Sunday, June 28, 2009

Thrifty Treasure from Friday Morning

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So I ventured out on a HOT TEXAS morning to visit one garage sale located near our home. At first sight I thought I wasn't going to find anything, BUT that all changed when I spotted this Drexel Buffet. I have been looking for an older furniture piece that could be modified to work as a TV stand for our 46" HDTV. It is dated 1957 on the back and is in very good condition. I have no idea what the wood happens to be--anyone care to guess? All the hardware is present.
I quickly took some photos, even before cleaning and polishing it properly.



Hidden behind the doors is plenty of storage, plus a shelf that can probably be modified to hold a Blu-Ray DVD player!



There are 2 drawers--the larger one has some divided areas that are lined with what might be an anti-tarnish fabric. Perfect for holding remote controls!



And see that tiny drawer at the top? It is actually a removable TRAY, complete with slots for hand carrying! I just found that surprise while taking the photos!



So you may be wondering what I paid for this treasure--probably too much: $80.00????
How do you think I did?

28 comments:

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

Well, here I am. Could be mahogany veneer...is it reddish? Or walnut if it is brownish. Great find either way. Love the collar on that cute pug.

~~Carol~~ said...

Well, that's the prettiest TV stand I've ever seen! So much nicer that the kind that anyone can buy at the store!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I see Joan mentioned mahogany veneer. It looks like a couple of lyre side tables, we have. They are mahogany veneer. It's an absolutely beautiful piece!

Kammy said...

Very nice and looks like it has great bones - perfect for a re-do or a clean up !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

I love it! I think you did Great! I love the old hardware on it. Thanks for stoppin by my blog and leaving such a nice comment! I love your blog and your little doggy collars are too cute! I am definately a follower now! Have a Great Day!

The Queen of Fifty Cents said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! What a great piece--especially the tray.

Gwen said...

PERFECT for the TV. I think that you got a good deal!

Joan@Applejack Lane said...

I, too, think it is mahogany veneer. Is it possible that the top drawer is a compartment that holds silverware? Try a little Old English furniture polish on it. Great find!

Rhonda in OK said...

that will be a great tv stand.
My guess it is cherry
$80 - doesn't sound too bad - used prices vary so much.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

I'm going to guess Cherry too! I think it's great Suzanne, Beautiful piece and if it works for your purpose, all the better. Love old Drexel Heritage, so I think you did great. What could you buy new for $80? Not much, some junk that's for sure!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Oh, if you need to wipe over some scratches, try Howard's Restore-A finish, found at most antique stores. It's great stuff. Covers all the little scratches.

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

That buffect will make a perfect TV stand. I love that the first drawer is also a tray! How fabulous is that?!

Great buy, for SF Bay Area standards!

Thanks for sharing!

Tina

Carmen said...

I think it's great! What a great little secret tray. :) I also love your dog collars. What a fun idea. We don't have any dogs though.

jaime said...

I have my great-grandmother's Drexel dining room set in the same style, and it's mahogany veneer. Great find!!!

Michelle said...

Love the new tv stand!Great price too! We found an old dresser, removed a drawer to hold the dvd player/vcr.

Mary said...

Great tv stand! Happy 4th. :O)

Sue said...

Suzanne, that piece is solid wood mahogany veneer and that is a good thing! As an older Drexel piece it is most likely solid wood underneath, not the pressed wood or cardboard that is so prevalent in today's manufacturing. You got a bargain, girl!!! I'm in the furniture biz, so I'm always checking stuff out... Glad you stopped by. :-) Sue

ThriftyAnnabella said...

Very nice piece and the holders for the remote controls are perfect.

Barb said...

Suzanne,
That is a beautiful piece of furniture.

Thanks for coming over and signing up to follow. I'm glad to meet you.
blessings,
Barbara Jean

Linda said...

That is gorgeous! My guess is mahogany - not veneer, but solid wood. Love all the details - what a steal! Linda

Courtney said...

That's a great buffet-very pretty!
Blessings!

Christina said...

Beautiful and perfect for your TV. You certainly can't buy a new tv stand for $80.00 and older things just have much more character.

Kendra @ Domestic Princess in Training said...

I think 80. Is a great deal! I’ve been looking for something like this for my dining room. I’m a fellow Texan(DFW area).

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

Beautiful piece of furniture! I dont think you paid too much, especially if you love it!

Té la mà Maria - Reus said...

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Goodwill Haunting said...

Great piece of furniture! I think it's beautiful. I love old furniture and have a few neat pieces. One of these days will post some pics on my blog to share. Thank you for sharing!

Amy Lynne said...

My hubby is looking for an old console to hold our tv and computer system too! I guess great minds think alike...thanks for stopping by my blog!

Jeanne said...

I am so jealous! This is a wonderful piece and I have been watching our local Craigs list for one just like it to compliment my 30's era Duncan and Phyfe set. I need more storage for all my dishes. I saw several while I was out of work, but now that I have a paycheck again I never see them. My set is mahogany veneer, so I assume that your cabinet is a well.