Things are pretty crazy here with the holidays and me trying to put the house in order after the move, but I just wanted to share a couple of old photos I came across while browsing through my files… these are our dining table and chairs, delivered to our house by my sister-in-law some 8 years back. Friends of hers got a new dining set and were giving the old one away, and she thought of us – at the time, we were using a table salvaged by my husband from a roadside a few days before our marriage, and some folding chairs. Getting this dining set was a very welcome gift and, all this time later, it’s still going strong.
The table opens to comfortably seat ten people, and has had twelve guests gathered around it on some occasions. I love its rounded corners – so much less painful for little children to bump into. And, because it’s a used table, I don’t get very worked up over every little scratch or nick. I actually find it hard to imagine the amount of stress that I would undergo with expensive new furniture and a bunch of kids who love to jump on sofas and do crafts on the dining table (which also serves, combined, as our craft corner, study corner, bread kneading station, ironing board, etc…)
I wish all my Jewish readers a very happy Sukkot, and hope to post more updates soon!
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I am a thrift store shopper for some things…some of my fav clothing I have found there. I love your table…what a nice gift!!!
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Love thrift stores!
One of The Squire’s co-workers was getting rid of a large table and six chairs not too long after we got married in 1974. He paid the grand sum of $100 for the lot. The chairs didn’t hold up very well, but that table served Trojan duty! As you said, the nicest thing about it was that it came already “broken in”. Crafts were done, dollhouses were built, paint was spilled, patterns were pinned – nothing could hurt that table! It was long enough that we could have a jig-saw puzzle set out on one end and still be able to eat around it.
About a year ago, we traded it in for a nice *new* solid cherry table – and I really, really wish we hadn’t!
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Sometimes old things are the best!