Kitty Kitty Bang Bang AKA Knitty Knitty Bang Bang.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Mmmm... drawers!!

Ok, I admit it... I was totally out of space for yarn/fiber storage. I filled up the 3 large drawers and 2 side storage areas in the china cabinet, and the truck box "coffee table" is stuffed to the brim.

I was faced with a pile of new sock yarn that had no home. Uh oh!

I don't have a lot of room - especially in the dining/craft room that already has the built-in china cabinet, a huge armoir, a bookcase and the dinette/chairs. So a buffet, sideboard or even a cool old vanity just wasn't going to work. I got it into my head that I wanted a vintage/antique piece that had a zillion drawers of various sizes. I did a bunch of research - looked at tall/thin highboys and lingerie chests - and finally decided that I wanted an antique dental/medical or spool cabinet. I was also inspired by the art deco dental cabinets that Nikol has in Harveyville, and wanted something that would fit in with my existing antiques and the age of the house (1935).

I looked and looked and looked. Old oak dental/medical cabinets are incredibly beautiful but also incredibly expensive. I was able to locate a bunch of very cool art deco dental cabinets on eBay but there were all in CA and had no delivery options so I started stalking local antique stores. At one store the proprietor suggested that I go to the City-Wide Garage sale that weekend so I wandered over after a brunch date on Sunday morning.

One vendor had both an old oak dental cabinet that was $2500+:
and, luckily, an art deco cabinet that was exactly what I wanted:

It was a few hundred dollars more than I wanted to spend but I knew I would regret it greatly if I didn't buy it, so I haggeled a slightly lower price (still way more than I wanted to spend) and took it home with me.

I found the worklist inside which marks it's age at 1942 and also found this trapped along the back wall. Very cool.

I'll post photos of it in it's new home later today. I think it'll be full of sock yarn by the end of the week. Mmmmm... sock yarn!