Tuesday, June 2, 2009

It wasn’t the devil who made me do it…..

inspiration Photo from June issue of Traditional Home

This picture made me do it!!! 

Do you see the large basket on top of this armoire?  I have lusted after one of these baskets for over a year now and had seen one in a small consignment store in a nearby suburb, but I was unwilling to pay the $139 purchase price. Now I know they can sell for a lot more, but I wanted a better bargain. When I visited the shop on Saturday morning, the basket was still there- leaning up against the wall, but with a marked down price tag of $89.  I was still a bit hesitant to buy it at this price, so I continued to wander through the store and chat with the owner.

After much discussion of our common interests in wholesale companies, sales reps, favorite blogs, and our concerns with the slow down in retail sales (my family owns furniture stores in the Dayton area), I asked her about the basket. She said she was getting ready to call its owner to come and pick it up, as it had been in the store much longer than the time frame normally allotted.

“Why?” she asked, “Do you want it?”  I said yes, but only if Mrs. Basket was willing to accept my offer of $50. After a quick phone call, she said Mr. Basket had  agreed to accept my offer, even though his wife was not available to concur.  Now I hope I didn’t cause a rift between husband and wife; after all, if Mr. Sullivan had made a snap decision like that without consulting me, I think his head would be hanging from the rafters!  So I hurried myself out of there after paying my cash money and hoped that Mrs. Basket wouldn’t be rushing down to the store in time to stop me from loading my little treasure into the car!

inspiration basket

So here it is in all of its glory. It’s large ~ about four foot square ~ and I intend to place it up on top of my bookcases once the room gets pulled back together. I’m doing a little remodeling  and hope to have some semblance of order soon, even if it means using the same sofa and chairs that are in there now. I’ve been pouring through catalogs to find new furniture, but I might wait until the fall furniture market in High Point to see what new goodies might catch my eye.

Now, if I could only get a fire lit under the contractor and the painter to finish up their jobs……


SouthernHospThriftyTreasures copy_thumbThis post is linked to Rhoda’s Thrifty Treasures Party. Pay her a visit to see what other found treasures you can ogle.


Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

Wow...I don't think I have ever seen a bigger basket! I think you got a good deal on that one.

Thanks for your nice comment Sue. I will definitely post the picnic basket when I get it painted. As for the little will go under the bathroom vanity in my guest bathroom. I have always hated that one side of it is open, but when the bench is under there it actually becomes a cute feature. Sometimes you just gotta work with what you have, right?

Susie Q said...

SUE!! I have one sitting in my basement!! A tobacco sled, it has followed me through 7 states and many more houses! It has been inside and outside and all around the house. : ) I LOVE mine but heck, had I kow you wanted such a basket, I would have parted with it...dang. I am always a day late and a dolar short aren;t I?? : )
But it is gonna look SO good in your house! I so want to see it all when you are done tweaking!!

Sue who knows she look a fright at Kroger the other night!!

KBeau said...

I have a friend who was raised on a tobacco farm in North Carolina, so I knew what that basket was. She has hers hanging over her fireplace. Great find, and a real bargain.

Helen said...

What a wonderful treat for you ... and the seller got a reward as well ~ a sale! Can't wait to see it in place.

~~Carol~~ said...

Don't you love when something that you've lusted after finally becomes yours, for a good price?! I love stories like that. I once lusted after a teeny tiny table, that was $28. I ended up getting it for $3.50!

The Tattered Cottage said...

How wonderful for you to finally get the basket and at a good price. It's beautiful, I can see why you fell in love with it :)

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

What a deal maker! That will look great on top of your armoire!

BBV said...

I am LOVING that basket!!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Sue, that is really a neat basket! I'm sure it will be the highlight & focal point of an area & you'll love it. Those things can be really pricey, so you did get a good deal.

Brenda said...

Sometimes I don't know just why I want a particular something, just that it tugs at my heart. And this one tugged at yours. I am so glad you gave that gift to yourself. We have to be good to ourselves and give ourselves little treats. If it gives you that much joy, you should have it. It is beautiful. Can't wait to see it in its new spot.

dana said...

Would you believe I used to have one of those baskets? Yep, years ago I picked one like that up at a garage sale and promptly hung it on a wall. I used it for a very long time, then sold it in my own garage sale.....I still love the look and I'm glad you got it for a fraction of the original selling price.
Yes, sales are really slow around here, too. I've had a couple of friends have to close their little shops because the business had just dried up. It's so sad, because I LOVE to use unique items I find in specialty shops/antique malls, etc.. so much more personality that buying everything from a big retail store.

I LOVE the look of your moldings!! The additional width and the rosettes do make a great look!

Have a great day!! Dana

blondiensc said...

Girl, now that was an awsome are too funny, I laughed out loud about the hubby comment..! HA! Love the basket and can't wait to see your remodel...tell that painter to hurry it up already!

Florida Sue said...

That's a great basket Sue. I wonder what these were used for? And what is this news? Your family owns furniture stores? Are you lucky or what? Okay that's too many questions I know, but that is pretty cool. I can't wait to see your remodel. I hear via the grapevine (Lori) that we need to start calling you Lucy too! There is lots of room for one more you know. Nobody wants to be Ethel because of Fred.


jacjewelry said...

