Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Thrifty Vintage Thursday Thingies

Today I will be joining two different blog parties, which is OK, because I have two different things to show off.

I am joining:
Vintage Thingie Thursday
at The Coloradolady

Because, although I don't know all the details, they sure look vintage to me,

And, I will be joining:
Thrifty Thursday
at Tales From Bloggeritaville

Because it doesn't get much thriftier than this.

First of all, I have to say how and where I got them.

Those who read Diann's post Wednesday about junking, will know I am not above a bit of dumpster diving, curb crawling or various other means of acquiring treasures.

Well, I was just driving down the road, minding my own business, when I saw this big pile of trash bags sitting out at the curb, with legs sticking out from the top of the pile.

Not people legs, of course, but table-ish legs. So, I stopped to see what it was.
Someone had thrown these two treasures out with the trash.

Now, I don't know when this telephone table was made, but Diann and I were just talking about what The Princess will think in a few years when she hears the term "telephone table".

Um sure, I can set it on a table if you want, but why not put it back in my purse?

Kind of like the 53 Cadillac, some things are just gone from todays world...

It's rough, but I think I can work with it, to give it some new life. It has some neat detail in it.

And this one was made sometime between 1974 and 1979, if my research is reliable. Which makes it younger than me, so not technically vintage, but well out of its' youth.

I haven't even plugged it in to see if the motor works yet, but I did notice that it has a belt, a needle, and a bobbin, in fact there is still thread in the bobbin, so I think it has all its' parts.

Somebody here collects old sewing machines, I don't remember who, but I'm sure once I start playing with it, I can get some good advice on how to make it work.

I like to tinker and play with stuff like that. Refinishing the table won't be as fun, but you have to take the good with the bad, I suppose.

Now, I admit, they both need some TLC. But you can't beat the price.

Heck, they would have been a good deal at twice the price!

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Be sure and join me each Tuesday for Tuesday Trivia Tie-in, where readers are invited to share trivia and show off their treasures.

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  1. Two great finds! I love the telephone table. Very cute! The sewing machine and cabinet wow great curb crawling as you put it.

  2. I sure hope you'll show them to us after you do your magic on them!

    I don't even think my junior higher's today would have any CLUE what a telephone table was/is. Maybe I'll ask them when we go back to school on Monday - - - IF this old brain can still remember by then to DO it!?!

  3. You will be surprised how nice those tables will turn out with a little love and tender care. Great finds.

  4. What great finds! I think both will be wonderful after a little work, I need to refinish a sewing table that belonged to my grandma...I am waiting on the nicer weather ahead before I start! Have a great VTT!

  5. Have fun playing with your freebies.

  6. Someone actually threw out a sewing machine? I can understand trashing the tables but a sewing machine? Congratulations on your find!

  7. What great finds,,they may be a bit of work,but I think they'll be well worth the trouble. Can't wait to see them done.

  8. Niiiice!! I trash picked curbside table a few years ago and restored it with a faux painted marble top finish. It's in my living room right now. Ooh, and that sewing machine! Hope it works, and I think the collector you were talking about is Tammy. Great finds!

  9. Sheeeesh! One man's trash is another man's treasure.

  10. I'm jealous--I never find more than trash on the side of the road! And I'm thrilled that you stopped right there to take the pictures!

  11. That first table definitely has some great design elements. I am a big fan of little tables.

  12. I'm sure the refurbishing will be beautiful. When you have solid wood, the original beauty is still there.

  13. My husband calls it dumpster diving. I collect sewing machines and have rescued about half a dozen from a premature trip to the dump! Your old Sears machine will most likely outlast us all. These machines easy to maintain and sew beautiful precise stitches. A most excellent find!

  14. Will you please post pics of the telephone table when you are done fixing it? I would love to see those.

  15. Great finds! I have a 25 year old Sears sewing machine and it works like a dream. By the way, I refuse to recede too. I like your positive attitude!!

    Susan and Bentley

  16. Well you have 2 fun projects there. I never see things like that around here. I don't see people putting things out, our trash wouldn't take them. We have a local sale each year where people take their junk, but it's worth your life to go, crazy. Linda

  17. Your trash adventure sounds like a good time! What a way too recycle:)

  18. You found some great items. I've heard of dumpster diving but never curb crawling, cute term! It amazes me at what some people throw away.