Getting dressed out of garbage bags and boxes would be a drag. Luckily I've been able to avoid that experience; the room I'm renting came furnished, chest included. When I first got here I had a rebellious moment and didn't want to put my stuff in it. Natalie made me, and when she left having everything in its place kept me from hanging myself, I mean, er, feeling too out of sorts.
Last night I started scouring Craig's List to see if I could find a dresser or a chest before I move, so that I can blow past the bags and again get my glad rags situated quickly. I never buy such furniture from Ikea or contemporary furniture stores. Not to sound 100, but they don't make 'em like they used to, so I look for old/used/vintage pieces. In New York I bought a chest that I dearly loved at one of the Harlem antique stores. I hated to leave it when I moved to LA. I think Mister Stevens is still using it. He says I said he could have it. I say never.
Craig's List didn't yield anything, so I decided to keep checking and go the thrift store route as well. Thanks to the magic of the Internets, I found out The Guild Shop is said to be the best in town. I haven't been to its competitors, but I can vouch that it's fantastic, and today was my day to hit the jackpot.
When I saw this set I my heart fluttered. When I saw the price -- the side tables (night stands for me) were 33. each and the chest was 108. -- it skipped a beat. I want to do eclectic decor anchored by a mid-century spin. These pieces exactly fit what I have in mind. I am pleeeaaased to have found them. A loving wipe down and they're golden. I still can't get over the price, and neither could the store guy who assisted me. Pulling out drawers and admiring the craftsmanship, he kept saying, Boy, you got really lucky today! Every other piece of furniture that caught my eye was at least 300 bucks.
The tables have a shelf inside. Perfect for hiding the prodigious amounts of crap that follow me to bed. The bottom doors on the chest open to three more drawers. Well made. Visually interesting. What more could I want?