28 Feb

Another trip to a local mercatino usato (2nd hand shop).  I wanted to show my mom what they’re like here in Italy and she was amazed at all the great finds.  The shop was full of  antique dressers with marble tops and carved wood detailing (30euros), little matching wooden bedside cupboards (20euros), antique desks(70euros), pianos(500euros), tables, beds, closets and more.  So many great finds for such amazing prices. Most of these items would be found in high end Antique Shops in Canada with high price tags on them.  And strangely enough the high priced items are the exact ones I absolutely would never purchase (used IKEA furniture, horrible “bedroom sets”, pressed wood cupboards etc).

This time I came home with an amazing old solid wooden table with no woodworm in sight.  It’s perfect for my front entryway – a place to dump keys and cameras and papers. The underside of the table is full of old rusty hooks which I assume were used to hang pots and pans or tools.  Maybe even to dry fresh pasta dough? A good scrubbing and a fresh coat of paint was all that was needed.

Here it is in it’s new home. Not a bad table for 25 euro.


5 Responses to “Tavolo”

  1. Kat February 28, 2012 at 19:17 #

    well done! so cute. loving the bits of color and the little birdhouses, brava! wood is wood. 2nd hand shops are so exciting. candy land. 😀

    • jc February 29, 2012 at 21:43 #

      Yes indeed….they are candy land. I found some amazing stuff when I was there the other day. My mom bought the girls a little 1960’s lemon yellow, chrome legged, mini desk that opens up. It is sweet!

  2. Sharon @ Discovering blog February 29, 2012 at 20:16 #

    It looks sweet! I love finding a good bargain. I want to shout it from the rooftops when I do.

    • jc February 29, 2012 at 21:45 #

      Yes it’s true. Everyone who comes in my house has to spend at least 5 minutes admiring my new table. And I just love it that it’s old and still being used. I’d say second hand shopping is very ecological and good for the environment, no?

  3. Julie De Keyzer March 1, 2012 at 14:36 #

    So beautiful!!!

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