The One That Got Away
He who hesitates is lost. The aphorism is a twist on a line from a 18th Century play - "The woman that deliberates is lost." In this case I was the woman and the loss was an Oshkosh for Macy's steamer trunk. In very good condition and with no musty smell I should have snatched it up for the two hundred dollar asking price.
The gentleman selling it had used it to store his vintage flag collection and it would have made a great storage /display piece for vintage linens.
|Love the red leather drawers!|
|Some minor scuffs.|
In my defense the trunk did not pass my Look-Before-You-Leap -Can-I-Buy-It? test.
- Is this an impulse buy ?
- Do I have a place to put it?
- How will I use it and how soon?
Since the answers were yes, no, and, God only knows, I decided to Think About It. After all, not every great thing is meant come home with us. Down the row and around the corner I walked. The first flush of steamer trunk desire ebbed and I considered the following a.) dedicated craft space was on the horizon, b) if things just didn't work out between the trunk and me, the fact that it was in very good condition and available at a good a price meant that I shouldn't have too much trouble finding it a new home. c) Someone Else was willing to carry the trunk back to the car. I hurried back to purchase the trunk but was too late. I tried to be philosophical... I didn't actually know where or when I would be able to use it but a few weeks later the perfect spot opened up and I spent a few days gnashing my teeth in regret. Especially after checking out Inka Heaton's redo @ Altered Artifacts.
The 'perfect spot for the steamer trunk' is now occupied by these sweet little ladders. They work well for displaying linens and cost less than ten dollars apiece. Who knows, someday another great steamer trunk may come my way, and if it does I hope I'm ready to grab it.
Additional Reading: http://www.thisoldtrunk.com