This Sunday, Joe came home from his weekly study-time at Starbucks to tell me about an awesome yard sale down the street. I quickly changed into acceptable clothes and we headed out the door. There was plenty to choose from – items covered the front lawn, driveway, and backyard. Even better, no one was there yet because it was overcast and a little drizzly (I hate feeling pressured when at a yard sale). In all honesty, there were a lot of items I wanted to bring home with us but ultimately, Joe and I decided on two things.
The winning items: a rocking chair (something we’ve wanted for a long time now) and a nice framed oil painting.
The painting is of a small bunch of pansies. They, along with sunflowers, are my favorite flowers so as soon as I was immediately drawn to it. I forgot to snap a photo before the sun set so it’s you’ll have to trust me when I say the colors are vibrant.
Joe and I keep talking about how we want to start buying art instead of getting reproductions and this was a great start – especially since the painting and frame were only $15. The frame needs some serious TLC (or at least a serious scrubbing) but it’s so well made that I know it’ll last for a long time. The man who was selling this told us that this painting was purchased at an art show from Snug Harbor back in the 1940′s. I haven’t been able to find any information on this particular artist, but I’m going to keep searching for more information on her.
As much as I loved the painting, I was a little hesitant to buy it. There wasn’t really a good reason to leave it behind except that I was afraid it didn’t fit ‘our style’. Joe was right when he said that we don’t really have a style yet. Since we still rent, we’re often trying to fit our things in spaces that we can only change so much. I imagine that once we have a house – or at least a place that own – our style will really start to become clearer.
If I’ve learned anything from Nate Berkus’ The Things That Matter (which is a great book and totally worth reading if you haven’t yet), it’s that you should fill your home with things that make you happy. I’m so glad that we brought this painting home because every time I pass it, I can’t help but smile. I love the ties to Staten Island and Snug Harbor, too.
Up next is our new rocking chair – which Joe and I are both in love with. We’ll probably have to get a second chair because I get the sense that we’ll be fighting over it. I have plans to crochet it in (because, you know, I’m 261) and Joe plans to study in it. The rocker was only $20 so I feel like this was a great buy.
Sadly, I don’t know much about this rocking chair. I think it’s a Windsor style but even that I’m not 100% sure of. It was made by Nichols & Stone (this I know because of the logo underneath the chair) and is at least 50 years old (according to the man we bought the chair from). I’ll have to check the bottom again to see where it was made so I can get a better idea of the chair’s age.
So, while I may not know much about this chair yet, I do know that the details are phenomenal (case in point, the arm rests). There are a few scratches but nothing structurally wrong with the chair. It’s definitely a classic piece that can work anywhere in our apartment or future home. Right now, it’s in the dining nook but I think we’re going to bring it back out to the living room once we figure out how to rearrange our furniture.
Did you stumble across any great finds this weekend??