and baby items that I wouldn't be reusing and weren't worth storing. I am happy to have sold all but 7 of my 50 items and have $180 to show for it. Worth cleaning out the junk.
We were able to spend some time with my grandmas this weekend too. It had been awhile since I'd visited with them and it was great to see both of them. My grandma's sister was having a yard sale, she buys junk and sales it for profit. When my grandma told me, it was all I could do not to immediately jump up and kiss her good-bye so that I could go Junk Shopping. {I may be a little obsessed with it.}
You have to understand that I use the word junk very ambiguously. When I said that I packed our junk to the consignment sale, it was obviously worth money, but not useful to us anymore. When I said, that I am still shuffling junk trying to make it look nice in my basement, it is just that junk. Junk of little to no value, but stuff that has to be kept. When I said that my great-aunt sells junk, that is a whole different kind of junk. Junk that I get excited to dig through, most of it truly worthless. It's become one of my favorite things to do, search for something of meaning or use. My sister and I call it Junk Shopping.
Believe it or not, I do not consider myself a lover of antiques, I consider myself a lover of beautifully made things. I have certain things that always call out to me, especially if they're the right price. I bought the white Pyrex mixing bowl, it stacks well with 2 other mixing bowls I bought from my great-aunt probably 10 years ago.
I bought some glass bottles, that I need like a hole in my head. I thought these were neat and what's a few more right? If you are wondering how I started collecting old bottles, make some time to read about it.
I'd searched through the junk enough to satisfy my obsession and as we were paying I notice an old sewing machine table. It was roughed up, but a really pretty piece of furniture. I had been wanting something to set my sewing machine on in the basement, so that I wouldn't have to continually overtake the kitchen table every time I sew. My aunt said she'd sell it for $5, I couldn't believe she was serious. I told her I'd take it before I looked at Joe like a child begging for a puppy. She then told me that it had an old sewing machine in it, but that it didn't work very well when she tried it. At that point, I didn't care if it did or didn't have a sewing machine, I just wanted the table. I loved the drawers and the beautiful handles.
The drawers had random old sewing supplies in them. I send my gratitude to Mildred, I love your Sears Kenmore sewing machine
I cleaned up the cabinet and the sewing machine, both make me super happy. The sewing machine took a little fiddling with but it seems to be working fine. I still don't know how to use it completely, it has all kinds of feet. {Mildred where are you when I need you?}
Isn't it pretty? It's heavy, very heavy and I love the sound of it. It's shiny and smooth and seems so much more valuable than my old newer one. It's not though, old sewing machines are typically worthless, because they break and parts are outrageous. I guess I'll attempt to sew something with it and see if it'll hold up.
This is the clean corner of the basement, the rest is pitiful! Probably by the time I finish, this corner will be a mess again. That how it goes, all the time, over and over.


Sweats, Nikes, and No Make-up said...

That's so cool! My great-grandma's full name is Mildred Kathleen by the way, but she goes by Kathleen...gee, I wonder why. :)

Bernadette said...

that is a wonderful sewing table... definately worth $5.00! The machiene reminds me of my grandma's. I will call my mom to see if hers was a sears kenmore, maybe she can help you figure out the different settings and such if you would like!

{Kimber} said...

so cool!! looks like you got some great JUNK :)

Cheryl said...

My mom has a table just like that and I love it.....what a great find!!!!!

Catherine Anne said...

How wonderful it must be to have all this space. I love it. It looks great! Think of all you can do down there~

Keeping Up with The Joneses said...

Awesome! You have shown me how easy it can be to set up a sewing station in my basement!!