July 31, 2007

Smitten

We adopted this little beauty yesterday. I happened upon it on Craigslist and I was smitten. I looked at it all weekend and finally got the nerve to send an email inquiry and wouldn't you know, Holy Empty Wallet, it was still available. A pleading call to Sweet Hubby to see if we could go pick it up after he got off work Monday and next thing you know we are the proud new parents of this beautiful antique secretary.

It fits perfectly in this space that I've kept empty these past 4 years while I looked for just the right piece at just the right price. I'm the poster child for waiting to get what you really want. And since you girls know how I like to crow about a good deal, I thought I would share with you that it only cost $200. Granted with all the expenses involved in back to school time it is not the very best time to buy an antique secretary, but how do you say no to a face like that? Besides, if necessary, I can sit at my secretary, open the top drawer and take out some of my stationary, open that small drawer on the right and choose a pen, pull the desk top out and draft a letter to the school explaining why my children's book fees will not be paid on time.

30 comments:

  1. Holy Cow! Only $200! It pays to wait until the right thing comes along. It's gorgeous and it looks right at home!

    Manuela

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  2. What a beautiful desk! I love it, I am going to start hitting craigs list in my area. I keep seeing great stuff that other people found there.

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  3. That is glorious! Well worth every cent of the splurge.

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  4. Beautiful. That is a perfect spot. My spot like that remains empty. I'm convinced I need a small dresser there to hold games and puzzles! Someday I'll find the right thing.

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  5. Wow it's sooooooo lovely!!! A great deal, too which always makes it even better!

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  6. I can't believe that beauty was only $200! I have been wanting a secretary for my living room for some time now but something else always takes precendence.

    Enjoy!

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  7. when something is that perfect...you MUST get it...a classic piece of furniture will fit in any room of any house you ever own.

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  8. I din't blame you a bit, Jen!! That is a beautiful secretary!! (Is that how you swayed hubby into getting it...telling him you were getting him a beautiful new secretary?? Men..they're so naive!!) LOL

    I must compliment you on how beautifully you accessorized it. It's like those items were just waitinng to find a good home!!

    Linda

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  9. Love, Love, Love IT!!! That is the perfect secretary in the perfect spot. In other words.......
    PERFECT!
    Penny

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  10. Jen, thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Yours is gorgeous!! I'm so glad someone else feels my pain at being rushed out of that heavenly flea market!! It was unreal!
    Sarah

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  11. Jen,
    Your new secretary is so pretty. Lucky you for finding such a perfect piece for your spot for such a good price. I love your letter to the school ;)
    Sue

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  12. Well Jen I would be smitten too with that gorgeous secretary. What a beauty and it looks perfect in your saved spot. I'm so glad you were able to bring it home because I know it will be very happy living with you. I love your new purchase!!! RJ

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  13. That is a beautiful piece indeed! I agree, it is worth it to wait until just the right one comes along, then jump on it. You will never regret it.
    Thanks for sharing the fun.

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  14. Jen,
    I love your new secretary!!! I'm green with envy! I have been looking for one for a couple of years now! You did GREAT! It looks perfect in your family room!
    Kristi

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  15. Jen, I just discovered your blog, and I'm so glad I did! Your posts and pics are lovely. And your antique secretary is gorgeous!

    I'll definitely be stopping by often.

    Lindy :)

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  16. Hihi, just read about the Cowgirls :) How fun! I am also a true country girl and i have always wanted to live at the countryside, gladly on a lttle farm with some animals, not just cats!!I love the Aprons they are wearing! I have had a plan for a long time to make one of those, and now your reminded me again, so thanks!
    I find your new desk so beautiful!!
    And very chic if i may say so :) It fits perfectly in your home :)
    I hope you are doing fine and how is the weather? Here it finally stopped raining and now it is beautiful outside with sunny weather and 23 degrees, just perfect! I see you in a bit, Aina ;)

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  17. How lovely! You are a patient woman and it paid off!! Wow.

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  18. Oh it's beautiful. I'm sure your childrens teachers will absolutely understand!

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  19. What a find - it really is lovely.
    Heather

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  20. My great aunt and uncle had the very same piece in their living room. It looks beautiful in your home!

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  21. Oh, Jen! That is a beautiful piece...glad you scrapped the money together for it, cause it will be a piece you will keep forever. Your kids will get through school just fine & you will have a wonderful piece to cherish & love. Great deal!

    Rhoda

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  22. Exqusite piece! I love Craigslist!

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  23. Absolutely gorgeous! I love all the little cubby space - perfect for your vintage dog collection. I only heard about "Craigslist" two years ago when our neighbours were moving to B.C. and used it to sell their furniture. Your desk was a great find.

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  24. I hear that, sister! When it comes to finding just the right piece for the just right space, we have our priorities!

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  25. Oh my what a beautiful steal:)
    Perfect spot!
    Hugs:)
    Carol

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  26. a great find... one that could not be passed up, for sure.

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  27. That is one of those pieces you children will inherit some day....a classic never goes out of style. You have impeccable taste my dear! cherry

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  28. That is beautiful Jen! And it is perfect for your home. Enjoy it because you deserve it!
    xo,
    Kim

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  29. Love, love,love the secretary!!! AND it looks great in the space. AND it was a great price!!! Love it. And, super funny about the note you could write :o)

    allie
    www.mycozyhome.typepad.com

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