my great find

Okay, I’m sure some of you will laugh at this.  But anyway.  I never go to thrift stores, sure I think it would be fun and love to hunt for treasures, but really, I just don’t take the time.  I’ve tried hitting garage sales around the area this summer with not much success.  I looked all summer for an upholstered chair or something I could re-cover.

Then we stumbled upon this gem:

My mom and I were shopping up in Minneapolis and we drove by a garage sale on the way to our next stop.  At first I said, “oh let’s stop, they have furniture!” and then “no don’t stop, I don’t want to take the time.”  Luckily my mom stopped anyway and we were just going to do a drive by to check things out when I spotted the bench!  I jumped out of the car and pretended no to jump for joy when I saw it was only $8. 


So there you have it, it’s my find of the year and I plan on recovering it, but first I just want to stare at it for a while. 

In other news, I’m back to work 3 days a week now instead of 2, so I’m still struggling with the adjustment.  Who would have thought that adding one more day would make such a difference?

I also have a fun something coming up for next week hopefully, so I’ll just be crossing my fingers hoping that I get over this cold I’ve got so I can get the project finished up!  I don’t think I’ve sewn anything in 5 days, now that’s a record!

37 thoughts on “my great find

  1. madebymegs says:

    Oh I love the bench!! I have a total retro theme going in my house and it would look perfect here….so yes, I am in total envy 🙂

  2. alayne says:

    I love it!! Oh, the possibilities…

  3. Lora says:

    what an amazing find!!

  4. casserole says:

    Ooooh, I’m jealous!!!

  5. Heidi says:

    That is a way cool bench! Can’t wait to see how you update it!

  6. Sew Much Ado says:

    That really is an awesome find, I can’t wait to see what you do with it! I hope you get feeling better soon :).

  7. unusual and rather beautiful I think. Well found.

  8. I love that bench! I can’t wait to see what you do with it. Hope you feel better! I’m feeling the same way, with no energy for sewing or creating.

  9. This is gonna be great! Can’t wait to see it fixed up.

  10. Targetgirl says:

    Holy cow!!! That is an amazing find. Recovering it is going to be so much fun!

  11. Vanessa says:

    oh, the possibilities! great find. get better soon 🙂

  12. Rachael says:

    i’ve been looking for a chair for my living room to recover. no luck yet. hopefully i find something as awesome as that bench! get better!

  13. Wendy says:

    Terrific find! Can’t wait to see what you do with the recovering 🙂

  14. Care says:

    Oooooooooooooooooooo!!! So completely jealous!! Can’t wait to see how you recover it… after you’re done staring, of course!

    Hope you feel better soon!

  15. Allie says:

    Love, love, love it!

  16. Emily says:

    Wow! I never find anything that awesome! (or anything worth paying for). Good luck with the work adjustment. Where do you work?

  17. katy says:

    EIGHT DOLLARS?! score! I would have jumped for joy. I wish I had a bench that cool!

  18. ellen says:

    $8?!? I love it! Lucky you!

  19. secret cake says:

    What an excellent find! I love steals like that : )

    I can empathize with you…I also work three days a week (and have a four year-old, a seven-year old and a full-time working husband.)

    I admire folks who can work as well as blog daily (or even a few times a week), and I admire folks who can keep their Etsy shops updated. It takes a lot of time and effort and the hours easily get away…

    Take care, and I hope you feel better soon.

  20. Jenny says:

    Great find! What’s with the colds??? Our whole family has them (except for me, muahaha).

  21. Delia says:

    Very cool find Anna!

  22. Love the bench Anna! It was a great garage sale day in Minneapolis. Can’t wait to see what you do with it.
    And what else is coming up??

  23. Michele says:

    I have bench envy!

  24. Larissa says:

    S-C-O-R-E. SCORE! Battling bench envy now.

  25. can’t wait to see the recovering.. and what were you doing in the fine city of Minneapolis?

  26. Dahlia says:

    only 8 bucks?! You got the deal of the year for sure!!! It’s going to be beautiful!!!

  27. EBeauty03 says:

    what a great find for only $8 … can’t wait to see what it looks like when you’re finished!

  28. Nat says:

    Adding a day TOTALLY makes a difference. Last year I worked 3 days, this year I work 4. I may as well work full time, I think. Love the bench- can’t wait to see what you do with it!

  29. Jess says:

    awesome!! i’ve been on the lookout for something like this-and what a great deal!

  30. Jeannie says:

    Alright!! and I know you will turn into something very nice!!!

  31. dana says:

    ooooo. what a find! And I kind of like it as it is!

  32. Betsy says:

    I LOVE the bench!! I’ve been reading your blog for quite a while now, and when you mentioned going to Minneapolis, I was excited because I live in MN too (just outside of Rochester)!

  33. $8 is a steal! That bench looks way too good for such a small price tag! Those legs look as solid as tree trunks. Great shopping. I am looking forward to seeing this bench in the future.

  34. lisette says:

    Oh what a great great catch!!!!

  35. Anonymous says:

    Great bench. 2 ways to make the bench your own. First is to make an easy cover with elastic around the edge like a bottom sheet. You could even pad the top if you wanted to. The other is if you want to really want to do the upholstery thing. Use the old fabric as a pattern (old upholstery practice). I suggest you deemphasize the vinyl button & piping. Fabric piping would be in period & you again can reuse the piping, but I would strip the vinyl upholstery fabric. Good luck on the projects, they are coming out with some neat patterns. Again a suggestion, try canvas. It would be more durable.

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