We have a new addition in our den and it was super cheap and I’m really excited about finding it. I’d been wanting a table to go beside the wicker chair we have in our den. I had a little $3 round table from Goodwill beside it but it wasn’t big enough to hold much of anything and we constantly have books, magazines, iPods, chargers, etc, needing places to land. So I wanted something a little bigger.
Here’s what we had before…and I think it’s cute. But I’m all about function and we needed more surfaces to put things on, not just tiny decorative tables.
And here is what I replaced it with.
It may not look like much to y’all but I love it! I found it at Franklin Street Thrift in Monroe and it’s the only thing I’ve ever found in that shop. I stopped in real quick one day and was immediately drawn to this table. Most of the furniture in there was obviously veneered or laminated but the warmth of the solid wood on this one stood out to me. I checked it out from all sides and angles and thought it might be a little big for the space but when I saw this emblem underneath I knew I couldn’t leave it behind. It reads John Stuart Inc, Grand Rapids New York, Made in Denmark. I had no idea what any of this meant but I knew it looked like quality. They were asking $30, I offered $25, they accepted that, so home with me it came!
It also has this writing underneath, I don’t know what it means but I’m including it because maybe someone out there in the vast Internet world will know.
When I got home I immediately Googled the info and found that “John L. Stuart started John Stuart, Inc. in 1934 with his partners Herbert M. Rothschild and Herman S. Gelbin. Stuart also owned the famous John Widdicomb Company. The Stuart showroom became one of the premier Modern Show rooms in the world showing Scandinavian designs. It was the only air-conditioned showroom in NYC in 1940.” And from what else I could find this furniture store didn’t manufacture furniture, they imported furniture to sell it in the US so that would explain the “Made in Denmark” label. This is a mid-century table that is made of solid teak. It’s in excellent condition, all I did was clean the dust off.
Then I found some similar ones listed on ebay for lots more than $25. Here’s a link to a matching drop-leaf table on ebay for $1,650! But I couldn’t find where any had actually sold for that much. You know, you can ask whatever you want, doesn’t mean someone will pay it. But hey, if you see this post and want to make me an offer I’ll certainly entertain it.
But enough about the history of the table. Here are more pictures of it in my house and I love it. Like I said, I thought maybe it was a little big for the space but it nestled right in there beside the wicker chair. It needs something with some height on it to balance things out a little. Maybe in a year or so I’ll find something, haha!
It doesn’t match any of my other furniture but that’s one of the things I love about it. Mid-century furniture is back in a big way and I love it’s clean lines.
See what I meant about it being in excellent condition? No scratches and the finish is in great shape.
And that is the story of my thrift store find. I love running across things like this, it’s what makes me continue to stop at thrift stores because you just never know what you’ll find.