I've always loved huge baskets like that - there is something about them I can't explain... What a great bargain, too!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

WOW! It sounds like that was a great price for a piece of Americana, and it will look amazing on top of your bookcase.

Ann said...

Wow that's a wonderful got yourself a real good bargain. Please share some pics when you finally get to display it in your home.

prof en retraite said...

Hi Sue! Isn't it nice when you find what you are looking for at a great price?? Ohhh....the thrill of the hunt! Love that basket. You'll have to post pics of it in its new place!...Debbie

Dawn said...

Hi Sue,
Way to wheel and deal on the basket. It's a great find. You probably passed very close by on your way home from Monterey. I agree about the labs. He is the best dog ever. They did have a great time that day playin fetch with that plastic fish. Thanks for the visit.

The Muse said...

How wonderfully exciting~A dream come true!
Tis certainly easy to sense your excitement~and we all await the results of your finished project...(pics forthcoming, I presume!) (wink)

Rue said...

Hi Sue :)

Look at you getting comments all over the place.... HA! Told ya ;)

That basket is really neat! Are you going to show us what it looks like when you place it on the shelf??

Oh and thanks a lot for posting a pic of in-n-out! The one thing I do miss in Cali is that fast food... heck all the food out there! ;)


Our really empty nest said...

Hi Sue, I am Sue also, thanks so much for stoppig by and for your comments. I am now wondering how it is I never have been here on your blog, I am a stalker, I mean follower now, lol. To answer your question, I do not remember how or why the shout was in the kitchen, my only thought is that as I was unpacking the groceries I was thinking it was Pam. My other excuse is that I was a 19 year old bride what the heck did I know, lol. I see you are from Ohio, We lived in Ohio, Cincinnati too, until 20 years ago when we moved right over the Miami river into Indiana, Bright, Indiana. So we are practically neighbors, lol. I absolutely love that basket and your inspiration picture, cant wait to see where you put it. I have a similiar story, I was at a garage sale and spied a hoosier kitchen cabinet, it had a price of $300 on it, and like the good garage saler that I am not, but pretend to be, I asked if she would take any less, she came down to under $200 at which time her husband had a fit saying you dont reduce that much the morning of the first day, as I quickly got out my money and paid for it then and there, 16 years or so later, I still use and love that piece! Please stop back anytime and I know I will stop back here! Sue

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Hi Sue...I rushed over to see the home you had posted...and..oh my! I have never seen a basket that large or shaped like that. What on earth was it used for? I can't wait to see your room when you are finished. I went through that with a painter and contractor about 6 years ago. It drove me crazy. At least your's has not shown up tipsy! I sent him home..the only reason we let him come back was because he was the best painter ever!
You are right...about me being technically behind the times. I am better than some..but worse than most. :)
My photo's are on those chips that you put into digital cameras. I (now I know this is bad) just keep sticking one of them in the computer until I get the one I THINK the picture might be on. There is a "picture" on the side bar of my files...and lots of my picture are on that..but I don't recall how I got the word "pictures" there. I think someone probably helped me and that's where I got the homestead photo.
6th line..6th picture. :) Had it not been for a couple of very sweet and patient women bloggers..I would not even be able to blog at all!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Sue, your basket is lovely! It looks to be quite old, too. It was meant to go home with you!

Becky :)

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Yes! That's it...I really did need some reassurance. My husband was ready to walk out of the ER when he saw her playing around, but I wanted to be sure. ;)

I LOVE that basket!! Too cool!!

Laura said...

You did good Miss Sue!


Mandy said...

Sue yes our boot sales are the same as your garage sales. Although boot sales are usually in a field or on hard standing we put tables out and pile up all our 'junk' which is someone else treasure! and make a bit of money whilst doing it x

Housewife Savant said...

I love the basket.
I redecorated most of a bedroom around a magazine photo.
We ended up buying our dream armoire and topping it off with an old wicker laundry basket (dark brown, like your sled/basket, not that blond New Wicker) and a tall stack of very small stools.
It SO pleases me when it works.

You take terrific pix.
I can't wait to see your finished remodel!

Bellamere Cottage said...

Oh Sue! I'm so happy for you. Isn't it a thrill when you get a great deal on something you love? It's really a dramatic piece and architectural looking too....It's going to be wonderful over your cabinet. I can't wait to see it hanging. I've seen these over a bed too....

Thanks for you compliment on my little island. I really do love it painted. I know I should paint the actual cabinet too, but I'm just not willing to do that, even though I know it would look better and it's THE thing to do now. When we chose everything for this house we did it with our age in mind. This is our retirement house and I wanted to choose things that required the least amount of upkeep.

Big hugs!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

It's a beautiful basket and what a great price!!

Stacey said...

Woo Hoo! There's nothing better than the perfect basket especially if it's big! Great buy.

Artsy Fartsy said...

I love the basket!! I agree the picture would have made me buy it too!! You have got to post pics of it in its new home once you are done, can't wait to see it!! Tootles, janna