Well, hellooooo. The other day it was looking funky outside, so to cheer my mood I decided to hit up one of the biggest thrift stores in Los Angeles — Society of St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store. The place is huge — think multiple warehouses — but it’s a true thrift store in the sense that it takes everything, like old bras and broken down Ikea cabinets. So, unless I know I have a bunch of time to look, I usually don’t venture down to St. Vincent’s. This day I’m glad I did.
Hidden among the laminate desks and plastic headboards, I heard whimpering. It was coming from this dresser.
Yes. She was hurt. When I tried to pull open one of her drawers, the front just popped off. She was missing a few knobs, and her legs were wobbling and scrapped up. Needless to say, she begged me to take her home. “I can’t,” I tried to explain, “Boyfriend and I have too much furniture already, and we really don’t need another dresser.” But this girl just gave me sad puppy dog eyes. I tried to occupy myself by considering a mid-century dresser down the aisle, but it wasn’t as pretty and he had a heftier price tag.
I walked back and forth in front of the dresser. $50! “You’re a pretty good price,” I said, “And those stained details are gorgeous.”
“Alright. I guess I’ll take you home,” and like that I bought her. I pulled my car around for the dudes to load her in, with the intention of sneaking her in the garage and hiding her until I thought Boyfriend was up for it. ALAS, she didn’t fit. And I needed to get her out of the warehouse in the next two days.
I finally confessed to Boyfriend, and our good friends Tat and Elena helped out with the pick-up. I told Boyfriend before the pick-up, “Now, she’s really falling apart. Her drawers might break off. You’re not going to like her.” But after she was safety placed in our garage, Boyfriend turned to me. “I thought it would be a lot worse. I can see why you liked her.” And as he walked away, “It’s YOUR project anyway.”
I have my work cut out for me with this one, so check back in a few weeks for an update. I’m also working on something special with some pink linen. Can you guess what? Stay tuned for details.